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Take Me Out To The Ballgame; Take Me Out To The Crowd

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Fabian Sienkowski

Aparna Dwivedi

English 1101: Composition 1

9/23/05

Writing Assignment #1

Take me out to the ball game; take me out to the crowd

"You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too." This quote by Roy Campanella, a baseball hall of fame inductee, shows that baseball is one of the world's most treasured sports. Baseball today has been called "America's Favorite Pastime". Ever since the early 1800's, a little sport once called townball, has evolved to being one of the most spectacular scenes ever known to man. Millions of people, children and old, enjoy going to cheer for their favorite team. Baseball is not just a sport, it's an event where everyone and anyone can break away from the realities of the real world, and enter into a zone of excitement and exhilaration.

When going to a ball game, there are many different aspects that are included. All the people are crowded in the parking lot enjoying beer, bratwursts, soda, hotdogs, and hamburgers. The grills are sizzling as families wait outside the stadium before the game begins. This is only the beginning to a great time at the ballpark. After stuffing stomachs and getting fat, walking up to the ticket window is an experience to remember. There are fans everywhere, wearing all the paraphernalia of their team. People are waiting in line to purchase tickets at the window, trying to achieve the best seat possible. Scalpers come from all over to sell their overpriced tickets, trying to overturn a profit. It seems like everyone in the world is at this baseball game because it is so jam-packed outside the ticket windows. All over the stadium are stands with t-shirts, baseballs, and anything baseball that could be thought of, especially peanuts. The best part is, there is all this excitement, and the game hasn't even started yet!

Taking the ticket and entering the gate symbolizes the fact that baseball history is right around the corner. Whenever entering into the "House of Legends", a smile seems to occur on everyone's face. The atmosphere is friendly, and it seems as if no one can have a bad time, unless their team loses, of course! While walking through the lobby, the aroma of food surrounds the nostrils. Grilled onions, pizza, and even more hotdogs are present in the vicinity, making one feel hungry again, even after the fact that they just ate outside. The noise of people yelling "Get your free complimentary gift when you sign up for a Visa today!" entices one to get a credit card. Strolling to the seat assigned

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