My daughter is 10-years old and my son is 8-years old.
We’ve been taking them to baseball games since they were very young.
And, we have some games still on our schedule for this year.
As a family, we’re making a trip down to Camden Yards (for the first time). We also have a Somerset Patriots game next month. And, my son has two Yankees games coming up – along with a Trenton Thunder game (TBD). My daughter has another Yankees game coming too. (I only have two seats for the Yankees. So, the kids have to take turns going with me.)
I just did a tally of the games that they’ve seen, so far, in person – not including the games that they have coming up. Here it is:
|Staten Island Yankees||4||4|
|New Jersey Jackals||2||2|
|New York Yankees||8||8|
|New York Mets||0||1|
On average, they’re doing about 5 or 6 games a season.
I suspect that my son will start to take a larger lead in this race. He loves playing baseball and watching it is his second passion. We even go to the local Little League to watch the tournament games. (We’re like the only ones there sometimes who doesn’t have a family member or friend playing in the game.) If it were up to him, we would go see a game in-person every week.
My daughter used to be into it. At one point, I had her keeping track of the game using a scorecard. She was good at it. There was a time where she would root at the games and insist on not leaving our seats until the final out was made. But, now that she’s ten, she’s losing interest in it. As such, I think it’s going to be my son and I going to games – and then my wife and daughter will do something else.
She still likes to go if it’s a fireworks night or if there’s some nice give-away. But, she’s not really interested in watching the game for a full nine innings – whereas my son is locked into what’s happening on the field.
We did all go to Yankees Stadium, as a family of four, the day that Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit. (I bought those at StubHub.) That’s a game that we’ll never forget.
I have a ticket stub saved from every game that they’ve ever attended – even if it’s a printout of one that I bought on-line. I would like to keep doing that until they start going to games on their own without me.
Now, that will be a happy and sad day for me. It will be nice that they will want to attend a game – even if I am not there. But, it will also somewhat sting a little as well (being left out). But, I have some time before that will start to happen.
I didn’t attend my first pro-game until I was 10 1/2 years old. (Don’t blame my parents – I wasn’t interested until that time.)
How about you? When did you start going to baseball games? And, if you have kids, when did they start going?