The rest of the trip was purely baseball…
On August 6th I saw the Toronto Blue Jays host the Minnesota Twins. I took advantage of the favorable US-Canadian exchange rate and sat 9 rows back behind home plate for only about $50 USD. And I wound up sitting near a couple of Minnesota Twins fans who were bemoaning their team’s woes. (Note: The Twins lost all 3 games I saw them play on this trip!)
The Rogers Center is a bit dated these days but definitely still a quality park. Though what makes the place great are the fans; Toronto fans live and die on every pitch.
The Jays beat up on the Twins winning 9-3 and extending their streak to 5 games. I didn’t realize that this was the start of their surge into a commanding and insurmountable lead in the American League East.
A couple of days later I was back on US soil and headed for a quick stop in Cleveland. Best food on the trip was here in Progressive Field’s “Right Field District”.
The Minnesota Twins followed me to Cleveland and got crushed 17-4 on an impressive offensive output by the Indians. Abraham Almonte made his debut for Cleveland with 2 doubles and a home run.
The next day I was in Pittsburgh for a Sunday night game. Like the ballpark in Cincinnati, I was surprised at the beauty of the Pirate’s PNC Park right on the Allegheny River. I sat next to some diehard Pittsburgh fans who high-fived me every time the Pirates scored. And that was a lot! The Los Angeles Dodgers got crushed 13-6 with a 9-run inning completing the series sweep.
The next day I was back on the road… but this time headed home with the sweetest of memories.