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Bats Open House

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Sunday the Louisville Bats held an Open House for their season ticket holders and guests.   It was a chance for us to get away to the ballpark, and enjoy a nice day that was just chill.  After I picked up my ticket package envelope, we headed to the concession stand to get our free hotdog, popcorn, and pop.  And what better place to enjoy these treats than our reserved seats?  This will be my view for every Sunday game this season:

After we finished up out lunch, we went into the bowels of Louisville Slugger Field to check out the Bats locker room and clubhouse.  Both were modest, but they looked like nice facilities for sure.

Putting on my ‘game face’

When we were done poking around the locker room area, we followed the hallway that lead to the Bats’ dugout.  There is something just relaxing about sitting in a dugout for me, it just feels like home somehow.  Brings back some good memories of Little League and high school, I guess.

After our rest in the dugout, we took a lap around the outfield.  It’s always nice to be on the field, too…  We ended our excursion by heading up to check out one of the suites looking over the ballpark.  All I can saw is, I’ve seen the suite life, and it is good.  If or when I win the Powerball, I now know my first purchase will be to secure one of these suites for my friends, family, and I to enjoy the games.  We were able to sample some food up there, also, and it was awesome!  Oh, well, I can dream, anyway…  We have plans to be back here when the Cincinnati Reds visit town for an exhibition. Please help me pray for good weather!

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Cardinals set school record

Louisville Cardinals vs. Boston College Eagles (NCAA/ACC)

Jim Patterson Stadium-Louisville, KY:  We were finally able to make it to another Louisville game, and what a historic game it was!  Brian was nice enough to let me watch some of the game from the stands, before heading to the outfield so he could play on the park.  I can’t complain too much, though as the best food is grilled in the outfield bleachers.  The #1 ranked cards were riding a 17 game winning streak after beating Boston College in the first game of the series 6-0 Friday night.  On Saturday, Louisville would put up another six, but the Eagles didn’t go away as quietly.

On the mound, Kade McClure pitched well with nine strikeouts and only giving up one earned run.  Louisville native Riley Thompson came in for relief, and got rocked a bit, giving up 3 earned runs and making things interesting the later innings.  Adam Wolf and Lincoln Henzman would shut things down for the Cards, though.  McClure still picked up the win, also.

Offensively, the Cardinals were lead by second baseman Devin Mann, who went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s.  Also contributing was Drew Ellis, 2-5 with one RBI, and Logan Taylor 1-2 with one RBI.  Their 18th win in a row is a new school record for wins in a row to start the season.  Final:  Cardinals 6, Eagles 4.

This was a fun game to be at, and the weather wasn’t all that bad, either. Louisville would also earn a 5-3 on Sunday, getting the sweep and extending the winning streak to 19 games.  The Cardinals will be hitting the road for the next couple of weekends, but we’ll be back here the first week in April.

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John Cropp Classic

John Cropp Stadium-Lexington, KY:  Our original plan for after our adventure at the Stache-A-Palooza, was to check out some Kentucky Wildcat baseball.  The team was scheduled to play Miami (Ohio) at 1:00 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.  Uh, however, when we arrived at the Cliff, we found it empty, with no baseball teams in sight.  Apparently, the game had been rescheduled, but we never saw any notification of this.  Still not sure WHY the game was changed, the weather wasn’t as bad as the day before, but maybe because the UK basketball team was playing at the same time?  Personally, I think it’s stupid to re-arrange baseball for stupid basketball, but again, that’s just me.  Not letting this ruin our day, though, we drove over to the UK softball venue, John Cropp Stadium, to find the ladies hosting a tournament there, aptly named the John Cropp Classic.  The Michigan Wolverines were playing the Evansville Aces when we arrived, and it was cool to see a somewhat (old) home team on the field.  We enjoyed the game, as the Wolverines made short work of the Aces. Final: Michigan 11, Evansville 2.

The next game in the tourney featured the home team Wildcats taking on the Kent State Golden Flashes.  Between games, Brian and some of the other kids took time to make signs supporting their Kentucky team.  Brian’s sign was a hit, as many of the girls acknowledged him, and one player even took a picture of him with it.  To be honest, we only stayed a few innings as the cold was getting to us, but the home team ended up with the victory anyway.  Not sure when we’ll make the trip to Lexington again, but will probably plan it around a Legends and Wildcats baseball game, and if the ladies are in town, we’ll hit another game here, too. Final:  Kentucky 2, Kent State 0.

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Stache-A-Palooza

Whitaker Bank Ballpark-Lexington, KY:  Despite having an easy winter, the weather isn’t cooperating a lot with us early this season.  It was a balmy 35 degrees on Saturday, but at least we had the sun shining to help keep us warm during the Lexington Legends Stache-A-Palooza event.  Brian was happy to meet the Legends mascots Big L and Pee Wee for the first time.  He also had a blast on the slide and bouncy castle.

Inside, we were able to sample some of the new ballpark eats the Legends will be introducing this spring.  My favorite was the bacon wrapped chicken nuggets.  We were lucky enough to win a couple of small prizes at the wheel, but Brian wasn’t too enthusiastic about a credit card holder or a towel.  They had some face painting available, but Brian declined on that.  We still had a busy day ahead and he didn’t want to deal with it all day.

Brian with Pee Wee

Brian with Big L

After our fun inside was done, we decided to check out the field.  It still looks like a great place to watch a game, and I still plan on doing just that this spring.  I just hope our spring is as warm as our winter!  We spent a little coin in the gift shop and spent some more time on the bouncy stuff before calling it a day at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.  It was a fun event, and always good to get a preview of what to expect from the Legends this summer.

Promotion courtesy of the Lexington Legends

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It Begins

Louisville Cardinals vs. Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (NCAA)

32276979124_49f7940432_zJim Patterson Stadium-Louisville, KY:  It officially begins, the 2017 baseball season.  As it was, Saturday was the coldest day here in Louisville, so obviously, that’s the only game we were able to make.   A little cold weather isn’t enough to ruin our baseball fun, however, (even though Brian looks miserable in the photo).  With Papa down visiting from Michigan, we were all happy to be at Jim Patterson Stadium for our first ballgame of the year.

32798958550_bfc5fcac05_z33139473066_f7070bbdba_zOn the hill for the Cards, Kade McClure earned the win, pitching six innings while striking out nine.  He only gave up one hit and walked only three.  In relief, Sam Bordner and Shay Smiddy preserved the shutout for Louisville.

32276979194_20dc8558e0_z32276979804_2dabf476b3_zOn the offensive side, Louisville was led by Colby Fitch, who went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Also, Brendan McKay was being Brendan McKay, going 2-2 with a run and an RBI, while Drew Ellis went 2-3 with a run and RBI, also.  Nebraska-Omaha didn’t do themselves any favors, either, committing four errors.  In the end, it was a blowout and a shutout for the Cardinals.  Final: Cardinals 10, Mavericks 0.

33139450046_495b43306d_zDespite the cool temperatures, it was a fun day of baseball, and it wasn’t over with the Cards. We had to rush back to the OC, so Brian could take part in his Little League evaluation, as the draft was on Sunday.  Here’s a photo below from his eval.  Not sure when we’ll see Louisville at home next, but have plans to visit Lexington in a couple of weeks.  As for me, I’m just glad the baseball season has begun.

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