Out in the Field Giveaway!

Out in the FieldI want to give away a copy of Out in the Field!

Here’s all you have to do: Leave me a comment telling me about some sports or competitive team memory when something really awesome happened. It could be going to see your favorite team win big, it could be your high school’s soccer team triumphing over defeat like in a teen movie, it could be, for those of us who are less athletically inclined, your chess club finding checkmate when all seemed hopeless.

Example: Back when tickets to the bleachers at old Yankee Stadium were still $5, I went to a Yankees-Red Sox game in which Andy Pettite pitched badly and the Red Sox beat the pants off the Yankees. Friends of mine from Boston came with me to the game and were obnoxious in that Boston fan way. I was kind of mortified. But then the Yankees handily won the rest of the games in that series and all was right with the world again. The end.

The contest will be open for two weeks starting today, so leave a comment by midnight EST on May 12th to be entered to win. I’ll draw a winner at random on the 13th and announce it here as well as email the winner.

Good luck!

[Note: Comments are moderated, so if I’m not near a computer, it might take a little while for your comment to show up, but I will approve all comments made by real people that are not spam!]

17 thoughts on “Out in the Field Giveaway!

  1. Maya says:

    Best sports memory for me was watching my home team, the Blue Jays, win back to back world series with my dad, who has since passed away. I remember Joe Carter up to bat with everything resting on his shoulders. Whatever he did would decide the game – either it would be the third strike in the bottom of the ninth inning or a hit. And what a hit it was…a home run that brought 3 other runners home. Much cheering ensued in our household! :)

  2. Jibriel O. says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    As to the memory it would be the first soccer game I’ve attended with my dad of your home team against Real Madrid. The atmosphere was awesome and Real Madrid, well let’s say they don’t come here often( actually it was the first time that they played agaist our home team so the hype was big. In the first ten minutes our team actually was the first to score.That was awesome. We actually lost at the end but we had good seats and to see all the Real players this close and see our team fight and offer a good game made it quite a great evening.

  3. Adriana ME says:

    I’m the first?!

    My best sports memory:
    When I was little I used to be in a swim team, on the day of my first competition I was really, really nervous. When the time came I got on my mark, the whistle sounded and I went into the water, I swam with all I got, I finished my laps without knowing what happened. My coach ran and hugh me, I couldn’t see if I was the last or if more girls were behind me…but I was first place!

    I continue swimming for some time, changed sports and won more awards, but I would never forget my first competition.

    :)

  4. Suze says:

    Despite school PE lessons, I’ve always been quite sporty, usually in team sports, but i am not a runner at all. However, major achievement for me last year was competing and completing a marathon. It took me over 5 1/2 hours, but crossing that line was the best feeling ever!

  5. Judi P says:

    Oooh~ My most and only competitive team memory is when my NJROTC Unarmed Drill Team won the competition in our section for well… the competition. lol.. It’s been so long that I honestly forgot what It was called (the competition thing) But I remember the thrill of performing, the fear of missing a step and messing the whole routine up, and then… the utter thrill of when our school name was announced at #1 for Unarmed Drill Team performances. It was the best day I’d ever had. And one of the reasons why ROTC was and will forever be the ‘class’ or ‘club/program’ that changed my life. It really did. I learned a lot in ROTC but it wasn’t until I went to a competition that I learned what perseverance, dedication and all the hard work and practice put into the team would feel like when It finally paid off. We had lost the previous competition but in that time that I went and performed with my team and we won… It was wonderful. It felt like just that one more person that knew the routine made the difference in us winning. I loved it. :)

    Judi

  6. Andrea says:

    I’ll never forget the 2006 World Cup in Germany. We had just moved there a few months before it started. I ended up spending a week in the hospital after the birth of our son and I spent the entire time watching the World Cup. Then, the night I got out of the hospital Germany had a big win and we were able to stand on our patio and watch the fireworks. It was a very happy time for us.

  7. Lisa says:

    I have two great memories from last year. The best was watching the Dallas Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. It was awesome, especially since they had beat us in the finals several years ago. I’m pretty sure everyone thought that Miami and their “big three” were going to win.

    The other one was getting to watch the Texas Rangers make it to the World Series for the second year in a row. Unfortunately they didn’t win, but it was still exciting. (I know Kate, your Yankees have won many World Series, but maybe we can win at least one) 😀

    Congrats on your new release and thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Trix says:

    I remember attending Game 2 of the Sharks-Oilers playoff series in 2006 at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The Sharks had two players in the penalty box, and so the Oilers had a lengthy 5-on-3 power play. The Sharks were unable to clear the zone, and Mark Smith’s stick broke while he was defending. Then the same thing happened to Scott Hannan’s stick. We were all terrified, unable to do anything but boo the Oilers’ Chris Pronger every time he touched the puck. As the seconds of the penalty ticked down and the Sharks valiantly fended off the relentless attack, we knew we were watching something special. When Scott Hannan (who was my favorite player at that time) fell to the ice to bat the puck away with his glove as the penalty finally expired, there was just this FERAL HOWL in the crowd that I’ve never heard before or since. It was only an awesome memory in retrospect, since I thought I was going to vomit during the actual sequence. And it turned out to be bittersweet in the end, since we won the game but lost the series. It was still incredible to be a tiny part of Sharks history, and to see something that unexpected and brilliant unfold before my eyes in person. I ran into Mark Smith once somewhere a few months later and got to tell him how proud we all were. He seemed pretty amazed by the whole thing, too.

    Can’t wait for the book…even though I’m a hockey person, I saw the play TAKE ME OUT and thought it was unbelievably sexy. So, baseball m/m would be a treat. Congratulations!

  9. Juliana says:

    This is kind of funny… I was friends in high school with this guy on the baseball team who had a prosthetic leg. He was a pitcher and at a game the batter hit the ball right at his leg. The batter didn’t move because the ball would have snapped a real leg and he looked freaked! My friend’s leg was titanium and the ball just bounced to the umpire! Out!

  10. Nancy S says:

    We had gone to watch my oldest grandson earn his next karate belt(don’t remember which one) and I was keeping an eye on the younger grandson, not quite 2 at the time. He wandered into the room next door where there were punching bags that he could reach. He started kicking and punching them while yelling “Hiyah”. It was the cutest thing ever. One of the teachers noticed and gave him a high5.

  11. Gaycrow says:

    I just saw Wave’s rave review at Reviews by JesseWave, and did a Google search, which is how I found you here. I’d like to share my favourite sporting moment.

    It was a while ago now, back in 1997. I’d just started following Adelaide’s Australian Rules footy team, and I was thrilled and amazed the whole year. The team had been in the national competition for about seven years, and the year I started going to watch them was the year they made the Grand Final. I watched the game with my daughter and about 3,000 other fans in a large shed at the home ground. Tickets to the game were very hard to get, but we all had a great time watching together, many miles away.

    I remember the absolute feeling of euphoria when the final siren blew, and the Crows had won. I just screamed with joy – the loudest, most unihibited scream ever! I’m usually quite sedate, but that day I really let it all go. I still love that memory! Not sure I’ll every be so raucous again. ;D

  12. Beezzy says:

    Gosh best sports moment for me would be when I won a trip to Las Vegas to play in Ladies International Poker Tournament. Good Ole Days when you could play poker online. Yes poker is a sport to me 😛
    Thanks for the contest!
    Good Luck Everyone :)

  13. Tracey D says:

    I had never been to a baseball game but a friend had tickets to the World Series in 1983 when the Baltimore Orioles won. I went to the game with him and the place went crazy when the O’s won. It was thrilling to see them win and to be in the middle of all the excitement.

  14. Lisa Givens says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh my beloved Atlanta Braves. What else can I say. Thanks for the memories. Would love to win.

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