Observations, Struggles

There are a few things I wanted to post last night, but sleep thankfully intervened–finally.

So in brief, and before heading out for the day, here we go:

1. The best announcement over the PA system here at Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium came on Friday, when suddenly, “Mister Logan White, please return to the scout’s area. Mister Logan White, please return to the scout’s area.” I might be the only one who thought it was funny, but maybe that’s in part because it’s been the only announcement I’ve understood completely.

2. Speaking of understanding things completely, I really need to score some of those dialogue-translating headphones from the United Nations for press conferences.

3. Before the press conference when Mexico addressed the media on Saturday, the working press were given stricter guidelines in which to work. Included in these was at no time is any member of the working media allowed in the dugouts. It could be just me, but I would think there would be more of a problem in allowing random fans to party and dance on top of the dugouts than allowing the media to work in them.

4. And if partying at a game is your thing, then this is the place to be. Like I’ve said before, the atmosphere is wild, there is no cutoff of beer or any other alcoholic beverages after the seventh inning like there is in the States . . . and I got handed a price list from a waitress when I was sitting behind home plate yesterday that reads, among other things: “Shot (Tequila o Whisky)–$4.00” They don’t mess around.

5. Finally, ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ was played about seven times on Friday–they played it between almost every inning of the 18-inning VZ/DR game–and in the usual spots Saturday. Interestingly, they use an old Harry Caray version, going South Side style. And I’d like to think maybe that’s because (Cubs farm director) Oneri Fleita’s in the house.