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Take me out to the ball game

September 3, 2010 - Jim Bartholow

Just finished a wonderful weekend of baseball.

On Saturday night (Aug. 28) my son, Jamie, treated me to a night of baseball at Huntington Park, Columbus' spiffy new ballpark. It's home to the Clippers, a AAA affiliate of my beloved Cleveland Indians. I recognized some of the names in the lineup, too.

We watched from the SRO area over the right field wall, a great place to watch a ballgame, really. You're not too far out of the action yet get a great view of the field. I liked the distance signs on the building over the leftfield wall even if only Jim Thome or Mark McGwire would be the only players who could come close to the 485 sign on the third floor of the building.

Saturday's entertainment beyond baseball was a breakdancing bat boy. He was lots of fun to watch and had some good moves, but he saved his best for last with a rendition of "Billie Jean" complete with one white glove (a batting glove, of course).

Oh, did I mention the Clippers lost 8-0 to the Pirates' farm team from Indianapolis?. Didn't  think I did.

Sunday afternoon brought a road trip to Progressive Field to see the Indians. Our firest trip since opening day 2008 when C.C. Sabathia pitched and the Indians opened with a win over the White Sox. Things went downhill quickly that season and C.C. was traded by the end of June. Many other trades have followed as the Tribe tries to rebuild. That opening day was memorable because it was March 29 and 68 degrees in CLEVELAND! Of course, there were huge piles of snow all around left over from a late winter storm a few days earlier.

I have to recommend getting the all-you-can-eat seat package. It's a great deal (5 hotdogs, peanuts, popcorn, drinks and nachos galore.) The seats were high, but between first and home. And on this 90-degree day we sat in the shade the whole game.

Oh, did I mention the Tribe lost 6-3? Didn't think I did.

One unexpected highlight was the singing of the National Anthem by a girl who I swear couldn't have been older than 5 years old. She really belted out the tune and got all the words right. She got the biggest cheer of the day next to Jayson Nix for his 2-run homer.

As for the problems with the Tribe: let's leave that for another time. It might wreck what were two great days at the ballpark.


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