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July 4th In Cincinnati; Fireworks, baseball and fun

July 8, 2014

CAM00688This is the third game of the challenge. I watched the Indians and Angels last year as well as the Indians and Blue Jays.

I rode the bus to Cincinnati for two reasons. From Athens it’s only ten dollars and there is not a lot of parking in Newport Kentucky where I stayed. The bonus is the Greyhound Station in Cincy has a casino next to it.

We went into the casino and wandered a bit before deciding to play the slot machines. I won 53 dollars on my third or fourth play and quit. Nice to have a little extra spending money for the weekend.


Like I mentioned earlier, we stayed at the Comfort Suites in Newport. It was a nice hotel with a great view of the river and downtown. Another cool feature was the Newport trolley bus ran right next to it. We traveled all over the greater Cincinnati area for a dollar a trip. Very handy and clean plus interesting fellow riders.


The Newport Aquarium was right down the street as well. We checked that out and it was amazing. The fish and sharks and alligators all were very impressive and well worth the visit. It would have been a cool trip if it was the only thing we did there.


The game itself was a blast. The Reds played the Brewers and won 4-2. Billy Hamilton hit a home run and made a nice leaping catch as well. The Reds did a really nice job of recognizing local servicemen and women before and during the game.


The post game fireworks show was awesome. Lots of color and excitement right over the Ohio River.

My only gripe about the trip was how difficult it was to get out of the park. One escalator for a large group of people leads to trouble. And the post game traffic was also pretty intense. Luckily we could walk back to our hotel.

On the whole, we had a great time and look forward to another visit here.


Mike’s baseball challenge….game 1

July 11, 2013

It has been a while but I finally made it to a Major League game and lived to tell about it! My challenge of all the teams in 9 years now took me to Cleveland where the Indians hosted the Toronto Blue Jays.


The Indians won the game three to zero behind the fine pitching of Ubaldo Jimenez and the Indians bullpen.  The game was delayed about 40 minutes by a downpour. Below are a few pictures I shot during the game.

100_1106Pre storm tarp placement. The grounds crew knew something the rest of us didn’t!

100_1115Ubaldo Jimenez begins his windup.

100_1118Jose Reyes takes a pitch outside.100_1124Panoramic view of Progressive Field

100_1130Scoreboard and bleachers….


Well there it is my first game of the journey. I love Progressive Field and am an Indians fan. For some reason I have seen the Blue Jays play many times down through the years so this seemed a great game to start with. I had a great time and hope you enjoyed reading about it.

Baseball in Indy

June 16, 2012

I know I know the baseball challenge is supposed to be major league teams. But I love the minors too so from time to time I will have a story about a minor league visit.

Last night I visited Victory Field in Indianapolis to watch the hometown Indians take on the Louisville Bats. The park was about 1/3 full and was cool and breezy. One of the distinct parts of the stadium is the Marriott Hotel which overlooks left field. It is reflective and bluish which is very unique. They also have an area called Captain Morgan’s cove which adds some character as well.

We sat in the second deck on the third base side. The seats were 11 dollars a piece and the line was short to get them, both bonuses in my book! The view of the field was perfect. There is a train track that runs outside the park on the first base side and some old factory stacks there too. I love the way the scenery of Indy was used so well in the design of the field.

One draw back was the amount of kids that would stand directly in front of us along the rail. It was distracting and even dangerous. A little girl of maybe 8 was hit on the shoulder with a pop foul and had to be taken to first aid. We moved away from the kids but they followed us to catch the elusive foul ball.

The game went 15 innings and was won by the home team 2-1. More offense would have been nice but Sterling Marte had a triple and there were some great plays in the field also.

I plan on coming back here many times and love the atmosphere! For affordable fun in a major city you can’t beat it.

Mike’s baseball challenge!

February 29, 2012

I love Baseball and I love traveling. I also love reading about travel and I love to write too. I just turned 40 last October. My challenge is to see every Major League Baseball team play in person by the time I’m 50. This isn’t a huge challenge but I am 3 to 4 hours away from Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Check back during baseball season to see and hear where I end up and the people I encounter.

#Indians five best promotions 2012 (Besides fireworks)

February 14, 2012

There is nothing better than going to a baseball game. The sights and sounds and smells are all fantastic. But they are intangible. If your team loses or the guy next to you has gas or the lady in front of you blocks your view, the memory won’t be positive. How to confront this? Promotions and giveaways!

The Indians have some pretty cool things going this year. Lets count the five best down…

5. Joe Carter bobble head. May 20. Before he became a World Series hero in Toronto, Carter toiled for the hapless Indian teams of the 80’s. His trade to the Padres helped get the Indians rolling with Sandy Alomar Jr and Carlos Baerga coming in return. I look forward to seeing how this one looks and hope maybe Carter will be in attendance too.

4.Justin Masterson replica jersey. May 28. Masterson was probably the Indians best pitcher last year and hopes to improve this season. Whats cooler than getting one of your favorite team’s best player’s jersey?

3.Dollar dog night. July 26. I’m not the world’s biggest hot dog fan but this one is tough to pass up. They are playing the Tigers and you get cheap food too? Awesome!

2.Gaylord Perry Bobble head. August 12. Gaylord Perry made the hall of fame by deception. Was he doctoring the ball? He would touch different parts of his hat and jersey to throw the umps off the trail. He got ejected once in his whole career for throwing a spitter. He spent several years in the 70’s in Cleveland. This one would be number one if it spit!

1.Carlos Baerga Bobble head. June 3. Let me preface this one; Carlos Baerga was one of my favorite players of the 90’s. He looked like he enjoyed every second of his time on the field. I love bobble heads too. This is an unbeatable combo and I can’t wait to add it to my collection.

Ohio Sports weekend wrap up

November 29, 2011

Browns lose to Bengals 23-20

After leading at the half 17-7, the Browns couldn’t finish the deal. Greg Little dropped several key passes, the defense faltered, and Colt McCoy threw an ill timed interception as well. The Browns main problem right now is a lack of play makers. It goes all the way back to the former regimes’ trading away Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards and not finding suitable replacements for them. Coach Shurmer needs to get better at calling plays as well.  The Browns face the Ravens next week and it will again be a struggle. Hopefully they can get an upset or two these last few weeks.

Ohio State hires Urban Meyer

In possibly the worst kept secret ever, the Buckeyes hired former Florida coach Urban Meyer to a six year contract worth twenty four million.  Interim coach Luke Fickell stays on as defensive coordinator and will coach the team in the bowl game if offered one. The hiring takes the sting out of the OSU loss to Michigan Saturday, 36-30.

Grady Sizemore resigns with the Indians

Meet the new center fielder. Same as the old one. Grady is back for 4 million and another potential five in bonuses. If healthy Sizemore can be an offensive catalyst. He hasn’t been able to stay on the field lately though. He didn’t want to leave and I’m glad they kept him around for another go at it.

Blue Jackets continue to struggle and lose again to St. Louis

Sunday night in Columbus saw the Jackets go down to defeat against former coach Ken Hitchcock and his Blues 2-1 in a shoot out. The CBJ have been playing some what better but still can’t get enough offense to really roll out a nice winning streak. The Capitals and Hurricanes both fired coaches today. Its interesting to me that Scott Arniel is hanging in there after all the switching around the NHL.

Ohio State basketball

Ohio State mens basketball team hosts Duke on Tuesday. #2 against #3. Very good test early for the Buckeyes as they look to establish themselves at the top of the rankings and big ten as well.