I tagged along with CC tonight to attend Stitch N’ Pitch 2008. This was an event put together by the friendly folks at Loopy Yarns. So why would I – someone who has never knitted, crocheted, or even sewn – want to attend such an event? Well y’see… the event was an outing to US Cellular Field to watch the Chicago White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers, so the choice wasn’t too difficult.
A few of my coworkers, knowing that I grew up in Detroit, wondered which team I would be rooting for. I answered that I would simply root for whoever was ahead in the game. In this way, I was assured of being happy at the outcome. As it turned out, the White Sox took a first inning lead on a 3-run homer off the bat of Jim Thome and cruised to a 5-1 victory. But there was much more than baseball going on there…
There was a whole lot of knitting going on around us from the many dozens of Stitch N’ Pitch participants scattered around us in section 534.
Here and there, one could also see folks crocheting. It is traditional in baseball, when a pitcher is doing badly, for the fans to holler “Give him the hook!” I was really hoping someone would holler it tonight, just to see what would have happened, but the chance never came.
It dawned on me that a group of our size might well garner a mention on the scoreboard, so I had my camera ready to shoot as the acknowledgments went by. Each was on the board for only a few seconds, so I only got one shot at this.
I then wondered whether there might be a separate listing for the name of the event, and sure enough, there was. Several people immediately requested copies of these two scoreboard shots, as I appear to have been the only person to capture photos of these ephemeral moments.
As you can see, we had very good seats. No foul balls came our way, but I was on alert whenever a left-handed hitter was up.
This fellow was not in the game for long and I didn’t quite catch his name. I believe it was “Rex” something-or-other. He seemed very cold-blooded in his approach to the game and his curve ball had some serious bite to it. Can he pitch? You bet Jurassic can!