D.C. & Gettysburg
7/30 & 7/31/19
Since the next game was 3 days away and only up the road in Baltimore, David and I decided and planned for time to explore D.C. and Gettysburg. David was able to acquire a spot in a tour to visit the White House via a Georgia Senator. The White House was sort of dreamlike since it’s one of those places you always hear and see on the news (good or bad). You know it has history all around and throughout it. Getting to actually step foot on the grounds and inside and tour the WHITE HOUSE was extremely amazing and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to do it again! We did have a delay on the tour with a bunch of others in the line to due Marine One picking up the President. After the White House we walked a ton up and down the mall up to the Capitol building. It was pretty hot and we got a little worn out, so we headed back to my friends place.
Gettysburg is less than 2 hours from D.C. It’s another place that as a Southerner, you have always heard about it in context with the Civil War. It’s a massive place. The bus tour we booked and went on did a fantastic on explaining the lead up, during, after, and nitty gritty details of the battle at Gettysburg. If you had no clue about this place or the history of it...you can still sense that something happened there. There is a spiritual shift in the air around this town and battle ground that anyone can sense there was a large loss of life. I became pretty emotional and lost in thought while on and after the tour. Anyone can drive around, park at different spots, and read about the different landmarks of the battle there in Gettysburg. I would definitely hope to come back and visit this place again one day.
Home Run Derby & All-Star Game
July 8th & 9th
The home run derby was 1 of the best in a while. There was drama, comebacks, upsets, tension, and more! 8 players competed with playoff style. Each batter got 4 minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. If a player hits a home run longer than 440 ft, then they get an additional 30 seconds to hit more. The home runs between rounds don’t accrue, so they start fresh. I apparently made it on national TV with just my sign, and then I also got on the big jumbo-tron! I stood in the section to the left of the Left Field foul pole watching all the home runs being crushed into the Left Field stands. Alonso, Acuña Jr. and Guerrero Jr. Definitely hit the most home runs into the Left Field seats. It was a feeding frenzy like no other Batting Practice I have ever seen. I actually did pick Alonso to win it all. It was so much fun and a part of me wants to go again in the future!
I did eventually make it to my original seat I bought on pre-sale...the 2nd to last row on the upper Left Field level and thankfully I was able to sell my other extra seat. I walked a bunch before the game to see the parade of all the players and explore the Play-Ball Park in the convention park area in downtown Cleveland, which included being able to see and take a picture with THE World Series Trophy.
The All-star game itself was a great one with great pitching and clutch hitting. It wasn’t a blow-out at all, and the National League made it pretty close at the end. I got tired of sitting so far away from the field, so I took my new friend that I made, whom I met sitting next to me that bought my extra seat, and I found an aisle attendant on the field level I was prior during BP talking with about my neon sign and baseball trip who let us sit behind the American League dugout about 20 rows back. Man, those seats were amazing and I can’t believe they were worth between $1,500 and $2,000.