16,573 Miles

I’ve been doing this little blog of mine since the spring of 2015. As we approach the half way mark of the 2016 season, I got to wondering how many miles I have traveled for games since the spring of last year. I am no professional. Not like Ben, who runs Ben’s Biz Blog. He’s…

Lost and Found With the Trenton Thunder

Saturday I ventured up I-95 to Trenton, NJ to visit the Thunder for the first time. I gave myself plenty of time to get there, as Google Maps said it was about a 3:15 drive when I left. Unfortunately, the I-95 corridor in the northeast is as unpredictable as the weather, and I lost an…

More Rickwood Classic

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I thought I would share a few more photos of Rickwood Field and the 2016 Rickwood Classic. Before we get started, I want to give a shout out to the book by Clarence Watkins, “Baseball in Birmingham” for the historic photos. All are duly credited, and I highly…

RubberDucks: A rose by any other name

Since their inception in 1980, the franchise now known as the Akron RubberDucks have gone through no less than 6 name and location changes: Lynn (Massachusetts) Sailors, Vermont Reds, Vermont Mariners, Canton-Akron Indians, Akron Aeros, and currently the Akron RubberDucks. They have changed stadiums and affiliations numerous times, most recently moving from Thurmon Munson Memorial…

Vin Scully – Opening Day

My goal this season for this blog is to post on a more consistent basis. Sadly, I’m not off to a great start. My primary focus of this little blog has been attending minor league games and new stadiums, and try to capture the essence of “real baseball, real close.” I was very fortunate last…

In Memoriam – Joe Garagiola

Feeling very nostalgic this evening. Growing up I was not a great little leaguer. My batting average often flirted around the Mendoza line, even before there was such a thing. But the one thing I looked forward to every Saturday was NBC’s “Game of the Week” with Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek. I would scatter…

Revisting Old Friends

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby Yesterday marked the unofficial first day of baseball season. With the NFL season finally under wraps, we can start prying ourselves away from the hot…

Friendly Confines of Altoona

I was trying to think of one word to describe my visit last night to Altoona, PA to see the Curve in action, and immediately “friendly” came to mind. And I don’t just mean that as a throw away. PNG Field was the 15th stadium I’ve visited this season, for both blogging and personal travels,…

Bobble heads, bacon, and a player named Judy

This week’s stop on the magical mystery tour of minor league games brought me to Wilimington, DE and “Judy” Johnson Field at Frawley Stadium to see the hometown Blue Rocks take on the Carolina Mudcats in Class A Carolina League action. It was a combination of celery, bacon, bobble heads, and some really interesting baseball…

Bacon & Baseball (aka Hog Heaven)!

There are so few great combinations in history: Abbott & Costello, Tristan and Isolde, Starsky & Hutch, Wesley & Buttercup… Last night in Lehigh Valley, PA, I think I found THE perfect combination: bacon & baseball, in the form of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs! Not only was this trip a gastronomic adventure of epic proportions,…

Unforgettable Fan Experience

If I had to choose one word to describe my trip to Harrisburg to see the Class AA Senators take on the Erie SeaWolves, it would be AWESOME. Thanks to the incredible front office staff, particularly Perry Mattern, Asst. Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations, I was granted a press credential for the game and…

Something Old, Something New

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting not one, but two baseball stadiums on the west coast of Florida. In a way it was bittersweet, as one met with a wrecking ball in 2007, leaving behind many spring training and minor league memories, but the upside was I saw a fantastic game at Bright…