Golf and Baseball

Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
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Trip End Sep 29, 2011


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Where I stayed
Hampton Inn - Philadelphia

Flag of United States  , MD
Saturday, May 7, 2011

My friend Mark Wilcox and I were going to play this great golf course, but he got called away on work (what's that???). So, I dedided to try it on my own. The course is called Bulle Rock (pronounced Bully), which is named after the first thoroughbred horse brought to America. It's in a lovely little town called Havre de Grace (Harbor of Grace) in Maryland about 35 minutes outside of Baltimore.

The course was just outstanding! A little expensive, but what do I care...just spending my kids' inheritance! The LPGA used to have a stop there. For you golfers, they have a 646 yard par 5. I hit driver, 3-wood, 3-wood just short of the green. I played well...and had fun. Played with two course employees. One of them was about five-foot nothing and 140 pounds and just pounded the ball. He's trying to qualify next week for the US Open. He had game!

A young lady in the grill told me if I was going to the game, I needed to go to Pickles Pub right across from Camden Yards. After parking for $8 about 3 blocks from the ballpark, I walked (toting my backpack...thinking I would blog a while) to Pickles Pub. Great little pub. I blogged about two paragraphs before the man and woman sitting next to me started a conversation. Great people. Great Orioles fans. In fact, they named their first-born male child...CAMDEN! Gotta love these people.

I had a Crabby Patty (burger with crab and cheese on top) and a Natty Boh. What's a Natty Boh you ask? Well, it appears to be the beer of choice for people in Baltimore. Natty Boh is short for National Bohemian Beer. I understand it's made by the folks who make Pabst, so it tastes like it...pretty good beer.

Then I headed off to get my ticket. Got a great seat 10 rows behind the Orioles dugout. $60. Saw that former Cub Derek Lee was at first base. When he came to bat for the first time, I ran down the aisle and yelled at him, showing him my Cubs windbreaker...and told him we still love him in Chicago...well, at least I do! He turned, smiled and give me a thumbs up! Very cool.

This is a fabulous ballpark. I see why everyone raves about it...they should. If you ever get the chance to go, please do...it's one of the nicest ballparks in the country. I'd go there again in a heartbeat!

It was 70 degrees at game time. By the 5th inning, it had become chilly and starting to rain. I left for the Natty Boh area (they have one in the park) and watched several innings on TV...I hate doing that, but I only had my windbreaker.

I met some great young folks at the Natty Boh area. Got to talking. Great young folks, as I say. We got our picture taken with the Baltimore Oriole mascot. I'll post that pic when I get home! I have a couple of their email adresses, so I'll send them my blog. They left in the bottom of the 8th, but I stayed and went back to my seat for the 9th. By that time it had stopped raining, but it was still chilly. Unfortunately, I lost for the home team tonight...6-5 after tonight.

Saw a family on my way out with a young kid....he loved getting the ball and Mom and Dad were greatful as well. Man, that's a great feeling!

Drove the 1.5 hours back to Philly...and to bed. Big day tomorrow...driving to Pittsburgh.

Golf and baseball...A Great Day!!!!
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