Frustrations of Being a Team Collector - One of the things I've noticed that a lot of collectors are into, particularly in the blogosphere, is team collecting. I like team collecting, too, in case...
Monday, June 17, 2019
My Trip to Baltimore (or Playing Catch with Xander Bogaerts)
Since we only stayed for a couple of nights I sprang for a nice room at the Royal Sonesta, right on the water in the Inner Harbor as you can see from the pic of our room above. We had a nice large bay window looking right out onto the harbor; a beautiful view and it was nice waking up to the bright sunrise each morning.
Baltimore has some widely-publicized issues with crime and drugs to be sure, but I have to say that the areas around Inner Harbor, Fell's Point and Camden Yards where we spent the majority of our time were truly beautiful. I'd had catching a ballgame at this park on my bucket list since the stadium was first built in the early '90s when I was a rabid kid baseball fan. It took me nearly 30 years to cross it off the list, and I have to say that it did not disappoint!
I grabbed this shot of the Babe Ruth statue that stands at the Eutaw Street entrance a couple of hours before game time, before it got very crowded, and as you can see it was a beautiful day for baseball. Sun was shining, and temps were in the low to mid-80s.
We had a couple of hours to kill before game time, and spent part of that visiting the nearby Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.
I wouldn't travel all the way to Baltimore just to see the Babe Ruth Museum, but if you're in town anyway especially for an O's game it's certainly worth a drop by. No baseball cards of any sort in the small gift shop there, bummer.
I chose these for two reasons. First and foremost, I really wanted a view of the iconic right field warehouse and the city skyline. Secondly, in looking at a map I surmised that the third base line would likely be in the shade by first pitch. I've got a lot of Irish DNA and don't exactly tan, what can I say? The view was exactly what I'd hoped for, and I was indeed in the shade from the very first inning on, so these seats were a win.
The Truth Imperial IPA is represented on 1989 Fleer...
At the conclusion of the third inning I had a great experience when my favorite player for years running now, Xander Bogaerts, tossed a game ball into the crowd and I caught it one-handed (didn't pack a glove). I gave it to a hopeful little kid with a glove next to me, because I'm not a cruel jerk. Still, really cool as I've never gotten my mitts on a game ball before, plus it was kinda surreal "playing catch" with my favorite player so to speak. Worth the trip down and the price of admission for that alone I'd have to say! Wish I'd thought to snap a quick pic before handing the ball off but oh well, I have my wife as a witness.
So yeah, super fun weekend and I'd highly recommend this city if you live anywhere remotely close by. It took us 6 hours each way driving from Rhode Island, not bad at all. After all of the long distance travel we've done over the years it was refreshing to do a road trip for a change and not have to worry about things like security delays at airports, or cancelled flights.
Yep, Baltimore is pretty great.