End of Summer is a Bummer

It seems as fall is in the air, and summer is just about done. It’s an exciting time at the Major League level, but in the Minors, the seasons are winding down. For the kids, school starts on Tuesday, so we decided to head downstate and get in a couple of days of fun before it all comes to an end….

Traverse City Beach Bums vs. Windy City Thunderbolts: For the second year in a row, we end our baseball season with the Bums. My parents have season tix, so we just met them at the game, and there’s no place the they’d rather be with the grandkids than a baseball game. With their birthdays about ten days apart, we had them annouced over the PA system, which made the kids feel like celebrities. The Beach Bums are making a surge for their fist ever playoff appearance, so lots of good atmosphere for the game. The kids got to meet some of the players after the game, too, which is always a thrill. Final: TC 8, WC 4. 

tcse6.jpgAdventure Island:
Summer wouldn’t be summer without hitting the water park. The kids enjoyed the bumper boats, but they told us it was too cold to open the water slide. Hey, were from the U.P….nothing is too cold for us. You’ll also enjoy a pic of ol’ #94 here putting on a hitting display in the batting cages. I’m contimplating making a training video…we’ll see. The park here also has go-carts and adventure golf, both a summer must.

ai2.jpgCentral Michigan Chippewas vs. Hampton Pirates:
I know this is a baseball blog, but I’ll throw just a little college football in here, too. Going down to watch football still didn’t stop us from visiting the baseball field there just to say hi. Hard to believe it will be seven months before baseball is played there again. The football game was fun (not as much as baseball, but at least they have cheerleaders), and we were able to dodge the rain thankfully. All in all, a good end to our summer fun. Now it’s time to track the MiLB playoffs and plan next season’s baseball trip. Final: CMU 33, Hampton 0.

cmu3.jpgPhotos property of M.I.B.


The Beach Bums’ have a nifty little place there! End of Summer is a bummer. But Fall is my favorite time of year. Upper-Pen..? I can’t even imagine what kind of winters you get compared to me. The water slide would have been a cinch…LOL. Nothing beats multi-generational Baseball and Light Sabers! Looks like the Colonel is trying to cop a peek?
: o

It’s good to be the Colonel….

Great pics as always, Mike. I, too, am bummed that summer is coming to an end. Even though I live in California now, it’s not really about the weather. It’s about the end of baseball. So I’m enjoying it while it lasts!


It may be over but think of all the great memories! And those pics! I think my new fav is the one with the Trevor, Andrew and the light saber.

Jane-I will be truley depressed when the season is over. Any baseball we can get in between now and October is golden.
Jeff-memories are all we have in life, so I do my best to make them for my kids. Ever since Star Wars night, Trevor has been all about the Force.

I love the picture of the kids, especially the one in their rain gear and the one where she is putting the horns on her brother! priceless!
Great Lakes Loons! One of the few highlights for the Dodgers!

Just checked out this post. Loved it! The Frontier League has some good baseball. The games aren’t expensive at all either.



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