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Throwback Weekend

Louisville Colonels vs. Rochester Red Wings (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  What to do when your kids are up in Michigan visiting their mom?  Call your best friend down from Ohio to catch a ballgame, that’s what!  The Bats, celebrating a throwback weekend, were playing as the Louisville Colonels (who were a founding member of the National League).  They also held a ceremony before the game to retire the numbers of Louisville’s own Pee Wee Reese (1) and his Brooklyn teammate, the great Jackie Robinson (42).

We had front row seats, with a good view of the game, even with the sun baking us a bit.  Good game for the home team, but Hernan Iribarren and D.J. Peterson leading the way offensively.  Both went 2-4 with an RBI.

On the mound, Cody Reed earned the win for the Colonels.  He pitched 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out nine.  FINAL:  Colonels 5, Red Wings 2.

It was a good game with a good friend. I’ve spent many years playing and watching baseball with this guy!  Brian would be back to join me for the August games, so more to come.

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Bats games with Bri

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Ok, well I’m so far behind, that I’ll be combining some of the game Louisville Bats games that Brian and I attended throughout June and July. They were all fun, so I’ll just throw out some scores and photos until I’m caught up!

On June 24, the Bats faced the Norfolk Tides, winning 5-1.  D.J. Peterson lead the way offensively, going 2-3 with three RBI’s.  Cody Reed earned the win, throwing seven inning and striking out six.

Louisville hosted the Toledo Mud Hens on July 8, winning 6-1.  Phillip Ervin went 2/4 with two RBI’s to pace the Bats.  On the mound, Keury Mella earned the win in five innings of work, giving up four hits and striking out four.

On July 15, it was Pirate and Princess day at the ballpark.  The Bats fell to the Columbus Clippers 8-2, but still a fun day for Bri and I.  Gabriel Guerrero went 2-4 while driving in Louisville’s only runs.  Jose Lopez took the loss on the bump, pitching five inning and giving up three runs on five hits.

These were some fun games for us to be at, and really helped us have a fun summer.  We still have/had more baseball adventures to get to, especially watching the Bats (or Colenels… or Mashers…?).

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Tigers vs. Reds Game 2

Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers (MLB Inter-League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  Back at BABP for the day game.  It was very hot, so we didn’t even bother trying to find our assigned seats, we just moved around the lower level in the shade.  Brian was tired, hot, and cranky, but we were still able to get one photo out of him, but we couldn’t get a smile out of him…

On to the game, as I thought the Tigers might come out swinging as they did in the ninth inning the night before.  They were actually off to a two-run lead after a first inning home run by Jeimer Candelario and a fourth inning dinger by Niko Goodrum.  Last seasons Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer was keeping the Reds at bay, until the wheels came off in the sixth inning in the form of three runs.  Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez, and Adam Duvall all homered for the Reds, to give Cincinnati five runs in the last three innings.  Tyler Mahle would start and earn the win for the Reds, as Fulmer took the loos for the Tigs.  Final:  Reds 5, Tigers 3.

Always fun to be at the ballpark, but the heat and the Tigers getting creamed two days in a row was a bummer. The Reds were just recently in Detroit and were swept in three games, so that was a little payback for the Tigers.

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Tigers vs. Reds Game 1

Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers (MLB Inter-League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  Oops… wow I’m way behind on this blog, and didn’t even make an entry in July! Well, here I am catching up on June, when the Tigers were visiting Cincinnati, so it sounded like a great chance for us to catch some games.  My dad came down from Michigan to join us for the games, also, which made it a special couple of days.

The National Anthem was cool, as they had a bald eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo do a fly in after the song.

I’m not going to mince words here, this was an ugly game for the Tigers.  Just horrible.  Hard to watch.  Joey Votto hit a grand slam off of Nick Castellano’s glove, to help put the Reds up 9-0. The Tigers made a run in the ninth, scoring five runs to make it look respectable, but too little, too late.  Scooter Gennett added two hits for the Reds and Leonys Martin went 3-3 for Detroit.

On the mound, Sal Romano earned the win for Cincinnati, while Matt Boyd struggled and took the loss for the Tigers. Fun to see the Tigers with my family, but rough to watch the re-building Tigers struggle so much. We’d be back the next afternoon to see if they could do better (they didn’t…)  Final: Reds 9, Tigers 5.

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Chevy Bats Clinic 2018

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Brian was able to participate in the Bats baseball clinic sponsored by the local Chevy dealers, again this year.  At least his Little League season hadn’t ended yet, so he was able to take some of the things he learned an apply them to his game situations. Once again, stations were set up all over the ballpark for the kids to better learn the game.

The hitting cages are under the stadium, so I wasn’t able to see Brian rake during this portion of the clinic, but was amble to see everything else, though.  He had a great hit during the wiffle ball game, and did well catching some fly balls.

Some of the Bats coaches and players were helping out, including head coach Dick Schofield, hitting coach Leon Durham, shortstop Blake Trahan, as well as some others.

This was a fun experience for him, and I hope he can participate in it again next year.

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Memorial Day Baseball

Louisville Bats vs. Durham Bulls (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  A glorious day is Memorial Day, as we celebrate the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country.  It is because of them that Brian and I are able to enjoy a day at the ballgame together!  It was another nice day, and the Chicago Boys were on hand to entertain us, also.

Leading the charge for the Bats was D.J. Peterson, who went 3-4 with an RBI.  Both Mason Williams and Dilson Herrera went 2-4 with an RBI, also.  Gabrial Guerrerro pitched in with a base hit and two runs scored.  On the bump, Jose Lopez earned the win by throwing six solid innings, only giving up four hits and striking out three.  Final:  Bats 5, Bulls 0.

After the game, we enjoyed more fun from the Chicago Boys as well as some Memorial Day fireworks!

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The Sandlot For-Ever-Fest

Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum-Louisville, KY:  Ah, ‘The Sandlot’, definitely one of the best baseball films ever made, and a favorite for many.  Recently the Louisville Slugger Museum hosted a For-Ever-Fest to honor this great movie, featuring movie props as well as a Q & A with members of the cast and crew.  To the props first.  We were able to see the nick knacks in the movie that made it great, such as Benny’s PF Flyers, Squint’s glasses, and, of course, the baseballs signed by the Great Bambino himself.

After checking those out, it was time for the Q & A with some cast and crew, featuring director and co-writer David Mickey Evens, Shane Obedzinski (who played Tommy ‘Repeat’ Timmons), and props master Terry Haskell.

They answered all kinds of question about the film.  Below, you can see Brian getting his question answered, as well as David Mickey Even teasing a Sandlot prequel!!!

After the Q & A we did the tour and hit the gift shop.  Brian got himself a new ‘Sandlot’ shirt and mini-bat.  Lucky for us, David Mickey Evans and Shane Obedzinski were shopping at the time, also.  I had a good little conversation with Evans, not just about ‘The Sandlot’, but about another one of my favorite baseball movies he directed, ‘The Final Season’.   Brian was able to get a photo with ‘Tommy Timmons’, then we called it a day.  On the way out, Brian asked:  “Hey Dad, was this one of those once in a lifetime things?”.   The answer was pretty easy:  “Yes, son, it was…”.

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