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5 Days a Summer Fun-Drei…The Road to Omaha…Day 1, 6/3/2017

Day One, 6/3/2017

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Day one of what I call 5 Days a Summer Fun-Drei would find me at the Long Beach Regionals at Blair Field, featuring the Long Beach State Dirtbags, San Diego State Aztecs, Texas Longhorns and my UCLA Bruins as all for vie for a spot on the Road to Omaha en route to college baseball’s World Series.  It would be the first time Blair Field in Long Beach would host a regional since 2008 and Day 1, even with my Bruins being eliminated would not disappoint… Postgame Congratulatory Handshake

UCLA would lose their elimination game to San Diego State in 13 innings 3-2. Oh if not for leaving 15 runners on base. The Mighty Bruins will be back. This game would last a little over 5 hours ! In the back, you see the Texas Longhorns ready to take the field. Surely the next game on tap can’t top this battle between 2 southland schools…Game 2, Long Beach State vs Texas

The second game wouldn’t last as long. This one would ONLY go 12 innings, though this could have all been avoided if not for some great defense by the Longhorns…TWICE 

 

The Longhorns would eventually come out on top. So, after Day 1 of 5 Days a Summer Fun-Drei, I would spend close to 12 hours at the yard. With a total of 25 innings played, these 2 games would almost amount to 3. Both games we’re as advertised as pitching and great defense would rule the day. Here’s more sights from Day One of 5 Days a Summer Fun-Drei from Blair Field. 

The four schools featured have produced their fair share of MLBers, from Roger Clemens ,Tony Gwynn, Troy Tulowitzki, current Dodger Chase Utley and of course Dave Roberts. We also can’t forget some guy named Jackie…

 

From The Valley to The Beach…Getting Your Early Baseball Fix

Baseball is back folks ! I’m not just talking in the form of Spring Training either. Though for those of you who may be or are thinking of heading to The Valley of the Sun, here’s your 2016 Cactus League Guide from Stadium Journey

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Can’t make it to Arizona but still want some hardball before The Boys in Blue come home ? There is definitely no shortage of baseball in the southland as the college boys have started their descent toward The Road to Omaha. I’ve had the chance to cruise through four local college yards. Today, we feature Blair Field, home of the Long Beach State Dirtbags, and Matador Field, home of the Cal State Northridge Matadors. 

Matador Field…CSUN…See The Sun…

CSUN_DODGER HAT Blue paying a visit to Matador Field. CSUN has produced 14 big leaguers, including former Dodger Adam Kennedy…

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Check out my Stadium Journey review, Baseball Under the CSUN for more on Matador Field… Now, let’s venture down the 405 South to The Beach…

Blair Field…Home of The Dirtbags…

LB State_Pete the Prospector Kicking it with good ol’ Prospector Pete…

Blair Field in Long Beach has been a path to the bigs for many a big leaguer, including Jered Weaver, Evan Longoria, and Troy Tulowitzki…

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What exactly is a Dirtbag ?

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There’s something to Blair Field that offers an old-school charm. Check out my Dirtbag Diamond or my Stadium Journey review of Blair Field…

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Extra Innings…KID N DREI…

picsart_03-06-09.38.58.jpg Dodger Baseball is almost here Kid ! This is one of those rare times that Drei is in a pic with Kid and not wearing The Blue. The fact that, unbeknownst KID Marley Marlz N Dodger DREI, we’d cross paths by this cool Dodger mural in a freeway underpass on Van Nuys Blvd. in Pacoima during Ciclavia just may be a sign that it’s time for KID N DREI to bring you more tales and tunes. Yeah Kid, I guess it just really is meant to be….Good Times Kid…’Til The Next Episode…

Throwback Thursday, Drei’s Ballpark Adventures…Coors Field, 8/29-30 2006

 

In the 12 plus years I’ve had a chance to travel to various MLB and MILB yards, much has changed in regards to the way we view and share our experiences. When I first started my baseball stadium journey’s, not counting yards here in California, I would look at other ballpark travelers experiences online and see what they had to share. Of course, when I started all this in 2003, digital camera’s where still on the rise, I was still using 400 film, and we we’re trying to figure a way to share our experiences instantly (At least I was). After all, back then, most of us we’re still using flip phones. No twitter or facebook, no hashtagging, no droids ( What else wasn’t in our vocabulary when I started all this in 2003 ? ) I know I got excited when I got my first camera phone. Of course it came with an attachment. Oh how far we’ve come with technology since…

Coors Field, August 29-30, 2006

Today, I share with you some of my pics from my trip to Coors Field 8 years ago. My purpose of my off-season posts of various yards i’ve visited is to share my experiences at my time of visit. With constant changes that occur in our favorite yards, it is my hope that other’s will share their experiences at the time of their visit as well and see what has changed inside these various yards over time.

Coors Field is located in the LoDo district of Denver. Opened in 1995, at the time the capacity was just over 50,000. In spite of it’s large capacity, Coors Field felt surprisingly intimate. This past season, Coors Field did some renovations, decreasing the capacity by removing a vast number of upper deck right field seats and adding a rooftop viewing area for fans to roam around and socialize while taking in the action. It is one feature I would like to experience should I return to Coors anytime soon.  

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Home plate entrance

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View from the CF Rockpile seats. $4 day of game back in 2006…

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Coors Field’s signature feature out in centerfield, The Rockpile, with real rocks and trees that also has a water display in between innings. Hmm, some of those trees would make for some wonderful Christmas use this time of year. I wonder how many home runs have landed in the rockpile…

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Visitors bullpen by The Rockpile. That’s got to be one of the most scenic bullpen settings in all of MLB. I’m guessing the visiting teams must enjoy this not only for it’s scenery but the fact that it’s distant from the stands, avoiding any potential hecklers…

Neon Artwork Outside of Coors…

More Artwork…

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Mural of construction workers getting Coors all ready for action. Trivial tidbit… the batter wearing 95, yup, 95 represents the year Coors Field opened. Is it really going to be 20 since Coors Field’s opening ? 

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Down the street from Coors Field’s left field entrance. I love how Coors Field just blends in with the local architecture, as is the case with many ballparks built after 1992, the year Camden Yards opened…

On This Day, 8/30/2006

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Troy Tulowitzky would make his MLB debut at shortstop for the Rockies. I just wonder what kind of future this former Dirtbag from Long Beach State would have…

9th Inning With Drei…

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And they say dinosaurs no longer exist ! Drei kicking it with his new buddy Dinger !!!

So, for anyone reading, particularly any Rockies fans out there who may have “stumbled” across over here, what else has changed at Coors Field that Drei and other baseball fans should look forward to in their next visit to the Mile High City ? Oh yeah, Dodger fans and of course baseball fans can never plan out their ballpark adventures to early. Planning on visiting Coors next year ? Here’s a more detailed review of Coors Field from Stadium Journey magazine .  Be sure to check out Stadium Journey for all your sports themed road trips. 

Extra Innings…

I hope you’re all having a great holiday season so far. Speaking of the holiday’s, one could never go wrong with a classic Andy Williams . After all, what are the holiday’s without some Andy Williams tunes ?