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Opening day, fountain square

Apr 6th, 2009

HAPPY OPENING DAY 2009!

Good morning from Cincinnati, where it’s dark, overcast and 41 degrees. A very bad cover band has already started performing downstairs in Fountain Square, people bundled up in red jackets are lined up for Skyline Chili, and lawn chairs are lining the street. We’ll be heading down to the parade around 10:30, and then down to the ballpark a little before noon. On-field festivities begin around 12:30. Full writeup will get posted from the road later today (provided wifi cooperates). During the day, I’ll be sending cameraphone photos into my Flickr feed and trying to send updates and photos also via Twitter (although as usual I don’t know that I can handle two cameras, taking notes, and the cell phone during the game, but I’m going to try it out).… [more]

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Sep 2nd, 2008

ENEMY TERRITORY: BUSCH STADIUM

Our Busch Stadium adventure began at 6:15am Friday morning. We woke up, scrambled into jeans and t-shirts, found coffee, and walked the 12 blocks down to the stadium. There, sitting next to a bus shelter, were two fans in Cardinals hats, sitting in folding chairs and reading hunting magazines. They were waiting for First Pitch tickets, which was also the reason we were up at that ungodly hour on the second day of our vacation. We were joined shortly thereafter by a few dozen other folks, all in Cardinals regalia, even at the crack of dawn. I am not sure that Mets fans would be showing up at 7am making sure they were properly attired.… [more]

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Sep 1st, 2008

KAUFMANN STADIUM.

Kaufmann Stadium is not one of those stadiums you’re supposed to have any special affinity for. It’s the home of the Royals, for heaven’s sake, who haven’t been a household name – even in Kansas City – for years. But it became a quirky favorite quickly. [The Flickr set is here.] Kaufmann is under massive construction. It was one of the earliest HOK ballparks, and they’re now expanding it by simply extending the existing design, putting in new seats, and adding additional seating sections (including the inevitable suites behind home plate). It’s an old stadium, but it’s got a wide open concourse just above field level.… [more]

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Aug 26th, 2008

NOW, *THAT’S* A VIDEO SCREEN.

Today is the last day of vacation. Regular updates will commence shortly. … [more]

Aug 24th, 2008

TELEGRAM FROM ST. LOUIS

NIGHT LETTER ST. LOUIS, MO 08-24-08 DEAR TONY LA RUSSA STOP BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN STARTED ST LOUIS CONCERT AT 8:47PM TONIGHT STOP REPEAT EIGHT FORTY SEVEN STOP THE TICKET SAYS 7:30 STOP (YES I KNOW HE USUALLY GOES ON AT 8:15) STOP BECAUSE CARDINALS GAME RAN LATE DUE TO RAIN DELAY STOP RUMOR IS BRUCE WAS WAITING FOR YOU STOP PLEASE TELL ME THAT ISN’T THE REASON STOP I KNOW BRUCE ENDED UP PLAYING THREE HOURS AND 10 MINUTES ANYWAY STOP BUT THAT’S BESIDES THE POINT STOP WHAT TIME DOES THE BAR OPEN YOU SUCK STOP I HOPE WHOEVER STOOD BEHIND YOU SANG LOUDLY AND OUT OF TUNE ALL NIGHT STOP GO BREWERS STOP **UPDATE: Debunked by La Russa himself, although I find it hysterical that it went all the way from E Street Nation to the mainstream media.… [more]

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Aug 10th, 2008

THE BALLPARK AT ARLINGTON: REVIEW.

I will qualify this review by saying that aside from the tour, the entire time we were in Arlington it was 100 degrees and I was a little bit dehydrated, despite having purchased a case of water when we landed in Houston. It’s just hotter than us New Yorkers ever, ever have to deal with. So if it is not as lengthy or detailed as other reviews, I apologize. For example, we didn’t make a point of entering the stadium from the home plate entrance. I can’t even tell you what it looks like. We just entered the closest entrance we found because we were hot, tired, thirsty and wanted to sit down.… [more]

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Aug 7th, 2008

MINUTE MAID PARK: THE REVIEW.

Minute Maid Park is located in downtown Houston. By “downtown” I mean it’s one of those areas that was formerly neglected, the original center of the city, and that the city is trying to revitalize. There are some residential buildings, but it’s mostly commercial, government, entertainment and hotels. Aside from after the game, the only people we saw walking on the street were the people who clearly were going to work at the businesses in downtown. We never felt unsafe – we had multiple offers of help the one time we stopped to doublecheck something on a piece of paper – but it does have a bit of an odd, semi-deserted feeling in spots.… [more]

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Aug 5th, 2008

WEEKEND PHOTOS.

Until I get everything written up, some highlights and some links: The Ballpark In Arlington Mets v. Astros, Minute Maid Park, 8/3/08 Minute Maid Park, 8/1/08 – BP, Tour, pre-game[more]

Aug 4th, 2008

LONE STAR STATE.

This team remains an enigma. They lose to teams they shouldn’t lose to and when they win, it is valiant and dramatic and makes you believe again… until they lose to, say, Randy Wolf. *cue annoying wolf howl that Houston pipes through its ballpark that I hope I never have to hear again* I am not going to talk about the games very much besides that sentence. But if you want to hear about the rest of our southern sojourn, read on. We arrived in Houston early Friday morning. We were at the airport early (LGA on a Friday in the summer?… [more]

Jun 21st, 2008

WKND INFO TROLL: ADVICE ON ST. LOUIS AND KC

Thanks to one Mr. B. Springsteen, TBF and I are now headed to the Show Me State in August to see the last E Street Band shows of the tour. In desperate need of a vacation, we are going to bookend it with visits to friends, barbeque, Sonic Drive-In, photography, and BASEBALL. It’s too bad the Mets aren’t in town but we’ll make the best of it. The Braves are playing the Cardinals and the Tigers and the Rangers are playing in KC. There’s a ballpark tour in St. Louis, and we know about the First Pitch Seats already. In KC, well, prices are cheap.… [more]