Baltimore, MD (April 4, 2011) - 2011 Orioles Opening Day

Sofia just turned two a couple of months ago and today she attended to her first MLB Opening Day.

I knew this Opening Day experience was going to be unique. The weather in DC has finally started to warm up after some crazy spring snow fell last week. Sofia has been begging to go the park every day. This morning I asked her if she meant to say the baseball park and in she confirmed in spanish that yes she wanted to visit the baseball park: "parque...parque de beisbol!" (We are really trying to make her bilingual).

As expected, Baltimore was mobbed with Orioles fans. Who can blame them? Their 3-0 start is the best since 1997. Could this be a new Baltimore Orioles team?

The Orioles got on the score board in the 2nd inning with Matt Wieters stealing home on Porcello's wild pitch. The Tigers responded by tying it up in the 3rd.

Sofia was excited to be back in the ballpark. She hammed it up for the fans in the stands and cheered the O's on as she bounced from step to step out if her seat.

By the 4th inning Sofia was ready for a change of atmosphere. We headed to the Orioles' kiddie area (which honestly leaves much to be desired in comparison to the carnival rides at the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Field) where she discovered a small moon bounce where she spent most of the 5th inning which featured Brian Roberts nailing a three-run homer to the right field stands where we were seated. As the inning finished up, Wieters singled to add another run giving the Orioles a 5-1 lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.

Luckily for dad, the park had strategically placed a monitor in perfect view by the moon bounce so I did not miss a single play.
Back in the day I would have been frustrated missing the best part of the game, but today I confirmed a new source of enjoyment at the ballpark: spending time watching Sofia enjoy a baseball game in her unique way as a two-year-old little girl.

The game was not a complete loss. We returned to our seats in time for "God Bless America", "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (the Orioles 7th inning staple). Sofia sang and danced during the 7th inning stretch and we watch the Orioles beat the Tigers 5-1 and taking their record to 4-0. Much better than the last time we were there to finish up our "30 Ballparks and a Baby" tour in 2009.

I don't remember my first Opening Day but will certainly always remember this one with my daughter.

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