While on our New England we spent an evening in Portland, Maine to catch the Mets minor league team, the Binghamton Mets play the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs are a Red Sox affiliate. The stadium was nice and we had decent seats off third base and near the Mets dugout. The Mets took the lead early in the 2nd inning off Raul Reyes‘ double when Salomon Manriquez scored. Manriquez would later play a key part in Julie’s fan experience. They went on to win 7-2 making it the only full game I’ve seen the Mets win all season.
* The View From My Seat.
** This is by far the most terrifying mascot in professional sports today. For one, just look at him staring at me from across the ball park. Second, he’s actually a trash can. You are encourage to put garbage in him. My understanding is he used to be green and thus named the ‘Green Trash Monster’ after Fenway Park’s Green Monster. He’s no longer green but his belt buckle still says ‘TM’ so he’s just a Trash Monster. Needless to say he is very disturbing.
*** Year of Baseball Stats:
Game No. 12
Stadium Opened: April 18, 1994
Food: 1 Hot Dog, 1 Soft Pretzel
Beer: 1 Pamola Xtra Pale Ale, 1 Long Hammer IPA, 1 Wild Blue Berry Wheat Ale, 1 Fuggles IPA, 1 Geary’s Imperial Ale,
Opponent: Binghamton Mets
Pitchers: W: Moore, L: Lee
Miles From Home: 888.8
Ticket Face Value: $9
Seat Location: Section 112, Row L, Seat 9
***** After the game we headed over to the Great Lost Bear for dinner and a drink. Their beer selection is up there with all great beer bars.
After putting it off for a couple years, Julie and I finally managed to catch a game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. To say I was impressed with the stadium would be an understatement. The game was sold out (which was suprising to me but it probably had a lot to do with the post game Huey Lewis and The News concert) which made for a great environment. This is the first sold out baseball game I’ve been to in at least two years. We had seats right off first base about 25 rows from the field. Like most new stadiums, the concourses at PNC are wide open and you have great sight lines to the field. In what turned out to be the quickest game I’ve been to all year the Pirates won 3-2. Afterwards we stayed for the concert and fireworks.
Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
After checking into the hotel Julie and I wandered over to the Heinz Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. The exhibits were pretty extensive, from world marble champions to exhibits on the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. Sadly, there was no Terrelle Pryor exhibit. The museum is part of the larger Heinz History Musuem which had several other exhibits I would have liked to have seen if we had more time to spare. The admission was only $10.
Church Brew Works
After the museum we headed over to the Church Brew Works that Imperial Josh has been raving about for some time. The Church Brew Works is in the former Roman Catholic St. John the Baptist Church. The layout is great. When you enter, the first thing you see is the brew tanks in place of the altar, all of the seats in the dining area are pews and the place smells like a church. We were there for the afternoon mass. I stuck to the Thunderhop IPA and the Pipe Organ Pale Ale, we also took a 6 pack of the Thunderhop for tailgating.
Before we headed back home Sunday morning we walked over from our hotel to the Duquesne Incline. It was quite muggy in the morning but the view was still worth it.
* Before the game I hid my empty East End growler in the bushes outside the stadium and this was the celebratory photograph after I reclaimed what was rightfully mine.
** The View From My Seat.
*** Dog the Bounty Hunter attended the game.
**** Most of these photographs were taken by Julie.
*****Year of Baseball Stats:
Game No. 10
Stadium Opened: March 31, 2001
Food: 1 basket of hand cut fries.
Beer: 2 Pedal Pale Ale, 1 IC Light
Opponent: New York Mets
Pitchers: W: McDonald, L: Dickey
Miles From Home: 411.5
Ticket Face Value: $30
Seat Location: Section 110, Row S, Seat 7
Yesterday Julie and I headed down to Wrigley Field for the final game in the Cubs – Mets series. The game started off well enough with Jose Reyes scoring on a combination of a double and a couple of fielding errors, or in my score book an in the park Home Run. Then RA Dickey fell of the mound and the wheels came off. Once again we stayed in the lower deck to avoid the wind instead of our purchased upper deck seats. The stadium was empty but I’m sure that had a lot to do with it being a 45°F Thursday day game. Either way the Mets once again were defeated 9-3 by the Cub.s
* The View From My Seat.
** Julie took nearly all of these photographs and her full set is on Flickr as well as her recap of the weekend at chicagometsfan.com.
**Year of Baseball Stats:
Game No. 8
Stadium Opened: April 23, 1914
Food: 1 Hot Dog,
Beer: 1 Old Styles
Opponent: New York Mets
Pitchers: W. Zambrano, L. Beato
Miles From Home: 0.7
Ticket Face Value: $62.10
Seat Location: Section 223, Row 20, Seat 13