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Ping pong was my main sport growing up. While other kids were playing catch in their backyard with their old man, I was paddling ping pong balls in the basement with my dad.
Although I didn't play catch with my dad as a child, I decided to play some catch up and go to my first father-son baseball game.
We arrived at the Nationals Park stadium and joined a very lively and packed crowd, ready to cheer on the first place Nats. As we walked towards our seats, I couldn't help but notice that one American pastime had been drowned out by another American past time…eating. The concession stands featured a dizzying array of snacks and drinks. I couldn't help but ask myself, "Was this a sporting event with food or a food event with sports?"
The problem was that there weren't many healthy food options. Take for instance, the Cracker Jack. Otherwise wholesome whole grains and nuts were steeped in butter and caramelized to a candied finish.
As we sang "Take me out to the ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch, I wondered to myself, "Could I make a healthier popcorn snack?"
Incidentally, if you make popcorn for your kids, be sure to have them gargle afterwards so they don't get any retained kernels of corn stuck in their teeth.
At our first baseball game, the Nats put on an offensive clinic and obliterated the Phillies 11-0. We enjoyed some munchies during the game, but most importantly, my dad and I shared a truly memorable experience together.