That’s Entertainment!

As the Royals began the mathematical halfway point in the 2009 season, they visited a couple of first-place teams…Detroit and Boston.  After returning from that trip, my 10-year-old son John and I headed to another city whose team was in first place…St. Louis.  I saw my first State Farm Home Run Derby and my first MLB All-Star Game! (and, yes, I had to pay for my tickets…)

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Cedric and John.jpgHere’s John with St. Louis native and Cardinal fan Cedric the Entertainer.  He wasn’t the only celebrity at the game…but he was the only one who stopped by our section in the right field corner.  Actually Craig Sager of TNT Sports wandered by too…but Cedric is bigger…both literally and figuratively.  Cedric was incredibly nice and patient-signing tons of autographs and taking pictures with lots of fans.  We actually missed Carl Crawford’s great catch in left field to take this picture…but it was worth it (nice catch, Carl!!)

 

View from Seats.jpg

This was from our seats at Busch Stadium.  Both nights were great.  I think that’s Zack pitching…took lots of pics with camera phone…but it doesn’t zoom in.  What a great job by Zack!!

Steve and John.jpgHere we are…giving Zack and Trey Hillman (who was an American League coach) all the love we could.  First All-Star game for both father and son.

reststop.jpgOK…confession time…this is the rest stop at Exit 167 on I-70.  I…uh…locked my keys in my car at this rest stop on our way to St. Louis for the Home Run Derby.  Thanks to Bud’s Towing Service for allowing us to get into the car, and allowing us to make it to the Derby on time.  “Bud’s Towing Service, the official towing service of the Royals Radio Network”…has a nice ring to it…  At least it was a nice day.

 

Fenway with flag.jpgFenway Park may give the Red Sox the best home-field advantage in baseball.  It’s a great place to visit.  I recommend it if you haven’t been.  Before one of the games, a giant American Flag was draped across the Green Monster for pregame ceremonies.  They were honoring those participating in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-a-thon that benefits the Jimmy Fund, the Red Sox charity that fights children’s cancer as well as funding cancer care.

The Rileys.jpgThese are the Rileys…Kelly and Ron…from Ponca City OK.  Ron’s a life-long Royals fan and for a combined Father’s Day/birthday present, Kelly got him a new Royals cap and a trip to Boston to see a Royals game at Fenway.  Ron is holding an autographed ball from the 1970 Royals, signed by, among others, Manager Bob Lemon and Lou Piniella.  They emailed us in the radio booth (feelthepower.com) and told us they were coming to the game, and bringing a nice piece of Royals history with them.

Birmingham MI.jpgWhen the Royals visit the Tigers, the travelling party stays in beautiful, tree-lined Birmingham, Michigan.  It’s about 30 minutes north of Comerica Park.  It’s a clean, bustling great little town in Detroit’s northern suburbs.  Detroit has obviously taken many economic hits the past few years, but this town seems very vibrant.  Great shopping, dining, parks.  Hard to truly capture its charm with a few photos.

Birmingham Mi 2.jpgHere you see one of downtown Birmingham’s landmarks, the Birmingham Theatre.   Eight screens.  When it was built in 1927 it had one.  It was rebuilt and restored in 1996.

police station.jpgHow nice is Birmingham, Michigan?  This is the Police Station.  Looks like something out of a movie….of course so does the whole town…

 

3 Comments

Steve! This is Craig, the Royals Fan that set behind you and your son at the All Star game! Thanks for the commentary during the game! I wish I could have gleamed more information from you, but there was a LOT to take in that evening. I’ll be hitting you up for tickets when 2012 rolls around! ha..

You have an amazing job! I’ll say hi if I can make it to game this year!

Thanks!
Craig

It seems when I think you just can’t possibly post a better blog entry…well…you do! Of course it may help to know some of the people in it. You do an outstanding job…both in the booth and at the computer! Debbi

Dear Steve,
We love baseball, and we have gone to some games to Kansas City, but maybe we should have never done because now my daughter (Leah Oropesa) and her boyfriend (Adam McCann) have decided to go to a Royal’s game instead of going to PROM! Today, Saturday, April 24, they are going to be at the game while all their friends are here in Manhattan, Kansas. As a mom who wanted to see her daughter going to prom, I am a little bit dissapointed, but in a way I am glad for them because they have decided to break a tradition. They went to prom in the previous years, but this year they are not going to their senior prom. I still cannot believe that they prefered a Royal’s game.

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