Ridin’ The Rails…A Drei-Tale From The Rails…Portland to SoCal…Coast Starlight…12/5-6, 2020

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Happiest of New Year’s to all of you. Hopefully 2020 has been off to a great start for you. Prior to heading back home I decided to don my Niners colors in The Rose City. Behind me is the Moda Center, home of the Trail Blazers. 

Some of the locals actually warmed up to me when they saw me in my Niner garb. I guess not everyone in the Pacific Northwest is a fan of that team from the Emerald City. Or maybe the cities of Portland and Seattle have a rivalry with each other…

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For some reason the background on selfie pics isn’t as great as they are in normal shots…

A Christmas themed miniature train set inside Portland’s Union Station…

Our  train originating from Seattle would depart on time right at 2:25 PM. During my journey to and from Portland overall the Starlight was on schedule. Both times no less. 

Having left Portland on time the scenery from Portland on south toward Eugene isn’t as scenic as Southern Oregon, much of what we won’t see on our way back…

Upon our stopover at Eugene I briefly switch to my UCLA colors. No luck trying to convince the locals to take Chip Kelly back…

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Klamath Falls rest stop. If this was fully covered in snow i’d really have visions of the Polar Express…

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The original Amtrak logo. Hey, there’s something you won’t see in L.A’s Union Station. A snowplow…

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In just a few minutes we’ll be departing Klamath Falls. K-Falls is our last stop in Oregon. California coming up…

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South of Martinez, CA, early Friday morning, December 6, 2019. 

From Salinas to San Luis Obispo…

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Another rest stop. Almost home…

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The only “good” ocean shot I could capture south of San Luis. From here on out no more sun…

Here’s a full recap of my journey down the Coast Starlight from Portland back to SoCal. 

Ridin’ The Rails…A Drei-Tale From The Rails…From L.A. to Portland…Up the Coast Starlight…12/3-4, 2019

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Holiday Greetings to you. Since I was a kid travel by rail has always been my favorite mode of transportation. Since my grandmother took me on my first rail trip on Amtrak on Thanksgiving Day, 1983, I’ve had an unconditional love affair with the rails. 

It has been awhile since i’ve had a chance to take a long distance trip via the rails. When I say long distance, I mean a trip beyond San Diego or The Bay Area. My last long distance trip on the rails was the summer of 2010 to Albuquerque. 

With the decade coming to a close, I told myself, do it. So I found myself riding along Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, Train 14, from L.A. to Portland. It was something I decided upon a whim. Though the route goes all the way to Seattle, a route i’ve done in it’s entirety a few times, I decided upon Portland, knowing that there probably wouldn’t be much to see past Southern Washington given the sun goes down early during the winter months.

So here are some highlights from my journey up the coast…

L.A. to NoCal

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Giving this Christmas tree in L.A. a touch of Blue…The kid seems to be amused. The tower show’s it’s a quarter to 9, Tuesday morning. My train won’t be leaving for another hour and 15 minutes…

A couple of ocean views before arriving to Santa Barbara. One of the things I try to do is take shots of as many stations along the way, especially those that still retain that old-school charm. Of course, I also have to take as many selfie’s of my station stops…

 

 

A couple more ocean shots before arriving to San Luis Obispo. SLO would be one of several rest stops. Because we’d arrive at SLO early, I had a chance to venture a little further away from the train before coming back on. Every now and then when a train arrives at a rest stop ahead of schedule, if lucky, it will arrive really early that you can walk around outside the station and do some exploring. 

In SLO we come across this statue of Chinese rail workers, The Iron Road Pioneers

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Here’s a pic I took 10 years ago…

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That is quite a sculpture…

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Another station stop selfie. Gotta love what’s behind me. A photo-bomber and a never-ending seen at train stations, airports and transportation hubs worldwide, the hug. (I’ll miss you, be sure you write when you arrive. OK, in today’s world, “Text me when you arrive”)

Just north of SLO. In the distance you can see Highway 101. You can also see the glare of the cafe car. Hey, I never said this was a professionally done tale…

Oakland Jack London Square station, just around 10 PM. 

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With not much to see at night, time for some solitaire before calling it a night. This is not a good start, especially hands 2 through 4…

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Departing Redding, early Wednesday morning. Not much to see here in either direction due to the early morning arrival times each way. Before we enter Oregon, let’s ’bout some Weed ?

Passing through Weed, CA as we’ve reached the 2nd day of our journey early Wednesday morning. (What we’re you all thinking when I said Weed?)

Southern Oregon to Portland

Klamath Falls. The first stop in Oregon, sometime around 9AM…

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Gotta get that Klamath Falls sign in there to make it official…

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ALL ABOARD ! There’s something about this station that take’s me back in time…

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Hey! A sunny and clear sky out there. But have we left the snow yet?

 

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Not quite…

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Hey, we can see the front of the train !

Now arriving Eugene, OR

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I wonder if the local’s are interested in taking Chip Kelly back…

Passing Albany and Salem…

Willamette University Baseball Field. Willamette U is a NCAA Division III school. Perhaps someday a future MLB player, maybe a future Dodger makes his way through here…

Now approaching PDX…

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As we approach Portland Union Station across the Wilamette River to the left of what looks like a power plant is the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the home of the Portland Trail Blazers from 1970-1995. To kick off it’s 50th season, the Blazers held an exhibition on October 8th back where it started.

Amtrak, with it’s reputation of being behind schedule, for the most part got us to town on time, arriving about 30 minutes after it’s 3:25 scheduled arrival. Not bad at all for rail travel.

Well, that concludes the L.A. to Portland part of Drei’s Tale from the rails. Portland to L.A., or Van Nuys will be coming soon. We’ll see how much different the scenery is on the way back, you know, parts we may have missed on the way up…

But since we’re in town, let’s take in a Blazers game…Tonight’s opponent? The Sacramento Kings

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Coached by former Lakers coach, Luke Walton…

Pride Night  at the Moda Center. 

Celebrating 50 years in Rip City…

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Greetings from Rip City, Oregon.

My Journey Through The Gridiron Pac: From Berkeley to Pasadena

The 2019 College Bowl Season will be underway shortly. The Pac-12 will be sending 8 of their 12 teams bowling, with Pac-12 Champion Oregon representing the conference in this years Rose Bowl. 

I had the chance to visit 3 of the Pac’s football venues this past season for Stadium JourneyWith my journey’s taking me to Memorial Coliseum in Berkeley, the Memorial Coliseum in L.A. and The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, here are how the game day experience rankings came out, with a possible high of 5 stars. 

1. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum-USC Trojans  

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Recent renovations to The Grand Old Lady have improved the USC Football game day experience. SC fans remain a loyal and demanding bunch. Even with the enhancements The Coliseum maintains it’s historic National Landmark status. 

Score: 3.86 

2. The Rose Bowl-UCLA Bruins

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Another historic venue in the L.A. Area that reeks of many historic moments. With the team’s recent struggles The Rose Bowl’s scenic surroundings along with it’s history and mystique is what’s pushed the UCLA game day experience score higher than what it probably should be. 

Score: 3.57

3. Memorial Stadium-California Golden Bears

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Located within the campus confines, even if the stands aren’t always filled a game at Memorial Coliseum, another historic college venue has a true college feel, with street lined frat parties as you approach the stadium. On a clear day, views across the San Francisco Bay are visible along the stands atop the stadium’s east rim. 

Score: 3.43

There are several factors that are taken into account into the scores, 2 of them fan support and return on investment. To be fair, late kickoff times, as well as kickoff times undetermined until in some cases 6 days within gametime, along with the Pac-12 not being a national power, it should be no surprise that attendance, while down across the college football nation, has had a significant impact across Pac-12 venues

Click on each link above the pictures to find how I came to each score. 

20191130_195433.jpgUCLA vs. Cal, 11/30/2019 at The Rose Bowl. Plenty of good seats available !!!

Baseball and 9/11: Day Three, Charm City in One Day, Part Two…Back To The Yards 9/12

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Why Not? The Orioles theme of 1989, one year removed from their 54-108 season, the Orioles would find themselves in the thick of the AL East race until Game 161, when the Blue Jays would clinch. 1989 would be the year the Blue Jays would open what was then known as SkyDome, MLB’s first retractable roof stadium and a marvel at the time. 3 years later Oriole Park at Camden Yards would open and the Jays one-time marvel would quickly be dated…

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Railroad workers attempt to burn down the Camden Depot during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877This is from the Howard Street side. Photo taken at the B&O Railroad Museum…

20190912_173342Looking at it’s restored glory from the Pratt Street side…

20190912_173353Outside the Eutaw Street entrance. You can see the Camden Depot next to the B&O Warehouse…

How ’bout a side by side comparison of what the mapped area looked like Past and Present day ?

 

 

 

 

 

Dodgers vs. Orioles, 9/12/2019

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20190912_173957Even his childhood presence is ever so imposing…

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By The Numbers…

 

 

 

 

 

Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray…

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In spite Cal Ripken having played 20 plus seasons, I never saw him play live. One of my ballpark regrets over the years…

 

 

 

 

 

L.A. native Eddie Murray would have a couple of brief stints in Dodger Blue. He would hit his 500th career home run at Camden Yards. An orange seat in the Eutaw Street bleachers marks the spot of Home Run 500…

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20190912_184900Of course Blue Dog has to make his presence felt…Boog’s BBQ is right behind. Time for some pregame eats from the man himself…

20190912_180330But first a pic (Though not of the best quality) with the man himself, Boog Powell…

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There’s actually a lot of beef under those onions I added. Not a bad sized sammie for the cost. Being in Maryland, the chips of course come with Old Bay seasoning. I’ve been told be some that the locals put Old Bay on ice cream as well…

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With ample time still to kill before the first pitch I decided to take another stroll along the Eutaw Street concourse along the warehouse. As mentioned in my Day 1 post, along the concourse are plaques marking the spots where home runs, both Orioles and visitors have landed over the years. Two Dodgers have accomplished this Camden Yards feat in their brief visits interleague visits…

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Of course it would be our left handed hitters that you’d expect. 

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Meet Walt. This is the man who marks the spots on Eutaw Street where home runs land. Each off-season new plaques are placed on the landing spots of Eutaw Street home runs. With the Eutaw Street promenade behind right field, it’s no surprise over the years all Eutaw Street 4-baggers have all been hit from the left side of the plate…

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20190912_183238(0) (1)Not an easy feat Blue Dog !

With the wrought iron gate in front of Dre’s shot opened during the game I can see how his shot wouldn’t have to dodge obstacles. As for Shawn Green’s shot…

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A little bit tougher for Shawn’s shot to land on the fly. Walt would explain to me the various possibilities like the flight of the ball’s backspin or certain wind patterns from the nearby inner harbor and B&O Warehouse playing with the wind’s pattern…

 

 

 

It’s almost game time and I’m back for the my 2nd of the 3 games at OPACY. Oriole Park was the first big league park i’d visit east of Arizona back in September ’03. Now in it’s 28th season, the yard that started the retro craze has now completed it’s 28th season. Though parts of the yard have showed it’s age, it’s still a beauty nonetheless, anchored of course by the B&O Warehouse behind right field…

 

 

 

Hey! Greg Brady throwing out the first pitch !!!

And now to take part in an Oriole tradition…”O” Say does that Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave…

With The Blue having clinched the NL West 2 nights prior I decided to spend the majority of the evening strolling the yard. I try to make it a custom to take in two games when visiting another yard as to see it’s different vantage points. Though I already paid Camden Yards a visit 16 years ago, I wanted to see if there we’re any major significant enhancements, none that I could notice with exception of these statues behind the batters backdrop…

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Perhaps someday, Jackie Robinson will have more company at Dodger Stadium. But hey, Sandy Koufax will be joining him in his new center field spot next year !

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The view from the upper reaches of the left field corner with the warehouse providing the perfect frame. If you look at the scoreboard and see an ad for The Sun, the local newspaper, for judgement plays, the “H” or “E” will flash while the other lights briefly go out. This is a nod to the old Schaefer Beer ad in Ebbets Field. 

20190912_202811Got the upper reaches all to myself…I feel like yelling “HE MISSED THE TAG !!!”

20190912_203036Hey there Blue Dog! Care to take part in the Dance Cam?

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20190912_205752Why Not? The theme of the 1989 Baltimore Orioles after their 54-108 season in 1988 that saw them start the season 0-21. Though not as cheesy as the Super Bowl Shuffle, Let’s Go Mets, or dare I say it, The Baseball Bunch video by The Blue in 1986, here was the Orioles video for 1989…(Hey, it was the 80s folks !!!)

20190912_210222The Orioles may be struggling these days, but they’ve had their share of glory…

20190912_210121A Blast From The Past…

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The Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame by the Eutaw Street entrance. Oriole HOF’ers over the years…

On this night, the Dodgers would win in a most unusual way with the winning runs scoring while Russel Martin would strike out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and 2 outs… 

So the Dodgers would take both games I took in. Oriole Park, opened in 1992 has certainly aged well. When put in the context of many of today’s yards, though only completed 28 seasons, Camden Yards has stood up well and should be around for many more years to come. Once the O’s can get back to winning, the atmosphere around Camden Yards should once again be magical. 

Recapping Day 3 of Drei’s Day in Charm City

  • The B&O Railway Museum
  • The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
  • Dodgers vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

All within a few blocks of each other. Before we leave the yard…

20190912_222931Gotta give Blue Fleece ’12 some air time. This is the furthest Blue Fleece ’12 has traveled…

20190912_224153Postgame with Blue Fleece ’12 out on the Eutaw Street Promenade…

20190912_224458Blue Dog and I sure had a lot of fun in Charm City !!! Time to head over to Pickle’s for some late night eats…

 

 

 

The burger and “P” shaped pretzel with Old Bay Crab dip. They sure love their Old Bay and Crab Dip here in Maryland…

 

 

 

Brooks Robinson with his Gold Glove across from Pickles Pub and the yard…

Time to say goodnight and goodbye to Oriole Park and Camden Yards. It was quite a week here in the eastern seaboard as I took in 2 of the 3 9/11 sights during the week of 9/11, caught 2 Dodgers/Orioles games and a Mets game and a couple of museums. Though we couldn’t fulfill both Mets and Orioles fans wishes of us beating the Yankees in World Series, it was still a great time. It’s been a while since Drei hit up the East Coast. Where will Drei’s next adventure be? Stay tuned…’Til the Next Episode…

 

 

 

 

Baseball and 9/11: Day Three, Charm City in One Day, Part One…The Rails and The Babe

Baltimore MD. Also known as Charm City. When I venture into another city, thanks to one of the greatest inventions, the camera phone with endless memory (You can tell i’m not the greatest expert…), one thing I enjoy is getting a feel for the city I’m visiting, taking various pictures of just  about  anything that reflects that particular city. The best part is I know I’m not running out of film. As for battery life, well…

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One thing I noticed during my stay in Charm City was the housing throughout the neighborhoods, old school brick right next to each other. I’m going to assume when these units we’re built the choice of brick was atop the list due to the harsh winter climates.

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The museum I would end up visiting was the B&O Railroad Museum. (The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is open Friday’s and Saturday’s). One of my non-sports fascinations is trains, especially classic trains. Being that the yard I’ll be visiting for the second time in three days is known for having a restored building that once was a focal point of the old B&O rail, it’s only appropriate I pay a visit to the B&O Railroad Museum. 

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Can you imagine commuter rail and Amtrak employees carrying one of those classics…

 

If you look at marker number 1 that’s where the B&O building that frames Camden Yards is located. You can see how many city blocks we’re cleared to make room for Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Click here to view more before and after pictures of the area around Camden Yards…

 

An old rustic caboose on a track leading into the roundhouse….

 

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Playin’ on the tracks with Blue Dog. I never did pay attention as a kid when I was told to never play on the tracks…

 

 

Gotta support the locals…

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Hey Blue Dog ! I thought I told you to stay off the tracks !!!

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After spending a good couple plus hours taking in the sights of vintage trains and other vintage rail antiques dating back to the Civil War days, what next, watch 45 cruise through Charm City or pay The Babe a visit? Is that worth answering?

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Whether you’re a fan of that Evil Empire from The Bronx or not any baseball fan passing through The Bambino’s hometown should make it a point to stop by The Babe’s birthplace, The Babe Ruth Birthplace and MuseumLocated about a 15 minute walk from Camden Yards, don’t expect to spend more than an hour at The Bambino’s childhood birthplace. But do take your time in soaking in the history inside Babe’s home and it’s glory…

 

 

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For all his glory he only won one more World Series title with the Yankees after winning three in Boston. However, we all know the story of 1918…

 

Babe’s kimono as he and other MLB All-Stars would tour Japan during the off-season. Looking at the size of that kimono you’d think he’d be a sumo wrestler…

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Right behind me, the Babe’s childhood neighborhood…Let’s take a look at some more local artwork before we walk on over to the yard…

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So the first part of Day Three In Charm City gives us a historic tour of the rails connection to Baltimore’s baseball history and a stroll through The Babe’s childhood neighborhood. Time to head back toward Camden Yards for my second game of the three game series…

Next up: Part Two…Back To The Yards

 

 

 

 

Baseball and 9/11: Day Two, New York City and a Mets Game in One Day

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Wednesday morning, September 11, 2019.  I wait for my New York City bound Amtrak train on this calm and warm morning on the platform of Baltimore’s Penn Station. 18 years prior, on a normal Tuesday morning, passengers aboard four passenger aircraft’s heading toward California, 3 to L.A., one to San Francisco, would tragically have their lives cut short due to the tragic terrorist acts. 2 of the aircraft’s would knock down the Twin Towers, one would crash in The Pentagon’s west side and the other into a field in Pennsylvania. 

18 years have passed. We are reminded to Never Forget. To anyone born in 2001, now of college bound age, the tragic events of 9/11/2001 is indirectly linked to them.

Every year citizens are always asked to do something of significance on 9/11. Be it a community voluntary act or just living your normal everyday life as a reminder to the terrorists that evil acts will not stop us from doing what we enjoy in life. 

With New York City being a 2.5 hour train ride from Baltimore, I decide to make the trek to New York City and take part of the 9/11 tributes. 

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20190911_095041Our favorite lion, Bailey, making the trip with me to NYC. You’ll see why later…

As a rail aficionado, I look forward to my 2.5 hour trek to New York City, even if I know I’ll spend a good part of it catching up on some Zzzz’s. Just as well. The route from Baltimore to New York is void of any breathtaking scenery. However, I did get a couple of pics passing through Philly20190911_111142

Here’s one with the skyline in the distance of the Schuylkill River…

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New York City, 9/11

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Outside of Madison Square Garden, home of the Knicks and hockey’s New York Rangers. With the 9/11 Museum being closed to the public on this day, I had some time to kill. Madison Square Garden lies atop a bustling Penn Station.

Inside the lobby plaques are located throughout the floor paying tribute to famous athletes and entertainers who have made their mark here…

20190911_130712Dedicated to The Piano Man himself after his 100th performance at MSG…

With some time to kill before my planned 3 PM visit to the 9/11 pools, I head over to Katz Deli. This just may be the best pastrami i’ve ever had…

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A visit to Katz may have been reason enough to make the day trek to NYC. 

Never Forget 9/11

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The 9/11 Memorial Pool. The 2 pools lie on the footprint of the World Trade Center Towers.

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The mood around the Twin Towers pool isn’t as somber as I had anticipated but people we’re respectful of nonetheless, some even sharing stories of friends and families lost. Many came by mostly to witness and take part of history…

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Former L.A. Kings scout Garnet “Ace” Bailey, along with Mark Bavis, we’re among the lives lost during 9/11. In 2007, the Kings would introduce a lion as their new mascot, naming the lovable leo, Bailey. (I’m sure some of you have seen my posts of him with Blue Dog…)20190911_161909

20190911_162733The Survivor Tree…

Across the street from the WTC Pools, folks gather aroudn the FDNY Ten House…

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Citi Field

After a little over an hour at the 9/11 pool, I head over to Citi Field to catch the Mets against the DBacks. Citi Field would be the 17th active MLB park i’d pay a visit to, along with 7 other past yards. Somewhere down the line I still expect to hit the big 3-0. 

20190911_172916The 7 Line, made famous by John Rocker…

I really don’t care what John Rocker once said about the 7 Line it still get’s fans to the game. It’s a source of public transit, not a private limousine company! BTW, John Rocker is still a POS !!!

20190911_175546Citi Field from a distance out in the parking lot, dotted with plaques located on the spots where home plate and the bases we’re located during the Shea Stadium days…

A couple of huge pre-1988 World Series home runs took place here in Game 4 of the ’88 NLCS for the Dodgers. One by Scioscia and one by, who else, Kirk Gibson…

20190911_175926A famous ground ball took place here on a Saturday night in October ’86. It involved a former Dodger and was called by, of course, Vin Scully…

Baseball is a sport that creates memories that is truly passed down from one generation to another.  As I was taking pictures of the markers of the location of Shea Stadium’s bases, other fans of various ages we’re not only doing the same, but telling stories, taking pictures of themselves doing a pitchers windup on the site where the rubber was located. Some kids we’re even running along the path where the bases we’re. Thankfully, the lot was not full to the point we couldn’t capture such moments…

The famous Home Run Apple. Darryl Strawberry triggered that thing many a times at old Shea…

20190911_183704Inside the Ebbets Field themed rotunda. The chandeliers above are meant to mimic the old baseball chandeliers from Ebbets Field…

The grand entrance to Citi Field. Inside the entrance is this rotunda that pays homage to Jackie Robinson. Upon it’s opening in 2009, the tribute to Mr. Robinson was met with some controversy among certain Mets fans, not because of Jackie Robinson, but the fact that he did not play for the Mets. More tributes to the Mets history would be added years later, including a small Hall of Fame next to the rotunda. 

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Never Forget

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Prior to the game, a pregame tribute to the victims of 9/11 and to local law enforcement and fire department personnel. 

20190911_192503Citi Field, 9/11. DBacks vs. Mets

It’s really hard for me to grasp how I fully feel about Citi. It tries to be a retro yard but does not quite blend with it’s neighborhood surroundings. As for it’s attempt at a retro yard, it may have been a decade late upon it’s 2009 opening. I remember when I went to new Busch Stadium in 2006 telling my buddy Josh that I felt we’re at the point that parks are trying to “out-retro each other”. Also of note. Their current “Home Run Apple” beyond the CF fence. Aside from the Apple perhaps the Mets could have brought over some other elements of Shea Stadium?

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OK. So Citi does pay some respects to old Shea with this pedestrian bridge that connects the right and  center field stands above the bullpens…

20190911_204701The skyline that once highlighted Shea Stadium’s right field scoreboard, now above the Shake Shack in the outfield concourse. Note the ribbon on the Twin Towers…

As I like to do when visiting a yard for the first time, I like to take in the various vantage points. 

20190911_212134High above left field from the last row. Just a bit high and distant of an outfield location for my preference…

20190911_213425Back behind home plate. Middle 7th and on this night, 9/11/2019, God Bless America…

On this evening, the Mets would come out of the gates quick with a big 5 run 1st inning. On this night, 9/11, they would end up winning 9-0 on...9 Runs and 11 Hits

Back to The 9/11 Memorial, Tribute In Lights

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It was a point for me to also check out Tribute in Light from the 9/11 memorial. The lights can reach upward to 4 miles and is visible from a 60 mile radius. There are probably other magnificent viewing points throughout the city but on this day, as well as any 9/11 day, the location was appropriate. 

When I visited New York in 2006 the footprint of Twin Towers was known as Ground Zero.

Ground Zero, May 2006…

The area around the towers continues to draw people from around the world. Though many come to reflect, many also come to meet people and share stories. Proof that no matter the magnitude of the tragic events of 9/11/2001, the spirit and unity of folks around the world and the citizens of New York will never be broken. 

Recapping My Day in NYC, 9/11/2019

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New York City, regardless of whether your staying a day or a few days, is not the type of city you’ll do everything you want in one stay. Fortunately for me, I’ve done enough solo traveling and utilized many forms of public transit where navigating The Big Apple was anything but daunting. My itinerary was simple, check out the 9/11 Memorial, grab a pastrami at either Katz’s or Sarge’s (went to Katz) and catch a Mets game. 

With the Dodgers actually scheduled to play the Mets in the upcoming weekend, a few Mets fans kiddingly chided me, telling me I was a couple days earlier. One Met fan asked me if I could tell Dave Roberts to have our bench players start all 3 games over the weekend since we had the West clinched already and the Mets we’re in need of wins to stay alive in the Wild Card. A few Mets fans told me to beat the Yankees in the World Series, something I’ve heard a few times between the Mets and Orioles fans. Of course, let’s get there first…

New York in One Day in Pictures…

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Baseball and 9/11: Day One, 9/10/2019. The Pentagon and A Division Clincher

Prior to this season, I made it a personal goal to catch a Dodger game in each N.L. West venue. But not having had a chance to travel beyond Arizona in quite some time only whetted my appetite to journey toward the east. 

With the Dodgers being in Baltimore and New York City being a short train ride away, I decided to journey toward Charm City to catch a couple of games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. 

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I would take the red-eye from L.A. to Baltimore, leaving a little past 1 AM on Tuesday, September 10th. After arriving to Charm City and dropping my stuff off at the hotel, I would take the local MARC commuter train south to DC en route to The Pentagon to check out the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. 

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The benches outside The Pentagon each represent the 184 lives that we’re lost on the morning of September 11, 2001. Every day, the flow of water in the pool beneath the benches stops for one minute at exactly 9:37 AM, the time of the crash of American Airlines Flight 77. 

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Along the perimeter of the memorial is a wall that has a marker with the year of birth for each victim. 3 year old Dana Falkenberg would be the youngest casualty of AA Flight 77

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20190910_154452For perspective this picture would be taken facing the direction of AA Flight 77

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Off To The Yard…

20190910_180214Another yard down for Blue…

The commute from DC to Baltimore would be a smooth one as I would take the MARC’s Camden Line, dropping me off right by the yard. It’s only appropriate my train would drop me off by the yard, with it’s signature feature being the old B&O Warehouse

2 Baltimore Legends…Cal and The Babe, a Baltimore Native…

Home Run markers along the Eutaw Street promenade including Brady Anderson’s tape measure shot…

20190910_181732Tonight’s ballpark bites…Crabcake Sandwich with Old Bay seasoned chips…

20190910_193355 - CopyView from our Eutaw Street Bleacher seats…

With the magic number to clinch a 7th straight NL West title, the blue clad fans in attendance would sense a magical evening, lead off with a 3 run blast by Corey Seager in the visitors first. 

It would also be a magical night for Dodgers rookie 2nd baseman Gavin Lux, who would smash his first big league round-tripper…

Lux’s first big league blast would fall in the glove of a Dodger fan in the aisle next to me…

20190910_203415 - CopyThe fan would end up getting an autographed bat and two autographed baseballs…

Screenshot_20190917-091207_YouTubeGotta love that winning feeling…

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4 innings away from clinching the west, I decide to take a stroll throughout the park. Before I do, how ’bout a pic with the warehouse behind me…20190910_212556I’ve always wondered how one can enter the warehouse…

 

Strolling along Eutaw Street. That’s quite a moon out tonight. Blue Dog is enjoying the stroll, where we’d see this classic 1950 Chevy with Boog’s BBQ logo attached…

20190910_205837Big night for Corey. Corey’s having a big month of September…

As we approach the home 9th, up 4 runs and seats by the Dodger dugout being plentiful in large part to the O’s struggles, I take advantage of the opportunity to capture the moment…

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A subdued celebration, business as usual. 7 division titles will do that. Because, well, it’s that BIG PRIZE IN OCTOBER that we’re all coveting. But hey, it’s quite a feat nonetheless…

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Well wishes from Baltimore. Hey, 233 dogs showed up for the NL West clincher !!! This would be the first time the Dodgers would clinch a division in an American League yard…

This has to be the closest i’ve been to seeing a division clincher…

Alanna Rizzo with Dave Roberts and Gavin Lux…

20190910_220231Blue Fleece 2004…This is the 9th yard Blue Fleece 2004 has traveled…

Recapping Day 1 of my 3 day Dodgers, baseball and 9/11 themed trip upon my arrival to BWI, with an on-time arrival and things working like clockwork, I would go from Baltimore to DC to the Pentagon Memorial and back to Charm City…

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This would be my first trip to Camden Yards in 16 years so this isn’t a yard I needed to knock off on my list of 30. But I was so intrigued by it’s beauty I vowed I would make a return trip some day. It would also be the first time I would see the Boys in Blue in an AL yard other than Angel Stadium. 

When I planned this trip back in April, I could not have envisioned seeing The Blue clinch the NL West here or even this early. September 10 would mark the earliest the Blue would clinch a division title. 

The visit to The 9/11 Pentagon Memorial , one of the sites of the tragic 9/11 crashes of 18 years ago didn’t have the bone-chilling effect that many would feel. No matter though. It still a site that one who appreciate’s and reflect’s on history, no matter how tragic  should visit. 

The tragic events of 18 years ago would put a brief halt on the 2001 season. As the season resumed, baseball would be a small tonic baseball fans and this country would embrace, as it would serve as a distraction from the tragic events of the day. 

Day Two. Up to New York City on 9/11…

20190910_221115One last stroll for the night along Eutaw Street…

Andrei here,Southern California Correspondent for Stadium Journey Magazine and StadiumJourney.com, along with the broham, Marlon B, aka Kid Marley Marlz. We like to call ourselves, KID N DREI…2 crazed Dodger fans bringing Da Beatz and Da Talez or sometimes, both. Kid with Da Beats on SoundCloud at MDario GlutenFreeSonds, and Drei with Da Talez.

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