Category Archives: Beyond The Ballpark

Happy 100th, Sons of Westwood

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Leading off, I want to put it out there that I never attended UCLA. That was a childhood dream of mine when my uncle influenced me to cheer for all things Blue and Gold OK, I also had an attachment to the retro Joe and Josephine Bruins. 

As my high school days started to dwindle I knew I wasn’t going to be an undergrad at UCLA, at least not right away. Heck, I would have been happy just to be accepted to any major university after completing JC at Pasadena City College. 

Most of my memories of UCLA are tied to athletics of course. Over the years i’ve often been asked why I have such enthusiasm for a school I never attended. I always answer back, if attending said college is a requirement for showing support there’d be plenty of empty seats at The Coliseum on Saturday  afternoons.

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It was at UCLA where a Dodger named Jackie Robinson would be a four-sport letterman Prior to going to UCLA Jackie would attend the JC I’d attend, PCC. 

This past week would be filled with celebrations from Westwood throughout Los Angeles. A spectacular light show with Royce Hall as the backdrop would help start off the week-long celebrations. The show would display many of the school’s accomplishments and contributions. 

20190518_210712(0)Tom Bradley. L.A’s first and only African-American mayor to date…

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And of course, Dodgers fans favorite Son of Westwood, also celebrating 100 years…

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Of the many highlights throughout the week we’re the various photo ops throughout Westwood and L.A., with another celebration at Grand Park, where the one time big man on campus, Lew Alcindor, better known today as Kareem Abdul Jabar would address the crowd.

As photo’s of me we’re being taken both on campus and at Grand Park I would quip to the person taking my photo that I had to act like I was doing an 8-Clap. As onlookers saw what I was doing, some decided to join me as well, be it the 100th anniversary themed photo booth or the Grand Park fountain that was lit in, Blue and Gold

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20190522_2057408-clap in front of City Hall !!!

As stated earlier, most of my personal favorite memories from the Sons of Westwood are from athletics. Be it the countless 8-claps I’ve done, from The Rose Bowl to Westwood, along the coast from The Bay Area to Seattle and even in enemy territory from Fig and Jefferson to The Coliseum. The Victory Bell. Ringing the bell never gets old…

FB_IMG_1558070563242The Bell is home !!! 

Those are just some of my favorite UCLA moments. I’ll be sharing more and more of my favorite UCLA themed moments along the way. As stated earlier, most will be from the athletic field. Here’s a classic from 1992, when J.J. Stokes broke loose against SC. It was my first SC-UCLA game post-high school. At the time, my dad was attending grad school there and I used his ID to sit in the student section. Prior to the 1992 season I often told myself “I’ll be doing this with my own ID in two years…” If only I was more motivated…Oh well… Happy 100th UCLA !!! Enjoy this trip back in time, especially the 4th Quarter !!!

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Drei’s Tale…A Nine Inning Oak-Town Elephant Hunt

On my recent trip to Oakland, prior to the Mariners-A’s game on September 1st, I had a chance to cruise Oak-Town. One of the celebrations taking place as the A’s celebrate their 50th anniversary in Oakland is Stomper In The Town. Stomper is that lovable elephant mascot for the A’s and to celebrate, there are fifty six-foot tall statues of Stomper scattered throughout Oakland, each with a different theme designed by fans and artists. I had a chance to track down nine of the fifty, including the two located at Oakland Coliseum. Here they are in the order tracked…

1st Inning…Bleacher Creature

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Located in the Piedmont neighborhood, this would be the first statue i’d cross paths with prior to a hearty breakfast at Fentons Creamery

20180901_095240Crab Omelette at Fentons

Fentons, an Oakland landmark is well-known for it’s ice cream and fountain sodas with a breakfast menu on weekends. The crab omelette and potatoes we’re hearty and tasty. But of course I wasn’t stopping there…

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That’s the Banana Junior ! The Banana Special is a 3 pound version of what you see here and 6 times the size of the junior. Perhaps someday I’ll take on the Banana Split Challenge. The challenge? Down that Banana Special in 15 minutes and win a free shirt ! WOOHOO !!!

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I could use the help from Stomper and The Mariner Moose…

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Stomper and The Moose bailed on me. I guess i’m finishing this split off…

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Finish this Stomper !!!

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We did it boys !!!

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I think I had my fill for the day…

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2nd Inning…A Show of Hands

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Moving on to the Grand Lake neighborhood just outside the Grand Lake Theatre is this colorful work of art, A Show of Hands…

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Moving right along… 

3rd Inning…Golden Stomper

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This one is located outside of the Ordway Building on 1 Kaiser Plaza

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4th Inning…The Oakland A’s Rock

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Stomper Rockin’ out some of his East Bay beats…(Now why would someone tag his hat?)

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YEAH !!! 

5th Inning…MC Stomper

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Getting closer towards Broadway and MC Stomper flashing that bling and his custom made Hammer pants…

2 Legit To Quit…

6th Inning…Oaklove Stomper

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Located inside Oaklandish this Stomper statue gives a nod to Oak-Town’s landmarks

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7th Inning…Night-Night Stomper

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Stomper in his ‘jammie outside of a Walgreens 

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That’s really cool of Stomper that he’s not phased by my Niners colors. Then again, he’s also delighted he won’t have that “other team” in his house much longer…

Off to the Coliseum…

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Kickin’ it with The Greatest base-stealer of all-time (Sort of…)

8th Inning…Stomper’s Authentically Oakland Jersey

 

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Located outside The Treehouse at The Coliseum is indeed this Authentically Oakland look…

 

Finishing off…

9th Inning…#AtTheColiseumStomper

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Located at Championship Plaza between the Coliseum and Oracle Arena this one is a collage of pics taken by A’s fans over the years…

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So those are the nine Stomper Statues I was able to chase down in Oak-Town…

Of the nine, which was my favorite? They’re all unique in their own way and each certainly has it’s own story. This is not easy, and these three really do deserve top billing…

Bleacher Creature really gives an animated fan perspective of a day at the yard…

A Show of Hands show Stomper’s musical and artistic side

Oaklove Stomper really shows  his hometown love with his Oak-Town landmarks…

But now i’m gonna cut it down to these two…

A Show of Hands vs. Oaklove Stomper. Again, picking a favorite was not easy. But of all the Stomper’s stompin’ through Oaktown, Drei’s favorite?

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A Show of Hands. It came down to this pachyderm bringing out the kid side in me, particularly the keyboards, the keys i’ve tried to get back to lately.

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Even the Mariner Moose is impressed. If only I had the discipline and determination as a kid to JUST KEEP PRACTICING…

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I could be the one entertaining 56,000 fans in October and the man to my right, Dieter Ruehle can just focus on Kings fans at The Staples Center…(OK, Dieter isn’t such a bad choice for our present day Dodger Stadium organist either…). Speaking of music…

Extra Inning From The Bay…It’s Like Cruising Music

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Kid Marlz…Here he is, 2017, struttin’ his swag from across The Bay, Golden Gate Park, giving the 4-1-5 a Touch of Dodger Blue. Hey Kid? Dodgers and Oakland in October, like 1988? ‘Til the Next Episode…

 

Drei’s Photo Blog…King Tut: Treasures of The Golden Pharaoh

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King Tut: Treasures of The Golden Pharaoh will be on display at the California Science Center through January. In celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, will be on display. 

The tour lasts approximately 60-90 minutes, maybe 2 hours, depending on the visitor. The tour starts with a preshow briefing on the third floor. From there, visitors descend upon rare artifacts, many which tell a story. You will want to rent an audio-guide to assist you through each exhibit. 

For many of you, this will probably be your first time through this exhibit as was mine. If it is, I highly recommend you take your time as you witness your way through rare artifacts. Here’s a small sample of what you’ll be seeing…

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Cruising Rancho…Exploring The Mother Road…On Route 66

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LoanMart Field…Still referred by many as The Epicenter. Home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Single-A affiliate of the Dodgers. Rancho has been a stop for many who have donned the Dodger Blue, as well as a Friar or Halo, be it their first step to The Bigs or a rehab assignment…

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Prior to taking in a Quakes game on this Saturday evening, July 21, 2018, my buddy Josh Jacobs of 99.5 KKLA and I decide to cruise nearby along the old Mother Road

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Not far from LoanMart Field are markers along Foothill Blvd. paying tribute to the old Mother Road…

20180721_165809.jpgGetting my kicks on Route 66…One of my life’s goals is to one day cruise the ol’ Mother Road from L.A. to Chicago…

Josh and I are huge fans of Jack Benny. The late comedian had his ties to Rancho Cucamonga. A popular catch phrase of his radio show involved a train conductor who would announce over the loudspeaker, “Train now leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa, and Cuc… amonga,” taking progressively longer pauses between “Cuc” and “amonga.” No such route ever existed. 

A statue of the great comedian, once located at the entrance of the ballpark, is located in the lobby at The Lewis Family Playhouse inside the grounds of the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center. The statue has Jack with his violin in hand. A running gag as host of his popular TV program, “The Jack Benny Program” was how badly he would play his violin..

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20180721_162224.jpgJosh mimicking Jack Benny’s frugalness throughout his program…

20180721_162916.jpgNO JACK, YOU ARE NOT PLAYING TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME WITH YOUR VIOLIN !!!!

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In paying tribute to Jack Benny, The Epicenter, as it was officially known at the time, was built on a street named after Jack. In an ironic twist, Jack Benny Way intersects with Rochester Avenue. Rochester Avenue was not named after the audience favorite character portrayed by Eddie Anderson on The Jack Benny Program. 

Josh Jacobs with some Jack Benny Fun Facts from outside of LoanMart Field on the corner of Jack Benny Way and Rochester Avenue…

 

20180721_193539.jpgPrehistoric life STILL exists along the old Mother Road…

20180721_184513.jpgJosh kicking it with the voice of the Quakes, Mike Lindskog…

20180721_163142.jpgGiving ol’ Jack a Touch of Blue…(You’re still not playing Take Me Out to the Ballgame with that violin…)

Those are just some of the sights along the old Mother Road on the way to LoanMart Field, or as some of you may still refer to as, The Epicenter…

9th Inning…Nat King Cole

 

 

Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 6…Wrapping Up The Day…Back to The Cove

Leading Off… R.I.P. Dick Enberg

Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg passed away yesterday at the age of 32. Enberg had a long and storied broadcast career that covered many southland teams including UCLA Basketball, L.A. Rams, California Angels and most recently the San Diego Padres. Enberg would have a long career covering many other major sporting events for NBC and CBS, including NFL coverage, Super Bowls, Wimbledons and World Series. Enberg was also a baseball coach at San Fernando State College, known today as the Cal State University of Northridge, or to locals, CSUN. OH MY was his popular catchphrase. You will be missed Dick…

Here is Dick Enberg interviewing Vin Scully during the Padres final road trip to Dodger Stadium in September, 2016…

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“To me, Dick Enberg was the greatest all-around sportscaster who ever lived and will never be emulated. He was a very dear friend of mine. He had my respect, admiration and my friendship. He will be sorely missed.” -Vin Scully

Back to The Bay…One Last Time…With Kid N Drei

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It’s been awhile, but we’re back. Much has happened since Drei has had a chance to wrap up Kid N Drei’s, Cruising The Bay. And to be THIS close to World Series glory…

Looking back on Kid N Drei’s day…In The Bay…The day started off early, as we arrived to The Bay before 7.

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We’d stroll through Alamo Square, pay a visit to The Laidies

 

We’d stroll The Panhandle, as well as Golden Gate Park

Screenshot_20170914-152630.pngKid Marlz feeling all high up in Hippie Hill, Golden Gate Park…

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Kid is really digging this Summer of Love themed tour of The City, on The City’s 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love…But the highlight of the day was the stroll across The Golden Gate…After all, just like the song, San Francisco has opened it’s Golden Gate…

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Before heading to the ballpark, as we leave Hippie Hill, Kid N Drei take one last stroll through The Panhandle…

It’s been quite a “hella” fun day, Drei…

You really are enjoying abusing “hella” here in The Bay, aren’t you Kid?

You “hella” know it Drei! What’s next, Kid abusing “hyphy”?

Is that “hella” right, Drei?

Ah…Nevermind Kid….

20171011_162058.jpg Congratulations Kid! That was quite a performance you put on there on that same hill where 50 years ago, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Greatful Dead and George Harrison performed for the OG hippies. Kid Marls D “officially” has his name etched along some prominent acts…

Time to cruise The Panhandle

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The Panhandle. Where many a local take their daily stroll. Jimi and Janis once performed along The Panhandle. As we stroll along The Panhandle, where Jimi once played, we come across Nate Thurmond Court. Nate Thurmond was a Warrior great. At Nate Thurmond Court, Kid Marls holds court, in a “Purple and Gold” haze…

With both of Kobe’s NUMBERS, that’s right, numbers, 8 and 24, recently retired, Kid Marls D flaunts the classic 8, for it’s 8 that Kid feels should be the retired one. Big Nate, one of the greatest rebounders in the game…I’m sure Big Nate would be proud of number 8…

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Hey ! A Magic Gnome sighting from April !!!

Well Kid, it’s almost time for Dodger Baseball. But before we head to The Cove, we take one last cruise, from The Haight to The Wharf for a pregame bite. Because Kid N Drei “operate” on such a low budget, with our devices low on battery life, we have nothing to show, from Fisherman’s Wharf. But hey, it’s not like any of you subscribe to the “No pictures, didn’t happen theory”, right?

After a pregame bite to The Wharf, Kid N Drei finally head back to McCovey Cove. As Drei said, toward the end of the day, our devices we’re running low. So, not many pics from AT&T Park.

It’s all good though. For it was a fun day in The Bay, with Kid N Drei. Kid really digs the rivals place. AT&T Park is a beautiful yard. It was Kid’s first time at AT&T Park, highlighted by this splash shot by soon to be Rookie of the Year, Cody Bellinger

We’ve sure had our moments of firsts here at the yard. It was at this yard, where back in April, Drei saw Cody’s first MLB game.

It was here tonight where Kid paid his first visit to McCovey Cove. Drei would see his first splash shot live, fittingly, by one in Dodger Blue…

The Blue would come out on top, 4-1, taking 2 of 3 from the rivals. Though The Blue had been struggling during the month of September, at one point losing 11 in a row, they would still be en route to over 100 wins.

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Kid Marls D is making his way up in his Ballpark Cruise. That’s now 4 MLB Parks, for which Kid has cruised.

Of the current yards, Drei has cruised 16, a popular number in The Bay. Overall, Drei has cruised 23.

As for Kid’s 4 yards, they’ve all been here in Cali, all with Drei. Away from The Ravine, together Kid N Drei has cruised from The O.C., through The Gaslamp in on to McCovey Cove. Kid N Drei has followed The Blue in these four Cali yards, with Oak-Town coming soon. In the four yards Kid has visited with Drei, The Blue is 4-0, outscoring their opponents 23-3.

You know Kid, I know you’ve said that we make magic together. Along with magic, we also seem to bring good vibes on the road, to The Dodger Blue, you know, from Diego to The Bay…

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It’s been a long day. A long, fun-filled day. Oh yeah, back to “firsts”, it was Kid N Drei’s first road trip together outside of SoCal. Looking back at all this, cruising The City, shooting 3 music videos, Kid’s excitement being in The City and Drei being all blasé and all that, (Drei’s made many a trip to The Bay, OK? LOL), you may be asking, how did Kid N Drei do this, all in one day? Like Kid has said to Drei…We Make Magic Together.

San Francisco has certainly opened it’s Golden Gate, for Kid N Drei. Kid Marls D has enjoyed his first true stay, in The City By The Bay. It’s history and it’s charm. Though he may have left his heart in San Francisco, home is where the heart is, for Kid Loves L.A.

It’s time to head home…Back on the overnight Megabus…Back to L.A.

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Kid got plenty of rest throughout the trip, something lacking with Drei. It would be another long bus ride home.

It was another fun season of Kid N Drei’s tales. Hopefully at this time next year, The Blue finishes the journey to The Top…

20170913_135712.jpgHey Kid, how ’bout we turn The Bay, Blue? One more time !!!

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Gotta give The Bay that Holiday Touch of Blue… HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE !!!

From The Bay…Peace and Love…From Kid N Drei

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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 5…Drei’s Talez of Kezar and The ‘Stick…Kid’s Beatz From Hippie Hill

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When it comes to the beatz…When it comes to the talez…As Kid once told me…”We make magic together, Drei”

As I like to tell Kid, it’s Kid with The Beatz…Drei with The Talez. Though Drei tells many a tale of Kid N Drei, without Kid Marlz Beatz and other fun stuff, there is no magic behind Kid N Drei’s talez…

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Kezar Stadium. Home to the 49ers from 1946-70. Though the original structure was demolished in 1989, a sense of history can still be felt. After a nice stroll along The Golden Gate Bridge, Kid N Drei now find themselves inside the hallowed ground of old Kezar. Today, Kezar Stadium is the hosts to high school football games as the San Francisco Delta’s soccer. The 49ers have also been known to come back to Kezar once a year for pre-season camp. Mostly though, Kezar is used for recreational purposes, with locals roaming the track. Recently, Kezar installed seats from old Candlestick Park, giving fans, especially this one, a chance to soak in history from two of The City’s historic venues of past glory. Though Drei wasn’t around during Kezar’s heydeys, over the years, as a fan of the Dodgers and 49ers, Drei has had a love-hate relationship with Candlestick. It was at The ‘Stick where a dynasty was launched with one leap of a catch. It was also at Candlestick where Drei got his first taste of the Dodgers/Giants rivalry in 1982 thanks to one swing of Joe Morgan’s bat. Drei’s personal favorite Candlestick moment? Young to Owens, Catch 2.

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20170919_000724.pngKid N Drei, enjoying a bit of tranquility inside Kezar’s surroundings…I’ll be honest. We weren’t exactly on our best behavior the entire time…But that’s for another day…Just think of parts of this day as “Boys Being Boys…”

After doing a lot of exploring through various Muni routes and a lot of walking, Kid N Drei decide to just “hella” chill for a bit inside Kezar’s historic surroundings…Soaking in the history…The atmosphere…The mystique. But most of all, Kid N Drei would just kick it, spending some quality time between the two brohams… The day really was going by so fast we hardly noticed time passing by. 

20170918_235446.pngKid N Drei, being all mischievous. As I said, we weren’t exactly on our best behavior the entire time, especially Kid…LOL 

Well, enough of Drei’s tale of Kezar and Candlestick. How ’bout we cruise on over to Hippie Hill, you know, for some of Kid’s beatz…You know, “Like Cruising Music…”

Sounds “Hella” good Drei !

Kid Marlz, putting on a show on the same hill where George Harrison, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane entertained the anti-establishment during some Summer of Love, 50 years ago? “Is that “HELLA” right, Drei”

You really are “hella” feeling that Bay Area vibe, aren’t you Kid?

It that “hella” right, Drei ?

Hey Kid. Let’s take one last stroll through The Panhandle before we head to the ballpark.

Sounds “hella” good, Drei.

20170919_001334.pngFrom the Golden Gate… Love not hate…Through The Haight…Peace and Love…From Kid N Drei

Part 6, the last part, coming soon, with some holiday vibes. It took awhile to come back here, but Kid N Drei didn’t go anywhere… 

 

Flashback Friday…The H-Town Experience and Minute Maid Park, 2005 & 2008

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Minute Maid Park. Houston, TX. Site of Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2017 World Series, where our Boys in Blue head into with the series all tied at one. Prior to 2013, the Astros we’re a National League franchise dating back to 1962. From 1969 to 1993 the Astros we’re part of the NL West, winning 2 NL West titles in 1980 and 1986. 

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Josh and I would make 2 trips here. In 2005, we had a stopover for the day on our rail trip from St. Louis back to L.A. so we decided to stop on by. It was fitting our ballpark rail excursion would take us to Minute Maid Park, especially with all the nods to the former Union Station that once resided on the site. 

wp-1509064742576..jpg The lobby of old Union Station. Now the left field entrance from Crawford Street, this now serves as the grand entrance to Minute Maid Park…

Back to H-Town, 2008

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Josh and I would make a return to H-Town in 2008. This time, it would be a 3 day stay. During the 3 days, our appetites would be satisfied, or filled if not completely satisfied, by…

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Taco Cabana. As I said, if not completely satisfied. Don’t go there if your sober. Or as one of my former co-workers from Texas says, “Don’t go there at all…”

We would also venture into a House of Pies. Not affiliated with the one on Vermont Avenue, but both serve diner style food. Though the HOP in Houston charges $2.50 for coffee refills past the second cup, my waitress kept generously filling my cup. Between our HOP and Houston’s, I say it’s a draw…

Our “foodie run” would also take us to Whataburger. Most of their locations are open late, serving up huge hamburgers. But between these two…

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I’ll take my 3X3 animal style any day. (OK, maybe an “occassional” 4X4 if no one is looking…LOL). 

And our final H-Town “foodie run” would take us to Good Company BBQ. The highlight for me, other than the usual BBQ meats, had to be the Czech Sausage. Good Company has to be the only place i’ve had Czech Sausage. If you’re a Houstonian reading this, I’m sure you could probably name other favorite BBQ places of yours, but I sure enjoyed the experience of eating BBQ in Texas, especially Goode Company BBQ. 

Getting our NASA On…

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Speaking of the Johnson Space Center, they seem to have a friendly battle with Pasadena’s JPL

But you know Houston, we do have a prized possesion of our own at the California Science Center

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Back to The Juicebox…Minute Maid Park

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Though the picture above was taken in 2005, Josh and I would return in 2008 to see The Blue take on the ‘Stros. This time, the roof would be closed during the 3 games we’d take in. 

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A favorite feature among many Astros fans, this replica locomotive chugs atop the left field Crawford Boxes prior to the first pitch and after an Astro home run. 

wp-1509064413116..jpg R.I.P. Tal’s Hill….

The hill, meant to pay homage to past classic’s such as Cincinatti’s Crosly Field, was removed after the 2016 season to make way for more dining spots. Though a nice nod to the past, the hill just looked forced and was hardly in play. But back in ’02, some center fielder for the Dodgers would make a nice running catch on the fly up that hill without breaking stride. I think that former centerfielder would have a future in managing some day…

Minute Maid Park is literally a band box. Very intimate, MMP is a very friendly hitters yard. Because if it’s intimate settings, no seat is really too far from the action. Now, if you don’t mind standing for an inning or two, you’ll want to take in some action at the porch literally located above the warning track in left center field…

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It’s almost game time ! Here’s to the Blue and an H-Town takeover !!!

wp-1509063983683..jpg Josh and I hanging with The Little Pumas, Lance Berkman’s unofficial fan club, July 2008. 

wp-1509064713241..jpg May, 2005. I wonder if this fan would know that orange cap would make it back to the rotation some day…

Astros fans and Houstonian’s we’re so hospitable so we could only return the favor…

20171025_143911.jpg The lil’ bro, Daniel and I, with this nice couple from Houston prior to Game 2. This couple would share with us that everyone in L.A. was very warm with them…

20171025_214543.jpg In the end, one of us will be smiling…The other crying… I intend to be the one smiling…

9th Inning…From H-Town

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LETS GO DODGERS !!!