Sort of continuing with the sports-themed posts…our visit to the local ballpark, Coors Field.
This purple and black home to Colorado’s Major League Baseball team revitalized the once-decrepit lower downtown area of Denver, which until 20 years ago or so, only had rundown warehouses, pockmarked streets, abandoned buildings and down on their luck homeless. Now called LoDo, it’s teeming with hip sports bars, ear-splitting nightclubs, chic restaurants and way-overpriced loft condos.
Since the Giants came to play the Rockies for a three-game series, there was no doubt about our going. Unfortunately, because it was still a school night, we didn’t stay for the entire game. It was just as well.
We left when the score was tied, 3-3, in the middle of the seventh after singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Eventually, San Francisco scored the go-ahead run in the ninth, and brought in their closer Sergio Romo to preserve a win. Well, it didn’t quite turn out that way. Even with two men on, two out and a two-strike count, Romo gave up a double to rising star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who I think just obtained his driver’s license and learned to shave. Yeah, he’s that young – really, he’s probably 22 or so.
The hometown Rockies won, 5-4 in a walk-off win. Luckily, we avoiding being witnesses to that debacle.
Whether we were there to see it in person or not, it was a heartbreaker for Giants fans like me. But the girls had a good time, and that’s ultimately what makes it worthwhile. RAS, probably not so much, since he’s never really learned to like baseball and definitely not on the level I have. He attends at least one game a year just to humor me, all the while complaining about how expensive the food and drinks are (he does have a point there) and how slow the game goes. Granted he doesn’t say much, but I know he’s thinking these things 🙂
One good thing was that we got to sit in the Club level, which meant the seats were more comfortable, slightly sheltered with a partial overhang and a nice glass-enclosed entrance with friendly ushers. If we so desired, we could’ve been served our food and drink by a roving concession staff. No way was RAS going for that.
As big a baseball fan I am, I’ve only been to four of the current 30 Major League Baseball parks across the country: Coors Field, AT&T Park, Dodger Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum (which has the weird official name of O.co Coliseum now). With a few of them, I stood outside but didn’t go inside and see a game, so they don’t count: Chase Field and Wrigley Field. Some don’t even exist anymore, like the old Anaheim Stadium, where the California (now Los Angeles) Angels used to play. It was mostly destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, so they scrapped a lot of it and just started all over again. Some don’t even host baseball anymore, like San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, which now just has football games, from NFL to prep, and aren’t sharing space. Except for the occasional monster truck rally.
It’s a fruitless attempt, but we could see games at Citi Field, the New York Mets’ home, and the Nationals Park in DC when we go back there in about a month. Nobody in my family really wants to go. I’m a little bummed out. But we’ll always have the games down in LoDo.
Before Tuesday’s game, we did have good healthy meal at the nearby BD’s Mongolian Grill before the game. No crappy Rockie dogs for my family!
Once we got to the ballpark, JRS and I went down to the field to see some of the Giants warming up…
A field view in the twilight, pre-game:
And one at night, during the game:
The girls enjoying the game (despite NLS’s expression)…
We just might get him to enjoy baseball one of these days!