Golf and Baseball
Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
46Trip End Sep 29, 2011
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Where I stayed
Hampton Inn - Philadelphia
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!!!!