The view from the seats above the dugout.
Dianne and I went to see the Brewers play the Reds last night. My brother had great seats right next to the Brewers' dugout.
It was a pitchers' battle with only seven hits between the two clubs. But I made sure I was elsewhere for everything that did happen.
When Logan Schaeffer popped his first major league home run to provide all of the game's scoring, I was getting ice cream. But it was very good ice cream (I got mint chocolate chip and Mackinac Island fudge) and almost made missing the home run worth it.
When Jean Segura nailed Derrick Robinson at the plate as he tried to stretch a double into an inside the park home run, I was at a table signing up for a subscription to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But they were giving away free stuff and I got two Brewers seat cushions and just about the ugliest yellow Brewers hat I've ever seen. Anybody want a hat?
And the worst of it played out on social media. I innocently (and naively) posted a picture of Ryan Braun on my Facebook page with the caption "Braun is back!" Folks didn't share my enthusiasm, pointing out to me that ESPN had reported earlier in the day that he would be suspended for maybe the rest of the season and then some right after the All-Star Game. I had missed that.
There's a saying baseball, "hit 'em where they ain't." Turns out fans can be where they ain't too.