Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
I first went to the stadium in the morning to get a ticket for the game and took a quick walk around the stadium. This is a Bob feller statue that is outside the C gate which is in left center field. It is also the early gate for batting practice.
Down Rally Alley which is outside the stadium on the third base side they have banners of their hall of Famers. The early ticket window is located by gate A and I got my ticket. One thing that I did not like is they have flex pricing like many stadiums so the digital sign said one price and then at the ticket window the price was different and when I asked the attendant just said well they just did not change the prices for todays game yet. I don’t like flex pricing in the first place but not to have the correct prices up is kind of stupid and deceiving.
After getting my tickets I did a little urban hiking and took some photos.
One of the first places I saw was the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame I did not go on the tour but I did go in. I am planning on going after I finish this post today! By the Rn’R HOF I also saw the stadium where the Browns play.
After that I walked around the city and took some photos. Lebron was a big theme around the city, as seen in this photo.
While walking I took some street photos and photos of Monuments and Building in the city. I would post more but this post would be a lot bigger then it already is! But Cleveland has a lot of history and some really cool buildings. I also took a walk threw the cemetery directly across the street from Progressive field which had a lot of very old graves going back 120 years.
After walking around I headed back to the hotel before heading back out for the game.
Then I got to the gate a little after 4 for the 4:30 gate. here is a look during Batting Practice. I did well this BP and got 2 baseballs the first was a catch from the Indians the first that was hit out for the day. To pat myself on the back it was a pretty good catch that I ran down an aisle and caught it about a section over from where I was standing.
Indians player taking swings in the cage.
Around the upper deck they have murals for their Hall of Famers, The one show is for Rocky Colavito. They also have Bob Feller, Larry Doby and Early Wynn.
They also had these “banners” up with all the team accomplishments in their history. Including last years A.L. wild card.
during BP I also got a second ball from the Mariners it was just a pick up but a second ball. It I the first time I have gotten 2 ball in one MLB stadium on the road. I have gotten 2 at other stadiums but not in the same game.
They have plaques of Hall of Famers and other players that played for them through out their history.
Here are a sample of the plaques these are satchel Paige’s and Bob Fellers.
They also had plaques for more recent players from the 1980’s till 2000’s
I then took a walk around the stadium. I headed up to the upper deck and got this photos.
I then headed down to the Mariners side of the field for autographs. I was trying to get a Robinson Cano locker plate signed but was not successful on 1 player and 1 coach signed.
Zach Mcalister started for the Indians. He allowed 1 hit to the Mariners Chris Taylor but got out of the inning on a double play hit by Robinson Cano.
Indians first baseman Carlos Santana making the play for the first out of the inning a Dustin Ackley hit to second.
Chris Taylor hit a ball to the Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
The ball bounce off of Chisenhall and Taylor go on first.
Chris Young started for the Mariners.
Jason Kipnis hit a double.
He would advance to third on a Jose Ramirez sac bunt.
Kipnis than scored on a Michael Brantley single and the Indians took a 1-0 lead.
After the first inning I started heading to the left field bleachers the long way. Because the concourse on the main level is open longer on the 1st base side then the 3rd base side which could would have been shorter.
The Mariner Kendreys Morales lead the inning off with a double to left field.
I got to my seat in the left field bleachers in the middle of the second inning. Morales would score on a Logan Morrison sac fly and the Mariners tied the game at 1.
Cano turning a double play to end the bottom of the second inning.
Yan Gomes was out at first on the double play.
Dustin Ackley hit a 2 run home run to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead in the 3rd inning.
Corey Hart hit the wall pretty hard on a Michael Brantley hit that lead to Brantley getting on third.
Brantley sliding into third. Earlier in the inning the Indians did tie the game at 3 on a Jason Kipnis 2 run home run.
Brantley scored on a Carlos Santana sac fly to Hart in right field and the Indians would take a 4-3 lead.
The Mariners took started Chris Young out of the game in the 5th inning. He 4 runs on 7 hits struck out 2 and walked 1 batter. Dominic Leone came into pitch for them.
Chris Taylor makes a diving play in the 6th inning on a David Murphy hit.
The Indians extended the lead by t 2 scoring their 5th run of the game in the 7th inning.
Ramirez scored on a Santana single.
Ex-Rockie Joe Beimel came into pitch for the Mariners in the 7th. Beimel was the 5the pitcher of the game for the Mariners.
Mike Zunino hit a 2 run homer to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead in the 8th inning.
He high fives his teammates after his homer.
Lonnie Chisenhall diving to try and get the third out of the 9th inning. he came up a little short.
The inning would end a few pitches later when Cano flew out to center.
Michael Brantley makes the catch.
The Indians needed a rally in the bottom of the 9th to win this game.
Fernando Rodney the 7th pitcher of the game for the Mariners and the 14th used by both teams.
Rodney got the save and shot the arrow! The Mariners won this on 6-5.
The Mariners celebrate their win against the Indians.
This was a pretty good game beside the tremendous amount of pitching changes.
Overall this was not that bad of a stadium not quite the best but wouldn’t call it the worst. It did seem hard to get around at times but once I figured out it was not that bad and BP was not overly crowded till about half way into the Mariners batting practice. The early gate is at 4:30 for a 7 P.M. game and the rest of the gates open at various times.
So that is it for this game and stadium next up is Lake County for some advance a ball then onto Detroit where I get to see the Rockies again for the first time in 3 weeks! I think I have been seeing better baseball on the road so don’t feel like I have not missed too much with them.
Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
First Game of Road Trip.
I drove from Denver to St. Louis the day before stayed the night in St. Louis and headed downtown about noon for this 7:15 game. I got downtown and to the stadium area about 1:30 after a stop and bad directions from the hotels front desk guy. They never seem to know where to go. Same thing happened 2 years ago in Washington D.C. So since I had almost 6 hours before the game I decided to do a little urban hiking around St. Louis. I found a place to park a few blocks north west of the stadium and started heading towards the Arch located by the Mississippi River took some photos along the way.
This is the Old Court House with the Arch in background. There is a park with a lot of art work and fountains that spans a few blocks leading up to the court house. More photos of those in a bit.
I then got to the park where the Arch is located it is really interesting to see in person I have driven by it a few times but have never really stopped. The first time I saw it was when I was driving west when I first moved from N.Y. to Denver. I think I took a photo of it as I drove by or something. Here is a few i took while walking around the park.
After going by the Arch and the Mississippi River I headed over and checkout Busch Stadium.
This is a photo by the left field side of the stadium. It is where the team store is located and many statues of players from the history of the St. Louis teams. The statues include Enos Slaughter, Dizzy Dean, Ozzie Smith, Red Schoendienst, Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, “Cool Papa” Bell, George Sisler and Roger Hornsby.
Here are a few photos of the statues.
“Cool Papa” Bell
You can see behind the statue that they are building a new structure where the old stadium was located. This is the third Busch Stadium.
Along the walkways they have plaques in the ground commemorating different milestones in the team’s history, Including their 11 World Series Championships, Numerous National League Pennants, No Hitters and batting milestones such as Mark McGuire 1998 Home run race with Sammy Sosa.
Here is the one for the 1926 World Series win. I choose this one because this night he gave a way a commemorative stein.
Here is a look at the walk way along the 3rd base side. They also had them down the first base side side walk as well.
Also around the stadium in the brickwork they had many variations of the Cardinald logo Cardinals birds.
After walking around the stadium I decided to head back to my truck. I once again walked through the park with the fountain’s and art here are photos from earlier and this trip.
This is another look at the left field corner of the stadium from when I headed to the third base entrance to go into the stadium. It was still about an hour before the gates opened at 5:15. The gates at Busch Stadium open 2 hours before game time.
I headed back to the stadium to get ready to go in. I went to the third base entrance.
About 30 minutes before the gates opened I got in line.
After getting my Stein I headed out to left field for batting practice. The Rangers where batting and a few baseballs had already gone out there.
Here is a look of the in-field from between third base and the left field foul pole.
This is a look at the end of the seats. I always find it interesting the amount of detail that they put into this in most stadiums,
Not even 10 minutes into the stadium and I caught a ball hit by the Rangers. I am not sure who hit it but it was pitched by Ron Washington there manager who was throwing batting practice.
When batting practice ended I took a walk around the inside of the stadium to check it out.
These next 2 scoreboards were intresting I first looked at them and tried to figure out what they were. It was not of the games that happened or were happening this day.
Then I realized that they were the out of town scoreboards from the old stadium. This is from the National League games. There was another for the American league games.
The above is the one form the Cardinals game that day against the Reds. It was as they froze the day in time. The Rockies do the same thing at the end of the year they leave the out of town scoreboard as it was at the end of the last game of the season.
I decided to head up to my seat on the upper concourse. There were views of the arch from there also.
I walked around up there as well, here is a look from the right field side.
I noticed that at the top of the stadium they had the flags of all the teams in baseball and at the top of my section was the Rockies flag. Cool coincidence. They were in order of standings with in the division.
There were a bunch of first pitchers from people from different groups before this game this is the lead driver for the St. Louis Clydesdale Team representing Budweiser the sponsor of the nights Stein give away.
This is the view of the stadium and the St. Louis from my seat. It is why I sat there. It was the second to last row and had a great view. I took this photo many times during the night to get different looks as the sun set. You will see them scattered through the rest of this post.
This is the Cardinal starting pitcher ????? Lyons throwing in the first inning. He did not have a bad first inning facing 4 Rangers batters he did walk Elvis Anrus. He also struck out Andre Beltre to end the inning.
Derrick Holland started for the Rangers. He had a very shaky start. The Cardinals Matt Carpenter started with a double followed by a Carlos Beltran double scoring Carpenter. Matt Holiday walked.
Carpenter crossing home for the Cardinals first run of the game.
Yadier Molina was the first out in the inning he was the 5th batter of the inning.
Allen Craig got thrown out at home on a David Freese hit for the second out of the inning. Beltran and Holliday also scored in the inning. (3-0) Cards. A.J. Piezynski started the 2nd for the Rangers with a GRDB in left center.
Matt Holiday was only able to watch as the ball bounced into the stands. The Rangers scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning. The rangers sent 9 batters up in the inning, besides the Piezynski GRDB Mitch Moreland also hit one down the left field line. (4-3) Rangers
Another look at the view beyond the outfield.
Tyler Lyons was taken out of the game in the second inning. Lyons would pitch only 1 2/3rd innings. He was responsible for all 4 runs and 3 hits he walked 3 and struck out 1.
Joe Kelly would come into the game.
Ian Kinsler who Lyons walked scored on a Cruz single. The first batter he faced. That was the fourth run that Lyons was accountable for.
Once again another view of the outfield.
The Cardinals did tie the game at 4 in the 2nd inning Pete Kozma started the inning with a double and scored on passed ball from third.
Another Yadier Molina swing I seemed to get good shots of him, unfortunately he kept getting out on good photo this time he popped out to third in the 3rd inning.
This is the last view of the outfield. After it got dark you were not able to see the Arch in photos anymore!
Jon Jay making contact in the 6th inning. He did line out to second to end this inning. St. louis did not get another hit off Holland till the 8th inning. After Holland settled down he pitched very well and kept the Rangers in the game. He pitched 7 innings. Letting up the 4 runs in the 1st and 2nd. He walked 3 and struck out 4.
Neil Cotts replaced Holland for the Rangers in the 8th.
For the Cardinals Randy Coates came into pitch for the Cardinals with 2 outs and Adrian Beltre on first. Kelly pitched 5 innings giving up 5 hits and no runs he held the Rangers very well through these five inning.
Elvis Andrus hit a sac bunt in the 9th for the Rangers moving Kinsler to second on the play and then Kinsler got to third on a wild pitch by Trevor Rosenthal who pitched for the Cardinals in the 9th.
Andrus at first he got on base do to a Rosenthal throwing error to first.
Nelson Cruz hit a single that scored Kinsler and Andrus giving the rangers the lead (6-4).
Elvis Andrus with the 6th and final run for the Rangers.
Matt Carpenter walked with 2 outs in the 9th for the Cardinals. Bringing Carlos Beltran to the plate.
Beltran flew out to left center to end the game. The Rangers took this game 6-4.
This was a nice stadium; I would probably go back to this one again. The area around the ball park is developing and is very nice as you saw with the nearby park. I did like the history of the team they had around the stadium including the scoreboards and statues. The one thing that I did not like is it was not an open concourse like Coors and many other stadiums have. Their flex pricing kinda stinks and some game including this one are priced really high. $40 for the seat I was in. If I went a night earlier the seats were $20. Since it was only one game I really did not care as much about the price. If I was to go there regularly it would be very difficult to go to many games like I am able to at Coors. I do recommend if you have not been to Busch Stadium I would definitely recommend it.
The Rangers did go on and sweep the Cardinals in this series. I only went to this one game.
That is it from St. Louis I have another game in Columbus, Ohio after this as I make my way east to Boston for the 2 games the Rockies have against the Red Sox.
See You around.
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