Saturday, April 5 - play ball!
Saturday morning dawned sunny but a bit chilly, and since the first pitch wouldn't be thrown until after 1pm we decided to take another stroll around the Plaza after breakfast.
The Seville Light Fountain with the Cheesecake Factory in the background. Perhaps the statue atop the carillon tower is of the discoverer of cheesecake?
As it was Opening Week some of the Plaza's famous Easter bunnies were appropriately garbed.
At this point I have to give a big thank you to CNW
, who not only provided some good info about places and things in Kansas City but who was also gracious enough to act as our chauffeur to and from Kauffman Stadium. His generosity made things so much easier than they would've been had we been on our own for transportation.
The Truman complex (Kauffman and Arrowhead stadia) has plenty of spacious parking so it made perfect sense to make a pregame stop for some food, and fortunately for us LC's Bar-B-Q
was right on the way.
We split an order of burnt ends and fries while CNW went with the beef sandwich. I guess nowadays the appropriate term would be "liftgating" or maybe "hatchbacking" as the tailgate has gone the way of the automotive dinosaurs it served.
I was expecting the burnt ends to taste mostly of smoke and sauce and was pleasantly surprised by how much beef flavor they had. And like Gates the sauce wasn't the excessively sweet concoction I'd been fearing, but rather a nice mix of sweet, heat, and acid. LC's is also known for homemade fries and they were indeed quite good, even after softening a bit during the drive.
After lunch we headed into the park.
Kauffman Stadium was renovated a few years ago and is very impressive, although I'm not sure why the toilet paper in the men's room is dispensed in individual squares and not from a roll. Must be a KC thing.
John Danks delivering a 1st-inning pitch. Overall his performance was pretty good but he would be doomed by one bad inning. Paulie!
Unfortunately this was a foul ball and the best thing he did all day was deliver a game-tying sacrifice fly in the 8th. It's going to be a little strange when he's not in uniform next year. Wanderingjew
, did you know he's a Providence native?
The sad results
, courtesy of the Sox bullpen.
Our seats were in the shade under an overhang so despite the sun it felt more like a Bears-Chiefs game in November. But even though the Sox lost it was a good day, the fans and Kauffman Stadium staff we encountered were all nice, and CNW didn't gloat on the drive back.
I realize the Royals are a smaller-market team and fortunes haven't been good for 20-some years, but those are no excuses for the parsimonius potty paper parceling and pathetically puny pencils!
We're so in the habit of tailgating with our own food at Miller Park that it never occurred to us to at least buy a hot dog; we went the entire game without eating a thing! On the flip side, that did leave a little more room for dinner...
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2014/05/06 09:48:06