Posts Tagged ‘Miami’

The Windy City

May 3, 2012

I really got the travel bug last summer when I went on Semester at Sea (to date, the greatest experience of my life!). I feel that after these past few weeks, I’ve now hit nearly every major city in America. Still missing are Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Miami and Dallas.

But today, I arrived in Chicago. I like it already, but I’ve yet to fully explore what it has to offer. As I told my girlfriend earlier, I’ve never met a place I didn’t fall in love with, whether that be for ten minutes or ten years.

Luckily for me, the Dodgers are coming into town to play the Cubs this weekend! So I’ll definitely be looking for tickets. Okay, so I sort of already did. A million times. WHY the hell are bleacher seats at Wrigley Field nearly $60?

Is it because it’s a Saturday afternoon? Doubtful, considering the same tickets on Sunday are under $25 a pop. Is it because the Cubs are winning so much? HAHAHAHA. No.

So, I’ve come to the only logical conclusion – that it’s because they are playing the epic, talented, first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. And yes, while I’ll probably pay the higher fees to see Matt Kemp shred Matt Garza in the Chicago wind, it’s still annoying.

Maybe I need to come home, where the A’s offer $2 tickets to anyone with a pulse. Granted, it’s a much worse baseball experience, but at least it’s easier on the wallet.

Check back in after the game to see what I thought of my experience in the legendary Wrigley Field bleachers!

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Opening Day Predictions

April 4, 2012

Okay, okay. I know the A’s and Mariners played in Japan and the defending-champion Cardinals already defeated the Marlins at the new stadium earlier tonight. But a big slate of games is finally set for tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited. 

We’ve got seven games lined up for tomorrow, capped off with reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and my Dodger squaring off against the Padres in San Diego. Without further adieu, here are my predictions for tomorrow’s games:

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers: This is the first of the great pitching matchups we’ll see over the first weekend of play, but it might just be the best one. Jon Lester will take the hill against last year’s Cy Young and MVP winner, Justin Verlander. Normally, I’d expect a pitcher’s duel, but Lester is a notorious slow starter, so look for a big game from Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and the Tigers to take the home opener 5-2. (Side note: Jose Valverde will get his 51st straight save, creeping slowly towards the record of 84)

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets: I like this pitching matchup for a number of different reasons. First of all, I really enjoy watching Tommy Hanson pitch. If he’s healthy for Atlanta this year, it’s going to be huge for their playoff aspirations. But the real story here is Johan Santana’s return to the hill after a multitude of injuries have crippled the former Cy Young winner. I’m going to take my first upset, but don’t expect the Mets’ winning streak to last long. Give me the Mets 3-2.

Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates: Another former ace takes the hill on Opening Day, hoping to rebound. Erik Bedard won’t have as much success as Johan does in New York, although I do expect an above average season out of the lefty in 2012. Roy Halladay is going to be too much for the young Pirates offense, and the Phils take it on the road 5-0.

Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs: Raise your hand if you’re as excited to see Stephen Strasburg on the mound tomorrow as I am! He takes on the re-tooled Cubs and Ryan Dempster at Wrigley. And I’m sorry Cubbie fans, but the curse will continue, starting with an ugly loss at the hands of the Nats. I’m going to enjoy watching Strasburg go 8 innings with 10 strikeouts in a 7-1 win.

Toronto Blue Jays at Cleveland Indians: This might be the most underrated pitching matchup of the day. If you like young, up-and-coming stars on the bump, this is the game for you. Ricky Romero is my dark horse candidate for A.L. Cy Young this year, and Justin Masterson for Cleveland isn’t far behind. I think this is going to be the best pitching duel of the day. Toronto takes it 1-0 on a late solo homer by Jose Bautista.

Miami Marlins at Cincinnati Reds: One of the Marlins’ big free agent acquisitions is opening this series, and Mark Buerhle can certainly be trusted to give a quality outing. Johnny Cueto gets the ball for Cincy and two very strong offenses will have their respective hands full. Give me the wily veteran for the new-look Marlins’ first win in a 4-3 game.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres: You know this is the one I’ve been waiting to talk about. You’ve gotta like the young lefty Kershaw to start defending his Cy Young title with a pretty dominant win at Petco Park. I think the Dodgers put up a five spot on Edinson Volquez early and chase him from the game. I want to give the Padres a pity run to sound unbiased, but they just aren’t a good enough team to score against Kershaw. Final score: 6-0 Dodgers.

That’s all folks! Call in sick tomorrow, ditch school, and watch MLB Network all day to see my picks put into motion. Happy baseball! Peace.

Season Ticket’s Itinerary is UP!

April 2, 2012

Check it out! After hours (literally) of dealing with the hell that can be Google Maps, and endless searches of MLB teams’ schedules, I’ve got a final itinerary laid out for Season Ticket! 

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We’ve pushed the start date back to April 27th, so as to allow for more planning time. BUT it works out perfectly. We’ll be starting in St. Louis, where last season ended! Seems fitting, right? I have always been a sucker for poetry…

So, I’m pretty excited because we’ll see my Dodgers five times, including in San Francisco against the Giants. We get the Battle of the Bay (A’s vs. Giants), the Freeway Series (Dodgers vs. Angels) and potentially TWO chances to see the Red Sox and Yankees battle it out.

Plus, Kelsey’s Cardinals are on the slate thrice, including a game AT Wrigley Field against the arch rival Cubs. We’ve made room for hitting the All-Star Game in Kansas City, and the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown!

And the journey will end in Miami, where we’ll run the clubs and bars all night long with our newfound celebrity! Okay, truth be told, we’ll probably be passed out on the beach all day and in a hotel room by 9 p.m. at night…that’s how we roll. 

Five solid months of driving. Nearly 15,000 miles. More than thirty games and 223 hours of driving. Tons of preparation, attention to detail, writing, reporting, uploading, crappy radio rap, etc. 

And it will be worth every second. Check out the links above, but for now, here’s the schedule in it’s fullest form (give us a shout if we’re going to be in your town when you are there!):

Game 1 – 4/27/12 – St. Louis, MO: Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals

Game 2 – 5/3/12 – Kansas City, MO: New York Yankees @ Kansas City Royals

Game 3 – 5/11/12 – Arlington, TX: Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers

Game 4 – 5/18/12 – Houston, TX: Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros

Game 5 – 5/23/12 – Phoenix, AZ: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Game 6 – 6/1/12 – San Diego, CA: Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres

Game 7 – 6/3/12 – Anaheim, CA: Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels

Game 8 – 6/11/12 – Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Angels @ Los Angeles Dodgers

Game 9 – 6/22/12 – Oakland, CA: San Francisco Giants @ Oakland A’s

Game 10 – 6/25/12 – San Francisco, CA: Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants

Game 11 – 6/28/12 – Seattle, WA: Boston Red Sox @ Seattle Mariners

Game 12 – 7/1/12 – Denver, CO: San Diego Padres @ Colorado Rockies

All-Star Game – 7/10/12 – Kansas City, MO: National League vs. American League

Game 13 – 7/13/12 – Minneapolis, MN: Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins

Game 14 – 7/16/12 – Milwaukee, WI: St. Louis Cardinals @ Milwaukee Brewers

Game 15 – 7/19/12 – Detroit, MI: Los Angeles Angels @ Detroit Tigers

Game 16 – 7/23/12 – Chicago, IL: Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox

Game 17 – 7/27/12 – Chicago, IL: St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs

Game 18 – 7/29/12 – Toronto, ON, Canada: Detroit Tigers @ Toronto Blue Jays

Game 19 – 8/5/12 – Cincinnati, OH: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds

Game 20 – 8/9/12 – Cleveland, OH: Boston Red Sox @ Cleveland Indians

Game 21 – 8/13/12 – Pittsburgh, PA: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Cooperstown – 8/15/12 – Cooperstown, NY: National Baseball Hall of Fame

Game 22 – 8/18/12 – Bronx, NY: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees

Game 23 – 8/21/12 – Boston, MA: Los Angeles Angels @ Boston Red Sox

Game 24 – 8/24/12 – Queens, NY: Houston Astros @ New York Mets

Game 25 – 8/26/12 – Philadelphia, PA: Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies

Potential Bonus Game – 9/11/12 – Boston, MA: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox

Game 26 – 9/13/12 – Baltimore, MD: Tampa Bay Rays @ Baltimore Orioles

Game 27 – 9/18/12 – Washington D.C.: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Washington Nationals

Game 28 – 9/20/12 – Tampa Bay, FL: Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

Game 29 – 9/25/12 – Atlanta, GA: Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves

Game 30 – 9/30/12 – Miami, FL: Philadelphia Phillies @ Miami Marlins

Keep pimping the video out to The Ellen Show! We just need a little more confirmed sponsorship to set the trip to “official!” Until tomorrow (okay, later today…close ENOUGH to be counted as Sunday!)…

Hatin’ on Haters

February 17, 2012

Haters will love this blog. Because I’m going to absolutely tear them to shreds, one hateful limb at a time. And then when I’m done, and they are just a pile of dust, bones and coal at my feet, they will have so much new material to hate on that they won’t know what to do with themselves. I’m about to type the name that stirs things up like death eaters flocking to Voldemort: LeBron. James.

Earlier this week, LeBron was asked if he would ever consider returning to Cleveland before retiring. He said yes. Then, Jeremy Lin faded into the shadows, ESPN collectively pooped their pants and the world exploded. In that order. Forget the people hating on the rumor (which is just a whole new realm of hating I can’t even comprehend right now). Let’s talk about the fact that some analysts, fans and radio hosts were outraged at James even suggesting such an awful thing.

How dare he want to come back to the place he called home, to play for the fans he has always loved despite the new threads, for the franchise he essentially rescued from complete and utter destruction? What a selfish, no-good, ugly prick. Don’t you remember how he mercilessly ripped the Cav fans’ hearts out? And he did it in front of millions of people.

That’s like a girl breaking up with you in the middle of lunch in high school, standing on a table in the rally court and yelling through a megaphone about leaving you for the hotter, richer, more successful guy on the varsity team. Granted, it’s a shitty way to get dumped. But what Cleveland (said boy, or “you” in previous sentence), should have done is just cried, watched a few chick flicks, and gotten over it.

Instead they took the path that most do; talking endless crap about this slutty bitch who wasn’t even that good in bed anyway. It looked pathetic, it was pathetic, and it still is pathetic. But guess what? That entire city…no, the entire state got a half-chub just hearing LeBron answer yes to that question. If he were to sign with the Cavs after his time in Miami, the place would go bonkers. All is forgiven! All hail the return of the King!

LeBron was being honest when asked about returning to Cleveland. Yet he’s still wrong. What? It’s perfectly acceptable for him to carry a decrepit franchise for half a decade, bolt for bigger and brighter opportunities, have a successful career and then return to his roots to re-connect with the community that raised him. It’s kinda the circle of life in America.

I’ve grown up in a mid-sized town in Northern California my whole life. Then I went off to college in Washington. Now, I’m on my way to being the biggest, baddest blogger in the world. Nobody in Walnut Creek, CA is burning pictures of me or sending me death threats. And I will be the first to publicly admit that I’d love to come back to Northern California some day. After I’ve achieved all my goals and had some mad success in a big city somewhere.

Get off LeBron’s back. He’s always loved Cleveland, he always will, and some day he might even come home. You can either be the ex-boyfriend-turned-best-friend, or you can bitch and moan in his shadow forever, stealing glances at him like Gollum at Frodo.

By the way, The Decision? Raised over a million dollars for charity. Sorry haters, you just weren’t good enough for LeBron. He moved on. And when he allows you back into his graceful company, it will be your choice whether or not to forgive your sad, selfish qualms.

Long live the King. Make love, not war. And always wear a seat belt. Later haters.

 


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