We took the kids to a Saint Paul Saints game last night. It didn't rain.
It had been threatening to rain during the day, with clouds coming in before dinner time and hubby mentioning he had encountered a few periods of light sprinkles on the way home from work. We listened to the weather before we left, not that that is a guarantee, but they said the rain was supposed to hold off until after sunset. So, we plugged ahead with our original plan to go to the game.
Didn't buy tickets in advance since things have been so subject to change around here, and headed to Midway Stadium to try our luck with purchasing them an hour or so before the game started. This worked well since we got tickets right in the front a little to the right of home plate. Perfect for our first outing to a baseball game as a family.
We had planned to get the tickets and then get some dinner nearby, but when we saw all the people already at the stadium and how horrendous the parking situation was, we decided to just park and find something to eat at the stadium. Turns out that was a good plan too, since one vendor was giving away free hot dogs and water. Perfect cheap, baseball game dinner.
Even though I don't think the kids really paid attention to which guys were "our" team, they had fun. It was good we had the seats we did since the kids were in constant motion. At least they didn't have to crawl over people to get out or things would've gotten a little testy.
Ran into folks that my husband works with and they were asking us if we were dedicated Saints fans to get the great seats we had. Nope, just walked up and bought them on game day. The old-duffer-serious-baseball-fans sitting behind us had obviously over heard this conversation. When hubby took the kids to get some water during the 7th inning stretch, I could hear the duffers talking about coveting OUR seats and how we had just walked up and purchased them an hour before the game. They knew all the players, knew their stats, knew where prior players were, had just been to a Twins game the night before -- serious baseball fans.
Which made it even worse that moments earlier in the 7th inning stretch, when the crowd stood to face the announcer's box because they were throwing out bags of free peanuts, a bag came soaring overhead and ricocheted off the back of the head of one of the gentlemen and right into my hands. Momentarily, the thought of handing him back the offending bag crossed my mind, but then I thought how much my kids would like them, so all I mustered was an impish grin before I tossed the peanuts into my bag.
And the Saints managed to beat the fearsomely named Sioux Falls Canaries by a score of 7-1.
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Words of Father Corapi, for all my politician friends and relatives and those who vote for them
"Catholic office holders, whether presidents, senators, congress men or women, or judges at any level must adhere to Catholic teaching or run the risk of separating themselves from the Body of Christ. In such egregious and chronic cases of gross moral evil such as instituting and perpetuating abortion and the structures of sin that surround it, it is quite probable that such Catholic officials are excommunicated in virtue of the acts themselves. A latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication is likely triggered when they vote for laws, funding, and structures that enable and perpetuate such obvious and egregious evil (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1364,1398; Canon 1329, par. #2). They are in turn forbidden from approaching the sacraments as the result (Cf. Catechism of Catholic Church #1463)."
"It is not morally possible for any Catholic to support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning, or same-sex marriage. There are no ways around this, no justifications whatever. Why? For the simple reason that the Church holds these things to be intrinsically evil. They are evil in themselves, and no circumstances or subjective conditions can ever change that."