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a shorter road trip from hell

 

I felt like I should write something about this thanks for reading.

 

It was late Friday night and I was finishing watching the Rockies lose to the Phillies and I started thinking I haven’t done anything really stupid in a while. I had promised myself I WOULD make it to one of Ubaldo’s starts this season and it was beginning to look like I was running out of opportunities. Now my job is weird and unless I plan months ahead it’s tough to get a weekend off, but sometimes I randomly end up with a day off like last Saturday when Ubaldo was pitching. So of course I was thinking I have to drive to Philly. The problem is that I live in Cleveland and it’s about an eight hour drive to Philly, which would have been ok except I had to be at work at 8 am on Sunday. If I went through with this I would be driving to Philly just to watch the game and getting back to Cleveland at around 2:30am on Sunday. I posted the question should I go on the row as if I could expect to get reasonable advice from hard core Rockies fans who were probably thinking about driving in from Denver. Four hours later I was in a hotel room with a turquoise blue toilet and a bed shaped like an upside down rainbow somewhere on the Pennsylvania turnpike. I didn’t sleep well, but I was kept wide awake on the road by meditating on the brilliance of a 100mph fastball with movement. I got to the park five hours before the game started. At other parks that I have been to like Oakland or Kansas City that have stadiums surrounded by nothing except tailgating I have been good at getting invited by some random people to share a beer and some food. At Citizens Bank Park it is too hot to tailgate in July and they don’t allow it anyway so I was stuck is some crappy Irish bar with a bar tender whose underwear was sticking out of her very short shorts and a blue moon. I was still incredibly excited; this was my first Rockies game in over a year. I go to a lot of other baseball games almost like its routine sometimes, but there is something incredibly special for me about being at a Rockies game. I got butterflies in my stomach as I watched a few Rockies players play catch before the game similar to the ones I had when I went to my first game at Mile High. There actually were rumors flying around the stands, “I don’t think we can win today this guy is 15-1 and unhittable.” I was smiling and completely unprepared for what was about to happen.

I watched Ubaldo explode in the third. It was miserable, incredibly hot, and the Philly fans were throwing a party while laughing at me in my Rockies hat. I wanted to cry; I did cry, but no one could see me. I sat through the whole game, filled out my score card completely and then threw it away in hopes the game was a nightmare. I had plenty of time to think on the way home about why on earth I would do something like this. There are a lot of things I love about baseball. The bumper sticker of my life would read, “I would rather be at the ball park.” What I love most about baseball is being a Rockies fan. Simply stated they are my team; those guys are my guys. The relationship is dysfunctional at times I get mad at them, I often pray that so and so doesn’t come up to pitch, I make arguments that one of them should be traded, I scream at the manager as if he could here me, I even often threaten to throw my computer out the window as if that would make them win the game, but I will always root for them. That’s what I love about it; it’s a history unfolding before my eyes that’s full of heart breaks and sweet joy. To the average person it might seem like a horrible mistake to drive eight hours to go watch your team lose badly, but for me it’s just part of the journey. I hope next time I do it he throws a no hitter; I feel a little entitled.    

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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