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It feels like the first time.
We all have memories of the first time we walked into a stadium or a ball park to see our favorite team play. For me it was when I was 5 years old and went with my brother to Wrigley Field.  I remember so much of it, the sounds and the smells, the crowd and the vendors. It was almost magical. I remember making him buy me a soda and a dog and a pennant. It feels like the first time.  Photo (save the to bad the Cubs can't buy a pennant joke Kevin) Then walking up the ramp and seeing the field for the first time ever.  It was so huge to me and so pretty. Then the game started and the rest is history. Although I do not remember who they were playing or if they won, I do remember it was the beginning of me becoming a die hard North sider. For better or worse. It feels like the first time.  Photo

  I also know that every time I walk into Wrigley, or any ball park for that matter there's a little part of me that feels just like I felt that day at Wrigley in the summer of 69.    It feels like the first time.  Photo


  Ok guys, tell us about your first time, with your team. 



| Closed on 10/06/12 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Personal | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
13 Fans 
38%a. It was here.
0%b. It was there.
23%c. It was everywhere.
23%d. Don't start that Suess sh*t.
0%e. I've never been, and, thank you for making me feel left out.
15%f. Beaneaters will not approve this poll.

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#9 | 743 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
I've told this story before, but, since you asked wink

BASEBALL - Age 6 - My grandfather took me to my first ever baseball game (Cubs) and I was able to go onto the field and into the dugout and met Billy Williams and a few other players.  I also was given a tour of the inside of the Scoreboard.  I remember the smell of Hot Dogs and fresh cut grass.

 


FOOTBALL - Age 8, my grandfather (same one), worked for the Chicago Park District and was working at Soldier Field. I was able to go to the home games and stand on the sidelines (between the end zone and the 30 - away from the players). We would get there at 9am and there was a member of the Bears organization that befriended my gramps. He would take me into the Bears Locker room before the players would show up....a few times, I was able to meet Walter Payton and some of the other players from the mid to late 70's. The smell was always of grass and hot dogs (just like at Wrigley)

The original Soldier Field


 

HOCKEY - When I was 8, I also attended my very first NHL game.  My cousin's husband took me.  We had 1st row, 3 seats away from the visitors Penalty Box.  The Blackhawks played the Vancouver Canucks that night. There were many hits on the glass in front of where I was sitting.....each time, I flinched (ha).  The Hawks lost 4-3 or was it 5-4??.....anyways, Stan Mikita scored a hat trick in that game and his 3rd goal was also his 500 Career Goal.  I was hooked ever since!   I remember the stadium smelling like popcorn.

Loved the Chicago Stadium!!
It was everywhere.  
  
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#1 | 743 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

My field of dreams. smiley


#2 | 743 days ago

true story........my sister took me to WRIGLEY for a saturday game.....but during the week......my mom sent WGN a note saying i was gonna be at my first CUB GAME..as i was listening to the thursday game on the radio.they said jeff p is here at the game and its his very 1st CUBS game .....i was shocked.....as i was at home and not there so i got to hear JACK BRICKHOUSE say my name.....lol.......SOOOOOOOO COOL.........getting to the game we took the greyhound bus to chicago and than the city buses to WRIGLEY..........IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN.......and you know what.......the CUBS ACTUALLY BEAT THE BRAVES THAT DAY......wooooooooooo hoooooooo.................yes
#3 | 743 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

Jeff_P wrote:
true story........my sister took me to WRIGLEY for a saturday game.....but during the week......my mom sent WGN a note saying i was gonna be at my first CUB GAME..as i was listening to the thursday game on the radio.they said jeff p is here at the game and its his very 1st CUBS game .....i was shocked.....as i was at home and not there so i got to hear JACK BRICKHOUSE say my name.....lol.......SOOOOOOOO COOL.........getting to the game we took the greyhound bus to chicago and than the city buses to WRIGLEY..........IT WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN.......and you know what.......the CUBS ACTUALLY BEAT THE BRAVES THAT DAY......wooooooooooo hoooooooo.................yes
Great story. We walked. indecision
#4 | 743 days ago

cubsgirl2 wrote:
My field of dreams. smiley


GLENDA..............BEST ballpark in BASEBALL................yes
#5 | 743 days ago
unopescatore (+)

I remember driving to Yankees Stadium and seeing all these striped abandoned cars on the side of the road and thinking this is quite a sh-t hole....but it all went away once I stepped into the stadium.....I miss that stadium.
#6 | 743 days ago

1960  i was 5 yrs old. walk to county stadium when the Braves were still here. 50 cents to sit in the right field bleachers to watch Hank Aaron.   yes  sitting by the railing where the bullpen was and talking to the pitchers.  if you had a bag of peanuts you had to drop a few down to them.   great days those were.   if mom and dad didn't have extra cash for a ticket we'd sit on a hill in Wood Nat'l Cemetery/V A Center  and watch the game from a distance with the old Vets who lived there.  Braves gone, county stadium gone... can never relive those days.
It was here.  
#7 | 743 days ago

i dunno how old i was, but my dad took me to an astros game when they were still wearing rainbows. i asked him on the way in how long we'd be there and he told me "it's baseball. we could be here 3 hours or until 3 in the morning." we took the ramps up to our seats and he showed me where the seats came out and the field changed for the oilers to play on. when he took me to the gift shop, he said i could have anything i wanted, so i chose the teal blue batting helmet with a fish on it and i remember my dad not even knowing who that was, but that he'd be damned if he spent money on something other than astros stuff. so i got the astros helmet and i ate cereal out of it every morning for a really long time.
#8 | 743 days ago

My first game was to see my beloved Yankees play the Twins on July 20, 1971. This was at the ORIGINAL Yankee Stadium (it underwent renovations from 1973-76, forcing the Yanks to play home games at Shea in 74 and 75).  I was almost 8 years old at the time.   My grandfather, my dad and two uncles took me to see my hero, Bobby Murcer, take on the Twins of Carew, Killibrew, Oliva, Tovar, et al.  Bert Blyleven pitched.  It was that night that I learned how to keep score at a baseball game.  Here is the box score for the game.  http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA197107200.shtml.  I remember the Yankees scoring in the first inning, then having the Twins take a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th.  I couldn't understand why people were leaving the game before it ended.  Well, the Yankees did it!  They scored 5 in the bottom of the 9th to win!  That was the first of MANY magical moments at Yankee Stadium for me...8/22/76-bat day, Yanks score 8 in the bottom of the 9th to send it into extra innings...June 24, 1977, Yankees-Red Sox...Yanks score 2 in bottom of 9th, win in 11; September 24, 1999-Yaniees-Rays-Alfonso Soriano wins it in 11th with first hit/home run of his career, after Strawberry tied it up in 9th....
It was here.  
#9 | 743 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
I've told this story before, but, since you asked wink

BASEBALL - Age 6 - My grandfather took me to my first ever baseball game (Cubs) and I was able to go onto the field and into the dugout and met Billy Williams and a few other players.  I also was given a tour of the inside of the Scoreboard.  I remember the smell of Hot Dogs and fresh cut grass.

 


FOOTBALL - Age 8, my grandfather (same one), worked for the Chicago Park District and was working at Soldier Field. I was able to go to the home games and stand on the sidelines (between the end zone and the 30 - away from the players). We would get there at 9am and there was a member of the Bears organization that befriended my gramps. He would take me into the Bears Locker room before the players would show up....a few times, I was able to meet Walter Payton and some of the other players from the mid to late 70's. The smell was always of grass and hot dogs (just like at Wrigley)

The original Soldier Field


 

HOCKEY - When I was 8, I also attended my very first NHL game.  My cousin's husband took me.  We had 1st row, 3 seats away from the visitors Penalty Box.  The Blackhawks played the Vancouver Canucks that night. There were many hits on the glass in front of where I was sitting.....each time, I flinched (ha).  The Hawks lost 4-3 or was it 5-4??.....anyways, Stan Mikita scored a hat trick in that game and his 3rd goal was also his 500 Career Goal.  I was hooked ever since!   I remember the stadium smelling like popcorn.

Loved the Chicago Stadium!!
It was everywhere.  
#10 | 743 days ago

reading feet's story brought back memories---growing up in Harlem i think the first words I was able to read was YANKEE STADIUM. Whenever a night game was played you saw the marquee and the lights light up NYC like a christmas tree.Before Steingrabber brought them you could stand in the train station and look inside Yankee Stadium. Back then after the 5tht or 6th inning sneaking into the stadium was child's play- easily done. My first good thrilling memory was sitting in the blue seats at Madison Sq Garden watching a game 7 3x overtime Eastern NBA Finals with Celtics and Knicks-----JoJo White, Clyde, Bill Bradley put on a show I can remember like it was yesterday
It was here.  
#11 | 743 days ago

I wasn't fortunate enough to go to a pro stadium until I was 25 (my parents hated crowds), 1/9/2000. My first game was the AFC wild card game between the 'Hawks and the Dolphins, Marino's last year in the league. Coincidentally, it was also Seattle's very last game in the Kingdome. For some reason, that's kind of cool to me. I worked with some guys who played college ball and recreational hoops with Jon Kitna and still kept in touch. This lead to a once in a lifetime experience - we got to talk to some of the guys on the field before the game (Tru, Chad Brown, Shawn Springs, and Tez, to name a few).  They lost that day, but I remember Charlie Rogers had a nice run on the kick return. 



By the time I went, the Kingdome was so run down, breezy, leaks, you name it. I remember they were showing plans on the little monitors for the new stadium and they had originally planned a similar model to Safeco with a retractable roof. Obviously that didn't pan out, but Qwest Centurylink is beautiful anyway.

It was here.  
#12 | 743 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
I've told this story before, but, since you asked wink

BASEBALL - Age 6 - My grandfather took me to my first ever baseball game (Cubs) and I was able to go onto the field and into the dugout and met Billy Williams and a few other players.  I also was given a tour of the inside of the Scoreboard.  I remember the smell of Hot Dogs and fresh cut grass.

 


FOOTBALL - Age 8, my grandfather (same one), worked for the Chicago Park District and was working at Soldier Field. I was able to go to the home games and stand on the sidelines (between the end zone and the 30 - away from the players). We would get there at 9am and there was a member of the Bears organization that befriended my gramps. He would take me into the Bears Locker room before the players would show up....a few times, I was able to meet Walter Payton and some of the other players from the mid to late 70's. The smell was always of grass and hot dogs (just like at Wrigley)

The original Soldier Field


 

HOCKEY - When I was 8, I also attended my very first NHL game.  My cousin's husband took me.  We had 1st row, 3 seats away from the visitors Penalty Box.  The Blackhawks played the Vancouver Canucks that night. There were many hits on the glass in front of where I was sitting.....each time, I flinched (ha).  The Hawks lost 4-3 or was it 5-4??.....anyways, Stan Mikita scored a hat trick in that game and his 3rd goal was also his 500 Career Goal.  I was hooked ever since!   I remember the stadium smelling like popcorn.

Loved the Chicago Stadium!!
EXCELLENT STORIES.......EXCELLENT MEMORIES...........EXCELLENT TIMES......good for you NICK................yes
#13 | 743 days ago

Jess wrote:
I wasn't fortunate enough to go to a pro stadium until I was 25 (my parents hated crowds), 1/9/2000. My first game was the AFC wild card game between the 'Hawks and the Dolphins, Marino's last year in the league. Coincidentally, it was also Seattle's very last game in the Kingdome. For some reason, that's kind of cool to me. I worked with some guys who played college ball and recreational hoops with Jon Kitna and still kept in touch. This lead to a once in a lifetime experience - we got to talk to some of the guys on the field before the game (Tru, Chad Brown, Shawn Springs, and Tez, to name a few).  They lost that day, but I remember Charlie Rogers had a nice run on the kick return. 



By the time I went, the Kingdome was so run down, breezy, leaks, you name it. I remember they were showing plans on the little monitors for the new stadium and they had originally planned a similar model to Safeco with a retractable roof. Obviously that didn't pan out, but Qwest Centurylink is beautiful anyway.

visited the Kingdome during my brief stint @ Ft.Lewis,,,that place was huge!!!!!!!!! I think the capacity was 100K---talking about nosebleeds
It was here.  
#14 | 743 days ago

alainpeartree wrote:
visited the Kingdome during my brief stint @ Ft.Lewis,,,that place was huge!!!!!!!!! I think the capacity was 100K---talking about nosebleeds
It was big - capacity was about 1,000 fewer than Centurylink now, but the layout was a bit different and it made it seem vast. We had really good seats when we went, on the first level right at the 40yd line about 25 rows up. It's weird though, something about Centurylink's layout makes you feel closer no matter where you are. We've had seats in the 300 level there that seemed just as close as we were in the Kingdome.
It was here.  
#15 | 743 days ago

First time was at the old Comiskey Park when I was 7. I remember it very clearly. It was a full house against the California Angels the day after Lyman Bostock was murdered. I also remember getting lost and very scared among the 40,000 fans.
It was everywhere.  
#16 | 743 days ago



First game I ever saw live and in person, Tom Seaver threw a 3 hit shutout, and Dave Kingman hit 3 bombs,  almost leaving the entire ballpark beyond the fence to the visitors bullpen.

When I got out of USMC, and dating my ex-wife/slut, I used to work just 4 blocks north and 2 blocks east of Shea Stadium, spent just about all of 1989 and 1990 there every home game. Got to talk pitching to Ron Darling, Doc Gooden, Mel Stottlemyre, John Franco, Bobby Ojeda, David Cone, Sid Fernandez in the parking lot after the games. Found out 2 months before anyone outside of his entire family that Strawberry was leaving Mets after 1990 season for Dodgers.

Memories. Beautiful memories.
It was here.  
#17 | 742 days ago

First sporting event I attended was the horse races at Santa Anita Park I think. It was with my Uncle Bob, I don't really remember much except it smelled like horse manure. I went to Dodger Stadium for some games, we sat in the nose bleed section and I spent my time scaring the crap outta myself by looking down over the rail (i'm afraid of heights). Staurday night dirt track racing, I was 13 and I remember driving out to Bakersfield Speedway and you could hear them from the road and i started getting all tingly, then the smells hit me and I was hooked. Something about grease and burnt rubber. They also served a prime rib sammich that was to die for.
#18 | 739 days ago

Really dusting off the memory banks here...  But I remember as a very young lad being taken to the Oakland Coliseum.  I remember the players...  Joe Rudi, Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Reggie Jackson, etc.  I recall the promotions the A's owner Charlie Finley always had going...  Bell night, pennant night, etc.  But what I recall the most is one time we went there was an older guy next to me who had a smelly cigar and was cheering but was also mumbling a lot.  Sometimes shouting, sometimes it seemed to himself.  It actually unnerved me a little.  To this day when I smell an old stogie it takes me back to the Oakland Coliseum. 

But the coolness of going to the ball game really didn't hit me until I was a teenager going to Giants games with my friends much later.  Candlestick Park was just great.  People liked to bash it but I loved the place and I miss it.
#19 | 735 days ago

MY IS SPORTING  INVENT I SENT IN REAL LIFEWAS  THE #1  ARKANSAS  RAZORBACK  AND THE #2  TEXAS LONG  HORNS.OF 1964.
#20 | 731 days ago

(Edited by desertrat)
My first live sporting event was Dodgers vs Reds in 1972 at Dodger Stadium, I won the tickets through Cub Scouts and my Uncle took me to the game, my Dad was in Vietnam. 

1973 was the first game that really mattered to me, Northwestern @ Nebraska! 

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