On a whim, and mostly because of the nice weather, Rachel and I headed down to the ballpark on Monday night for the Reds' game against the Giants. We got upper-upper deck seats, but ended up moving to the lower part of the upper deck after a couple of innings. We have a group outing next week, so checked out that section (418).
In the sixth, a woman (it turned out to be Walt Jockety's daughter) approached me about playing Fan Fortune. It's a Wheel of Fortune type game they play after the seventh inning. I said sure and ended up on the jumbotron figuring out that hitters hand out in the Batters Box. These puzzles are typically pretty easy and I usually get them without even seeing the additional letters provided (they give you R-E-D-S ahead of time. This is what popped up:
_ _ _ _ E R S
_ _ _
I panicked. I had no idea what the answer was, but I had three more letters coming: A, N, and T. (You have to pick your extra letters ahead of time.) Before I saw the added letters some dude in my section yelled out the answer. I like to think I would have gotten it, though with:
_ A T T E R S
_ _ _
Of course, as soon as it happened, facebook lit up and I started getting texts, etc. Fun times, and I won a $100.00 gift card for the Hollywood casino (but not to gamble with).
Oh, by the way, the Reds lost. It was the first loss for me this year when I wasn't sitting in our seats. I'm now 6-5 on the year.
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