2016 MLB All-Star Week: Home Run Derby (Monday)

Part III: All-Star Monday… at the Derby

(AKA: Watch Out!)
(AKA: 61 home runs… in one night??)

Buckle up, folks! This one is quite the doozy!

Following the late night at Petco Park Sunday, I was ready to fly solo back down to San Diego for the famed Workout Day and Home Run Derby. Yes, I was very fortunate to attend this incredible event. I managed to arrive at the ballpark just as the gates opened over three hours before the game (gates opened at 2pm for a 5pm event). As soon as the gates opened, there was a flood of people getting down to the left field porch area to take in some batting practice. I still had a pretty decent view from the field level during BP and managed to see incredible feats of power. How far would these balls fly?

 

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JD’s 2015 Ballpark Tour; Saint Louis, Missouri

Part XVII: Busch Stadium

(AKA: The Night of Free Food and Free Beer)

(AKA: The Cardinal Way)

This is another special post because I had one of my best friends, Matthew, join me for this final part of my trip, and this was a ballpark he had to visit at least once in his life. Even more lucky, I had gotten a hotel only two blocks away from the stadium and was able to fully prepare for this game. In fact, this is another one of those games were I felt completely ready to see every aspect of a new ballpark. Then again, I had gotten very good at preparing with the other 29 ballparks I had visited.

The game was on a Friday night, and the weather was fairly mild… a perfect day for a ball game. Since the game was against the Miami Marlins, we didn’t have the overly crowded streets like I had seen on TV last season. However, that didn’t matter, many fans still showed up en masse because Busch Stadium really is a gem in the Midwest. Would this place live up to expectations?

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Ballpark 31: Busch Stadium, elevation 440 feet
The game: Marlins @ Cardinals on August 14, 2015
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JD’s 2015 Ballpark Tour; Miami, Florida

Part VI: Marlins Park

(AKA: If It Is Broke… Fix It!)

Oh, that trip down to Miami. After getting dropped off at the bus terminal in St. Pete, the Sun was shining and it was a lovely day. Then the rains came… again. This was becoming a very common theme throughout this southeast portion of my travels. Without going into too much detail, I was very delayed arriving because of the weather, and our bus driver getting lost in horrible Miami traffic because the Greyhound station had changed to a new location that week! Getting the rental car for this place wasn’t much better. After a very tough time getting around and finally getting to my hotel room (the first and only time I’d stay in a hotel during this leg of the trip), I was ready to rest and get ready for baseball the following day.

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Ballpark 20: Marlins Park, elevation 3 feet

The game: Dodgers @ Marlins on June 26, 2015
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