May 2005

Arriving in San Diego…We Made It!

By Sunday night, we had reached Albequergue, New Mexico.  It was great to get out of the car and unwind. Monday morning we got an early start and stayed on I40 throughUsflag Arizona and into the California’s Mojave desert. P.S. Nothing compared to Kuwait and Iraq!  No camels or insurgents!   Can’t leave the desert without a big salute to all of our friends in the Armed Forces that are carrying on the fight.  We know your pain! Hang tough, the whole country’s proud of you!

We turned south onto I15 and cruised into San Diego!  What a trip, but we’ll be ready to hoot and holler at tomorrow night’s San Diego game.  The Padres are playing the Braves.  It should be a great match-up.

Headed for the West Coast…

After enjoying a lot of great baseball on the East Coast and seeing some beautiful stadiums, we left for the West Coast Saturday morning.  Driving across country, you really get to appreciate just how big and diverse America is.  You gotta love it!  We went out I66 in Virginia and then south on I81 to catch the I40 for the long haul to San Diego.  We hit some heavy rain entering Tennessee, but drove on through it.  By Saturday night, we were hearing some great country tunes in Nashville. Our next game is in San Diego on Tuesday night,  We’ve got a lot of ground to cover…will we make it in time for the first pitch?  We’ll post our progress.

Another thing about this tour is we really appreciate how much Americans having been supporting our troops.  We heard about it when we were in Iraq, but now we are seeing it up close in every person we meet, especially baseball fans!  Now that we are back. we are joining in with all of you to support our troops as much as we can.  Keep those thoughts and prayers coming – it means a lot!

Sean’s family

At the National’s game

Sean eating one of his hotdogs


Kevin at the Lincoln Memorial

At the Vietnam Memorial

Sean and Kevein pay tribute to those that went before.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Nation’s Capital

We went to Washington D.C. on Thursday to see some of the sights.  We started at Arlington National Cemetery, and we saw the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  That was pretty powerful!  We also saw the eternal flame at President Kennedy’s grave.  After Arlington, we went to various monuments dedicated to all the wars America has fought in and also monuments for some great presidents.  We also saw the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  We truly took in a lot of American history. 

     Last night, we went to RFK in DC and watched the Nationals play the Cubs.  a few things come to mind about the ballpark.  The first one is the Park itself is easy to get to.  Secondly, RFK decided to open 1 1/2 hours before game time.  Guys, welcome to the major leagues,  where we open the gates 2 hours before the first pitch.  Then, during the 3rd Inning, I got hungry and decided to go and get a pretzel.  Little did I know that I would be standing in line for 2 innings.  The seating was good.  We sat up in the upper deck, but after walking around noticed that all the seats were pretty much the same.  So to sum it all up;  get to the game 1 1/2 hrs early, bring your own food and don’t pay for overpriced box seats. 

     The game was good though. The stadium was divided pretty much equally between Cubs fans and National fans.  The Nationals made a few errors and let the Cubs get passed them.  Jose Guillen made it interesting in the bottom of the 9th as the Nationals were down 3 with the bases loaded and Guillen missed a Grand Slam by 10 feet  that would have won it.  After everything, though, the overall experience was good.

     During the week, we stayed at Sean’s family home in Manassas, Virginia, and had a great time.  Thank you to the Venckus’ for everything during our stay in the D.C. area.

Sean’s hot dogs rankings:  1.  Wrigley field (CHI) 2. Camden Yards (BAL) 3. Yankee Stadium (NYY) 4. US Cellular Field (CWS) 5. Shea Stadium (NYM) 6. RFK Stadium (NAT) 7. Jacobs Field (CLE) 8. Busch Stadium (STL) 9. Fenway Park (BOS) 10. The Great American Ballpark (CIN)