Six Ball Parks, Seven Games, Four States, Two Cubs Wins, Fifteen Days
It was the perfect storm and it did not rain. I was in Anaheim, California for a conference ahead of the Easter holiday when I planned a week off to visit family, I thought it might be fun to check out some of the West coast ballparks I have been seeing on television since the days of Jack, Lou and Vince. My hope was to see a game or two when all of a sudden the baseball scheduling gods presented me with the perfect storm of a Road Trip without a drop of rain. I was able to see games in Los Angels, Phoenix, San Diego on the West Coast. After this I decided to see my Cubs play in Milwaukee and then at home to complete the fortnight (plus one day) of the Perfect Storm Road Trip. Continue reading
Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Illinois
Pat, Tommy, and the 2016 World Series Trophy
There is only one place this Perfect Storm Road Trip could end and that was at Wrigley Field. There also happened to be a not so perfect storm occurring in Chicago. This had to be the coldest game I have ever attended at Wrigley Field and most people were surprised they played the game. I usually do not attend April baseball in Chicago because you can always count on miserable weather and today was no exception. However, a cold and rain day at Wrigley Field is always a beautiful day. Continue reading
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Just because I flew home on Saturday did not mean the trip was done. After trying to catch up on my sleep I headed up to catch the Cubs play the Brewers with JP, Kelly and Tommy. It was a little cooler in the Midwest so I was happy to see the dome closed and the heat on at Miller Field. I could not go on a baseball road trip without seeing my Cubs play. They did not disappoint as they beat the Brewers on the last day of my vacation. We always have a great time in Milwaukee where they have some great fans. Continue reading
Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, California
This was my second Friday evening in a row watching baseball in Southern California. This Friday (April 6) I was able to watch the Angels as they came back to beat the A’s. There was electricity in the stadium as fans came out to see who many people feel is the best player in baseball – Mike Trout and rookie pitching/hitting sensation – Shohei Ohtani. This evening the Angels did not disappoint their fans. Shohei Ohtani became the first player since Babe Ruth to hit three home runs between pitching starts. That is pretty good company. Continue reading
Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California
I did not think I would find a park that could compete with PNC Park in Pittsburgh among the new ballparks. However, Petco Park might just be the best new ballpark I have been to so far. I do not include Wrigley as a new ballpark since it hit the century mark a few years back.
San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, California
I would watch the Cubs play the Dodgers on television as a kid and kind of adopted the Dodgers as my second National League team while growing up. I always hoped (and still do) to see the Cubs play at Dodger Stadium. If I could not see the Cubs play the second best game had to be against the Dodgers greatest rival the Giants from just up the road in San Francisco on March, 30, 2018.
The final home game I attended in 2017 was against the team I grew up disliking because they were always a nemesis for the Cubs – the New York Mets. This is not the 1980s and the Cubs were pushing for the playoffs and defeated the Mets this beautiful evening. Continue reading
Is there a better place to be on a beautiful Summer evening in Chicago than Wrigley Field? Yes there is – at Wrigley Field on a beautiful Summer evening when the Cubs win.
We headed to the land of Cheese not for their fantastic Irish Fest – but to watch our Cubs take on the Brewers on a Sunday afternoon. This might have just been the game that propelled the Cubs into the playoffs for the third straight year.
You could not ask for a better weekend of baseball than we had at Pittsburgh in June 2017. Okay, a sweep would have made it a just a little better. Weather was beautiful and the rain waited until we were headed out of town to start on Sunday evening.