LIGHTS… CAMERA…BASEBALL

The August West Coast trip was not a good one…except for the weather. Cool and crisp. Not enough wins…but there were items of interest as the Royals visited Oakland, Seattle and Anaheim…

booth.jpgRight next to our radio booth. With Don Free hard at work preparing for our broadcast, Oakland radio voice Ken Korach was pretending to broadcast a game from 2002! They were filming a movie based on the book “Moneyball“. Ken was playing himself…so he was perfect for the role.

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Of course Moneyball chronicled the job Billy Beane and his baseball operation in Oakland did winning on a tight budget and doing it largely through studying statistics. Here in a normally empty back little area of the Oakland Coliseum press box, the audio engineers make sure everything sounds great for the movie.

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……These are the “movie star” trailers just outside the stadium where they’re  filming. And YES…Brad Pitt (playing Beane in the movie) and Angelina Jolie and family were in the house. And, no, I didn’t get either one of them for the pregame show…

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We had a day off in Seattle, I did something I had never done on several previous trips to the Emerald City…visited the Space Needle. It provides great views on a beautiful day like this one.

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… What street ran right by the Space Needle? Denny Way of course. Denny Matthews cannot confirm if he’s ever been on Denny Way in all his trips to Seattle over the years.

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Near Denny Way is Stewart Street. Looked but did not find a Davis Avenue or a Free Way….wait a minute…the 5 Freeway (Interstate 5) runs right by the Space Needle …(lower part of photo).

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As we flew out of Seattle on our way south to Anaheim we got a breathtaking close-up view of (we think) Mount Ranier sticking up through the cloud cover. What a beautiful view.

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The best weather of the trip was in Southern California. The temperature at game time for the afternoon game was 76…..wow. No…not enough wins…but great weather…and great views on the West Coast.

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