I went to see the Nationals play the Orioles Saturday night. It was a surprise invitation.
A friend of mine and I had plans to go to the Modernism show at the Corcoran Saturday afternoon. Which we did, and it was fabulous. It was laid out nicely and modern design is just so easy to look at.
I have realized, however, that I could never have my place decorated in a modern style, because you have to be a minimalist. And I tend more towards maximalism than minimalism, it seems. Not in a Baroque way. I just like fun stuff. And I’m not tidy enough to have absolutely nothing I own out in plain sight.
Which has nothing to do with anything.
So my friend M, in the middle of the exhibit, said that he had a surprise for later. And was I up for an adventure? Of course! Everyone who knows me knows that unless it has anything to do with weird meat products, I'll try anything and I love surprises and adventures!
The adventure turned out to be a baseball game. Now, I know nothing about sports. I’ve probably been to 10 sporting events in my entire life. But it was fun! Hot dogs! Yum! Beer! Yum!
M explained the rules, one of which being how the home team always gets to bat last. The score was tied 1-1 for a long time. When they finished the 9th inning, they were still tied. And so they played another one. And another one.
So it was the 11th inning, and the Orioles had 3 and the Nationals had one. And I was sitting there thinking, holy cow, we’re going to be here all night long! This is eternal!
So I said, “Wow! This game is going to go really late!”
“No, this is the last inning.”
“But it can't be. How can you say that?”
“Yes, Lis, it is. See how the Orioles are two ahead? The Nationals would have to get three runs to win. And they already have two strikes. It's really unlikely that they're going to win.”
“But I thought you said the Nationals get to keep batting till they win, right?”
He choked a little on his beer. “What did you just say?”
“You said. You said the home team keeps getting to go last until they win.”
Turns out he’d said no such thing. And then he pointed out that meant that the home team would always win. Which would just make no sense.
Which is true. If you think about it. Heh.