Pop, pop, Summer Pops!

The Charlotte Symphony's Summer Pops concert season starts Friday in Matthews, with the big pop coming next Sunday at SouthPark.

Tell us in 25 words or less what you love about the Summer Pops and you could win four tickets ($40 value) to next Sunday's concert. Extra credit for haiku.

Email living@charlotteobserver.com. Subject line must read pops; include your name, city of residence, daytime phone.

Deadline: 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Last week's winner

We asked you why you love baseball. Dana Hefner of Cornelius wins four tickets to a Charlotte Knights game. Her entry:

I love baseball because my dad does.

As a daughter who wore frilly dresses, sequined dance costumes and cheerleading uniforms, I had to find a way to connect to my dad, as he was not into shopping, dance costumes, or cheerleading....

I am certain I have spent more time watching baseball than most guys ... simply because it is my dad's love, and I love my dad.

Honorable mentions

True love and triples

Dearest game of all,

I love the 108 stitches in your ball, the 90 feet between your bases, your center fielder throwing to home in time to tag out the charging runner from third, the seamless 6-4-3 double play ...

I loved you young, when my father would have me watch Carlton Fisk back catching for the Sox (Red and White). More lustfully, Jim Thome captured my teenage heart while dominating third base and cleanup for the Charlotte Knights. Your nine innings have been a constant source of joy in my life. ...

True love and triples,

Liz Ross, Forest City

A massage

"Baseball is a backrub for my brain."

Jim Ramsey Lake Wylie, S.C.

Lessons in leadership

Baseball is truly our All-American game, where every success or failure is seen and either cheered or booed.

The inherent and tangible lessons for excellence enable us to be the leaders we so urgently require. These qualities are courage, determination, presence of mind, self-control, dedication and concentration on a given task. ...

This is a game for boys and for men.

Garry Smith, Mooresville

Yogi says

I love baseball because "It ain't over 'til it's over."

Steve Copulsky, Charlotte