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Third Base Coach

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Since I travel from time to time and take in various baseball stadiums and experiences, I thought I would start a thread where I would just add photos from time to time.  This past week I happened to take in a game between the Yankees and Blue Jays at the Rogers Center.  My first time to the Rogers Center.

 

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A-Rod was in the house and those Toronto fans greeted him fondly with a chorus of boos!

ARod At Bat.jpg

The mighty Josh Donaldson took some big swings ...

Donaldson Swinging.jpg

JA Happ started the game and won the games for the Jays

JAHapp windup.jpg

Defeating Michael Pineda

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Although he needed some bullpen help, including that switch pitcher, Pat Vindette

Vindette Warming Up.jpg

 

I will tell you those Blue Jay fans are passionate.  It was a tight game through 7.5 innings with the Jays clinging to a one run lead and there was no exodus for the door.  No trying to beat the traffic.  In the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees brought in Ivan Nova to pitch.  Once the fans sensed he was struggling, they would yell out "I-V-A-N N-O-V-A" as he lifted his leg to begin his wind up.  Nova never let on that it bothered him, but he yielded four runs making the outcome of the game a foregone conclusion.

JaysCelebration.jpg

 

 



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In Nashville, I see.



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No baseball during this trip as I was in New Orleans for a conference, but nonetheless there were a few things from this trip that may be of interest to members here.

I arrived this past Sunday night, the day before the conference.  My plane landed at 7:30 pm and by 9 pm was ready to do something.  I thought it would be cool to go see some blues or at least a Jazz band given the city's rich history and culture.  So I decided to head over to the House of Blues to see Irwin Mayfield and the Nojo Players.  A taxi dropped me off about a block away.  I could see there was a lot of commotion and a line about half a block long.  I decided to get in line.  When I got to the door, they told me I needed a ticket to get in, but I was fortunate that the couple in front of me had an extra that they were willing to sell at face value ($40).  Having waited in line, I bought the ticket and went in.

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Once inside, I made my way to the bar.  There was an usual energy to the bar and I overheard someone say that Stevie was supposed to come and play.  I was not quite sure who they meant by Stevie ... Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Nicks???  A huge Jazz festival was scheduled for the weekend, but it had gotten rained out.  Then I saw a poster on the wall indicating that  the Irwin Mayfield and the Nojos were going to be performing a set of Stevie Wonder music that evening.  I was beginning to wonder if this was a big ploy to get lots of people in on the speculation. 

Then the Irwin Mayfield Band started playing.  They were musically tight and entertaining.

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Irwin began teasing the audience asking them if they know what might happen tonight.  He told a story of Saturday night how Stevie Wonder showed up and did not want to stop playing at a bar where he was performing.  Finally, for the final five songs or so, Stevie Wonder showed up to play with the band, including Superstition, I Just Called to Say I Loved You and Rasberry Beret as a tribute to Prince.

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O.k, the week was off to a good start.

Monday night was a trip to the Mercedes Benz Superdome.  We were on the surface where the playing field or court is placed for a ****tail reception and Exhibitor's display in a New Orleans.

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After a nice dinner on Tuesday night, I went to a ****tail party at the Bourbon Cowboy on Bourbon Street.  I have to admit I was disappointed in Bourbon Street.  I was expecting an area with lots of fun music clubs, restaurants and shopping. But it was very seedy and disappointing to me.

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It was a great business trip to the Big Easy.



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Very nice! wink

What a lucky turn of events.



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It looks like you are starting to rack up frequent flyer miles and enjoying it

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Tall Tactician wrote:

Since I travel from time to time and take in various baseball stadiums and experiences, I thought I would start a thread where I would just add photos from time to time.  This past week I happened to take in a game between the Yankees and Blue Jays at the Rogers Center.  My first time to the Rogers Center.

 

Rogers Center.jpg

 

A-Rod was in the house and those Toronto fans greeted him fondly with a chorus of boos!

ARod At Bat.jpg

The mighty Josh Donaldson took some big swings ...

Donaldson Swinging.jpg

JA Happ started the game and won the games for the Jays

JAHapp windup.jpg

Defeating Michael Pineda

Pineda.jpg

Although he needed some bullpen help, including that switch pitcher, Pat Vindette

Vindette Warming Up.jpg

 

I will tell you those Blue Jay fans are passionate.  It was a tight game through 7.5 innings with the Jays clinging to a one run lead and there was no exodus for the door.  No trying to beat the traffic.  In the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees brought in Ivan Nova to pitch.  Once the fans sensed he was struggling, they would yell out "I-V-A-N N-O-V-A" as he lifted his leg to begin his wind up.  Nova never let on that it bothered him, but he yielded four runs making the outcome of the game a foregone conclusion.

JaysCelebration.jpg

 

 I  am TOTALLY SO JEALOUS - - I lived in Toronto many years ago



-- Edited by Tall Tactician on Sunday 17th of April 2016 01:24:58 PM


 



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 Recently had a return visit to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, also known as AT&T stadium for a conference:

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The photo on the left is a view coming out of the opposing player's tunnel.  The picture on the right is TT during his post game conference.

 

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I took a tour of the facilities, including the locker rooms.  The pictures on the top right hang above their lockers.

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And of course no visit would be complete without a little live entertainment! That flashpod shot about 40 feet in the air and
threw off a lot of heat.

I may not be a Cowboys fan, but I find a trip to the stadium to be very enjoyable.

 

 



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Now that is an awesome trip!

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Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Now that is an awesome trip!


 They had punt, field goal kicking, passing and catching set up as well.  Last time I was there I tried to kick a 25 yard field goal, but came up just short wearing dress shoes.  This time I had sneakers, but decided not to attempt a kick.  I was feeling tight and didn't want to be hobbling through the airport.  Plus there were guys 20 years my junior pounding it through.  I did participate in the pass and catch.  From about 10 yards away they had a target with the Dallas star.  In the middle of the star was a hold about 18 inches in diameter.  Most of my passes were fairly accurate, but none went through the hole.  I hit every part of that star, but not one went through the hole.  Plenty of other people succeeded, some even my age.  No excuses.  For the catching, they lined you up at the 15 yard line and the quarterback would give you a pattern and you would run the pattern and make the catch.  On the first attempt, he had me run a fly pattern.  He thought he overthrew, but I made an over the shoulder catch which I think surprised him.  He then threw me a fade towards the sideline.  Again over the shoulder both feet in bounds.  That got me some applause from onlookers.  I told him I wanted to run the post again, only this time I wanted to catch the ball as I was running through the Dallas star in the end zone.  He promised me he would drop it in there, but the ball was way long and went out of the back of the end zone.  I supposed if I had dove I may have been able to get my hands on it, but I was not dressed for that kind of action.  We re-ran the pattern again, this time he threw a strike just as I was entering the star.  I wish somebody had photographed that! biggrin



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