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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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Jurassic (Ball)Park

Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Back in Kentucky, this is a game Brian suggested we attend when the schedule first came out.  With both of us being a huge fan of the Jurassic Park/World franchise, I could hardly ague with him.  The Bats were playing the Mud Hens, and with us being Tiger fans, we sat down the first base side.  In fact, we were directly in front of the Mud Hens bullpen, and were able to watch starting pitcher Artie Lewicki warm up.  When Lewicki’s arm was ready to go, Toledo pitching coach Jeff Pico gave Brian the ball.

This game was definitely a pitchers’ duel.  For the Bats, Robert Stephenson threw six innings, only giving up one run and striking out six.  As for Lewicki, he pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just the two runs while racking up eight K’s.

Throughout the night, the Bats were having fun with the Jurassic Night concept, having a dinosaur roam the ballpark, as well as graphics up on the big screen.

Back to the game, Louisville received all of their offense from Mason Williams and Brandon Dixon, both of whom went 2-4 on the night with an RBI.

This was a fun night at the ballpark, with all of the dinosaur things going on and some great baseball.  Brian and I ended the night by sitting way up in the right field cheap seats.

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Cardinals vs. ChiSox Game 2

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago White Sox (NL/AL)

Busch Stadium-St. Louis, MO:  We were back at Busch the next morning for a day game, and I honestly couldn’t believe how big the crowd was.  There were 38,000 fans the night before, but a day game in the middle of the week drawing 37,000 was amazing.  We got to the ballpark as early as we could, and scarfed down some $10 hot dogs before game time.  We had nice seats in the outfield’s lower level, which gave us a different view of the game.  It was a hot day, but the breeze and cloud cover was our saving grace.

This was another solid game for the home town Cards.  Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez blasted his first ever home run to give St. Louis the early lead.  Dexter Fowler added to that with a two-run homer of his own in the seventh inning.  Martinez pitched a solid 7.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out five.  Bud Norris earned the four-out save with two strike outs.  The White Sox came back late in the game to make it interesting, but the Cards held on for the win.  Yadi Molina was 2-3 in the game, also.  Final:  Cardinals 3, White Sox 2.

What a fun day, and again I’m blown away from the love and support for this team here in St. Louis.  Despite the cost, these were some fun games to go to, and a must for any baseball fan. St. Louis has some nice areas and fun things to do, so I’ll probably get the kids out this way at some point.

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