Baseball season is in full swing and we’re all about to score. There’s no better way to celebrate the hot summer weather than going out to the ballpark to root for the home team.
Of course, that depends on which team actually represents us. As Orange County residents, we’re fortunate enough to have three Major League Baseball teams located in the same general area. Most places don’t even have a single team to represent them and we have three.
Originally hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the Los Angeles Dodgers made their move to the West Coast before the 1958 season. They played at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before finding a permanent home at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine.
The Dodgers’ cross-town rival, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, actually play in our neck of the woods. Angel Stadium is just a short drive away — unless there’s traffic. And, if you can’t make it to the game, you can always go to Disneyland instead.
Although the San Diego Padres are in an entirely different metropolitan area, they still have plenty of fans in Orange County. Petco Park is also very kid friendly and pet friendly. The Padres have a designated section for the four-legged members of your family.
There’s really no excuse. This summer, make it a point to reinvent quality time by spending more time with your kids. Create your own family event as you cheer for the Dodgers or Angels — or even the Padres. It’s not too late to take advantage of some great family packages.
Baseball isn’t just America’s favorite pastime. It’s a real-time lesson in life. Anyone who casually follows baseball will notice that ballplayers lose a lot of games, but they also win plenty of games, too. That’s what life’s all about.
Did we mention that it’s also an ideal time to bond with your kids? The slower pace of baseball makes it easy to discuss the important things in life without missing what happens on the field. Even if you lose track of the game, you can always figure out what happens. All you have to do is listen to the crowd or watch the replay on the ginormous TV.
What’s the biggest thrill of all? It’s watching your kids catch a foul ball. It may inspire them to play ball in the future. They may try out for their high school baseball or softball team — or even make a personal commitment to be more active. Either way, you’ve just played a big role in creating memories that will surely last a lifetime.
Baseball season is far from over. There are dozens of big-league games that have yet to be played. Before the Rams return to Los Angeles for the first time in many years, take your kids out to the ballgame and make their field of dreams come true.
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