Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day 13...The Longest Drive


We had to wake up fairly early on Saturday morning because we had quite the drive in front of us: nearly 875 miles from Baltimore to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where Eric's girlfriend lived. I'm not exactly sure why we incorporated this into our trip, but we had to get him back to Northwestern for summer classes, and though Manitowoc certainly wasn't on the way, it didn't add that much to our trip.

The plan was to hit the road by 6:00 am, so I was up and in the shower not long after 5:00. While the water fell on my very tired body, I heard Eric’s voice in a loud whisper from the bathroom door asking where I put the keys to the car. The night before, I had borrowed them to get something from the car. Unfortunately we soon came to find out that I must have set them down on the dashboard and locked them inside the vehicle because that’s where they were!

After the two of us tried fruitlessly to break into the car, Eric called AAA. They said they’d send someone out and they’d be there in the next hour. Or two. Long story short, by the time we actually got out it was after 8:00 EDT. After a later than anticipated start, we were on the road. 

There are two other things, I remember about that day. When we arrived in Manitawoc it was 10:30 pm CST. The reason I remember that is that the opening to Saturday Night Live was on as we came into the house. The other thing I remember is that in the 15 1/2 hours on the road that day, we played A LOT of Strat-o-matic baseball.

The trip was winding to a close, but what an adventure it had been!

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Miles driven today: 873 miles
Total miles driven: 3,245 miles

Monday, June 19, 2017

Day 12...Baltimore

With one game left in our trip, we were off to Baltimore. We met up with Eric's friend from Northwestern, Corey Perman. Corey's family lived in Baltimore and graciously offered to host us the evening we were there. We picked up Corey and headed toward the stadium. 

Before we got to the ballpark, we took in some of the other sights. We had a nice visit to the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, which housed artifacts not just about the Babe, but about the Orioles as well. We went on from there to the nearby inner harbor, and after grabbing a bite to eat, we headed to the ballpark.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards had just opened that season and was absolutely beautiful, marking a new era for baseball stadiums. I can hardly believe that it is now one of the ten oldest ballparks in MLB. The new Comiskey Park had opened in Chicago a year earlier (Eric and I attended the second game ever played there) and was fairly non-descript. Camden Yards, on the other hand, had a retro design that hearkened to the days of yesteryear when baseball truly was America's national pastime. It's widespread acclaim changed the way ballparks were designed, as most ballparks now have more of a retro feel to them.

Terry Cashman, who most famously wrote and sang Talkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey and the Duke), recorded a song that attempts to communicate the charm and feel that we felt in the shadows of the B&O Warehouse, directly across Eutaw Street from the Oriole Park.



We got to the ballgame early for batting practice, and what with our seats being in the right field bleachers, I not only was wearing my new St. Louis Browns cap, this also was the one game on our trip to which I brought my glove. It turned out to be a good thing, because during BP, Mell Hall hit one directly to me. I stuck up my glove and (thump!) I had a souvenir! Coincidentally, Hall was the same player that hit the foul ball in Boston that I narrowly missed getting. Even more coincidentally, Twenty years later (to the day!) I took my family to a Cardinals game in Detroit and bullpen catcher Jamie Pogue tossed my eight year old daughter a ball.

The Orioles failed to score in the first, but tallied runs in the next five innings, including four in the second and two each in the third and fourth. They got home runs from Mike Devereaux, Randy Milligan, and (much to our joy) future Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr. The Yankees managed to put up seven runs of their own, including five in the third, powered by a Danny Tartabull three run dinger. Everybody in the Yankees lineup got at least one hit except for none other than (you guessed it) Mel Hall.

Forty year old Mike Flanagan, who won the 1979 Cy Young Award and was a member of a number of Earl Weaver's great Baltimore pitching staffs retired the only batter he faced in the eighth. before yielding to closer Gregg Olson. Olson retired all four batters he faced (including three on strikes) in securing his 19th save of the season.

With that, we had seen the final game of our trip. But the trip was still not over; there were adventures yet to be had in the next couple days...


Miles driven today: 257 miles
Total miles driven: 2,639 miles

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At the home of Eric's friend from Northwestern, Corey Perman.
Part of our pre-game prep was a trip to the Inner Harbor.
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The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum
When the Babe was a babe: George Herman Ruth was born here


 
Memorial Stadium: Home of the O's from 1954-1991
The instantly iconic B&O Warehouse behind the right field stands

Believe it or not, I still use the same glove today!
The man who gave me a batting practice souvenir

Already a legend in 1992

The view from our seats

He's no Fredbird, but we got a kick out of the Oriole mascot!
OK now...Down in front!











































Yankees
7
31-34
Lost 1
5th, 8 GB
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Yankees         1  0  5   0  0  1   0  0  0    7 11  1
Orioles         0  4  2   2  1  1   0  0  X   10 14  2
W: A Mills (4-1), L: S Hillegas (0-3), S: G Olson (19)
Orioles
10
39-26
Won 1
1st

BATTING
New York Yankees             AB   R   H RBI   BB  SO    BA   OPS  Pit   PO   A  Details
A Stankiewicz SS              4   1   1   0    1   0  .306  .813   21    2   4   3B
M Hall LF                     5   1   0   0    0   0  .247  .695   17    1   0  
R Kelly CF                    5   2   1   1    0   2  .298  .781   18    4   1   2B
D Mattingly 1B                5   1   2   2    0   1  .253  .708   14    9   0  
D Tartabull RF                4   1   1   3    1   1  .261  .813   22    4   0   HR
K Maas DH                     5   0   1   0    0   1  .284  .851   19    0   0   2B
M Nokes C                     4   0   2   0    0   2  .220  .664   12    1   1  
C Hayes 3B                    4   0   1   0    0   1  .262  .694   11    2   2  
M Gallego 2B                  4   1   2   0    0   0  .277  .770    9    1   2  

J Johnson P                                                              0   0
  S Hillegas P                                                           0   2
  T Burke P                                                              0   0
Totals                       40   7  11   6    2   8              143   24  12
BATTING
2B: R Kelly (14, off B Milacki); K Maas (7, off B Milacki).
3B: A Stankiewicz (1, off B Milacki).
HR: D Tartabull (5, off B Milacki; 3rd inn, 2 on, 1 out to Deep RF Line).
TB: D Tartabull 4; A Stankiewicz 3; D Mattingly 2; M Nokes 2; R Kelly 2; K Maas 2; M Gallego 2; C Hayes.
RBI: D Tartabull 3 (27); D Mattingly 2 (33); R Kelly (35).
2-out RBI: D Mattingly.
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 3 for 13.
FIELDING
DP: 2. R Kelly-M Nokes-C Hayes; A Stankiewicz-M Gallego-D Mattingly.
E: A Stankiewicz (6).
Baltimore Orioles            AB   R   H RBI   BB  SO    BA   OPS  Pit   PO   A  Details
B Anderson LF                 4   1   2   1    1   0  .283  .874   17    4   0  
M Devereaux CF                5   1   3   4    0   1  .286  .851   19    3   1   HR
C Ripken SS                   5   1   3   1    0   0  .276  .787   12    1   1   HR
G Davis DH                    5   0   1   0    0   0  .225  .685   19    0   0  
  M McLemore PR               0   0   0   0    0   0  .245  .603         0   0  
R Milligan 1B                 4   2   1   1    1   0  .277  .854   27    5   0   HR
  J Orsulak RF                0   0   0   0    0   0  .256  .641         0   0  
L Gomez 3B                    3   3   1   0    2   0  .292  .802   21    1   1  
C Hoiles C                    2   1   1   0    2   0  .284  .952   21   10   0  
D Segui RF-1B                 4   0   1   2    0   0  .248  .643   15    0   0   GDP
B Ripken 2B                   3   1   1   1    0   0  .200  .539   12    3   2   HBP

B Milacki P                                                              0   1
  A Mills P                                                              0   0
  M Flanagan P                                                           0   0
  G Olson P                                                              0   0
Totals                       35  10  14  10    6   1              163   27   6
BATTING
HR: R Milligan (7, off S Hillegas; 6th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF-CF); C Ripken (8, off S Hillegas; 5th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep LF); M Devereaux (10, off J Johnson; 2nd inn, 3 on, 2 outs to Deep LF).
HBP: B Ripken (3, by J Johnson).
TB: M Devereaux 6; C Ripken 6; R Milligan 4; B Anderson 2; C Hoiles; L Gomez; B Ripken; D Segui; G Davis.
GIDP: D Segui (2).
RBI: M Devereaux 4 (40); D Segui 2 (11); B Anderson (43); C Ripken (34); R Milligan (28); B Ripken (15).
2-out RBI: M Devereaux 4; D Segui 2; B Ripken; C Ripken; B Anderson.
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 4 for 12.
FIELDING
DP: 1. M Devereaux-B Ripken-R Milligan.
E: M Devereaux (2); L Gomez (3).
BASERUNNING
PO: B Anderson (1st base by S Hillegas).
PITCHING
New York Yankees           IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str   GB-FB  GmSc  IR-IS
J Johnson                   2.2   8   6   6    3   0   1   6.40   19   77-40     4-3     15    -
S Hillegas, L (0-3)         4.1   5   4   4    3   1   2   5.48   20   76-42     3-7          2-0
T Burke                     1     1   0   0    0   0   0   4.66    3   10-8      0-2          0-0
Totals                      8    14  10  10    6   1   3          42  163-90     7-12         2-0
Baltimore Orioles          IP     H   R  ER   BB  SO  HR    ERA   BF  Pit-Str   GB-FB  GmSc  IR-IS
B Milacki                   4.1   7   6   4    1   3   1   5.40   24   84-50     2-8     31    -
A Mills, H (3), W (4-1)     3     4   1   1    1   2   0   1.32   13   36-24     2-4          2-0
M Flanagan, H (9)           0.1   0   0   0    0   0   0   8.83    1    4-3      0-1          1-0
G Olson, S (19)             1.1   0   0   0    0   3   0   1.16    4   19-11     0-1          1-0
Totals                      9    11   7   5    2   8   1          42  143-88     4-14         4-0
Balks: None.
WP: None.
IBB: None.
PO: S Hillegas (1; B Anderson, 1st base).
HBP: J Johnson (2; B Ripken).
OTHER
Umpires: HP - Ed Hickox, 1B - Jim Joyce, 2B - Terry Craft, 3B - Dave Phillips.
Time of Game: 3:20.
Attendance: 45,579.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Weather: 81° F, Wind 5mph out to Leftfield, Overcast, No Precipitation.