Opening Day!

The spring has arrived. I know this, not because it has stopped snowing in Chicago, but because baseball season has arrived. As Josh & I continue our tour of stadiums, we are attending opening weekend at Chase Field in Phoenix. Number 18 on our tour. We decided to attend the first two games of the year.

Chase Field

For those of you who do not remember or know, I am a die-hard Yankee’s fan while Josh follows the Atlanta Braves. Usually, we would be particularly vested in rooting for either team, but the Diamondbacks were playing the Red Sox, so I was working hard to help them win. The two greatest things in baseball? The Yankees winning and the Red Sox losing.

The first game of the season is always a somewhat special, the stadium is all decked out, both teams are introduced, and awards are presented. Friday’s match up was Porcello (Red Sox) vs. Godley (Diamondbacks) and was a slugfest…for the Diamondbacks. They jumped out to a 14-1 lead by the end of the 6th and it was all over after that. Boston scored a bunch of late runs, but the game was never in doubt. The one great thing about the game
other than a true beat down of the Red Sox with tons of Red Sox fans
is that we got to see a position player pitch. Eduardo Nunez, a former Yankee who now plays for Boston, pitched. This is the first time we have seen that.

Saturday morning we decided to go to Taliesen West, the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school in Scottsdale. The tour took about an hour and was very interesting. They explained lots of his philosophy and how he used the shape and size of space to both move people and create a spaces for people to stay.

Saturday night we went to a second Diamondbacks/Red Sox Game. This one was much closer. The starting pitchers were David Price for Boston and Luke Weaver for Arizona. The score was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th and we were thinking there would be extra innings. However, Eduardo Escobar got a single and then reached 2nd on a passed ball. Alex Avila singled to right and Escobar turned the corner and headed home, but was thrown out at home on a beautiful play by Boston. Avila reached second on the throw. Chris Kelly singled to left and brought Avila home for a walk off single! Great ending to a great baseball weekend.

6 weeks – 4 trips

I have a busy few weeks ahead: four trips scheduled in the next 6 weeks.

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA uptown cityscape.The week after next, I am deserting Sue and travelling to Charlotte, NC, for a business trip. I leave Sunday night and return home Thursday night. I would like to tell you that I really like the city of Charlotte, but truth be told, our offices are outside of the city and so I have never been downtown. I am not sure how many of you have been on business trips, but I do not find them particularly fun.  The routine is pretty simple, have breakfast and bad coffee at a generic hotel, go to the office early, spend all day working, back to the hotel for a couple of hours, dinner either alone or with some colleagues at a random restaurant, back to the hotel to work for a few more hours, watch “The Daily Show” & “Late Night with Stephen Colbert,” go to sleep then rinse and repeat.

I arrive back from Charlotte on Thursday afternoon, spend Friday doing my laundry and packing for the next trip. Saturday morning, we leave for our spring break trip to Costa Rica.  We have booked the flights, hotels and many of the day trips, so those are all taken care of.  In the next week or so, we will look at the map and plan the driving portion of the trip, but I will leave that for another post.

chasefieldWe return from Costa Rica on Sunday, March 31.  On the following Thursday, I am once again abandoning my lovely wife to head to Phoenix with my son, Josh.  We are going to the home opening weekend of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Abi:  that is baseball –yay sports!).  We have tickets for two games, Friday, their home opener, and Saturday.  They are playing the Boston Red Sox.  We hope to see Zack Greinke and Chris Sale pitch.  One more stadium off the tour list.

Two weeks later, Sue and I are going to my sister’s house in PA for the weekend.  The entire extended family will be there.  My sister, her husband and all four of her kids; my brother, his wife and three kids; my mother, son and his wife; and potentially some of the other kids’ partners will all be there. We are not a quiet family, so there will be a ton of noise and general madness. It is always great fun.

After we return from PA, it is a quick 6 weeks or so and school is done.  I guess we need to start planning our summer trip…