Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
46Trip End Sep 29, 2011
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Eventually made it to US Cellular Field (however, I still want to call it Comisky Park!). Parking was an odd $23...say what? Anyway, good place about two blocks from the ballpark. Lots of people tailgating. Took some pics and especially liked that they still have the home plate from the "old Comisky" outside the ballpark. Bought a nice ticket for $55 which got me 10 rows up between the second baseman and the right fielder. Good seat.
Had something to eat I've never had before...Mexican corn off the cob. I said "corn cut off the cob." They take an ear of corn and cut it off the cob (in front of you), and they add, salt, pepper, mayo, butter and hot sauce (in pepper form)...sort of corn on the cob on steroids! Very tasty. Then I went for an Italian Beef...gotta have one in Chicago! It was messy, but very good.
Found my seat, but didn't sit down. Instead, sat in row 32, in the shade. Read the Pantagraph, and waited for someone kick me out of my seat. Interestingly enough, no one did. Some guy sat two seats over, but that's as close as it got. Even when it became overcast, I remained in my seat. Talked the guy who sat two seats away to take my pic. 13 down, 17 to go. And saw a nice family to my right with a boy who might like my baseball.
Sox Win!!! They scored 3 in the first and went on to win 8-3. The kid left in the 8th inning with his dad to run the bases after the game. I gave the ball to Mom and asked her to give it to her son. She was appreciative.
I left the park and headed to the original Home Run Inn Pizza on 31st Street. I am sure some of you midwesterners have had Home Run Inn frozen pizza, but if you haven't had the fresh pizza at the original Home Run Inn, you haven't had real Home Run Inn Pizza! Sat at the bar and had a small sausage pizza with gardernera...thanks Dan Belongia for getting me on to it. Excellent pizza. Ate about half.
Couldn't decide who to leave the rest with. Then it came to me. Bob Kaplan. Bob was a Preview Guide in 1976. I also hired him as an RA in the residence halls at ISU. Good guy. He retired last June when I did from teaching for 35 years. He also was a softball umpire for several state HS championships.
He was home when I called, and so I drove to his place in Shaumburg to deliver the leftover pizza, have a beer and watch some of the Bulls and Cubs games...both of them lost!
Then I headed North to Milwaukee. Wanted to play a golf course near Franklin, WI, so found a hotel near there, (Summerfield Suites). Ran through a nasty rain storm on the way, but made it and hit the hay. It was a good day!
More tomorrow...Milwaukee Brewers game!