Guest Post: Yoko from Lucy&Larry (& a Giveaway!!)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I lent my blog to Yoko, & she is taking it over & sharing some fun baseball themed travel stories. I especially love this post from Yoko because we are both trying to complete the same goal (you'll find out what it is when you read her post!). Oh & she is doing something a little special for you all at the end of her post... :)

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Hi there, friends of Little Miss Holls! I am honored to be writing my very first guest blog post.  My name is Yoko and I am behind Lucy & Larry.  Like Holly, I also live in the Seattle area (we work together!).  My two passions are baseball and making jewelry and I am super excited to bring a little bit of both to you all today.

My college BFF Anna and I made a pact our senior year to visit at least one new ballpark together every summer.  I thought this was a brilliant idea, not only because we are both big baseball fans, but also it gave us a great excuse to make sure that we make time to see each other every year (she lives in Chicago).

Sidenote- sadly I am missing my photos from 2006. They were victims of a computer hard drive crash.  Public service announcement: back up your files!!!

April 29, 2006 – Jacobs Progressive Field – Cleveland
May 3, 2006 – US Cellular Field – Chicago
May 13, 2006 – Miller Park – Milwaukee
May 14, 2006 – Wrigley Field – Chicago
We got off to a hot start at the end of our senior year, hitting up four ballparks in a span of about two weeks.  Cleveland was about a four hour road trip for us from Notre Dame, but I insisted we had to go to this game.  Why?  I’ll sum it up in three words: Grady. Sizemore. Bobblehead.  I had to have one.  I still see him on a daily basis as he sits on my desk at home.  I didn’t make it to the nearby Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, which I regret.  Texas Rangers 7, Cleveland Indians 5.


The two Chicago parks were a no-brainer, and let’s be honest, we went to several games during our four years of college, this was just the first time we went after making our pact.  The White Sox played my Mariners this evening, with former Mariners pitcher (and one of my former faves) Freddy Garcia starting for the Sox.  Sorry White Sox fans- this ballpark is the least exciting of all the ones mentioned in this post.  Seattle Mariners 5, Chicago White Sox 6 (11 innings).

We had a great time at Miller Park too, and added another bobblehead to the collection.  It was Derrick Turnbow “REAL” HAIR bobblehead night.  How cool is this!?  I really like Miller Park- of course the sausage race is a highlight and I also get a kick out of the big slide their mascot goes down following Brewers home runs.  They also tailgate!  Sadly, Derrick Turnbow took the loss on his own bobblehead night.  New York Mets 9, Milwaukee Brewers 8.



Wrigley Field is always a blast. Sure, there are nicer ballparks, but what a FUN place to watch a game! I never sat anywhere besides the bleachers.  The whole neighborhood is great.  GO WHEN YOU CAN!  San Diego Padres 9, Chicago Cubs 0.


August 7, 2007 – Busch Stadium – St. Louis
August 9, 2007 – Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City
In 2007, I went out to visit Anna who was living in St. Louis at the time.  Mostly what I remember from this trip is being hot- like, HOT- and feeling permanently sweaty and praying for air conditioning.  It was 96 degrees at game time on August 7.  Game time was 7:10pm.  And it was still 96 degrees.  I thought I was going to die.  I do not do well in this kind of weather!  But hey, the ballpark is amazing, wonderful view and great fans.  Also to do in St. Louis: Budweiser headquarters!  I just love the Clydesdales.  The beer’s not so bad either.  San Diego Padres 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0.





We hopped a bus to Kansas City.  The best part about that is that the ride was air-conditioned!  We had some time to kill once we arrived in Kansas City so we went into a drugstore and bought some poster boards and markers to make a sign describing how we felt about the day.  The game time temperature was only 91 degrees this time.  We also visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum which I would say is a must-see!  Minnesota Twins 0, Kansas City Royals 1.



June 9, 2008 – Yankee Stadium, New York
June 10, 2008 – Shea Stadium, New York
For the second year in a row, we had to go somewhere that was experiencing their hottest most humid days of the summer.  I repeat: I do not do well in this kind of weather!!  I am glad, however, that I was able to get to see these two ballparks in their final seasons.  The Yankees game was in the afternoon with a game time temperature of 94 degrees.  We were in the bleachers and there was not a cloud in the sky.  The ESPN recap I just revisited about this game states the weather as “partly cloudy” but I wholeheartedly disagree with this- I remember because when a solitary cloud came over us at one point, everybody actually cheered and applauded for this kind cloud that gave us a taste of relief from the scorching heat.  I mean, they were giving out free water!  If a ballpark handing out FREE water isn’t a sign of relentless heat, I don’t know what is.  Kansas City Royals 3, New York Yankees 2.

The next day was a slightly different story, and I’m sad to say it’s one game we didn’t make through till the end- but not because I passed out from heat exhaustion, surprisingly enough (game time temperature was still 90 degrees).  We were interrupted by a major wind/lightning/thunderstorm after the sixth inning.  You can see the debris already covering the field in this quick photo I snapped before we ran for cover.  Arizona Diamondbacks 9, New York Mets 5.



May 15, 2009 – Safeco Field – Seattle
Hands down the greatest ballpark in baseball and I’m definitely not just saying that because I’m biased.  What?  Seriously though, just look at this gorgeous view.  I made Anna come to me this time after suffering through the heat the previous two summers.  It worked out because the Red Sox are Anna’s favorite team (take it easy on her, she’s a New Hampshire native so she can’t help it) and she doesn’t get to see them very often these days. I love any chance I can get to show off my beautiful city and ballpark, and fortunately the weather cooperated (65 degrees, thank you very much)! Bonus: Ichiro hit two home runs.  Boston Red Sox 4, Seattle Mariners 5.


May 21, 2010 – PNC Park - Pittsburgh
We were able to check out the Pirates last year en route to a wedding outside of Pittsburgh.  Minor frustrations before the game while I waited in line at three different will call windows before I was finally able to pick up our tickets, and then naturally I found a seating host who couldn’t tell me where our seats were (this would never happen at Safeco Field!).  Once we settled in though, I realized that PNC Park is actually kind of beautiful.  I love how they have “Pirates” cut into the hedges in the outfield and the sight of the Roberto Clemente Bridge is just awesome. Atlanta Braves 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 0.

There’s where Anna and I are so far on our Great American Ballpark Tour- 10 parks down, 22 to go (due to the two new NY parks, we’ll have to go back!).  Where summer 2011 will take us is still up in the air and I will happily take suggestions in the comments below.   


What ballparks have you visited?  Which is your favorite?

And as an extra special treat for my readers, Yoko has graciously offered to give away a baseball-themed bracelet from her Etsy Shop. Not only is Yoko a super awesome co-worker of mine (Go Mariners!) but she is also the creater of some pretty stinkin' beautiful jewelry over at Lucy & Larry.


http://lucyandlarry.com/

13 comments:

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  5. Love this! Safeco is my fave, but I did the Fenway tour in April, and it's sooooo worth it.

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