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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

All Star Game {Wifes POV}

So earlier we posted my husbands view of the All Star Game. I had a sorority meeting that I needed to go. But when I got home, I was in for a surprise. 

Here's what I saw when I first walked in the door. 

                                     

I should have known this because when I got to the car I had 3 missed text messages about the NL. We are big baseball fans and LOVE the NL. I am a converted Brewers fan, but will always love the Braves! I'm super sad that this is Chipper Jones' (Larry Wayne Jones, Jr.) last All-Star Game. I am glad that I got home at the right time to see his hit. 

                                      

The funniest thing of the night was all the hats around the house. For each batter he wore their hat. We had hats all over the sofa. Heisman, our puppy, was sitting right beside him the whole time. 




All Star Game {Husbands POV}

For those of you who aren't "sporty people", the All Star Game was last night and my wonderful husband watched the game while I was at a sorority meeting. You'll get my side later, but here's a guy's version of the game.....

The MLB All-Star game was last night. What a game...well at least for the National League. I will get into that a little more soon. The All-Star game was held in Kansas City, MO at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. It was the first time the All-Star game has been held in KC since 1973. 


The festivities started with Phillip Phillips singing a song before the game (not the Star Spangled Banner) and don't know the name. I'm sure if you ask wifey she'll know. :) This might have been the time that I decided that I couldn't watch a game on an empty stomach and got some chips and salsa.


After that the reserves for both teams were announced. It was really cool to hear the crowd cheer and boo for the players they liked or disliked. Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees is not a favorite player of Royals fans, but Billy Butler (plays for the Royals) had the biggest standing ovation of the night for the introduction and when he came to the plate. 


Then the starters were introduced, Luke Bryan came out and sang the Star Spangled Banner. It was well done and not drug out. I liked it a lot.


For the start of the game, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers faced off against Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants. Verlander, had his worst start of the season and it came at the All-Star game. The Giants players in the first inning really set the tone for the National League. Melky Cabrera had the first hit of 2012 MLB All-Star game and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers (my favorite team) got him in with a double. This gave the NL a 1-0 lead and that is all they would need for the night. So you can say that Braun had the game winning hit in the first inning. The Giants players did set the tone in the first and the biggest hit in the first came from Pablo Sandoval of...guess who...the Giants. At the end of the first it was 5-0 NL.


The NL would pound out another 3 runs in the 4th inning and it would be our final score at the end of the game of 8-0. Over all it was a great game with veterans of the midsummer classic playing along with 13 new comers to the All-Star game. 


The biggest names in the All-Star game this year were Derek Jeter of the Yankees, who made his 13th All-Star game. Chipper Jones of the Braves, who made his 8th All-Star game and his final one this year (he is retiring at the end of the season). 


Big names of the newcomers were Bryce Harper of the Nationals, Mike Trout of the Angels and Mark Trumbo of the Angels. ASG History was made this year as Harper was the youngest All-Star in MLB history at only 19 years old.


It was an awesome night and I couldn't take my eyes off of the TV. I didn't even get up to get a beer or go to the bathroom unless it was in between innings. Some call that dedication and while wifey calls it stupidity. I would call it dedication. Hope she doesn't get mad at me for saying that, because I think if it was reverse, she would do the same thing.


I hope that you liked this little change and the point of view from the hubby of her blog.


We will see you at Citi Field in New York next year! can't wait!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Omaha Storm Chasers

While Gary and I were in Iowa we knew we had to see a Storm Chasers game. G wanted to get their hat because he collects hats and didn't have their hat. (He has every SINGLE MLB hat, and most minor league teams. He only gets their hat if he goes to that ballpark.) They changed their logo a few years ago. We jokingly say it's a cute pissed off tornado. Yes, my husband thinks things are cute. I think I'm wearing off on him. Hope he doesn't get mad at me for posting this. ;)

We had a challenge getting to the stadium as it's not near the main road. I don't know what it is about seeing a ballpark from a distance that gets me so excited for the game but I love it. Especially if it's a new stadium because its new and I want to see what it's like. I don't know how to explain it.


We parked and grabbed tickets. My favorite thing about getting tickets was Gary said I don't care where we sit, but you need to talk to her. She's the boss. I love it. Walking up to the stadium was a surreal experience. The stadium is a clean, slick stadium with tons of lush landscape. It reminded Gary a lot like Arizona. 

Here are some pictures before entering the stadium: 






Once in the stadium the very first thing we always have to do is get a program. It was my lucky day because they had a special. I got a seat cushion, program, and pen for $6. Words can not describe how excited I was for this. I'm not sure Gary's family knew what to expect. I was like a little kid in a candy store. Literally. :)

Before we find our seats I had to write the starting line ups in my program. 




After we did that, we found our seats. We got some amazing seats. Here is a view from our seats.  We got seats in the Jim Beam club. It was nice because we got an "upgrade."  These seats got us inside the club (air conditioning.. yay) or in our seats. (In the hot, burning sun...boo)


After the first inning, Gary and I decided that we would walk around the stadium. We love walking around stadiums seeing what promotions and layouts work for their stadium and how we can apply at our current job or save. I think all people who work in sports think like this. 

We went to the game the Sunday prior to July 4th. I love this design. 


The first thing that caught my eye is the banners throughout the stadium of the mascots. 


In left field was absolutely the coolest thing I have ever seen. AT&T had a charging booth. I love it, and even tried it with my iPhone. It worked. 



In the center field is a little bar called DownDaught. It's a bar in the outfield.  It's a cool concept but it was too hot to be outdoors like that. Next to that was  a basketball court. Next to that was a waffle ball field. 
For those of you who don't know much about baseball. Each ballpark has a batters eye. This is a place where it's just grass. No distractions for the batters. The Omaha Storm Chasers did a unique spin on that. For this ballpark, it's where the bullpens are located. 

Here's a view from deep center. Warner Park is a stadium that you can walk all the way around. I love parks that this because you can see all the views of the ballpark. 
This is the view from top of the McDonald's berg. Gary and I both noticed how the outfield make a liver shape. I have never seen anything like this. 

Finally heading back to our seats we find 4 original seats from Rosenblatt Stadium. 
 


Overall, it was a great time. I love seeing new ballparks and spending time with family. If you are ever in the Omaha area, I HIGHLY recommend this ballpark. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Visitng the College World Series Stadiums

On Sunday, Gary's family and I went to Omaha for the day. We came up to Iowa for the week to surprise his mom and to see family. We actually visited 3 stadiums that day. The first stadium on our trip was Rosenblatt Stadium.

All of us are HUGE baseball fans. We all wanted to see a new stadium. Gary also wanted to get a new hat because they recently changed logos. We call their logo "the pissed off tornado."

This is where the College World Series use to be played. 


Before the moved, I went to Rosenblatt only once. It was unreal experience.  I don't remember much of the game. I know we sat in GA around the third base side.

Next stadium: T.D. AmeriTrade Park, the New College World Series stadium. We didn't get to see much inside the stadium, but around the stadium was amazing. We got to see the 8 flags of this year's teams. Gary is still on his kick of rooting for the PAC 12. (I LOVE the SEC and bummed South Carolina didn't win a 3peat.) 


Around the stadium is a restaurant called Blatt. Gary and I wanted to eat there, but we got overruled. We also ran around the whole stadium since we couldn't go inside. This the view from Gate 3. We made a vow to each other to come back to watch the College World Series.



 One of other favorite things from T.D. AmeriTrade park is out front is this statue. They brought it over from Rosenblatt. It was amazing to see. Gary and I couldn't stop talking about how amazing it was and how excited we were to be watching baseball. 



Below are all plaques from past years winners. It was amazing to walk to each one and see the winners. Gary loved seeing Southern California and their dynasty. Me on the other hand loved seeing the SEC teams.






         

   
 





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