Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Vancouver----At Nat Baily stadium, located at 4691 Ontario Street, fans waited a long time for something to happen as the Vancouver Canadians played the Salem/Kaiser Volcanoes.

There were no eruptions, nobody even got to home base until the 6th inning. A group of supporters of the NDP party joined Gregor Robertson, MLA, and the Vancouver-Fairview Constituency Association for a Baseball and Barbeque fundraiser.

The tickets, which were twenty dollars each, got Robertson enthusiasts all-you-could-eat BBQ, game seats in the grandstand, one program book each, and a chance to meet the players at the beginning of the game. The game started at 7 p.m.

The first inning, the Vancouver team couldn't get to first base. Breaks during innings were more entertaining.

An Elvis impersonator, competitions where participants had to drag a partner around the grass on intertubes, a contest where children tried to put giant veggies onto big buns and beat the clock, a rousing rendition of "Take me out to the ballgame" by a little league team consisting only of boys and assorted other boys gathered from the stands.

It was a beautiful evening. Hawkers sold bags of popcorn, salty peanuts and beer. The moon rose. But it was 9:30 before any action happened on the field. By then, this reporter had wandered off with two twelve-year-old girls and a disgruntled four-year-old boy and the wife of the MLA to feed the ducks in the neighboring Queen Elizabeth park.

From the meadow between the duck park and the conservatory, sounds of cheering resounded through the night. Finally, something was happening. Really happening.

Turned out, the Salem Kaisers were winning at the 8th inning by 3 to nothing. In the last inning, the Vancouver team made a stunning recovery by scoring four runs. And that is why the fans went wild.

"It was really crazy at the end. There was this guy on first base, he ran to second base, fell and barely got there by the tips of his fingers, sliding on his stomach, on the Canadian team. You shoulda been there," said Eli Krag, 9, shaking his head.

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