First Day was a Good One
Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
46Trip End Sep 29, 2011
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Where I stayed
Friend - Henry Lee's House
Stopped just outside Cincinnati for gas. Found the only Shell station in the world with no restroom...are you kidding me?
Headed on into Cincy for Skyline Chili. If you've never had it, it's along the lines of Steak and Shake Chili 5 ways but has a little more earthy taste. (I think it's made with cinnamon.) Tried downtown Cincy where they have three locations. The original was torn down. Found the first one in downtown.. not open on Saturday (can't imagine why) and the other two locations were taken over by two other restaurants. They need to update their website. Found one near the Cincy Zoo at the corner of Hosea and Clifton. Took some pics. I'll upload them when I get home. Felt a little like a tourist...which is what I am! Nice folks. I had the chili 5-ways and that wasn't enough, so I had to have a chili dog too. Food was awesome.
Drove by the ballpark and then to downtown Cincy. Parked and went into a place called the Cadillac Ranch Bar & Grill. Other than a jerk bartender (I don't think he liked my Cubs jacket and hat...tough!) Had a couple of beers and wrote part of this blog.
While sitting at the bar, I struck up a conversation with two locals who reminded me of another Cincy treat...Greater's Ice Cream. They said there was one about a block away. I got a scoop of Strawberry. If you've never had it, think Cold Stone Creamery only better!!! It was awesome.
Left for the game. Parking was $10 about 2 blocks away. Went to get a ticket and got in the wrong line...for season ticket holders early admission. Discovered my error and went to the correct ticket window...but that ended up being for "will call." He directed me to the correct window but before I could get away the man behind me said he had an extra ticket that he'd sell for face value. Said it was a good seat...$24. I bought it. Took pics before going in, and then went in. Took my brief case with me. I'm sure I looked very weird, but I sure wasn't going to leave the iPad in the car.
Very pretty ballpark. Seats about 43K. They had almost 39K there Saturday night. Interesting dimensions...325 down RF line arching to 404 in Center (same as old Riverfront Stadium) and then a straight line in left to the foul pole which makes it look like a short porch in left, but it's 379. And what a tremendous scoreboard huge video screen flanked on the sides by all the stats and a pic of the batter. They run live and animated promotions every half inning (like the hot dog race, which cup is the ball under), all good fun for the crowd. And were they in it? Very loud, with the screen telling them to "make some noise."
Despite it's patriotic sounding name, it's named for the Great American Insurance Co. that has its home in Cincy. It was built right next to the river (Which river, the teacher in me asked??? Buehler? Buehler? Anyone?) The Ohio River...that's right...very good class! I could see barges roll by during the game...very cool. They actually have "ornate smokestacks" reminiscent of a paddle wheel steamship in center field...cool as well.
Got my pic taken several times, and at least 1 picture holding up 1 finger...no, not that one...my index finger for Ballpark #1 of 30.
Temp at game time was 52 and comfortable, but I'm glad I wore my heavy ISU jacket because by the 2nd inning, the wind was making it cold. I was in what they called the mezzanine...I call it almost upper deck.
The Reds scored 2 in the first and 2 in the second and went on to beat Milwaukee 4-2. However, the Brewers had the tying run on base in the 9th, but the batter struck out to end the game.
Got out of the park and was on I-71 North toward Columbus in 15 minutes (I didn't stick around for the fireworks display afterwards). I'll say this, if you want to go see a game in a very nice ballpark, it's only 5 hours from Bloomington.
Got to Henry Lee's about Midnight. He has pizza and beer waiting. Did I tell you I was wrong in yesterday's blog? Henry has 4 kids, not 3. Well,two of the kids were there...Ga-yee and Ga-Yu...the one I forgot...Sorry Ga-Yu. And we had birthday cake as Henry had a birthday on Friday. I'm a little tired, but had a good first day! And a good first ballpark...and some outstanding food. All in all a successful trip.
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