This Sunday doubleheader covered a lot of ground

FATHER’S DAZE
Emmitt B. Feldner • forThe Review

My wife and I covered half of Wisconsin’s east coast and caught two games – one live, one on television – that the locals won Sunday.

Not a bad way to start the week.

We started the afternoon at a Brewers game at Miller Park in Milwaukee and ended it at a Packer party at our son and daughter-in-law’s house in Two Rivers.

That’s quite a busy day for a couple of old grandparents, I’d say.

We got tickets for the Brewers game a while back after Terry saw on the schedule it was a giveaway game – and the giveaway was a Brewer player garden gnome.

She’s been happy enough in the past with bobbleheads, but they really got her interest with the garden gnome.

It’s not like she doesn’t have any of the little guys already – she got a generic Brewers gnome a few years ago at the stadium gift shop as well as a New York Mets gnome about four years ago when we went to a game at Citi Park with my brother.

She also has a Packer gnome and just plain regular-old gnome with no visible loyalties of any kind.

That’s almost more gnomes than she has garden, but that didn’t deter her.

And it wasn’t enough that I got a gnome and so did she.

About halfway through the game, she asked a gentleman in the row behind us if she could have his gnome if she bought him a beer.

We now know what the going price is for a Brewer garden gnome and what some people will do for a free beer – not to mention now having three of the garden gnomes.

At this point, I was beginning to wonder if she planned to create a garden consisting solely of garden gnomes.

I’m not entirely sure if there’s any kind of salad that kind of garden produce would be good in and I’ve never seen or heard of any good recipes for garden gnomes – grilled, fried, baked, boiled or whatever – but that didn’t deter Terry.

Fortunately, there weren’t any more thirsty fans looking for a free beer in our section and the game was over before she could start working any of the other sections, so we went home with only three gnomes.

Actually, she only wanted one gnome – she promised the rest to other people, but if she hadn’t she probably would have gladly kept them.

The game started poorly for the home nine as they fell behind early.

It was the bottom of the fifth when Terry went to get the beer to pay for her extra gnome and that was when the Brewers finally showed some life.

By the time Terry got back, the Brewers had scored three runs to take the lead and had the bases loaded.

I was tempted to send Terry back out to the concession stand to keep the good vibes going, but fortunately for her the Brewers scored a few more runs even with her in her seat and they didn’t look back.

We took off with her haul of gnomes and headed for Alex and Julia’s, where they were having a party for the Packer game that night.

Alex was one of the people Terry had promised a gnome to, so the trip served a dual purpose.

I would have said that Alex should be satisfied with bringing him a gnome and left it at that, but Terry figured we should bring some contribution to the party.

Actually, it was just an excuse to make a stop at a recentlyopened grocery store along the highway – as if Terry needs an excuse to go shopping at someplace new.

She picked up a box of cookies to bring with us and I somehow managed to get her out of there and back on the road in time to make it for the opening kickoff – but only because I owe her a trip back to that store.

With any luck, I may be able to get a free beer out of her for it – but I’m not betting on it.


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