I started going to San Francisco Giants baseball games with my family in the late 1960s. Willie Mays was my favorite, but I thought Willie McCovey was pretty good too. Last week I was at a Giants game, eating some peanuts, and I remembered something my Dad said at another Giants game decades ago. It occurred to me that I could make a list of things I learned from Dad at the ballpark:
- When eating peanuts at a game, do not be neat and tidy. Drop the empty shells directly onto the concrete.
- Don’t look at the fly ball to see where it’s going, watch the outfielder who’s trying to catch it.
- People arrive at the ballpark at different times, but everybody leaves at once.
- Janitors do not make good money.
- The first person to touch a foul ball is almost never the person who ends up with it.
- Always bring a thermos of hot chocolate to a night game at Candlestick.