What I learned from my Dad at baseball games

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:

  1. When eating peanuts at a game, do not be neat and tidy. Drop the empty shells directly onto the concrete.
  2. Don’t look at the fly ball to see where it’s going, watch the outfielder who’s trying to catch it.
  3. People arrive at the ballpark at different times, but everybody leaves at once.
  4. Janitors do not make good money.
  5. The first person to touch a foul ball is almost never the person who ends up with it.
  6. Always bring a thermos of hot chocolate to a night game at Candlestick.

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