The homestand got off to a great start…I thought I’d show you a few of the things we’ve seen on the road…and at home….as the the season rolls through June…
Our friend Marine Sgt. Nathan Cosby made his first visit to the New Kauffman Stadium for the Cincinnati series…and the home team rewarded him for his trip from Jacksonville, Florida…where he proudly serves his country..with a sweep!! Nathan’s been a Marine for six years. He already had most of the tattoo on his arm, but recently “finished the job” with the addition of the crown on top…just like the New K!
Cleveland was (mostly) miserable for the Royals…losing 2 of 3..when they should have swept…so this is the only Cleveland pic that makes the cut. From their version of the hot dog races. Those guys are just a bunch of empty suits!
While in Toronto…I wanted to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. I didn’t make it…but Bob and I did dine at Wayne Gretzky’s restaurant in downtown Toronto. It’s almost as good…plus they serve ribs! The address is 99 Blue Jays Way.
Gretzky is revered everywhere but especially in his home country. “The Great One” was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario…an hour or so from Toronto. There are many impressive artifacts from his incredible career on display at his restaurant/shrine.. Here…jerseys from his days with the Rangers…Kings…and Edmonton Oilers.
On the roof of the building is a nice little oasis in downtown Toronto…Gretzky’s patio deck. I recommend it (in the summertime of course…).
The Rays (and before that, the Devil Rays) have been tough on the Royals over the years at Tropicana Field, so I thought I’d try to find some positive experiences Royals fans could enjoy under the dome in St. Pete.
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Here’s something you may not have expected to see heading into the 2008 season….banners commemorating Tampa Bay’s first American League East Division title…as well as their 2008 American League Pennant.
When they renovated this dome a couple of years ago…one of the things they added was a giant Cownose Ray Tank just beyond the centerfield wall.
Another feature added to Tropicana Field during the most recent renovations was the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame.
This is must-see if you make it to St. Petersburg. Very impressive. The former location was in Hernando, Florida about a hundred miles north, but it had financial problems and was in a somewhat remote location…so even though he was a hero in Boston….his personal memorabilia is here at Tropicana Field.
I’m not doing this HOF justice with just a few shots…this is just part of what’s on display. Williams, besides being “the greatest hitter who ever lived,” was so much more…war hero…champion fisherman. Very impressive display.
He fought in two wars….missing almost five years of his career to serve his country. I asked former Yankee infielder Jerry Coleman about what happened to player’s skills when they left the game for a couple of seasons…he told me that a player’s skills diminish, at least a little bit with all that time away from the Big Leagues. This makes the accomplishments of Williams and other player/war heroes like Bob Feller all the more impressive.
Here’s the greatest hitter who ever lived with the greatest player who ever lived. I’d take those two in my lineup!