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Venados de Mazatlan

Beisbol!!!!!!!

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Saturday night the four of us took a pulmonia to the stadium to catch a local baseball game. Home team the Venados de Mazatlan took on the Yaquis de Obregón in the second of three home games.

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We arrived at the stadium about 20 minutes before the game started. The stadium was pretty much empty at the time, mostly other gringos like ourselves. By the 5th inning the stadium was 3/4 full.

We sat with our backs to the main entrance, nine rows up from centre field. There was constant movement behind us. Actually there was constant movement everywhere. I felt that all of my senses were on overload! People milled about throughout the game. Vendors walked through the stands offering beer for 20 pesos a bottle.

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Also on the menu were baked goods, candied apples, cut up sausages, pistachios (10 pesos a bag), pizza, sushi, churros. There were three vendors selling fan merchandise: noisemakers, glowing sticks, horns, oversize fingers, clothing, all displayed on a tall stick which they held with one hand while sounding the noisemakers with the other. I'm sure each one walked several miles that night, and when they were walking they were standing behind Dave sounding the spinning noisemakers.

One of my favourite things about going to baseball games is the fun music they play between batters. It was no different at this game. I was singing and clapping throughout. It was really interesting when the band played at the same time as a commercial and the music. It was so loud. It seems that many people here have developed the ability to either filter out the music and focus on one piece at a time, or they are able to listen to several pieces at the same time.

For the first time ever, Dave and I ended up on the big screen. I didn't know what to do so I just sat there like a dud. If I had a do-over I'd get up and dance like a crazy fool!

What I didn't see a lot of was the baseball game. Compared with everything else going on it was not as interesting. At the end of the 7th inning, Mazatlan was losing 4-2 and after the grounds crew danced the ymca and then gangham style we figured we had seen everything and nothing else could top that. We headed home. What a fantastic night!

Posted by kwtraumer 18:29 Archived in Mexico

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