Hello again! In the Baseball World, things are starting to heat up in Florida and Arizona, but here in the high mountain desert of Nuevo Mexico, it’s still a bit chilly and blustery. Nonetheless, today I could feel just a hint of the coming summer. Today, I took what is always the first step on one of these ballpark tour trips: I bought the tickets to the game. Little details—whether I go by plane or train, whether I’ll have company or be flying solo, where I’ll be staying and the itinerary for the trip—still need to be worked out. But there’s plenty of time. I don’t anticipate returning to daily posts until I actually embark on my next trip, but I expect I will be “touching up” things around here, adding little notes and anecdotes and so on.
I wrote several months ago that I wanted to see a real rivalry game, and the only way to do that without repeating a ballpark would be to catch the Cubbies sometime when they’re visiting the Cardinals in St. Louis. I found out about a week ago that single-game tickets go on sale today at 9 am. Because today’s game was one I figured might be in high demand, I was at the computer with the mouse hovering over the “buy tickets” button on the website at 8:59. I pressed the button as soon as I saw the clock switch over. Consequently, I was right at the front of the “virtual line” and “only” had to wait five minutes, but I got my ticket to exactly the game I wanted. Now I guess I gotta go to St. Louis.