Go (AL) West Young Men

The Royals visited three American League Western Division cities in May. The results on the field were not too good. It began with a winning series in Anaheim, and became a rough trip after that.

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My college fraternity brother (Sigma Chi, SMU) is on the right, Jeff Lovell. Jeff’s father is Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell (his dad was played by Tom Hanks in the film). Also pictured are Jeff’s daughters Marilyn (named for Jeff’s mom, for whom a mountain on the Moon was nicknamed by her astronaut husband), and Allie, as well as Jeff’s wife Annie (also a former SMU Mustang). Great family.

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One of the reasons I’m glad to have Houston in the AL is I love Minute Maid Park. Opened in 2000, it’s air conditioned when it’s hot and humid…which is often. Whenever the roof is closed for a game, they immediately open it so the next day the grass field gets plenty of sunlight before they close it again for batting practice the next afternoon.

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The view of Union Square in San Francisco from my hotel room. What a great city, and a beautiful area. Union square became a public park in 1850. The public plaza is 2.6 acres and always buzzes with activity.

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Actually the term Union Square refers not only to the park, but to the entire upscale dining and shopping district that surrounds it. The area where the park sits was used for rallies to support Union troops during the Civil War. Great area.

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The best thing about Orange County/Anaheim was the winning. The weather was a close second. First time this cold spring we actually felt HOT. It was warmer than normal in SoCal. At the hotel pool even the ducks needed a break.

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One more note on springs VERY late arrival. This was Denny sporting an Illinois Wesleyan ski cap in…not March, not April, but MAY! May 2nd. Yes we had snow! Hopefully it was, in fact, a once-in-a-century weather quirk.

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