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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

20190912_173816Young (And Slimmer) Babe…Babe’s Dream

 

 

 

 

 

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…

20190912_185002My ticket stub signed by Boog Powell

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…

20190910_213057Shawn Green

20190912_183020 (1)Andre Ethier

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?

20190912_203011Why don’t you join me up in the Uecker seats?

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…

20190912_213817The bird linked to the ’89 Why Not team…

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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.

Another thing I like to do is capture a mural as well. Here’s one from a playground across the street from the museum I will be visiting…20190912_131413

 

 

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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…

20190912_163706Baltimore. Home of The Birds…

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

 

 

 

 

Turning The NL West Blue: Recapping Drei’s Journey’s Through The Yards of The NL West

It’s a baseball fan’s dream to venture to all 30 MLB parks. Along the way, some minor league yards and an international yard or two may be on the list. As for me, I still got a ways to go before I hit up all 30. But prior to this season, I made it a personal goal to catch a Dodger game in all NL West yards all in the same season. 20190831_203851

Though I wasn’t the best good luck charm on the road this season, the Dodgers have more than held their own as they prepare themselves for a 7th straight NL West title and another deep October run. 

The journey through the NL West was an exciting one. Each yard and city has it’s own story. And of course, each yard has it’s own personality. 

I’ve always believed that the best yards in baseball reside here in the NL West. Putting aside my personal biases toward our beloved Chavez Ravine, how do the rest of the yards in the NL West stack up with Drei?

4. Chase Field: Arizona DiamondBacks, Visited 8/31/2019

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Of the 5 yards in the NL West, this is easily my least favorite. Having said that, there still some redeeming factors that make Chase Field enjoyable, such as the Friday’s Front Row Bar & Grill above left field and it’s patio that gives fans an opportunity to dine with friends and family while taking in a ballgame. 

20190831_144900Kid n Drei pregaming at Friday’s before the Dodgers-DBacks game, 8/31/2019

The retractable roof is a nice convenience from the scorching desert weather and on that rare occasion when the yard is filled, as it was on this evening as a Chase Field record crowd of over 50,000 we’re on hand (You can thank us Dodgers fans for bumping up those numbers…), the atmosphere can be electric. 

Aesthetically, this is decidedly the least attractive of the other 4. Though the roof is a nice convenience, when closed, you get the feel of watching a game inside a huge airport hangar. Or as my former supervisor who now resides in Phoenix once told me, it has the excitement of going to Costco.  

Though established in 1998, just 2 years before Oracle Park, The Snakes are looking for new digs. Though Chase Field is only 21 years in existence, we’re in the era of the disposable ballpark. 20190831_164542

So Chase Field may not rank so highly among ballpark travelers and baseball fans. It’s main signature feature is a pool that in only available to private groups. But after only 21 years is a new yard really necessary?

3. Coors Field: Colorado Rockies, Visited 6/29-30

20190629_190615My favorite mascot among division rivals, Dinger! 

If there’s one thing Dinger and I have in common, it’s our disdain toward that Seal up in San Francisco. 

Of the other 3, it’s very easy to put the remaining NL West trio in any order. Coors Field, opened for business in 1995 is the 3rd oldest yard in the Senior Circuit behind Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium. Not bad company to be with for a yard soon approaching it’s 25th year. 

20190630_134510Coors Field. Established 1995

Opened for business 3 years after Oriole Park in Baltimore, Coors Field opened it’s gates at the height of the 90’s retro yard craze. I’ve often stated that the term retro is often overused. However, with Coors Field, the elements within the yard justify it’s status, or at least it’s exterior, blending in with the continuously developing LoDo neighborhood… 

20190629_132632Greetings From LoDo, Blue Dog !!!

With the Rockies in playoff contention at the time of our visit, Coors Field was filled to capacity during the 2 games we came. Coming off of last year’s playoff appearance after finishing one game behind The Blue, there was a buzz felt throughout the weekend. The Blue would split the two games that my buddy Josh and I attended. 

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Recent changes to Coors Field was the elimination of outfield upper deck seats behind right field, replaced with The Rooftop. 20190629_184028It’s a great social spot for the casual fan and a great way to get in the yard on the cheap. But if you come to ACTUALLY watch the game, get yourself a seat, even if you land one on the Purple Row. 20190630_115454

The landscape beyond CF add’s to Coors Fields charm, surrounded by local natural rocks and greenery complimented by a water display. 20190629_171610Hey Blue Dog! You sure like traveling with Drei !!!

If you should be so daring, do try the Rocky Mountain Oysters at least once. 20190629_194540Taste’s like chicken!!!

If that’s not enough, try out the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout at nearby Wynkoop Brewery. 

20190629_222430This Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout got a good deep malty touch…

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Opened in 2004 Petco Park definitely screams San Diego, with it’s exposed white beams and it’s navy blue seats. With all the so-called retro yards opened in the 90’s, Petco bucked the trend sans the Western Metal Supply Co. Building

20190609_114704Western Metal Supply Co. Building, from the outside…

Daytrips to San Diego are a regular occurrence for the Dodger Blue Faithful as many a Dodger Blue clad fan makes the trek down I-5. Next to Coors Field, Petco may have the best neighborhood vibe of the yards here in the west, with it’s location right next to the Gaslamp. 

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2019050595164509.jpgThe Garv. First number ever retired by the Padres. Of course it took a Dodger to accomplish this feat…

And finally, again putting all biases aside and to the dismay of some…

1.  Oracle Park: San Francisco Giants, Visited 5/1/201920190501_175946

Soon to be in it’s 20th year, Oracle Park is now under it’s 4th name. In spite of certain locals of all ages, including some old enough to be my grandfather, personally wishing me ill will, I really enjoy Oracle and The City. 

Though The Blue would fall on a Buster Posey walk-off, on a personal note, my record over the years at Pac Bell/SBC/AT&T/Oracle Park is 10-9. 20180428_083809.jpgThe Portwalk…

Oracle Park is one of those yards if your visiting for the first time you’ll want to arrive early to check out the various viewing points. Before setting foot inside Oracle take a stroll along the portwalk. Check out the distant views of the bay and the kayaker’s setting up shop along McCovey Cove. 20180428_141225.jpgCody Bellinger has already deposited one to The Cove. It’s only a matter of time Joc drop’s one in…

If you end up in Oracle’s upper reaches, don’t see it as a bad thing. Next to PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Oracle has one of the big’s most distant picturesque views with The Bay as the backdrop…20180428_145237.jpg

 

As for the food, if you really wanted to you could spend the whole game on a food run. On this night, I went with the 40 clove garlic chicken sandwich and garlic fries. 20190501_181902Mints optional…

So there’s my wrap around the NL West. I can now say I’ve chased The Blue in every NL West yard in one season. Here’s more from my visits to Oracle ParkPetco ParkCoors Field Day 1Coors Field Day 2 and Chase Field

 

As if I didn’t have enough, I also had a chance to catch The Blue in Charm City, Baltimore. Charm City report coming soon…

 

 

 

 

Cruising The N.L. West, Day Two: Strolling Through LoDo and The Series Finale, Dodgers vs. Rockies 6/30

Leading Off…

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Just a little over 20 minutes before 11AM local time on this last day of June. It’s been a humid weekend in the Mile High City, so far the clouds have stayed away. Prior to the series finale I decide to take a stroll throughout the area surrounding the ballpark. 

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What does this neon artwork look like when lit at night?

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It’s still early. How ’bout we grab some breakfast?

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Located about a block from the yard, it’s nice to see Kachina uses ingredients both local and Cali made…

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The Blue Corn Waffles sound good…

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I was expecting the waffles to have more of the blue corn texture as described. But that whiskey maple syrup…What a kick. Syrup also can be served to kids but without the whiskey…Back to my pregame stroll…

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Above are pictures of the construction that will eventually become a mixed use entertainment complex across the street from Coors Field. 

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Views from outside the yard on 20th street…

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With the number of brick buildings surrounding the area Coors Field certainly blends in well with the surrounding neighborhood of LoDo. 

20190630_113921The Starting Nine for Colorado…

20190630_114858Greetings From One Mile High…

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Gettin’ that Mile High feeling…

Speaking of One Mile High…

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This now marks the ninth yard past and present our traveling blue fleece has entered. 

The Purple Row

As you may know by now, the Purple Row in the upper reaches of Coors Field, Row 20 to be exact, marks the sport where fans are exactly one mile above sea level…

20190630_115454Back at it one mile high with Blue Dog

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20190630_115156Hey, Blue Dog’s buddy, Bailey decided to join him a mile high…

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If I should ever make it back to the Mile High City maybe one day I’ll ask for a seat in the purple row…Off to The Rooftop

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On the way to The Rooftop we pass through Carlos Gonzalez’s accomplishment. We hear you love L.A. Carlos…

Pregame view from The Rooftop. The day started off so hot and humid you could actually smell the wood along the drink rail. If it was any hotter i’d be able to cook some wood-smoked salmon…

Behind the Batter’s Backdrop

20190630_123849So tempted to pull a piece of that ivy along the backdrop…

20190630_123951Home plate of the visitors bullpen. That’s gotta be one of the most scenic bullpens in the bigs. Gotta wonder how many warmup pitches have skipped away onto that pool of water. How many dingers have landed there as well…

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Our view from our seats. With this yard’s homer friendly reputation does a Cody Bellinger 4-bagger land our way today? Notice the clouds starting to come in compared to the earlier clear skies…

20190630_131025Opening intro for the Rockies. Our pic featuring Charlie Blackmon…

JP to lead things off for us. I get a feeling he’s gonna have a big day today…

20190630_132230Gettin’ my facetime with Cody Bellinger. 

One of the notable changes to Coors aside from the addition of The Rooftop is their scoreboard and it’s unique “Rocky Mountain-like” shape. Without a doubt one of the best boards in the league when it comes to it’s unique quality…Another side note on this last day of Sunday…Earlier it was sunny, now, first pitch, still hot at 92 degrees but now we have a cloud cover…

Ballpark Blueprints…

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When walking the concourse behind the center field batters backdrop you’ll notice this mural depicting the cattle life of the Rocky Mountains up to the construction and opening of Coors Field in 1995…

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View from the LF corner. For still being one of the biggest yards in the MLB, Coors Field feels surprisingly intimate…

20190630_155518Cody at the dish, top 6th. The visiting 6th would see the Blue put up a 6 spot over the Rockies. The three 6’s would not be kind to the home nine…

20190630_161353After feasting and drinking on Rocky Mountain Oysters this time I kept it simple…The Denver Dog…

20190630_165958JP with a big day as I predicted earlier. One of the key contributors to that big 6th…

20190630_170018Josh sure enjoyed that 6th…Now your weather update…76 degrees and cloudy. A 16 degree drop in just under 4 hours…

20190630_170552Well look who decided to join Blue Dog…In spite of the Blue about to salvage the final game of four and their 13th in their last 15 over Colorado, Dinger holds no ill-feelings…

After a little over 4 hours, the Blue finally comes away victorious…

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And I finally see a road win…

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FINALLY !!! A WIN ON THE ROAD FOR DREI !!!

20190630_171723Brought the other Blue Fleece on the road. This is the first time this Blue has left California. Our newfound Dodger buddy Dion, visiting from Wyoming, helped me hold up Blue Fleece II as we battled the Rocky Mountain winds…

20190630_171952My first “real” road trip with Josh in almost 10 years (SF and SD don’t count…). Our last road trip? Albuquerque, 2010, when ABQ was the Dodgers AAA affiliate. Today’s ABQ affiliate? Of course, the Colorado Rockies…

Closing Time…

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It was an enjoyable weekend in the Mile High City. The locals we’re very hospitable. It was great to get out on the road again with my buddy Josh after almost 10 years. Of course, the older you get the harder it is to do everything you set out to do. Heck, I haven’t even been to a game with Kid Marlz this season (Stay tuned…)

Now the third oldest yard in the NL behind only Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium, Coors Field won’t be going away anytime soon. Even with the changes both in and outside the yard, Coors Field, though does not have that new-stadium feel anymore, still maintains that retro/mid 90s feel if you will. Even with the recent improvements, there isn’t much in the way to distract you from the game. Aesthetically, Coors Field blends in well with the surrounding neighborhood…

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One of my baseball traveling goals was to catch the Dodgers in every NL West yard. One of my other goals was to do it in the same season as well. I’ve accomplished one of the two so far with Chase Field left to go. Along the way during this trip we crossed paths with other Dodgers fans. No surprise there since Dodgers fans always travel well. We even crossed paths with a bride and her besties as they celebrate one last baseball trip together before she ties the knot…(That’s quite a future hubby she got there letting her travel with her besties to see her Dodgers…)

It’s still my goal to hit up all 30. I’ve hit up 16 of the current 30 along with 7 past yards (8 if you count me setting foot inside The Kingdome…)

20190630_174530Time to head home Blue…

20190630_185847Boy the weather sure can change rapidly here…Being we’re one state away from Oz perhaps I should click my heals a few times to get us home…

Extra Innings…Drei’s Tale

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Kickin’ it with Dinger, August ’06…I need to revisit my good ol’ Jurassic buddy…

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Whassup Dinger ! You still enjoy chomping on Surf and Turf? You know, seal from the waters of McCovey Cove and your favorite…Rocky Mountain Oysters !!!

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Cruising The N.L. West, Rocky Mountain Weekend, Day One: National Baseball Museum and Dodgers-Rockies 6/29/2019

It’s been awhile since my buddy Josh and I had a chance to take a road trip, and when I say that, I don’t mean a drive to San Diego…LOL. Upon arriving late Friday evening into early Saturday morning, the night was made even longer by an extremely long rental car checkout no thanks to Fox Rent a Car and an extremely longer wait at Denny’s on 40th and Peoria. 

Having got the most grueling part of the trip out of the way, Josh and I make our way to the National Baseball Museum prior to the Saturday evening match up between the Dodgers and Rockies. But first, our continued feature of murals from cities visited…

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Keep our streets safe Denver…

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The museum is located across the street from Coors Field’s home plate entrance on Blake and 20th. Small and intimate, the museum is a must-see for any baseball fan making their way through the Mile High City. 

Much of what is featured in the museum are original memorabilia from baseball’s original 14 teams including an original piece from the chandelier of Ebbets Field’s famed rotunda… 

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20190629_155729.jpgTurnstyles from Shibe Park in Philadelphia and Forbes Field in Pittsburgh

 

 

Seats and bricks from the original 14…

 

 

Paying tribute to the Denver Bears

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Kicking it with Josh and the man who put this all together, Bruce Hellerstein

Off To The Ol’ Ballgame

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Blue Dog taking in the sights around the yard hours before first pitch…

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A little over an hour and a half before first pitch finds me outside of Coors Field’s home plate entrance. It would be my first time back since ’06 when I saw some kid, Troy Tulowtizky, make his debut…It’s a goal of mine to see The Blue in every NL West yard this year…

As said, this is my first trip to Coors Field since 2006Coors Field, open for business since 1995 is now the 3rd oldest NL yard behind only Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium. At only 24 years, Coors Field is quietly up there with good company. No small feat considering that the Ballpark in Arlington, opened one year prior, will be out of commission after this season. 

20190629_170853Josh and I kickin’ it with Herbie Husker, the University of Nebraska mascot on Nebraska Night at Coors…

20190629_171440Coors Field water feature, with all the natural scenery home grown in Colorado…

Pregame Bite…The Helton Burger

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The Helton Burger, named after former Rockie Todd Helton is nothing more than your typical burger. But hey, it’s one of those ballpark food items you eat for the sake of saying you ate a ballpark item, you know, like the Dodger Dog…Speaking of, another Coors Field food item coming later…

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Our view from the upper right field stands. It was a warm and humid weekend in the Mile High City. As you can see the sun is doing it’s best to peak through the cloud cover on this Saturday evening…

More Coors Field Eats…Rocky Mountain Oysters

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Some of you may know by now that Rocky Mountain Oysters are not creatures of the sea. They are grown on land from a part of a bull…

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Josh behind me giving words of encouragement. That piece looks more like a chicken strip…

20190629_194429 The look on Josh’s face. That Rockies fan probably thinking “Not another Rocky Mountain Oyster pic…”

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Not bad actually. Maybe it was me channeling my Asian roots…That Rockies fan seems to be in disbelief that I went all in on that Rocky Mountain Oyster…It’s not as bad or creepy as people make it out to be. If you like chicken gizzards or calamari and don’t give this local delicacy much thought, you’ll be alright…(The fans behind me seem to be in disagreement…OK, I guess my Asian genes gave me an advantage…)

20190629_202521View of the sunset peaking through the cloud covers, from the Rooftop with the mountains in the distance…

20190629_203018Ah yeah. Gotta love that view…

20190629_202600Another view from The Rooftop, the most recent enhancement to Coors Field…

The final result from night one of our two day trip to Denver wasn’t what we hoped, with the Dodgers dropping their second straight of four to the Rockies. Oh well. The Blue still has a double-digit lead in the standings. Back at it tomorrow…

20190629_211906Matt Holliday. My all-time favorite Rockie for something he did in a Cardinals uniform in Game 2 of the 2009 NLDS

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Day One Notes…Return to the Mile High

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Since I’ve already been to Coors this isn’t one of those yards that was necessary to knock of on my journey to 30. Prior to this season I made it a goal to see The Blue in every NL West venue. With my visit to Coors, I’m only a Chase Field visit away from completing my cycle. 

Aside from the recent addition of The Rooftop not much has changed inside Coors since my visit in 2006. As mentioned earlier, opened in 1995 it is now the 3rd oldest yard in the National League behind only Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium. Unlike the Ballpark In Arlington, opened for business one year prior and now in it’s final season, Coors will be around for awhile. If there’s any doubt about Coors Field status, a mixed-use development project across from Coors Field named after the teams former President is currently in the works, adding on to an already thriving LoDo district…

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Postgame…Rocky Mountain Brews and Eats

Our postgame dining would take us to nearby Wynkoop Brewing Company, established in 1988 (Something about 1988 that puts a smile on my face…). 

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First of all, you all didn’t think I came to Denver to drink Coors did you? The first of two brews I tried, Patty’s Chile Beer is one of those outside the box selections brewed with Anaheim, serrano and ancho peppers. For the most part it’s a pretty light beer. The taste of the three peppers are evident but won’t burn your mouth. A Home Run! BTW, this isn’t the only out of box brew I will try…

20190629_223725Appetizers. The grilled sausage board. Rabbit & rattlesnake jalapeno, Wynkoop IPA and wild boar, and rocky mountain oyster stout brat. 

Yup. They love their rocky mountain oyster’s here. That’s not the last item I’ll try that has a “hint” of the Rocky Mountain’s…

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20190629_224429The Bison Meatloaf. (I had no idea they had a dish honoring Matt Kemp…)

Even with a coarser taste, the Bison Meatloaf is still flavorful and just as good as your usual ground beef. Patty’s Chile Beer made for a nice pair. Speaking of brew…

20190629_222108Our Featured Brew, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Yup, you read that correctly, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout! What started out as an April Fools joke, this dark stout once again isn’t as scary as what you might think if again, you don’t give it much thought, with a hint of chocolate combined with, of course, rocky mountain oysters, roasted no less (Have you noticed yet I’ve yet to give a true description of the famed, or infamous, Rocky Mountain delicacy?) Another hit outta the yard !!! (Disclaimer…I take no responsibility for any conditions you may experience trying anything with Rocky Mountain Oysters!!!)

Day One is complete. The highlights included a trip to the National Ballpark Museum to finally tasting the much talked about Rocky Mountain Oysters in all different forms. Day two will be coming soon. 

20190629_233311Josh and I outside the Wynkoop Brewery. Josh looking all happy because I didn’t force him to “try” one more Rocky Mountain Oyster item…

20190629_234548 (1)After dinner stroll with Blue…

20190629_234702 (1)Denver must have known we we’re coming, giving us that “Touch of Blue”…

20190629_171610Back at it tomorrow, Blue Dog !!!

Extra Innings…One More Bite

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Just can’t have enough of those Rocky Mountain Oysters!!! That Rockies fan seems to have his eyes on “other” sites…

 

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…

 

That’s From Disneyland

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Hey everyone. I’ve been busy this weekend doing some house cleaning. But not as busy as Richard Kraft of Sherman Oaks. This past weekend Kraft has been auctioning off much of his Disneyland nostalgic collection, ranging from posters to attraction props and even actual ride vehicles. Prior to this weekends auction Kraft set up a free pop-up gallery in Sherman Oaks, some who even dressed and acted the part of their favorite Disney characters. 

Kraft plans to use the money raised through the auction to make donations to two charities that benefit children with special needs.

Here’s my collection of pictures, no particular order, that I was able to snap during my visit on August 12th…

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20180812_115935.jpg The man himself, Richard Kraft, greeting many an eager fan and capturing the moment before the gallery opens

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Of course I had to bring DodgerMickey…Lead the chorus…LETS GO DODGERS !!!

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20180812_123906.jpgShe seems very attracted to you DodgerMickey…

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He’s greeted many a guest entering one of these People Movers. Hey, how ’bout bringing back some of these and using them from Union Station to The Ravine. We found the Blue and Yellow ones. Now to find the Orange and Teal

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20180812_133454.jpg“It’s a World of Laughter a world of tears…It’s a Small World after all…”

20180812_134105.jpgDumbo playing with his favorite mouse, uh, second favorite mouse behind Timothy Q… Dumbo ain’t afraid of this mouse…

20180812_132719.jpgOf course…We can never separate these two…

I actually had several people come up to me as I was taking my pictures of my DodgerMickey statue. Of course they wanted to know if I bought it at the gift shop by the entrance. I’ve had the DodgerMickey since 2010 and of course being among Disney and Dodgers fans it was only natural that folks would want one of their own DodgerMickey as well…I guess it would only be natural that two of our favorite’s would make such magic together…Now if only that magic can continue on through October…