My Spring Training Game in Lynchburg

Growing up in St. Petersburg, FL, I always looked forward to spring training. We were home to both the Mets and the Cardinals. Back then, it was a time to shake off the rust, actually get in shape, refine your skills, and come together as a team. From players to managers to umpires, it was…

Lake County Captains Don’t Disappoint!

I made a nearly last minute decision to take a trip to Eastlake, OH (just outside of Cleveland) to see the Lake County Captains of the Midwest League take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods. To be honest, I knew nothing about either team, other than the Captains are one of three Single A farm…

Wild Walkoff Win in Wilkes-Barre

OK, so all alliteration aside, this weekend’s road trip took me to Pennsylvania again to see the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders host the Rochester Red Wings at PNC Field. I’ve seen a number of games on the US15-I81-I78 corridor, including the Fredrick Keys, Reading Fightin Phils, Harrisburg Senators, and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Other teams I’ve…

Durham Bulls: Baseball, BBQ, and Beer

Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry! Larry: Lollygaggers! Skip: Lollygaggers. “Bull Durham” 1988 Just as a preface, I did not see Ebby Calvin, Crash, Annie, or any intentional beanings…

A Split Obsession

Warning: this post may contain graphic images of me running. Proceed with caution, and certainly not on a full stomach. Last month I joined a gym. Again. I used to be a runner. Not a fast one, mind you, but I’ve been one since middle school. I ran track and cross country in middle and…

A Suite Ending in St. Pete

As the baseball season headed into September, I was a bit melancholy about the end of the season. As most readers know, my blog primarily focuses on first time trips to minor league ballparks, with a few visits to major league parks thrown in. The minor league regular season wraps up around Labor Day weekend,…

Red Sox of the South

Red Sox…. Fenway Park…. Green Monster…. and deep fried oreos? Is this a cross up in the space-time continuum? Nope, it must be Salem, Virginia and home of the Salem Red Sox! While I have yet to see a Red Sox game in Fenway Park (I did get to experience playoff action against the Yankees…

Throwback Thursday

Editor’s note: this isn’t a baseball post, but given that I have a blog in the digital world, I thought it was somewhat relevant. “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Mark Twain My apologies in advance. This is neither a baseball post, nor will…

The Diamond: A True Gem

I had been putting off a trip to see the The Diamond, home of the Flying Squirrels in Richmond, for a few reasons. It was too close to home (the same reason I haven’t done a real post of the Potomac Nationals); I have seen the stadium enough times while driving through Richmond; and until…

A Clawsome Time in Lakewood

What a way to end a baseball weekend: with the Lakewood BlueClaws on Sunday night! The previous day I spent nearly 9 hours up the road watching the Staten Island Yankees host the Vermont Lake Monsters in a double header. The second game was supposed to be a 7 inning game and took 15 for…

Staten Island v. Vermont Part 2

As a follow up to my first post on the Staten Island Yankees-Vermont Lake Monsters, I had quite a few photos that didn’t make it into the first review. For the sake of brevity, I generally don’t like my blogs to be over 1,000 words and that first one was 995! This installment will focus…

Games, Games, and More Games

Saturday July 2nd was the longest I’ve ever spent at a ballpark. Just under 9 hours. Saw two great games, some fantastic defense, probably the best backdrop to any stadium around, a fellow alum from my alma mater, the world famous ZOOperstars, and THE most energetic spirit team I have ever seen! Richmond County Bank…