April 2005

Operation Field of Dreams

Hello, baseball fans! My name is Kevin, and my friend Sean and I have just completed a tour in Iraq with the Army. We spent a year in Baghdad. During the time there we got a chance to talk about a lot of stuff, and we always talked about baseball and how much we appreciated America. We also always talked about what we were going to do when we got home from Iraq. Sean and I decided to start planning a baseball road trip. On our trip, we wanted to see the country and baseball games — but mostly we wanted to see some baseball games.

Our trip was to start on April 21 in Federal Way, Wash. We then drove for two days and finally got to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa — where we realized that we hadn’t planned for corn not to be in season. So we did not get the full effect, but it was still cool to play catch on that field.  Sean and I made sure to get a little bit of grass rubbed on the baseball we were throwing.

After that, we cruised down to St Louis and were rained out, but before that we got to see the park and I can tell you this: If you go to Busch, make sure you wear red. We also got to take a look at the "new" Busch Stadium that is going up right next door for next season, and you can see it here.

Today we went to the Cubs game, and it turned out to be a good one. The weather was very uncomfortable but at least we got to see a game. Wrigley was everything I imagined it to be. You could see the age on the park and the whole atmosphere was amazing — the fans don’t give up. The Cubs went down by four runs early, but the fans stayed even though the weather ****** and the Cubs were losing. So what happens next? Derrek Lee hits two homers to tie it up, and then in the bottom of the ninth, Corey Patterson hits a walkoff home run.

After the game we walked along Sheffield and Waveland Avenues to complete the experience, and we paid homage to the Harry Caray statue outside the ballpark. This is going to be a great tour of duty. It looks a lot different than our last one, as you can see from this picture below of us at Camp Victory, Al-Faw Water Palace, where one of Saddam’s sons lived.