Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The day started great, but was cloudy. Rain was forecast. We arrived at the ballpark early and were able to watch TB Rays take BP in the back field. Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria were there. Later in the ballpark I got autographs from Joe Maddon (manager), Matt Garza (pitcher), Rocco Baldelli (OF) and a few others. Unfortunately, the rain wasn't able to hold off and the tarp came out after the second inning. That will probably be the last game I get to attend at Al Lang since the Rays are moving Spring Training to Charlotte county. That's a bummer.
I also got a great picture of one of my favorite players, Cliff Floyd.
Here are the pics
Friday, March 21, 2008
Here's the link to the pics.
Chain of Lakes park is losing the Indians to Arizona after this year. Very sad. The park is old but has a ton of character. Who ever designed it said, "Hey, let's face it this way and give it a cover so the fans can sit in the shade." I would like to shake that person's hand.
Later, that night I met golfer John Daly. But, that's a story for another time.
Link to pics.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
My Dad was interviewed and photographed for a story that the St. Pete Times will be running in the beginning in April when the season starts. It is about the end of Spring Training baseball at Al Lang field. The Rays won the game 4-1.
The night game at McKetchnie Field was like stepping back in time. Except for one thing. It was a night game. This is the first night game ever played at McKetchnie. It was supposed to have happened earlier in the week, but was rained out. This game was a slugfest from the start. The first Pirates batter hit a homerun off Phil Hughes. They slugged it out with the Yankees for the rest of the game. The Yankees ended up winning 12-9. There was a total of 29 hits, four errors, (A-Rod made 2) and a beautiful bunt made by CofC alum Brett Gardner who started in Centerfield for the Yankees. He also scored a run and struck out. Go Cougars!
Here's the link to the pics. And Here
Today is a double header for us. Phillies and Rays at Al Lang in St. Pete. Tonight is Yankees and Pirates in Bradenton. Chance of rain tonight/tomorrow morning is 60%. If a game has to be rained out at least it's a game with Yankees. Although, I've never been to the Pirates facility so I was kind of looking forward to it. Even if it rains I'm going down to check out the stadium.
Here's the link to the pics.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
My seat was third row, directly behind homeplate. Great for watching baseball, but because of the net, hard to get photos.
The hamburger I ordered was excellent. It was fresh, not frozen, on a big bun with lettuce, tomato and onion. The basket is served with fries. 8$ is not that steep, considering the amount of food you got and what I've seen at other parks. And it leaves you satisfied.
Oh and one last note, Oliver Perez pitched great! The Mets won. The only Mets win I saw on this trip.
Okay about Ron Darling's head. I was in Duffy's which he had (coincidently, not ironically) mentioned the week before during a game. (The secret's out, he said). So there is Ron D. in Duffy's. I've seen him on a few occasions at the games but he's normally a ways away. Monday night he was 5 feet away, he's a big guy, but his head is HUGE. It has it's own weather system. People would stumble when they walked past because of the gravitational pull. They had to open both doors so he could get out. Okay, that's a little cruel. Ron could squash me like a bug. I like Ron. He seems to want to give some insight to the game being played and recognize what the NY Met fans want. He was very nice to everyone that approached him and shook thier hand and thanked them for being a fan.
So that's the Monday report, being written on Tuesday night. One day I'll tell the story about the girl snorting coke in the booth at Denny's. Oops that's the story. Another story is about the guy from Canada who wants to be a golf pro. He stays at a place where he's met a number of players, ironically he doesn't know anything about baseball.
Here's the link to the pics.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
In the 5th Matt Wise came out and pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
Then up came Brian Stokes. Former D-Ray. He gave up four runs. Now the score is tied. Looking at the carrer of Stokes the best I can figure is that Dr. Petersen thinks he can help Brian find what's missing.
(This post has been updated after losing the wireless signal. I wasn't able to upload the photos yesterday. Here they are.
Here's a link to the pics
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Follow the link below to see all the photos from Day One, St.Louis Cardinals at LA Dodgers.
Day One. I left fairly early. 4:30ish. Traffic was light until I got to
The drive between Daytona and
Dodgertown and Holman Stadium was really a nice place to be. First it was packed. 7,000+ on hand. It’s also very intimate. I feel like I was practically on the field and I was in the second to last row. Second, the weather was great. Warm with a cool breeze and mostly to partly sunny. With most of the Dodgers in
Rick Ankiel hit a homerun in his first at bat. You could hear it. Crack. Later he put the Cards ahead with a three run homerun. The final score was 6-4. I didn’t know the starting pitcher for the Cards. Estaban Loaiza started for the Dodgers. Other highlights were two cold beers and a Dodger Dog. Burp.
Finally, on my way out this kid ran past me yelling “Mom, Mom” and he’s waving this piece of paper. He catches up to his Mom and says, beaming, “They gave me the line-up card for the Cardinals.”
On tap for tomorrow is Tradition Field. The NY Mets and the Cardinals.
Friday, March 14, 2008