I attended three baseball games in Miami over the weekend with my nephew and his wife. It was the second part of the home and home series between the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays. This time I was the host to the out of towners. The Marlins won this series two games to one, winning 7 to 4 and 4 to 1, and losing 9 to 8 in 11 innings. So this year the ‘Good Guys’ prevailed 4 games to 2. Woot! Woot!
Saturday, in addition to a post-game concert and scheduled fireworks, the Marlins gave miniature plastic vuvuzelas to the first 15,000 arrivals. Despite being only 14 inches long (about 35 centimeters) they were very loud and shrill. People started blowing on them a half hour before the game and continued non-stop to the very end. Saturday’s game was the one that lasted 11 innings – 4 hours and 38 minutes! Because of the length of the game the fireworks were canceled. After over five hours of continuous vuvuzela-ing my eardrums were only too happy to avoid the noise of exploding fireworks! I now know what it is like at World Cup games!
Here is a short video of one Marlins’ at bat.( The batter hit a ground ball which the shortstop booted.) Multiply the sound you hear by several bazillions and you will have an idea of what it seemed like being there!
I doubt the Marlins will have any more vuvuzela giveaways!
P.S. – Responsible adult that I am – – I never removed mine from the cellophane wrapper!