Watching Baseball in Afghanistan

My dad taught me everything I know about baseball. And the fact that I got to watch baseball in Afghanistan near the end of my deployment was pretty cool.

Day 11 - Taught: Baseball in Afghanistan #write31days

My Dad, sister and I at AT&T park on a trip to CA.

When I was traveling home from Afghanistan the Giants were in the playoffs. It was the National League Champion Series (NLCS) match up that I watched while in Afghanistan. I was at Bagram for a few days and found the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Tent and a few other places where I could see the game. Because of the time difference the game was on in the morning. I loved when it was on West Coast time because it meant I didn’t have to get up early to see it.

For the first few games I would get up head to the chow hall for breakfast grab some food and a table where I could see the game and watch. Silently cheering or booing from my seat. It had been a long time since I could remember the Giants going to the playoffs and my hope that they would go to the World Series wasn’t very strong. I was just happy they were on television.

The Final Game

For the final game of the NLCS, I found the game in a small room in the MWR tent. I called my parents on Skype and we watched the game together. There was a few second delay between the TV I was watching and my parents were watching. Surprisingly enough the delay was on their end not mine. So, I tried to keep my emotions hidden when something exciting would happen.

Occasionally, I would say, “Yes!” and my dad would say “What happen?” I would reply, “Oh, nothing.” I still remember the final out that pushed the Giants to win the NLCS and head to the World Series.

Day 11 - Taught: Baseball in Afghanistan #write31days

Baseball in Afghanistan

Whenever the Giants go to the playoffs I remember sitting and watching that game with my parents. They were in California and I was half a world away in Afghanistan. It is probably one of the best random memories I have.

And although it is torture to watch them play as their fans suffer through each out and close call. I love it.

Go Giants; beat the Cardinals!


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My dad taught me everything I know about baseball. And the fact that I got to watch baseball in Afghanistan near the end of my deployment was pretty cool.   My Dad, sister and I at AT&T park on a trip to CA. When I was traveling home from Afghanistan the Giants were in the playoffs. It was the National League Champion Series (NLCS) match up that I watched while in Afghanistan. #baseball #afghanistan #deployment

6 comments on “Watching Baseball in Afghanistan

  1. We come from a house divided, where most of us are Oakland A’s fans. I know! Don’t hate me. But we are routing for our Bay Area Giants this year as well. Thanks for linking up. Have a blessed weekend.

    • I often cheer for the A’s when they aren’t playing the Giants and especially during the post season. Thanks for stopping by.

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