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Trip #3 – July 8, 2017 through July 14, 2017

July 8 – San Diego Padres @ Philadelphia Phillies
July 10 – Golf at Royal Manchester Golf Links
July 12 – Golf at Bulle Rock & Lynchburg Hillcats @ Wilmington Blue Rocks
July 13 – Rome Braves @ Lakewood Blue Claws (POSTPONED) & Rochester Red Wings @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
July 14 – Rochester Red Wings @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs

View from our seats to start the game

San Diego Padres @ Philadelphia Phillies – July 8, 2017
It was a great day for baseball in Philly. After checking out the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Reading Terminal Market downtown, we made our way over to Citizens Bank Park for an afternoon matchup between the Padres and Phillies. The game was a pitcher’s duel for most of the game, but Philly’s Maikel Franco decided to finally put some runs on the board in the 5th inning when he took Jhoulys Chacin deep into the left-field bleachers. The blast gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Aaron Nola was dominant for Philadelphia, but ran into some trouble in the 7th inning. Hunter Renfroe led off the inning with a double to right. After retiring the next two batters, Nola gave up an RBI triple to deep center off the bat of Carlos Asuaje. Austin Hedges then came up and poked a base hit to right to give San Diego the 2-1 lead. After threatening in the 8th and 9th innings, the Padres were ultimately able to shut down the Phillies and take the 2-1 victory. The teams combined for only nine hits on the day and struck out 18 times. Chacin got the win after going 6 1/3 giving up only 3 hits and a run while allowing 2 walks and striking out 6. Nola pitched well, but took the loss after going 8 innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts.

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Me on 18

Golf at Royal Manchester Golf Links in Mount Wolf, PA – July 10, 2017
The course was incredible. This was the first links-style course I’ve played and it did not disappoint. The course was open, but a lot of very narrow fairways with two-foot tall fescue waiting outside of them. This was the 2016 Golf Advisor #1 Course in Pennsylvania and #42 Best Course in America. It had everything. In addition to the fescue, it had lakes, tons of bunkers and lots of long holes. It was very challenging up also incredibly fun, as there was something different to look for on each hole. The 9th and 18th holes come back to the clubhouse which gives a very picturesque view of the surrounding wilderness. The 18th, especially, gives a great view with a small rock formation waterfall that slides into a lake just in front of the green. It’s a great finishing hole after a long day on the course. I hit the ball well, but didn’t score as well as I would’ve hoped for. I shot a 95 overall. A few bad holes hurt me and the water on the course wasn’t very kind.

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9th hole (we started on 10)

Golf at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, MD – July 12, 2017
Bulle Rock might be my favorite course that I have played. It ranks as the #52 Public Course in America by 2017-18 Golf Digest. The pro shop was large and had a wide variety of items. The staff was extremely nice and helpful. While we were in the pro shop before our round, one of the staff members said the Vijay Singh just golfed there on Monday and Ron Jaworski played it last week. If those guys are playing this course, it’s got to be very well-known and kept up. It didn’t disappoint. We started our round on Hole 10 due to a in-house tournament that started in the morning. We came up to the starter and he was very helpful. Having never played there before, he went through some rules and tips of the course. The course had a ton of bunkers and also had some water holes. It was very challenging yet very unique and friendly to the average golfer. The course featured a lot of long holes, as well as some major doglegs. The rough was thick and most holes had fescue just off of the rough as well. I hit the ball pretty well, but did have some rough holes. I ultimately shot a 93 and even birdied Hole 6. I hit a decent tee shot into the first cut on the left side. My second shot was put up onto the ridge of the left side of the green about 30-35 feet from the hole. Playing a big break, I was able to sink the putt to card a three on the Par 4.

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Wilmington celebrating the walk-off victory

Lynchburg Hillcats @ Wilmington Blue Rocks – July 12, 2017
We finished our round of golf at Bulle Rock and then hopped in the car to head up to Wilmington. This was a Class A-Advanced matchup between the Hillcats (Indians) and Blue Rocks (Royals). It started out with a lot of hitting a scoring through the first few innings. Lynchburg got the scoring started in the first when Sicnarf Loopstok homered deep to left field to give Lynchburg the 1-0 lead. Wilmington matched that in the bottom half when Chris DeVito hit an RBI single and then surpassed it when Roman Collins singled later in the inning. The Blue Rocks held the lead 2-1 after one. They then added to it in the 2nd when Nick Heath singled in Jodd Carter to give the Blue Rocks a 3-1 lead. Lynchburg tied the game in the top of the 3rd on a Gavin Collins RBI double followed by a Connor Marabell RBI single. The score stayed tied until th 8th when Jodd Carter homered to give Lynchburg a 4-3 lead. Down to their last inning, Wilmington tied it at 4-4 when D.J. Burt hit a sac fly scoring Roman Collins. The game made it all the way to the 13th. With two outs, Carlos Diaz walked. He then took 2nd on defensive indifference and then 3rd on a wild pitch. A couple of pitches later, he scored on another wild pitch to give the Blue Rocks a 5-4 walk-off win. Lynchburg’s Willi Castro finished 3-6 with a walk and three others had two hits. Wilmington’s Roman Collins finished 3-5 with a 3B, walk, run and RBI.

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The pouring rain

Rome Braves @ Lakewood Blue Claws – July 13, 2017
We got to the stadium around 5:45 for the 7:05 game. As soon as we pulled up, we noticed there were some dark clouds rolling in as well as some pretty major lightning strikes pretty close to us. We got our tickets from Will Call and just then it started to rain. It was Maikel Franco Bobblehead Night, so we were able to get into the stadium just in time for two reasons: the rain and the fact there was only one box of bobbleheads left! We got our things from the Pro Shop and then waited around and checked out the stadium a little bit. The concourse was pretty crowded since everyone was packed up there waiting for the rain to stop. It was announced around 6:15 that the game would start in a delay, but around 7:00, the game was ultimately postponed. We didn’t get to see the game, but at least got to see the stadium and grab some goodies before heading out.

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Bartolo Colon for Rochester

Rochester Red Wings @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs – July 13, 2017
After getting rained out in Lakewood, we made the two hour drive back to Allentown. We noticed on the way back that the IronPigs game was being delayed and was in line for an 8:45 start. Knowing we’d be making it back around 9:00, we figured why not make it over there and catch some of the game? We made it right after the first inning. The main draw was Bartolo Colon pitching for Rochester. His first start of any kind after being released by the Braves and picked up by the Twins. We missed the Pigs scoring once in the bottom of the first, so it was 1-0 as we were walking into the gates. J.P. Crawford took Colon deep to right in the 3rd to give Lehigh Valley a 2-0 lead. Andrew Pullin added to it in the 4th when he doubled home Dylan Cozens and Pedro Florimon to give the Pigs a 4-0 lead against Bartolo Colon and the Red Wings. We left in the top of the 7th knowing we were heading back to the game the next night. The Red Wings scored later in the inning on a bases-loaded walk and then Lehigh Valley scored two in the 8th. Lehigh Valley got the 6-1 victory. Colon only finished 3 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Mitch Garver was the only Red Wing with multiple hits (2-4, 1 BB). Ben Lively was brilliant for the IronPigs. He went 6 strong innings only giving up 4 hits and 2 walks with no runs and 8 strikeouts. Crawford (2-4, 1 HR, 2 R) and Rhys Hoskins (2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R) were the two Pigs with multiple hits.

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The Pigs starting off the bottom of the 1st

Rochester Red Wings @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs – July 14, 2017
We were back for night two of the Red Wings and IronPigs. It was “Molten Friday Night,” a theme the IronPigs use on Friday nights where they were their black jerseys with orange lettering. It was actually a “Color Rush” night as well, in which Rochester wore their red jerseys. It was primed to be a good pitching matchup as Justin Haley started for Rochester and Zach Eflin started for Lehigh Valley. The scoring got started in the 3rd. After allowing a single and a walk, with two outs and men on 1st and 3rd, Eflin threw a wild pitch that allowed Bengie Gonzalez to score from 3rd and give Rochester a 1-0 lead. They added to it in the 5th when Gonzalez scored Edgar Corcino on a sacrifice fly and made it 2-0. Corcino then reached on an error in the 7th by Rhys Hoskins at first which scored Matt Hague and ByungHo Park. The Red Wings now led 4-0. Lehigh Valley threatened in the 9th in hopes of winning or sending it to extras. Jorge Alfaro poked an RBI single to right to score Herlis Rodriguez and make it 4-1. After a walk to Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins came up as the tying run, but went down swinging to end the game. Hoskins struggled on the night going 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Justin Haley got the win for Rochester going 5 innings giving up only 3 hits while striking out 2. Eflin took the loss going 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. J.B. Shuck had two of Rochester’s five hits, while Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro each added two hits for the IronPigs.

Trip #2 – March 19, 2014 through March 25, 2014

March 19 – College Baseball – Elon @ North Carolina State (POSTPONED)
March 20 – Golf at Bryan Park – Champions Course
March 21 – NCAA Tournament 2nd Round (Mercer vs Duke & Tennessee vs UMass) & College Baseball – Western Carolina @ Elon
March 22 – Portland Trail Blazers @ Charlotte Bobcats
March 23 – College Baseball – Western Carolina @ Elon
March 24 – Golf at Tobacco Road
March 25 – New York Islanders @ Carolina Hurricanes

College Baseball – Elon @ North Carolina State – March 19, 2014
The game was scheduled to start at 3:00pm, but it had been raining off and on throughout the morning and few days leading up. Michael actually left earlier than planned so he could get down to meet us so we could get some things done before we made it over to the game. As soon as he showed up, we got a text saying the game was pushed back to 6:00pm. Ultimately, the game got postponed just a couple hours later. The trip wasn’t off to a very successful start.

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View of Hole #13

View of Hole #13

Golf at Bryan Park Golf Course – Champions Course in Greensboro, NC – March 20, 2014
The course was awesome. The website actually has a link that redirects you to an article that outlines that this is one of the best courses to never host the U.S. Open. The course was extremely long at over 7,200 yards from the blue tees. There are 97 bunkers and 7 holes border a huge lake. The iconic hole is #13. It is a huge dogleg right, but the last 50 or so yards extend out into the lake like a peninsula. I played well on the front nine, but the water holes on the back really gave me a problem. I started to wear out later in the round which wouldn’t allow me to get through on my swing, which kept pushing everything right, and unfortunately, the lake was always on the right. I would, however, beat my goal of 100 as I shot a 97. If I were to play the course again, I would rather come back later in the spring or summer when the course is green and it’s a bit warmer. On top of that, we had to wait on a few groups ahead of us which pushed our round time to almost six hours. Head over to http://coopandmikesgolftrips.wordpress.com/ to check out course information, our scorecard, and our blog from this round.

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Mercer celebrating after upsetting Duke

Mercer celebrating after upsetting Duke

NCAA Tournament (2nd Round) #14 Mercer vs #3 Duke – March 21, 2014
This was the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in which the #14 seed Mercer came into Raleigh to play #3 Duke, in virtually what should have been a home game for the Blue Devils. The game was tight throughout the whole game, especially the first half. The largest lead either of the teams held was a 7-point lead by Duke at 30-23. Mercer went on a good run to end the half, which ended with Duke leading 35-34. It was more of the same in the second half where it was close the whole way through. Each time Mercer would take a 5-point lead, Duke would answer within the next minute. Duke had the lead at 63-60 until Mercer’s Anthony White Jr. hit a three to tie it up with 2:42 to play. Mercer didn’t look back after that. They finished on a 15-8 run, with the key being them making their free throws. Mercer pulled the huge upset 78-71. Mercer had five players in double-figures with Jakob Gollon leading the way with 20. Duke got 23 from Quinn Cook, who was 7-10 from three, and 20 points from Rasheed Sulaimon, who was 5-12 from downtown. Duke finished the game shooting 15-37 from long distance.

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Some 2nd half action

Some 2nd half action

NCAA Tournament (2nd Round) #11 Tennessee vs #6 Massachusetts – March 21, 2014
This was the second game of the session, and it was much different than the first. It got out of hand early, and a Jordan McRae three with seven seconds to play in the first half gave Tennessee a 41-22 lead going into the locker room. With just under fifteen minutes to play, Sampson Carter hit a three to bring the Minutemen within twelve at 45-33. Each time UMass got within striking distance, the Vols punched right back. Tennessee held leads of 67-44 and 83-59 before ultimately winning the game 86-67. Jarnell Stokes and Jordan McRae led the way for the Vols, as Stokes finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while McRae added 21 points. Jeronne Maymon added 11 points and 11 boards. For UMass, Maxie Esho and Chaz Williams each added 12 points.

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Elon celebrating the 5-1 victory

Elon celebrating the 5-1 victory

College Baseball – Western Carolina @ Elon – March 21, 2014
After the basketball games, we were able to get gone around 5:00, but we hit rush hour, which didn’t allow us to get to the game until about 6:30-6:45. We showed up in the Top of the 4th. The first run of the game actually scored that inning when Dykota Spiess hit a sac fly to give WCU a 1-0 lead. Elon returned the favor in the bottom of the 5th, when they scored three runs. Chris Hall scored on a wild pitch, Quinn Bower had an RBI groundout, and Ryan Cooper scored Andy Moore on an RBI infield-single to 3rd. They added to their lead in the 8th when Sebastian Gomez singled up the middle and scored Casey Jones, and then scored himself on a passed ball later in the inning. The Phoenix would go on to win the game 5-1. Jones was the only Elon player to have multiple hits as he went 2-4. Cody Jones for WCU was the only Catamount to have multiple hits as he also went 2-4. Lucas Bakker pitched a great game for Elon has he gave up just five hits and 1 run (unearned) with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings to take the win and improve to 4-1 on the year.

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Some game action

Some game action

Portland Trail Blazers @ Charlotte Bobcats – March 22, 2014
This game wasn’t even close from the beginning. If you are thinking how we thought, it would be in favor of the Trail Blazers who would dominate the Bobcats, but we were wrong. Charlotte wasn’t messing around; they came out to play. Portland didn’t lead at any point during the game. Al Jefferson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist both got off to very hot starts and each scored six points in the first four minutes of the game to garner a 12-2 lead, which led to a Portland timeout. They would eventually extend their lead to 17-4. The Blazers went on a 11-8 run leading to a Bobcats timeout, but they still held a 25-15 lead and would lead 33-22 after one. It was a lot more of the same in the second quarter as the Bobcats outscored Portland 36-24 on their way to a 69-46 lead at the half. Jefferson and Kemba Walker dominated the third quarter on their way to a 98-73 lead heading into the final frame. Most of the reserves played the fourth quarter, but still put on a show on their way to a 124-94 victory. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had an absolute posterizing dunk in the frame as well to put the icing on the cake. Jefferson, Walker, and Gerald Henderson all scored over 20 points. Jefferson finished with 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Walker added 26 points and 6 assists, while Henderson had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Coming in, we hoped Damian Lillard would get a triple-double, but their shooting was off early. He would go on to finish with 20 points, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds. Dorell Wright finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews added 15 points.

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A nice panoramic view during the game

A nice panoramic view during the game

College Baseball – Western Carolina @ Elon – March 23, 2014
It was a nasty, rainy day. The rain started around the 2nd inning. With it being the third of a three-game series, the umpires waited as long as possible to delay the game. They ended up calling it in the top of the 3rd. The delay lasted 3 hours and 13 minutes. Both teams hit the ball very well, but the overwhelming factor that gave Western Carolina a 9-7 victory was seven errors by Elon and none by WCU. Only four of the nine runs were earned for the Phoenix. With the game 8-4 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Ryan came up to bat. After fighting off a few pitches, he hit a moonshot that landed over the left field fence. It was a 3-run homer to bring the Phoenix within one run. They would give up a run in the 9th and weren’t able to score in the bottom half. Ryan finished the game 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, and 2 R.

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The tucked back green on the 13th

The tucked back green on the 13th

Golf at Tobacco Road Golf Club in Sanford, NC – March 24, 2014
The course is rated the #87 Public Course in America in 2013-14 by Golf Digest. It was also rated the #50 Golf Course in the world by Golf Architecture Magazine in 2013. I know I said Bryan Park was awesome, but this course blew that one away. The accolades say it all. The course is absolutely amazing! Greatest looking course I’ve ever seen and ever played. The course is built on top/out of an old sand quarry, so there is sand all throughout the course. It is expensive, but I definitely recommend it and would, and probably will, play it again in the future. I hit the ball extremely well. I could not complain with the way I hit. I shot a 41 on the front-nine which was 6-over par. I struggled a little on the back-nine, but still shot a 48 for a total round score of 89. Some of my best holes were holes #3, #5, and #16. Hole 3 is a 147-yard par 3. I hit my tee shot into a greenside bunker, but my bunker shot almost dropped as it just trickled by. I went on the par the hole. Hole 5 is a 322-yard par 4 that I was able to birdie. Hole 16 is almost identical as it is a 321-yard par 4. I crushed my tee shot, but it leaked a little right and into the woods. I hit my second shot off the leaves with a pitching wedge and landed it right on the green. I was hoping to get my putt close to get par, but the ball went right in for the second birdie of the day. Head over to http://coopandmikesgolftrips.wordpress.com/ to check out course information, our scorecard, and our blog from this round.

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Opening face-off

Opening face-off

New York Islanders @ Carolina Hurricanes – March 25, 2014
The game got off to an ugly start. The Islanders took an early lead just a few minutes into the game on a goal by Colin McDonald. Ok, they scored a goal, but then they scored three more to give themselves a 4-0 lead under eleven minutes into the game. The goals came from Cal Clutterbuck, another from Colin McDonald, and Matt Martin. The Hurricanes would add two late in the period by Jeff Skinner on the power play and Andrei Loktionov to cut the lead to 4-2 after one. They scored their third early in the second on a PP Goal by Alexander Semin. Late in the period, New York added another on Matt Martin’s second of the game to make it 5-3. Less than a minute after that, Nathan Gerbe scored to pull back within one goal. The final period would go scoreless, but the game was exciting nonetheless. The Islanders won the game 5-4.

Trip #1 – May 24, 2013 through May 29, 2013

May 24 – Golf at Kenny Perry’s Country Creek & Great Lakes Loons @ Bowling Green Hot Rods
May 25 – Louisville Slugger Museum & Pawtucket Paw Sox @ Louisville Bats
May 26 – Indianapolis 500 & Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 (Heat @ Pacers)
May 27 – Cleveland Indians @ Cincinnati Reds
May 28 – Kannapolis Intimidators @ Lexington Legends

My drive on the 130 foot drop of Hole 12

My drive on the 130 foot drop of Hole 12

Golf at Kenny Perry’s Country Creek Golf Course in Franklin, Kentucky – May 24, 2013
The course is owned and operated by Kenny Perry, PGA Tour golfer. It is labeled as the #6 public golf course in the state of Kentucky. We played the back tees which are pegged at 6,633 yards with a par of 72. The course is beautiful with many scenic views, the best of which is a 130 foot drop from tee box to fairway on Hole 12. Our tee time was set for 9:04, but we showed up around 8:15-8:30. The guy at the desk told us to go ahead and tee off when we were ready. Being the #6 public course in the state and owned by a PGA Tour player, you may think the price is expensive, but it only cost us $32 for 18 holes and a cart. The value, course layout, and staff were all A’s in my book. It was one of the best golf experiences I have ever had. I was able to shoot a 101 which was a little higher than I wanted, but I was playing with my buddy’s backup set of clubs. They were a nice set, but his dad bought them new in 1979, so they weren’t exactly up to par with today’s technology. I actually own the same exact driver as my buddy, so I did, however, use his driver, which helped out my game immensely.

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Loons coming onto the field after Game 1 win

Loons coming onto the field after Game 1 win

Great Lakes Loons @ Bowling Green Hot Rods (Doubleheader) – May 24, 2013
The Loons are the Single-A affiliate of the LA Dodgers and the Hot Rods are the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. We showed up at 5:15, because the game was supposed to start at 7:00. We were asked by the guy in the parking lot if we were staying for both games, not knowing there was a doubleheader. The first game started at 5:00, so all we missed was the first inning. What was interesting was that both games were only 7 innings long, which isn’t something you normally see in the minors. The Loons won the first game 4-0 and the Hot Rods got the second game 4-2. Hot Rods Pitcher Matt Ramsey touched 97 mph in the 7th of the second game, as he came in to close it out. He was consistently in the mid-90s. It is really crazy to see a guy throw that hard in Class-A, and if so, he has terrible control, but Ramsey came into the game with a 0.77 ERA.

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The large bat outside of the museum entrance

Large bat at the museum entrance

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Tour – May 25, 2013
The museum was really cool. They have life-size figures and bats of MLB greats. The tour went through the bat factory and told about how the bats are made. Our tour guide stopped us at each of the steps and talked to us about what went on at that stage, as well as show a short clip that explained the process. We were able to get a mini-bat with the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory logo on the bat which is a great keepsake. We also were able to grab a handle at the end of the tour. This isn’t the handle of the bat, but the handle that is off of the barrel of the bat for the purposes of grabbing while the bat is drying, and then sawed off after is has dried. They have a rack that holds all of the unmade bats for each player that has requested them. We were able to hold bats made for Derek Jeter and Brian McCann, among others. Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips’ bats were being made while we were on our tour.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. and myself

Jackie Bradley Jr. and myself

Pawtucket Paw Sox @ Louisville Bats – May 25, 2013
The Paw Sox are the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and the Bats are the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The game turned out to be a very solid one. We got there just as the Paw Sox were finishing up batting practice. I saw someone signing autographs at the bottom of our row so I decided to go down there, but he left before I got down there. I stayed a couple minutes and just before leaving Jackie Bradley Jr. walked out of the dugout and over to the section. It turned out that I was standing next to about 6-8 people from Boston, and that was all that was around there. I stood there and listened as he talked to them about many different topics. He seems to be a really nice guy. I was able to sneak in and get my picture with him and his autograph as well. For the game, we saw a couple of home runs and a 6-5 Paw Sox victory. The big names were Jackie Bradley Jr. for Pawtucket and Billy Hamilton for Louisville. Bradley Jr. went 2-4 and Hamilton finished the night 3-5.

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Some race action

Some race action

Indianapolis 500 – May 26, 2013
This was the 97th Indy 500 and my first ever race period. I’m not going to say that the experience changed my take on racing and that I will start watching it more, but it was an awesome experience and I would definitely go back down the road. We got the cheapest seats that we could (outside of general admission), which were $40 on the infield at the end between turns one and two. The only downfall to the day was that we parked in one of the north lots and our seats were at the south end of the track. It took us close to an hour total walking time from our car to our seats. Even for the price we paid, being the cheapest “reserved” tickets you can have, we were able to get a great view of the cars and were actually really close to the track. The race itself was a great one. Three records were broken: most lead changes (68), most leaders (14), and fastest average speed (187.433 mph). You can also throw in that there were over 240 drug/alcohol related arrests which broke the previous record of around 125. There were five wrecks (all one-car wrecks) and the final one led to there being a checkered-caution finish. Tony Kanaan won the race for his first ever Indy 500 win. We talked to a guy at the Pacers game that night who was also at the race and he said he had been to about 30 Indy 500’s and this one made his top five, so we picked a good one to go to.

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Game 3 Tip-off

Game 3 Tip-off

Eastern Conference Finals (Game 3) Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers – May 26, 2013
We had great seats for this matchup as we were in the club level end about even with the sideline. We were actually in the last row of the level so there were no seats behind us and were at the end of the row at the top of the stairs so there were no seats in front of us either. The place was absolutely electric, at least until the Heat made their big run in the second quarter. The Heat led 70-56 at halftime. They would go on to win 114-96. LeBron led the game with 22 points. Wade added 18 and 8 assists. The Heat’s five starters all scored in double-figures. Four Pacers starters were in double-figures and were led by David West’s 21 points and 10 rebounds and Roy Hibbert’s 20 points and 17 rebounds. The major factor in the game was field goal percentage as the Heat shot 54.5% and the Pacers only shot 39.7%. Some other notes were that we got to see Shaq, Charles, Kenny, and Ernie on the TNT set at halftime and after the game which was really cool. ESPN’s Jon Barry and Mark Schwartz were at the media counter in front of our row as well.

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Entrance of the stadium as we walked in

Entrance of the stadium as we walked in

Cleveland Indians @ Cincinnati Reds – May 27, 2013
It was a great day for baseball on this Memorial Day. We met up with a couple buddies from college for the game. We walked around the stadium before the game started just to check it out since it was my first time ever at the stadium. The stadium is very nice being on the river and with some of the unique things they have inside. The game itself turned out to be a very solid one as well. Shin Soo Choo led off the bottom of the first with a opposite field home run. In the top of the 8th, the Reds led 2-1 until Jason Giambi pinch-hit and hit a bomb to straight-away center field that tied the game 2-2. In the bottom of the 8th, Joey Votto hit a 2-run homer to take the 4-2 lead. Aroldis Chapman entered the game in the 9th and mowed down the Indians as he consistently hit high 90s and hit 100 mph on three straight pitches.

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Bubba Starling trotting home after his solo home run

Bubba Starling trotting home after his solo home run

Kannapolis Intimidators @ Lexington Legends – May 28, 2013
The Intimidators are the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and the Legends are the Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. This is the first year that the Legends are with the Royals, as they have been with the Astros before this. The first three innings of this game went by in like 30 minutes, but it broke open in the top of the 4th. The Intimidators hit a couple of homers in the inning and put up five runs on the board. To make things worse for the Legends, Kannapolis put up seven more runs in the 5th, all with no outs, making it a 12-0 game. They would score another one late to give them 13 for the game. The only run for the Legends came late in the game on a solo home run by the Royals #1 prospect Bubba Starling. He hit it off of a 96 mph fastball right down the middle. The final would be 13-1 in favor of the Intimidators.