A Ballpark Tour, Family Time & Game 1
We got going a little late today, but managed to roll down to Chase Field in time for the 12:30 Stadium Tour. My buddy Ginsberg works for the D-Backs and was able to get us on the tour for free. One of my good buddies from college, Casey, had the day off work so he joined us on the hour long tour. I enjoy the stadium tours because you usually get to go places you can't during the game (press box, luxury suite, dugout, locker room, etc.) and usually hear some sort of inane stat. Any one that knows me knows I love stats, especially silly and ridiculous ones and this is by far my favorite part of every tour. Today's fun stat was the amount of TVs in Chase Field - 650. Our tour guide mixed in some baseball trivia and did a pretty good job overall. We also saw DBacks utility players Damion Easley and Andy Green in the elevator as we were leaving.
After dropping Casey off we headed over to our cousin Scott's house for some quality family time. Scott's a teacher so he's got the summer off and was on babysitting duty with his 7 month old son, Bo. The kid is great and Scott's always a good time.
After Scott's wife Bonny got home we grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed down to the ballpark. We were glad that they decided to bring Bo along as it was his first big league ballgame as well as our first game of the trip. Two events he'll never remember, but we'll never forget.
The trip finally felt like it had started as soon as we walked through the turnstiles. After planning this for months and all the build up, it was great to finally get out to our first ballgame and get this thing going. What made it even better was that we got to kick it off with family. A big thanks to Bonny for scoring great seats right behind home plate and her boss Dean for letting them go. If you're ever in Arizona or New Mexico stop by a Krispy Kreme and get some donuts.
On the field we witnessed a lopsided Mets victory. The stars of the game were Carlos Beltran & Orlando Hernandez (both on my fantasy team, unfortunately El Duque was riding pine). El Duque only needed 94 pitches for his complete game 3 hitter. Beltran blasted a shot into the right field bleachers to spark a 4 run 3rd inning. The Mets continued to pile on with 2 more in the 8th in what could have been an even worse inning for the D-Backs.
We were surprised by the lack of attendance, announced as 22,134, for a game between two first place ball clubs. There was a large contingent of Met fans in the house, as is typical at a lot of Arizona sporting events. Overall we had a great time and we're excited to keep it rolling tomorrow in Anaheim.
A more detailed description of the ballpark can be found here.