Baseball, Helping Others, State Farm, & a Giveaway

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve enjoyed going to baseball games. See, me and Tommy Lasorda go way back. But, I was surprised to realize last week that it had been 18 years since I’d been to a Major League Baseball game. The FishBoys and Papa have gone quite a few times over the last few years, but I guess I’ve been home with babies.

Last week my college roommate came down to San Diego to take us to a Padres/Dodgers game — just us adults. Despite my LA roots, I have, indeed, switched allegiances to the Padres. Yes, yes, I did. And they’re doing quite well this year, thank you very much.

Petco Park is a beautiful stadium, conveniently located in Downtown San Diego with views of the ocean. It is an extremely family-friendly park, complete with a playground, grassy hills, and a sandbox near the “beacher” seats. And the fans are some of the nicest and friendliest. We’re hoping to go back at least a few more times this season, with kids and without.

It was great to see Laura, too. God paired us up 20 years ago as college freshman, and we’re still friends today — even though she is still a Dodgers fan.

Laura is on a mission to tour the MLB stadiums throughout the country. So, what fun to get to document her trip to Petco Park!

In other baseball news….

Wanna go to the World Series?

Recently I found out that State Farm and Major League Baseball have teamed up together to give people a chance to attend the 2010 World Series for free through their “Go to Bat” Program.

  • Baseball fans can sign up to play the online Home Run Derby game.
  • Pick a charity to team up with. There are a number of great groups to partner with from the American Heart Association to St. Jude’s Children’s Research to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Every time you score a homerun on the online game is another entry for you and for the charity of your choice.
  • Each week, a baseball fan is chosen to win a trip for two to games 3 and 4 of the World Series.
  • The winner’s charity will receive a weekly donation equal to $100 for every home run hit that week in MLB.
  • At the end of the 10-week program, the charity with the most “entries” will be awarded $25,000.

The online game is pretty fun to play. I must confess I was terrible at it, hitting one ball out of 11. So I’m getting my husband to start playing! We have dreams of a Padres World Series. πŸ˜‰

Wanna win today?

This week, three LifeasMOM readers will each win a $50 gift card to Sports Authority, compliments of State Farm.

How to Enter:

Leave a comment telling us who you hope will go to the World Series this year.

Giveaway will be open until Sunday night, August 15 at 8 pm, PST. Winners to be chosen at random and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours of the email being sent otherwise I may have to choose an alternate winner. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to the winners: brewcrew27@, amynjim.nelson@, kanddbk@

Disclosure: State Farm has provided Sports Authority gift cards for the winners and myself. I was not compensated to publish positive comments. I love baseball!

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  1. Go Rays! This is the year!

  2. im hoping for the phillies

  3. We have been following the Washington Nationals our local team.

  4. Rays! Please break out of the slump!!!!

  5. Well we are rooting for the Red’s. Finally they are having a great year.

  6. We are all routing for the Yankees!

  7. We’re Diamondbacks fans- but I think the World Series is unlikely this year!

  8. We’re Yankees fans good years and bad, but we’re really hoping they make it to the World Series this year. The Yankees organization was wonderful to my son when he was on his Make-A-Wish trip!

  9. We are huge Phillies fans! πŸ™‚ Go Phils!

  10. Andrea Watts says:

    The Yankees!

  11. The Chicago Cubs!

  12. Jennifer B says:

    Long shot but BRAVES!! Always loved them!!!

  13. Not that it’s looking like they will, but I have to root for the Rockies!

  14. I’m cheering for the Atlanta Braves!

  15. Looking for another Yankees win this October!

  16. We’re still MN Twins fans though we now live in Texas.

  17. Phillies!

  18. Tara LaPierre says:


  19. My Texas Ranger, hopefully!

  20. Go Braves!

  21. My sentimental favorite teams are the Cubs and the Tigers. πŸ™‚

  22. I’m kind of hoping I get to go to the World Series…does that count? πŸ™‚

  23. We just took our girls to a Pirates game for the first time last week. I would love to see them go to the World Series, but I know that is a super long shot. At least I have the Memories of them winning it when I was a kid!
    Oh, and by the way, they beat the Rockies the night we went!

  24. Debbie in PA says:

    Another Phillies fan here…GO PHILLIES!!!!

  25. It’s a long shot…but the Astros

  26. Go Red Sox!!!

  27. Go BRAVES!

  28. Jenn Jones says:

    I’m always hoping for the Cubs but I don’t think that is ever going to happen! So now I just hope the Yankees DON’T get there. πŸ™‚


  30. I’m hoping for the phillies all the way!

  31. I wanna see the Texas Rangers at the world series!!

  32. I’m an Indians fan, but that may be a stretch!

  33. I know this is a huge stretch- but how aweomse would it be if the Pittsburgh Pirates won?!

  34. Go Cleveland Indians : )

  35. Chicago Cubs!

  36. Go Rockies!

  37. So I live in PIttsburgh… so I am gonna say the Pirates. And you can all fall over laughing now! πŸ™‚

  38. Red Sox!

  39. Go Yankee’s!

  40. Goe Red Sox!!

  41. Have to go with the Cubbies!

  42. Katherine C. says:

    I am a Padres fan!

  43. The San Francisco Giants!!!

  44. Oakland A’s

  45. It would be way fun for the Padres to make it to the world series this year…

  46. satha vorwaller says:


  47. We are die hard Indians fans. But that will never happen this year, so we are rooting for the Cincinnati Reds to get in!

  48. My tigers are in a slump, but I can still hope! Thanks!

  49. Mary Smith says:

    We are rooting for the Atlanta Braves

  50. I honestly do not care who wins! I just like having food parties to celebrate!

    achernandez711 at yahoo dot com

  51. I’m with Laura and Lee–Let’s Go Rays!

    (shh…don’t tell my die-hard Yankees fan hubby I said that!)

  52. Red Sox!!!!! (and if they can’t, I’d settle for anyone other than the Yankees)

  53. Boston Red Sox

  54. I’d love to see the Rockies back in the World Series but win this time πŸ˜‰

  55. The Brewers of course! πŸ™‚

  56. Its been a long time…so we’re rooting for the San Francisco Giants. I’d be happy if the Oakland A’s made it too.

  57. white sox.

  58. As an AZ resident, we’d love to see the D’Backs go to the world series. But, we are also realists…. lol!

  59. We want to padres to go too! My husband is a huge padres fan since he grew up in SD. We are actually driving there from San Jose tonight!! Can’t wait to be there.

  60. GO Braves!

  61. Cinncinati REDS!

  62. We have split allegiences in the family – so either the Dodgers or the Yankees!

  63. The Cubs! (not that that is even remotely likely!)

  64. Go Phillies!

  65. Go Seahawks!

    • Carlene Courtney says:

      Sorry, Rachel – the Seahawks are not baseball! hehehe

      • @Carlene Courtney, Think brain….Mariners! My husband’s glad you noticed my mistake. It’s the first time I’ve heard him laugh heartily before 7 a.m. in five years of marriage!

        • Carlene Courtney says:

          You are funny! Glad I made your hubby laugh – good start to one’s day. I went to a Mariners-Angels game a couple weeks ago in Anaheim. Fun time. I grew up in St. Louis so I am a die-hard Cardinals fan!

  66. Go Twins!

  67. AllieZirkle says:

    I’m torn between the Padres and the Diamondbacks. I’ll commit later in the season, but to qualify for this giveaway, I’ll pick the Dbacks πŸ™‚

  68. not much into baseball so may the best team win

  69. Ok, so I have to admit… I’m not a baseball fan. I’m so ready for football!!! But I would love to win this giveaway!! Thanks!

  70. I grew up watching the Braves, so I have to go with them!

  71. TX Rangers!!!!

  72. St. Louis Cardinals all the way!!!!! Go Cards

  73. We would love to see the Pirates go to the series….but we’re not delusional enough to think they will this year!

  74. Carri Siebenmark says:

    Red sox!

  75. I want to see my Dodgers win it all.

  76. Cubs, baby!
    My beloved grandfather pined away for those Cubs for YEARS UPON YEARS (!). Since he passed away last Christmas, I think it’d be special to see them win this year.

  77. As always, I hope the Giants go to the World Series. Boo Padres! But we can root against the Dodgers together.

  78. being from the south i am a tried and true braves fan.

  79. hmmmm, I think my hubby would say the Reds…so I have to agree! I am not a sports fan at all.

  80. Well, we are Cubs fans here, but a trip to the World Series is pretty unlikely. So we’ll go with anyone other than the White Sox. πŸ™‚ I’d love to win this for my husband! Thanks for the chance.

  81. We’re Texas Rangers fans here so we’d love to see them in the World Series. Go RANGERS!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  82. the St. Louis Cardinals!

  83. Go Dodger Blue!

  84. Red Sox!

  85. my husband loves the mariners so i hope they go! but i doubt it… they aren’t having a good year…

  86. The Yankees. ‘Nuff said!

  87. Twins!

  88. Carlene Courtney says:

    St. Louis Cardinals! GO CARDINALS!

  89. I’m all about the Red Sox, although it’s going to be tough to get there without some that are on the DL….my husband & 3 kids are all for the Yankees…booo!!…but they are looking pretty good on another World Series run.
    Red Sox Yankees series can get pretty intense around here LOL!!!

  90. It would be funny if the Tampa Bay Devil Rays went and played against the Seattle mariners. Way far fetched!!

  91. Definitely the Braves! Going to a few games is on our to-do list too!

  92. I think its awesome that your still friends with your college roomate

  93. Oh Maybe the cubs

  94. Kelly Palacios says:

    Go White Sox!!!!!

  95. Go Atlanta Braves.

  96. I would like to see the St. Louis Cardinals make it to the Qorld Series this year! Go Team!

  97. For the sake of my uncle, the Cubs.

  98. Jennifer H. says:

    Go STL Cards! My bro, SIL, and new niece live there and I’d love to visit them!

  99. Of course, the Yankees!! Who else??!!

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