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The only thing I don't like about the Yankee tickets..........when you buy tickets online from every other team, you have the option of printing them off for free, which I did, along with the parking vouchers (or getting them mailed to you). So basically all you need to do is get to the ballpark ticket window (or parking lot), show them the printout, have them scan it (barcodes on them), and in you go. Beats will-call like the first time I went on these trips. You go through the team's website, then it takes to a link on mlb.com that is connected with the team directly.

Yankee tickets are different. They make you go through Ticketmaster, and after you pay, you cannot print them; well you can, but it isn't the official ticket like my other ones are. You get a message via your phone 48 hours before the game, which confirms your purchase, and THAT is the official ticket.

Needless to say, that is going to be the only uneasy part. I haven't Googled any reviews to see if it is a good system, my guess it is (Ticketmaster is pretty huge after all). Still, it goes against every fiber of my OCDness LOL.

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EXCURSION UPDATE (7/28)

 

No new news, 12 days to go, nothing has changed, almost time to start looking at 10-day weather forecasts, time off from work has been secured, actually got a brand new credit card just in case LOL.......

With my work schedule the way it is (Friday through Monday, with Tuesday through Thursday off...the life of a restaurant worker), I have been playing A LOT of Strat (also my son spends the summer with his mom in Florida, so I have tons of alone time).  I also have been plotting my next trips. 

I think what I am going to do next year is to take in the 3 cities down south where my son is.  He stays about an hour south of Tampa, so I plan on hitting Tampa, Miami, and Atlanta (with their new stadium).  I would try to maybe do it over All-Star Game week, since the game is in Miami, but I did some research and the tickets are basically a lottery, after Marlins season ticket holders.  Helluva lot different then I went to Montreal for the ASG in 1982!  Not sure if it because of a new way of doing it, the team's decision, or the fact the stadium itself doesn't have much capacity.

Then I got to thinking about the final trip out west.  I was originally going to do a trip in 2018 that took in Detroit, Chicago (Comiskey), St.Louis, and Kansas City (gotta plan now ya know!).  But I said to myself...."self, why not incorporate those into the final Excursion out to the West Coast?"....making it FOURTEEN CITIES!!

Now that would be a trip!.....literally!!

So I got to more thinking.  Roughly, how long of a trip would this be?  I mean we are talking 14 games, which means 14 cities, all the way out to the West Coast from New York State, then down the coastline through Arizona, into Texas, then back home.  DRIVING IT ALL!!

It would be the ultimate "trip of a lifetime" for me.  The question is, how really possible would it be, given it would be totally a driving trip?

Well, let us delve into the mind of "The Nacster" to see.........

First off, we need to set the parameters.  The trip would start in Rochester where I live, and in order go to.........(distances to cities, not the actual stadium locations or places to stay)..........

Detroit (325 miles)...Chicago (283 miles)...St.Louis...(297 miles)...Kansas City (258 miles)...Denver (621 miles)...Seattle (1332 miles)...San Francisco (808 miles)...Oakland (12 miles LOL...child's play!)...Los Angeles (370 miles, two teams play there, it's like a rest stop!!)...San Diego (120 miles)...Arizona (Phoenix, 355 miles....ahh, do I dare stop in Las Vegas???)...Dallas (Arlington, 1068 miles)...Houston (239 miles)...then back home (1566 miles).  Obviously of course you can do it reverse order, starting with the drive to Houston first then finishing in Detroit.

That right there is...........7654 miles!!!  Add in the extra mileage to and from stadiums, hotels, etc, and you are looking at easily 8500 miles, probably closer to 9000. 

Now you may ask............why the heck won't you fly?  Part of the lure of the trip is the answer, to see places in the country I probably will never see again.

The other thing you will ask is.......what about time off from work?  Or how much will this all cost you?

Getting time off from work......providing I don't change jobs from now until most likely 2 or 3 years from now.......is not hard, given my job description and place where I work.

Financially?  Here is where it gets a little tough.  All my trips are basically trips that connect the dots, from city to city, so there is no backtracking.  The only reason on this trip I am staying in New Jersey for 3 days is the closeness between Philadelphia and New York, and the dates and times of the games.  So to maximize the trip financially, I would need as few "off days" as possible, meaning the days I would not be travelling, not having days where there is no game.

So then I got to more thinking...using this year's MLB schedule, how long would this trip take?  It has to be done during the time my son is in Florida, so it gives me no more then 10 weeks.  Let's use this school year, summer break from June 22nd to September 7th.

Starting in Detroit, and going though Houston, allowing for days off, travel time, All-Star Break, the trip would take me from June 26th to August 18th.  The worst parts of it are long down times between games in St.Louis and Kansas City (a week), between games in Oakland and San Francisco (a week), between games in Arizona and Dallas (a week), and between Dallas and Houston (6 days).  The All-Star break came at a perfect time in the trip between Denver and Seattle, which as you see above is one of the longer driving stretches.

So it would be a total of 51 days.

51 nights in a motel @ $75 a night (and I NEVER pay that much, so that is very much the high end) = $3825

9000 miles for my car is about 22.5 tankfuls (400 miles per tank, I have a Honda Civic that gets 34-36 MPG and I get close to 500 on a tank), $35/tank = $785

14 games @ $100 per ticket/parking (and I have shown I NEVER EVER pay for expensive tickets, so this is VERY high end) =$1400

51 days of food/snacks/laundry/tolls, etc; I am one to eat on the cheap, pack a cooler with sodas etc, don't do ballpark food, let's say $50 a day = $2550

So adding everything together, we are looking at $8560.  Again, that is pretty much high end, I could do it for closer to $8000 easily, probably even less. 

It would take at least 2 years to save, maybe 3, so we would be looking at 2019 or 2020 (after my trip next year).

Am I crazy????????

 



-- Edited by nacster on Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:14:27 PM

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EXCURSION UPDATE (8/3)

We are down to less then a week, everything still on target.

I really wanted to catch a minor league game over at the ballpark in Staten Island that is supposed to be amazing (Yankees AA farm team), but the only free night I have (Thursday) they are on a road trip.

Time to check the long range weather forecast, courtesy of The Weather Channel...........

NEXT TUESDAY (PITTSBURGH, 7:05 start)...Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon, and a mostly clear sky at night.  High of 87, low of 66, winds light and variable, chance of rain 10% throughout the day.

NEXT WEDNESDAY (WASHINGTON, 4:05 start)...A mainly sunny sky during the day, and a mostly clear sky at night.  High of 89, low of 75, winds SSW at 5-10 mph, chance of rain less then 10% throughout the day.

NEXT THURSDAY (NY CITY/FLUSHING MEADOWS, 12:10 start)...Mainly sunny in the daytime, with a mostly clear sky at night.  High of 89, low of 75, winds WSW at 10-20 mph, chance of rain less then 10% throughout the day.

NEXT FRIDAY (PHILADELPHIA, 7:05 start)...Partly cloudy skies during the day, turning cloudy at night with a chance of scattered thunderstorms.  High of 89, low of 74, winds SSW at 5-10 mph, chance of rain 10% during the day, increasing to 60% at night.

NEXT SATURDAY (NY CITY/BRONX, 1:05 start)...Intervals of clouds and sunshine during the day, turning cloudy in the afternoon with showers developing later at night.  High of 85, low of 72, winds SSE at 10-15 mph, chance of rain 20% during the day, increasing to 40% at night.

 



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I am watching the Mets/Yankees game from Yankee Stadium, and I will tell you what........I know the Yankee game I am going to is a Saturday, but I bet the Yanks only have about 25,000 AT MOST in the stands......versus the Mets........guarantee I will end up with lower level baseline seats after the 1st inning........

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Two and a half days until the car is fired up, packed and ready to go.

Getting a little nervous about weather forecasts; although they are long-range, this storm coming up the East Coast may throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings.

I had a rainout happen one time on these trips.  My first trip, in Wrigley, Sunday afternoon versus the Pirates, the skies opened about 15 seconds after the end of the National Anthem.  It poured for, maybe 15-20 minutes, then stopped....and they didn't officially call the game until close to 3 hours later!

I was actually in the car on my way back home (pretty soaked I might add), and started to wonder what my areas of recourse would be about a rain check.  Obviously I wasn't going to drive all the way to Chicago to see one game (about 10 hour drive from me).  So the next day I called the Cubs ticket office.  I told them my situation about distance, and they told me that since the Pirates were not coming back to Wrigley during the season, the game would not be made up...UNLESS...the game was needed to settle a playoff spot.  They told me I could get a rain check if I wanted, or I could be reimbursed for the ticket price (but not the fees that went along with it).  Obviously I took the reimbursement option and they said I would get a check from the Cubs at season's end.

My trip was about this time that year (2009), and on Wednesday after the season ended I got a letter from the Cubs, totally forgetting about the issue.  Sure enough there was a cashier's check from the Cubs for the amount of the ticket/less fees.  Needless to say I was stunned that I would get the check 4 days after the season ended.

The only game this could happen is the game on Wednesday in Washington, as it is the last game for Cleveland there this season.  I wouldn't have a problem going to Pittsburgh to catch a game later on a rain check situation, as it is not only the closest venue but the cheapest.  However, I may have to eat at least one ticket if I get a rainout somewhere else (either in Philly or either day in New York; I actually am fairly far from NYC, even though I live in NY State, about 6 hours not including traffic).

My last trip in 2010 the weather was absolutely incredible every day...low 80's and bright sun the whole week.

With that, let us look at the semi-long range forecasts, courtesy of The Weather Channel...........UPDATED 1am EST, SUNDAY MORNING

 

TUESDAY IN PITTSBURGH (7:05)...Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon; scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight.  High 88/Low 73, winds SE at 7-10 mph, chance of rain 40% throughout the day and evening.

WEDNESDAY IN WASHINGTON (4:05)...Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day, with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible, and a few clouds at night.  High 89/Low 77, winds S at 8-10 mph, chance of rain 10-20% throughout the day and evening.

THURSDAY IN FLUSHING MEADOWS (12:10)...Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon.  High 89/Low 77, winds SW at 10-15 mph, chance of rain 60% during the day, tapering off to 30% at night.

FRIDAY in PHILADELPHIA (7:05)...Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, turning partly cloudy in the afternoon, then more scattered thunderstorms at night followed by partly cloudy skies.  High 90/ Low 78, winds SW at 8-10 mph, chance of rain 40% throughout the day and evening.

SATURDAY IN THE BRONX (1:05)...Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms, then turning cloudy with thunderstorms during the evening.  High 88/Low 77, winds S at 10-15 mph, chance of rain 40% throughout the day and evening.



-- Edited by nacster on Sunday 7th of August 2016 01:05:51 AM

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You gotta be kidding me... disbelief

Pray at least for delayed start times.



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And I miss A-Rods last game too



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EXCURSION UPDATE (8/7, 6pm EST)

 

Well, I don't know if it is good...or bad...news, but I miss Alex Rodriguez' last game, which will be on Friday night.  I also miss Mariano Rivera's Monument Park ceremony, which is Sunday afternoon.  All I get to see is the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Championship team.

Ahhh, seeing Jim Thome go up on Philadelphia's Wall of Fame on Friday night is better anyways.  At least he hit all his homers the good ol' fashioned way; by being a strong ol' country boy.

My son spends the summer a little south of Tampa, and they are going to get a rain storm this week of biblical proportions.  Some places are calling for a FOOT of rain!  Meanwhile here in the Rochester area, I think it has rained twice in the last two months.  My lawn looks like straw.

The rain however, will be following me along on my trip.  Not much I can do about it except hope the games are dry.

I do catch a bit of a break twice.  On Wednesday, the Indians/Nationals game marks the final game in Washington this year for Cleveland, so they will try to do as much as they can to get the game in.  Then on Thursday afternoon, the same thing happens with the Diamondbacks and Mets, where it is the last time Arizona comes to Citi Field.  That game is a 12:10 start, so they will basically have all day to get the game in if it happens to rain.  Well three times actually, as the early start for the Rays/Yankees game could push things back enough to let any weather clear, and I don't have to be anywhere until 11am Sunday (work).

Most of the days with rain, do not look like all day downpour type of situations.  Scattered stuff, mostly thunderstorms as of right now, but unfortunately in every city and most all the parts of the day and night.  Here are the latest weather updates courtesy of The Weather Channel (as of 1am early Monday morning; not very promising update for Pittsburgh, better update for Washington)...........

 

TUESDAY in PITTSBURGH (7:05 start)...Mostly sunny in the morning then increasing clouds with some scattered thunderstorms later in the day; scattered thunderstorms in the evening, then mainly cloudy overnight with thunderstorms likely.  High 86/Low 72, winds SE at 8-10 mph, chance of rain 50% during the day, increasing to 80% at night.

WEDNESDAY in WASHINGTON (4:05 start)...Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day; partly cloudy skies at night.  High 90/Low 78, winds SSW at 8-10 mph, chance of rain 20% during the day, dropping to 10% at night.

THURSDAY in FLUSHING MEADOWS (12:10 start)...Scattered showers and thunderstorms during the day; isolated thunderstorms during the evening, then skies turning partly cloudy overnight.  High 91/Low 78, winds SW at 10-15 mph, chance of rain 60% during the day, dropping to 30% at night.

FRIDAY in PHILADELPHIA (7:05 start)...Intervals of clouds and sunshine, with a stray shower of thunderstorm possible during the day; widely scattered showers or thunderstorms early, then partly cloudy during the evening.  High 92/Low 78, winds SSW at 10-15 mph, chance of rain 20% during the day, increasing to 30% at night.

SATURDAY in THE BRONX (1:05 start)...Scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon; partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms before midnight.  High 88/Low 77, winds SSW at 15-20 mph, chance of rain 40% throughout the day.



-- Edited by nacster on Sunday 7th of August 2016 06:22:15 PM



-- Edited by nacster on Monday 8th of August 2016 01:04:46 AM



-- Edited by nacster on Monday 8th of August 2016 01:06:17 AM

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I don't want to jinx you but the Phillies abhor rainouts so I think there's a good chance you will see a game in Philly. 



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Tall Tactician wrote:

I don't want to jinx you but the Phillies abhor rainouts so I think there's a good chance you will see a game in Philly. 


 Most teams hate them.........Pittsburgh for example has had two all year.

My hope is that storm that is coming up the East Coast either.....a) weakens, or b) moves along faster then they think it is going to.  With the daily temps every day being close to or over 90, there is always the chance of a thunderstorm cropping up.  If the temps were 10 degrees cooler, I would worry more to be honest.  When you start to hover around 90, the chances of long rains lessen dramatically (at least from what I know about that type of stuff; I am far from being Willard Scott).



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EXCURSION UPDATE (Monday, 1:30 PM)

 

One thing about these trips I have gone on.......I never have got to see a good pitching matchup, or even a big-time ace take the mound.  This trip is no exception.

Here are the pitching matchups as of Monday afternoon.......

TUESDAY: San Diego (Luis Perdomo, 5-5/6.67) versus Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 1-0/4.19)

WEDNESDAY: Cleveland (Josh Tomlin, 11-4/3.81) versus Washington (Gio Gonzalez, 7-9/4.13)

THURSDAY: Arizona (Braden Shipley, 1-1/4.15) versus New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 9-6/2.64)

FRIDAY: Colorado (TBD) versus Philadelphia (Jake Thompson, 0-1/12.46)

SATURDAY: Tampa Bay (Matt Andriese, 6-3/2.90) versus New York Yankees (TBD)

 

Here is the latest weather update, courtesy of The Weather Channel (as of Monday, 1:45 PM)...........

TUESDAY in PITTSBURGH (7:05)...Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day; variable cloudiness with thunderstorms during the evening, especially overnight.  High 88/Low 72, winds SE at 8-10 mph, chance of rain 50% during the day, dropping to 40% at night.

WEDNESDAY in WASHINGTON (4:05)...Cloudy with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible during the day; a few clouds from time to time at night.  High 90/Low 78, winds SSW at 10-15 mph, chance of rain 20% throughout the day and evening.

THURSDAY in FLUSHING MEADOWS (12:10)...Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms during the day and evening.  High 89/Low 78, winds SW at 10-15 mph, chance of rain 60% during the day, dropping to 40% at night.

FRIDAY in PHILADELPHIA (7:05)...Mostly sunny skies during the morning hours, with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon; partly cloudy skies at night.  High 93/Low 79, winds SW at 10-15 mph, chance of rain 40% during the day, dropping to 20% at night.

SATURDAY in THE BRONX (1:05)...Partly cloudy early with scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon; scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight.  High 92/Low 78, winds SW at 15-20 mph, chance of rain 40% throughout the day and evening.



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nacster wrote:
Tall Tactician wrote:

I don't want to jinx you but the Phillies abhor rainouts so I think there's a good chance you will see a game in Philly. 


 Most teams hate them.........Pittsburgh for example has had two all year.

My hope is that storm that is coming up the East Coast either.....a) weakens, or b) moves along faster then they think it is going to.  With the daily temps every day being close to or over 90, there is always the chance of a thunderstorm cropping up.  If the temps were 10 degrees cooler, I would worry more to be honest.  When you start to hover around 90, the chances of long rains lessen dramatically (at least from what I know about that type of stuff; I am far from being Willard Scott).


I can vouch for TT's comment, having been to a twi-nighter when I was stationed there.

The first game started around 4:40, but was halted repeatedly by rain, finally ending a little past 1 a.m.  Not having a ride, I wanted to make sure I caught the last train out of South Philly, rather than risk getting stranded in the middle of the late night-early morning.  So, I left.

It turns out the second game ended just about the time I was getting up that next morning, around 4:45 (I was preparing for a bus trip down to Delaware to visit a friend).  The subways open at 5.  I could (should) have just stayed and watched the nightcap. hmm



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Was that the Mitch Williams game?

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You don't get too much better than Noah Syndergaard.

I once saw a game at Yankee Stadium Pedro vs. Mike Mussina - Mussina and the Yanks won 1-0.

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nacster wrote:

Was that the Mitch Williams game?


 Mitch won one of the two games with a basehit.  I believe it was the second one.  Here are a few memorable quotes about that game:

"I arrived at the park in sunlight and I left in sunlight," Phillie outfielder Pete Incaviglia said. "That's never happened to me before for a night game."

"My family was here, but left after the first game. I'm sure my mother is asleep by now. My father went to sleep in my truck (in the parking lot)." - Mitch Williams

"That year," said Kruk, recalling what took place off the field as much as all the spectacular moments that transpired on it, "I was used to staying up late. I knew we had the advantage once it got past 3 a.m."

But that's the Phillies' attitude towards rainout.  Once the game begins, they try to find a way to get the game finished -- no matter how long it takes.



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