gary's great american pastime trips thread

Discussion in 'Non Disney Photos / Mobile Phone Photos' started by gary, May 6, 2012.

  1. gary

    gary Member

    starting lineups for the game
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    like them or not, like or dislike the steinbrenner family, that is one large amount of world series appearances
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    a little game action
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    runner on first
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    and we all know the ballpark experience just isn't right unless we can order dessert from our seat via our phone, pay for it electronically, and have it magically show up
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  2. gary

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    and he's out, and it's by a full step, and baseball is a game that rewards the observant, dedicated viewer. you start to see the truths of the game, a well hit ball to the shortstop, the average grade shortstop makes the play, the runner is out by a half step, above average it's a full step, even the fastest runner, 90% or better of the time, there are just things that hold true, true enough to allow the observant to acquire an appreciation for the better than average, to savor like a fine wine the play of an ozzie smith, or a robin yount in the infield,
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    first base can be a demanding position, which is why i always question teams sticking a good bat, no field aging player there. here the 1st baseman is moving off with the pitch, while still trying to hold the runner close so as not to give away the free stolen base.
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    runners do beat the high throw
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    everytime i see this i think of that scene in bull durham, if you know the movie you know candlesticks always make a good gift
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    and ny does not have running hot dogs or astronauts or presidents, or running anything, instead they have a diamond vision subway race of the 3 lines that go to yankee stadium from downtown
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    well that just sucks, giving up some runs, like a grand slam worth
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    slides to break up the double play were still legal last summer, at least in august.
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    last batter, nothing good happened, end of game
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    coming in a couple of weeks, toronto, the rogers center, baltimore orioles vs toronto blue jays. some jamaican food, hopefully some nice flower shots from the edwards gardens and a stunner night shot of the toronto skyline from the toronto islands.
     
  3. Tim

    Tim Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks, as always, G. When we doing a game TMIP-style at CBP?
    Hoping to hit Fenway later this summer as my bro-in-law lives walking distance to the park. Haven't been there.
     
  4. gary

    gary Member

    fenway is interesting, even with the upgrades there is still a real old school feel to the place. closest experience to wrigley left in baseball.
    any day game either sat or sunday works for me, as long as i know enough in advance. i'd be taking the train down and back from ny, it's a nice relaxing way for me to get there, since i don't have to pay attention to driving i can doze in the seats, and if i know far enough in advance, i can gt a business class seat, those on the northeast corridor trains are pretty roomy and comfortable.
     
  5. Tim

    Tim Administrator Staff Member

    OK, let's find a weekend where we can catch a game. How about a Sat nite/ Sun day doubleheader? You can crash at Casa de TMIP in between if you want.
     
  6. gary

    gary Member

    so it has been too long since i posted any baseball, 2016 only saw 1 trip in the quest for them all, a weekend trip in june to toronto to watch the blue jays pummel and i do mean a beat down of the baltimore orioles. toronto has long been a favorite city of mine, and now that they have a 1 seat train ride from pearson airport right into union station in the heart of downtown, i can see myself making the occasional trip back there. this post may go off course a little bit as i am going to include just a few shots of toronto, because we all know i just cannot go to any city with a transit system and not do the tourist thing, so first up a little teaser about the edward gardens, part of the toronto botanical park, and formerly a private estate english garden. this photo does not do it justice, i was there in high sun unfortunately, but still a lovely place to take a nice contemplative walk
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    oh what the heck, let's poach a wedding
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    and thanks to an efficient transit system, let's go back downtown, i'm hungry, so let's go to a funky neighborhood called kensington market, to rasta pasta, where i had the best curried goat i have ever had, and i have had it on at least 3 caribbean islands
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    my primary mode of transport, a little metro, 1 use of a bus, but a lot of streetcar, toronto has one of the largest streetcar networks in north america.
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    and a street performer right outside my hotel, interacting with a young man
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    i even on my first night was able to get one of my must do shots, by taking this ferry
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    over there, to centre island, one of the toronto islands a little chain of islands connected to downtown by ferry boat, and people do live there year round, very very popular in the summer with families on day trips
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    where i went here, to this que and beer joint, got myself a very good local beer, and sat out on the deck in the beautiful evening
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    and got this, the toronto skyline at night from centre island, i actually liked this last of the blue hour over the pure dark shots i got
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  7. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    Beautiful skyline shot, @gary. It's been a while since I've been to Toronto, but I really enjoyed every trip. And man, do the streetcars look different. When I first visited in the early 80s they were transitioning from PCCs to CLRVs.
     
  8. gary

    gary Member

    So it's saturday, game day, a beautiful day, so let's go do a little walkabout along the waterfront before game time. toronto fire services, the fireboat
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    the station where the boat crew, an engine company and an ems unit are stationed, right across the dock from the boat. and i asked the boat engineer , who let me come into the house for a couple photos, who crews the boat?, a captain, an engineer, and the rest from the station engine crew, if they are out on a run, the nearest available engine comes in. and like all firemen everywhere, the meal is important, and family style, the engine was out shopping for the evening crew meal.
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    and the reason i rang the doorbell, this, a 1942 ford fire engine, used for ceremonies and dept funerals, the brother even opened the bay door so i could have better light.
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    still had a lot of time until game time, so i took a sightseeing ride out to the end of a streetcar line that parallels the lakefront, through a very hip neighborhood called the beaches. this is the streetcar loop turnaround at the end of the line, and you have to love blind obedience to the rules, the driver made me get off. so i went across the street, took this photo, she waited until it was time to depart on the next run, pulled around the loop and picked up the only passenger at the first stop, and guess who that was?? and there you go dennis, some of the clrv streetcars remain inservice, toronto is changing over to the breda and kawasaki low floors over the next few years
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    next post the game itself
     
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  9. gary

    gary Member

    and it's play ball time, rogers centre, home to the toronto blue jays, retractable roof no real breeze, and it was hot. but the folks in toronto love their jays, the crowd was loud and rocking all game
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    couple of the toronto 5-0, pulling front gate duty
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    i usually follow the gate number recommended on the ticket, only because i like to get in early enough to get the feel for where i sit in relation to bathrooms and food, oh and draft beer, preferably draft craft beer.
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    and the traditional first view of the field
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    and food, did i mention food, heart attack on a plate, better known as poutine, in this case chicken poutine, hide the women and children, rouge diabetic on the loose
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    and i'm not actually going to post a lot of the game,mostly because i did not take a lot, it was so hot by the 5th inning, that i actually had to take a 2 inning shade break on the mezzanine
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    and yes, that is 3rd base, and a lot of blue jays had a passing acquaintance with that base
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    and for some reason, not sure why, i usually take a photo of the talking head cages
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    his form looked good, but to no avail
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    i like it when i can grab nice shots of the jumbotron, and make no mistake, if you haven't realized from the al playoffs yet, toronto is the real deal, i would not be surprised if they go to the series or even take it all
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  10. ddindy

    ddindy Member Staff Member

    Thanks for the CLRV shot, @gary. Remind me to tell you about the place I stayed at on Lake Shore back in the day.
     
  11. gary

    gary Member

    give it up, for the hardest working band in baseball, the groundskeepers, oh and there's jay, the team mascot
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    and this runner got to third
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    and the next batter got to watch it leave the park, and i cannot help but wonder how painful his next at bat would have been if the pitcher had been the great but definitely strong willed bob gibson
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    home run
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    the game is still close at this point
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    but not for too long, the jays started doing this pretty much every inning
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    and again
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    in fact they liked it so much, they did it 11 times that game, final score 11-6 blu jays, pretty wild game where you can score 6 runs and still get a beat down
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    the winners traditional team high fives
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    game totals
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  12. gary

    gary Member

    and some post game shots
    wandered around, the thai food smelled good in front of here
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    tasted as good as it smelled, i love thai food, wish disney had a thai restaurant
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    ventured off on the metro line again to walk around the provincial capital building
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    off to my left was this pretty neat monument with world war 2 photos of canadian troops etched into the stone
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    and that concludes our toronto trip. leaving just 5 ballparks left, seattle, oakland, san francisco , anaheim, dodgers. however due to the cost and flight times, these may take awhile to score, particularly since i would like to hit both los angeles teams, and disneyland all in one trip, with a side trip to cajon and tehachapi passes, preferably in spring when they are green hills, not dry brown.
     
  13. gary

    gary Member

    ok 2017 did not see any new parks added, but we have a new one on deck, when i originally was plotting out trips i somehow got confused and thought portland was over 300 miles from seattle, so imagine my chagrin when 3 weeks before the trip i checked out mapquest and found it is only 153 miles from my hotel to the angle lake stop on link, seattles light rail line that stops right across the street from safeco field, i check the schedule, and hot dog, seattle is home on wednesday 5/16, with a 12:40 game against the texas rangers, over to stub hub i go, and 5 minutes later i have a ticket. so here it is park #26 of 30, safeco field in seattle.
    so let's have nice easy interstate drive, find the light rail station, park, and take the train, which is free if you have a game ticket, courtesy of the mariners

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    water everywhere around seattle

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    stadium stop, because well, that's what's there, both football and baseball, one of each, and that gray sky, does not matter, safeco field has a retractable roof

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    cool mural on a building as you walk to safeco from the light rail

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    the stadium where they play that other sport

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    safeco field from near the entry

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    and the traditional first view of the field

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  14. gary

    gary Member

    manicuring the bullpens

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    lunch, a cubano sandwich and a can of soda, oh that's right, pop

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    and i know i have heard of this guy, but cannot recall the circumstance, a long time seattle announcer

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    ball parks do not generally sell 24 ounce cans of beer

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    national anthem time

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    play ball, and let's get down to it, section 123, row 7, seat 4, great seat at the first base end of the mariners dugout, unfortunately this will be the last game from those seats, due to to the new netting now in place at all mlb parks, it runs from the old backstop netting out to the end of the dugouts, on both sides, apparently all stadiums have this, more of the nanny state, you are at a major league game, it's called hardball for a reason, headsup, pay attention to the game, foul balls and liners are a fact of life PAY ATTENTION, so now so that my camera does not keep trying to focus on the netting i have to move out past first base and carry a longer lens, although all these were taken with the consumer grade 70-300 f4.0-5.6 with with that lightning fast autofocus of the a9 is not a bad combo, here is shin-sin choo, from texas with a strike coming in

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    and too bad he was pitching for texas, it would have been the perfect literary reference, bartolo colon, the ancient mariner. baseball is a game that adapts well to literary essays.

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    he's 46 years old, and he still can pitch good enough to make a roster, of course he has about 10 different deliveries. he does it with guile and putting the ball into play, not with speed

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    yeah they have a mascot, and he had to come to right in front of me to do one of those in-between innings giveaways, and oh, there's that new netting i detest

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    and here you can see the faint influence of that netting, i should have just moved, it wasn't like the park was packed

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  15. gary

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    ok, let's show a little of the seattle team, their pitcher, who did not last past 5

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    safely back to the bag, colon has a pretty quick and sneaky move to first, he has picked off a few in his time

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    and the force at 2nd

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    and a texas bunt attempt

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    take it in kid, your'e done today

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  16. gary

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    i like how the a9 frame rate lets me catch the ball coming into the plate

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    i believe it was the first run scored of the game

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    he teed off on this one

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    another ball in play

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    safely back to the bag

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    another pitching change, and yes, that is alan banister, a name from the past

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  17. gary

    gary Member

    the effort on his face curing his 8 warmup pitches, and it is a fine line between overthrowing and putting something on it

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    and rounding third, for the only seattle run, on a home run

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    good form, even fully through the swing

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    coming over the top with a high release

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    swing and a miss, i know this because you're ou can see the ball behind the batter, almost into the catchers mitt

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  18. gary

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    and that is a hit coming off the bat

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    swing and a miss

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    running hard, trying to leg out a hit
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  19. gary

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    delino deshields, swing and a miss

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    the throw from the shortstop

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    review of the call at texas request, call on the field upheld

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    and for once i was ready, the start of the double play

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    and game over, alas no joy in mudville today, the home team lost

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    rangers 5, mariners 1, no announced attendance, but i would place it as maybe 20,000, half a ball park, so we are going to call it a day and a game, uneventful light rail ride back to the car, and a very slow boring rush hour ride back to portland, 1 hour and 17 minutes to go the first 31 miles, after that it got to highway speed, arrived at hotel by 8pm, tired, early to bed, tomorrow is another full day

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