2011 MLB All-Star Game
Earlier this year our youngest son, Brian, asked if I would go to the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star game with him in July. Of course, I agreed, as I knew it would be a great time, especially with one of my sons. And, as it turned out, and it came much more quickly than anticipated, and was indeed a great time. If you follow sports at all, you know that the MLB All-Star Game was Tuesday, July 12, in Phoenix.
On Monday, July 11, both Brian and I flew to Phoenix from Seattle and Raleigh respectively. We met at the motel, and decided to have dinner with one of Brianís high school classmate and his wife, who lived in the area, rather than go to the All-Star Game Home Run Derby. It was by far the better choice. Yes, the Home Run Derby would have been fun, but it was much more interesting to hear Brian and his high school classmates reminisce and catch up. Besides, we went to In and Out, who serve nothing but hamburgers, French fries and milkshakes. What better place to eat and have a good time?
On Tuesday, the day of the game, we wandered over to the stadium around mid-morning and watched the crowd assemble for the noon parade of players. Brian decided he was going to get a picture of fans from each of the 30 MLB teams, and he started immediately. We later went back to the hotel and came back to Chase Field when it opened at 2 PM. As the game did not start until 5 PM Arizona time, we had lots of time to wander around, to find food, and for Brian to get pictures of fans from the remainder of the 30 teams. It was fun finding all the fans. I believe the most difficult teams were Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Florida. If you have not seen the 30 pictures on Brianís Facebook page, you can see them here: Pictures of Baseball Fans from All 30 Teams.
Brian and I, as Cubs and Pirates fans respectively, rooted for the National League, who won 5-1. The National League now gets home field advantage in the World Series, but of course that will do the Cubs and the Pirates no good. (If you're a sports fan, you know that those two teams have a couple of the worst records in baseball this year-- and most years.) Some of the other pictures from the trip can be found here: 2011 MLB All-Star Game.