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ON THE ROAD AGAIN. | metsgrrl.com


I am not quite sure when and how we started talking about going to Texas to see the Mets play, but it probably came out of the fact that the other possible roadtrips were more expensive. And I am also not quite sure what, exactly, about our half-conscious conversation at brunch this morning triggered a flurry of action once we got home, TBF looking at airfare, me looking at hotels and maps and proximity to ballparks. Several hours later, here’s the tally:

1) Reservation at a 5-star hotel in Downtown Houston, walking distance from the ballpark
2) Reservation at a Holiday Inn Express about 1 hour south of Dallas
3) Rental car reservation booked
4) Provisional airline schedule selected
5) Evaluated all tickets on the market at this time for Houston
6) Plans for ballpark tours to take at both Houston and Dallas
7) A map of the location of every Sonic Drive-In on the route from Houston to Dallas (remember we are the people that made a detour to stop at Sonic in Pennsylvania on the way to and from Pittsburgh two years ago)

The itinerary:
Friday: Fly out of JFK at 7am, arrive Houston 10am. Nap, ballpark tour, game, barbeque.
Saturday: Drive to Arlington, Rangers v. Blue Jays, drive 1 1/2 hrs. and stay overnight in some godforsaken town on the freeway, but said town has a 24 hour Walmart not far from the hotel, so we’ll make it work
Sunday: Drive balance of distance to Houston, arrive approx. 11am, ballgame, drive to airport, fly home

Pickings are very slim for the Astros, as 1) we now are forced into StubHub, instead of the local club’s ticket marketplace and 2) Season Ticket holders have not yet received their seats, and not everyone sells their seats before they are in hand. So we’re looking at a bunch of overpriced crap on the field level, but in row 38 or 39, which are the last rows of those sections, which appear to be what was sold in the general public sale.

Tickets in Dallas have not gone on sale yet. However, the day of the Saturday game in Dallas is a concert by a local Christian Rock group, and last year, the games that had the Christian Rock concerts sold out way in advance. This means that we will be buying our tickets in the public on-sale, because even if we end up not going for some reason, given the fact that they sold out, with the magic of eBay and/or StubHub, we could recoup our initial investment easily.

[No, we will not be attending the concert. I’m not even sure people like us would be allowed in to such a thing in Texas.]

But it is exciting to be planning another baseball trip. Excited to be excited enough about the Mets to be wanting to be planning a baseball trip.

Anyone who knows anything about the ballparks and general vicinities in Houston and Dallas, by all means, share your thoughts. All assistance and suggestions welcome.

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