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Baseball Road Trip: Game 5 in Toronto

Our visit to Comerica Park and the Tigers was followed by a whirlwind day of driving from Detroit to Toronto to Niagara Falls to Williamsport, PA.  Technically we can say that we visited Toronto, but we were only there long enough to park the car, buy food and tickets, and watch the game between the Royals and Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre (Canadian spelling of course).

A typical baseball game at the Rogers Centre is played indoors.  However, we attended a weekend day game and were treated to an open roof complete with a view of the CN Tower – Toronto’s version of the Space Needle.  It is no shock that the word “blue” is in the team name, because just about everything inside the stadium except for the fake grass and dirt is blue.  This color scheme mixed with the height of the stadium on all sides of the field makes for a pretty lifeless feel to the ballpark.

The stadium was built in 1989 but they must have redone some of the concourses since then because the field level concourse had some nice areas.  We ended up buying food outside the ballpark but we pulled up a table inside the stadium right next to a quaint market style food court.  Other highlights include a sports card vending machine and a playground of which Gigi could not get enough.

My life is a little closer to being complete after catching my first foul ball at this game.  We were standing at the top of the field level section in Fastball Alley – Vin Scully’s name for the sections between home and first that get all the foul balls from hitters who can’t quite catch up to the heater.  Gigi had run off towards the next section over and a ball bounced into the concourse just as I reached her so I snagged it.  Not very dramatic but totally awesome anyways.

Next stop, our nation’s capital.  Here are some snapshots from our trip to see the Jays, eh…

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Baseball Memories · Spring Training

Spring Training Travels: 2007

Well, it looks like our March “Would You Rather” decision got made for us by the cold virus. We were hoping to make it to the WBC tonight, but it looks like David is a little too far under the weather. So, instead, I decided we’ll just psych ourselves up on our upcoming Spring Training trip which is this weekend, and in the meantime, reminisce about our past travels to see both the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League.

Two years ago, when I was very pregnant with Chiquita, we headed out to Arizona for a baseball version of the “babymoon.” We went to two games and only stayed one night but had a great time (besides the blown tire on the drive out there).

The Angels have a beautiful training center at the Tempe Diablo Stadium and we drove straight there to catch a game, from our home which was then in Orange County, CA. (We’re technically Dodgers fans but I like to consider the Angels as our American League team). We had awesome seats (for a very reasonable price) and enjoyed a good game against the Padres.

angels' tempe diablo stadium

We stayed in Downtown Phoenix, and walked around the Diamondbacks’ ballpark which we’ve yet to visit (hopefully this year!), and then the next day saw the Royals take on the Cubs at their field which they share with the Rangers in Surprise, AZ. The field is really nice but our “surprise” was the amount of traffic we had to go through to get into it. Again, the seats were good and so was the baseball.

Royals Spring Training

You can view our photo album here and stay tuned for some 2008 Spring Training nostalgia tomorrow.