When I first heard I was going to be a dad, the thing I was most exciting about was bonding with my kid thru sports. Taking him to ballgames, watching and maybe coaching him in little league, attending his games. Well, last night was a dream come true. We took Casey to his first professional sports game. OK, so it was a LA Clipper game. Contrary to popular belief, they ARE a professional team... I've been asking around, trying to find out when is the best age to first take your kid to a game.. I have never gotten a straight answer. So, we decided to find out first hand. A few factors went into our decision. First, we had access to four seats in a row. One seat for mom, one for dad, one for Casey, if he actually chose to sit, and one seat for all Casey's shtuff. Plus, it being New Years Eve, the game started one hour earlier than normal: 6:30PM. We figured that could help him still get to bed at a decent hour. We didnt exactly make it to the game in time for tipoff. Casey had to take his afternoon nap. But he woke up in a good mood and we were already packed, ready to go. We tried to dress him in his Clipper pajamas, but they dont fit anymore. Amazing how quickly newborns outgrow clothes. We settled for a red fleece jacket and a Clipper beanie. We got to the game in the 2nd qtr, and he sat there, soaking it all in. Honestly, I think he was more interested in the two guys next to us, who each pounded four beers. Casey kept staring at them, and smiling. Personally, I think it was the beer. Casey's gonna be drinker. Casey was his usual self, making friends with the females. The usher and the server both took an immediate liking to him.
The important thing is that Casey seemed to enjoy himself. He wasn't overwhelmed, didn't ever cry, and was in good spirits the whole time. I think he has earned himself an invite to another game!
Oh yeah, and the Clippers won the game; which means that Casey is undefeated as a live-fan of the Los Angeles Clippers. In case you dont know how crazy that is, consider Casey's cousin Andy. He once went a WHOLE SEASON without witnessing a Clipper win in person. 0-fer the season. At this rate, Casey might become a Clipper mascot... I can see it now. The Clipper Spirit (cheerleaders), Clipper Daryl (superfan) and Clipper Casey!
Family portrait at Staples Center
Air pup to the hoop!