The game. It`s from May 1941. I know, `cause I was there.
This always makes my heart so happy, because when Steve went into the ice, it was 1944 or 1945—at least three years after that game took place. Most people don’t remember sports events with enough detail to be able to say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, “I was there” when they hear a play-by-play, especially not a baseball play-by-play, with its 150+ games per team every year and its repetitive actions (there’s only so many ways you can say “he struck out swinging”).
You know who does remember that sort of thing? Passionate, loyal fans, that’s who. The ones who live for the summer, who are at every game they can attend, who know the stadium staff on a first-name basis, who drink up the atmosphere and the summer heat and don’t mind the blinding glare of the late afternoon sun. People who memorize rosters, who rail against the team owners when their favorites are traded, who cry when the season ends in a crushing defeat.
Steve Rogers isn’t just a baseball fan; he’s a baseball fan. He’s at the games so much that when a spectacular play is made, he memorizes it, he holds it with him, he can probably tell you exactly where he was standing when it happened, what the air smelled like, how loud the crowd was, how Joey Alinski bought a round of drinks for everybody in their row because how could you not celebrate a play like that?
Steve Rogers is a baseball fan, and that should be talked about more.
#please talk about this more in fic#steve wakes up and the first thing he does when he doesn’t have a world to save is start catching up on all the baseball history he missed#(he would SHOCKED AND SADDENED at what the dodgers have become#he would also be outraged about the yankees#and super sad the cubs still haven’t won a world series#THIS WAS ALREADY A JOKE WHEN I WAS ALIVE he would complain to sam#HOW IS IT SEVENTY YEARS LATER AND THEY STILL HAVEN’T WON ONCE)#(that was me projecting a little but come on tell me steve wouldn’t have a soft spot for the cubs fuckin’ tell me)#and he would start going to nationals games because the dodgers abandoned him and the nationals are a start-up without much history at all#he figures he can start fresh#so he goes to games with a cap pulled low on his forehead and for the most part people don’t bother him#he makes natasha come with him sometimes and she lets him teach her how to keep score and be all half-jokingly disgruntled at the new scoreb#scoreboards and sleek scorecards and hellishly overpriced food#(at least they aren’t an al team do you know how outraged steve would be about designated hitters#because it would be pretty fucking outraged)#so natasha humors him sometimes and sometimes he just goes alone and drinks a beer he keeps reminding himself he can afford and misses bucky#in a quiet sort of way#and just watches the game (foxlives)
This is how kids reacted when they were shown same-sex marriage proposal videos. Kids these days.
"how will we explain homosexuality to our children" I think maybe they should explain it to you