Today is the day. The first home game for the MLS version of the Portland Timbers and Jesse and I have our tickets to go stand in the rain and sing along as the boys take on Chivas USA for the right to play in the US Open Cup. It’s not an MLS game and it doesn’t count in the standings but we don’t care. It’s a chance to get out there and support our club and this day can’t move fast enough. Following the RCTID (Rose City Till I Die) hashtag on twitter shows me that I am not the only one overcome with jittery excitement. Season tickets have been arriving yesterday and today and I have seen every picture folks have taken of their season ticket package. They are rarely any different visually but they are individually imbued with such importance and power that each needs to be gawked at and appreciated. Our tickets have arrived at Jesse’s house and I peppered his wife with questions about them when she came to pick up The Charge. She has not opened them, which is a good decision since that would be robbing Jesse of a wonderful right of passage, so she cant tell me who is on the cover or how many cards are in the packets. It’s hard for me to sit here at home knowing the tickets are waiting there, but they are Jesse’s to open.
So I wait. I clean the house and take care of the kids and will the minutes away. I fight urge to grab that early beer, and I smile over each new Timbers tweet. I have never been more excited to go stand in the rain and sing.
We are green and we are white, Portland Timbers are here tonight!!