The Great North American Baseball Road Trip came to a close this afternoon at Marlins Park in Miami. If you think I feel it ended with a whimper from the dull loss the Marlins suffered, you would be thinking wrong.
Attending with me at the game were seven good friends of mine, with whom I could maintain a lively and nearly constant conversation throughout the game (only a portion of it being about baseball). There were also two other people who sat adjacent to me with whom I could speak of baseball and the GNABRT for the short time they were around (they left after three innings and never returned).
The game featured a tribute to a popular former Marlins center fielder and we all arrived early enough to get t-shirts with his (or a popular former Marlins pitcher’s) name on it. Nice shirts, indeed (see for yourself). The two gentlemen who left never took their t-shirts, so I gave them to my friends to pass along.
The Marlins Park is as beautiful as had been told to me, with great sight lines across all areas of the stadium and a nifty retractable roof. I still felt it was a little dark for a day game, but compared to 90+ degrees and humidity, no one in my group felt the same.
The center field statue is hideous, though. It is no better, and perhaps even worse, to see in person.
Thus, the travel and baseball part of the GNABRT is over. Now comes the really hard part…trying to stitch all those blog posts (I’ve printed them all out) into some semblance of a complete tapestry. Eh.
I’m in no rush to write up the tale, so I can at least take ease in the fact there is no deadline pressure. I’ll likely begin the high level outline while waiting on my car service tomorrow morning. I have to chuckle that my not-even-seven month old car is at 18,000 miles and it will likely be two years from now before I equal that mileage.
The game: Miami Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies. It’s the “Who cares?” game! A battle for last place in the National League East!
Battle might be a tad of an exaggeration. Neither team seemed overly interested in playing the game, let alone winning. It’s probably kinder to simply say that eventually, the Phillies won, 2-0.
With the final game in the books, the GNABRT stands at an admirable 20-10. Over an entire baseball season of 162 games, that would be a 108-54 record, something far in excess of any recent team record in either league. I really should sell my talents to some major sports team.
The tab: Ticket, soda and hot dog (special price), $26; soft-serve ice cream, $6; Total – $32
Miscellany for Day 76:
– Not much on a day with no real travel (45 minutes to Miami). I did get a souvenir Marlins helmet with my ice cream (to partner with my Orioles helmet)…and forgot to take it home with me. Age?
– The Marlins had a 99-year old woman throw out the first pitch. She will be celebrating her 100th birthday this coming week. Now that’s age.