JD’s 2015 Ballpark Tour; Kansas City, Missouri

Part XVI: Kauffman Stadium

(AKA: A Royal Treatment)

(AKA: Hotter than Heck)

This will be a special post because I was actually here more than once. However, for the purposes of this blog, I will keep this post more in the perspective of the regular fan! The reason that I made more than one visit here was because I was watching the Angels of Anaheim in Kansas City. I had to be impartial. Also, this post is special because the Kansas City Royals just won the 2015 World Series over the New York Mets and I’d like to say congratulations to a deserving team! The timing for this post couldn’t be more perfect. Need I say more?

This series in Kansas City was very important for both teams as the Royals were trying to keep their number one overall seed ahead of the surging Twins and the Blue Jays. As for the Angels, they were trying to get a hold on a wild card spot. I knew the crowds would be massive for both games. For the first part of this blog post, I will focus more on the Thursday game that took place. For the second part, I will focus more on the ballpark itself. However, there will be an additional mini-post about this ballpark to come at a later date. Yes, there is a reason for this.

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Ballpark 30: Kauffman Stadium, elevation 750 feet

The first game: Angels @ Royals on August 13, 2015
Continue Reading About Kauffman Stadium… for both games

Post Season Baseball, Pod Casts, and Predictions (Fourteenth Inning Stretch)

The funny thing about writing a traveling baseball blog during the summer is the drama that can unfold over the course of a season. When I first began this journey, I didn’t expect to see the large amount of traveling Royals fans as I did in Arlington, Texas. I also didn’t expect to see some of the crazy baseball I saw in the month of September (and October), but more on that later!

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Continue Reading the Fourteenth Inning Stretch

At Season’s End

I’d like to take this time to congratulate the Philadelphia Phillies on winning the World Series over the surprising Tampa Bay Rays, four games to one. This is their first championship since 1980, and only their second world series title in franchise history. How about that? They proved to be a formidable opponent in the NLCS by beating my Dodgers, four games to one. They finish with an 11-3 mark in postseason play, losing one game in each of their three series (at Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay). As much as I would have liked to see a different outcome, the Phillies definitely deserve to win after their incredible season they put together. Congrats to Jerry Manuel and his coaching staff, and his team for playing some excellent ball down the stretch.

After the Phillies beat the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, I was still proud of my team for making it to the NLCS for the first time in two decades. That was a major accomplishment to me. Hopefully, Manny Ramirez will come back next year, and be a cornerstone in the batting lineup for years to come. Heck, he may steal some more bases! This offseason could turn into a swift-moving whirlwind of trades, deals, and some heartbreak, perhaps. I just hope for a great offseason followed by a fantastic 2009 campaign.

With that, I will end this post for now, but come up with a season in review post when I have the time. Again, congrats to the Phillies. Enjoy this one, Philadephia. You’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. Enjoy it.

Keep thinking blue!
-JD