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Aug 8th, 2010

BASEBALL ROADTRIP 2010: THE WRAP-UP [PART 1]

I came home from the West Coast with sunburned knees, pistachio shells rattling around my camera bag, and kept pulling ticket stubs out of random pockets. It was 11 days, 9 games, 6 ballparks. It was also one of the greatest trips I have ever taken. Here’s a recap of the trip, with background, planning insight, and tons more awesome photos. THE ITINERARY: 7/15: Land LAX, drive to ANA – LAA v SEA 7/16: Drive to SD – SD v AZ 7/17: Fly to SF – SF v NYM 7/18: SF v NYM 7/19: OAK v BOS 7/20: Fly to PHX, AZ v NYM 7/21: AZ v NYM 7/22: Fly to LAX, LAD v NYM 7/23: OFF DAY 7/24: LAD v NYM 7/25: Fly home THE CHRONOLOGY: We landed at LAX around noon on 7/15.… [more]

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Aug 8th, 2010

BASEBALL ROADTRIP 2010: THE WRAP-UP [PART 2]

Monday was, on paper, an ‘off day’, and although we were supposed to run to a famous breakfast place, we instead slept until it was time to go back to AT&T Park for the tour. At this point we were officially exhausted. We love ballpark tours, and there‚Äôs another big plus for me: the tours are when I get all my beauty photos of the ballpark. When we go to the game, we’re so consumed with batting practice and finding our seats and checking out the food and the views and the bullpens and whatever else we’re supposed to see – I love that I don’t have to worry about getting ‘the’ stadium shot, I can just focus on the game because I’m coming back for the tour.… [more]

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Jul 25th, 2010

DODGER STADIUM BP, 7-24-10.

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Jul 24th, 2010

SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD. [7-24-10]

The end came as it always does, ingloriously, us beating a hasty retreat up the stairs to the concourse so we can get out of the ballpark as quickly as we can. Oliver Perez may still have been standing there; I don’t know, because I wasn’t looking. Randy Newman booming out “I Love L.A.” as we bob and weave through the Dodgers fans who are strolling confidently out of Dodger Stadium as though their triumph was somehow predestined and they hadn’t run out of position players and didn’t throw an uneffective Broxton, Weaver and then Sherrill. By the time we navigated the acres of parking lots back to our rental car, we couldn’t even remember which Dodger had teed off of Oliver and had to look it up on Gameday so TBF could complete his scorecard.… [more]

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Jul 24th, 2010

DODGER STADIUM BP, 7-22-10.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Back on Saturday for hopefully the next game of the new winning streak, and the last game of my West Coast roadtrip. … [more]

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Jul 23rd, 2010

FREE FALLING. [7-22-10]

It was almost love at first sight, me and Dodger Stadium. It was just as gorgeous as all of the photographs. The sky was bluer than blue, the palm trees silhouetted in the distance, the air crisp and clean. History hung heavy in the place. There were families and teenagers and a sprinkling of Mets fans. I sat in seats two rows behind the fancy-shmancy seats right behind home plate, my seats just as good except that I didn’t have a free buffet in the club downstairs. I sat there and felt enormously lucky. It has been an amazing trip. Dodger Stadium is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful.… [more]

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Jul 22nd, 2010

THIS ONE GOES TO 14. [7-21-10]

However bad you think it might have been, sitting in Chase Field tonight, let me assure you it was worse. It was worse because there was, again, negative offense; because Jason Bay achieved the Golden Sombrero, because the guys behind us said things like Luis Castillo was the Mets’ version of Eric Byrnes, because the dad in the front row behind the dugout wearing the Affliction shirt waved at the cameras and taught his son to wave at the cameras at every single goddamn opportunity. There was that goddamn snake noise, there was an acrobatic mascot with a mask that looked like a homeless Disney fox running around the field, there was a large scary Randy Johnson running around the other side of the field.… [more]

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Jul 21st, 2010

BATTING PRACTICE, CHASE FIELD, 7-20-10

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. … [more]

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Jul 21st, 2010

GET BACK. [7-20-10]

After the game ended, we went in search of food. We walked out of the restaurant around 10:15 pm, waved goodbye to our companions, and headed for the light rail station. The area around the ballpark was deserted; it was a Tuesday night, after all. The game had lasted a brisk two hours and twenty-three minutes, and it wasn’t a sellout; everyone had already headed for home. I wasn’t exactly worried but I also wasn’t pulling out my phone or camera as we waited for the train. Luckily, it pulled up in less than five minutes, and we climbed on board.… [more]

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Jul 19th, 2010

METS BP AT AT&T PARK, 7-18-10.

The park was empty, the light was beautiful, and I love taking photos of BP on the road, where I have the kind of great access I can’t get at home. Be sure to also see the full post about yesterday’s game. The full set, as usual: Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. … [more]