I rolled into Cincinnati around noon Saturday, and went immediately to the Horseshoe:
I quickly found a 100 hard VP machine and raked up 300+ tier points. After grinding 3 hours, I left the casino up $10. Off to great American Ball Park:
The Friday night series opener saw the home team take a 1-0 advantage over the first place Brewers. After the game, I grabbed a quick late night dinner at Rock Bottom and headed back to the hotel. I got in the elevator and looked to my right . . . Standing next to me, none other than Carlos Gomez. I remember the trade like it was yesterday. Johan Santana coming to the Big Apple. In retrospect, Johan brought the Mets a shady no-hitter (first in Franchise history) and likely cost him his career by throwing 130+ pitches. And Gomez is now an all-star while the Mets have 3 holes in the outfield.
Saturday morning began with a run to Kentucky. Downtown Covington was empty. A weird scene to say the least:
Great view of the ballpark from the bridge:
I ran under the stadium and caught Joey Votto coming to work. Pretty cool.
After a few pre game beverages in Kentucky, it was back to GABP for game two:
Ultimately, I befriended an usher and worked my way to second row:
After the game, it was off to dinner at Ruths' Chris. I passed on the several great recommendations I got for local steak houses and opted for the tried and true. Yeah, I suck. And, while I had planned on heading back to the casino, after a couple of glasses of cabernet, I decided to just call it a night.
And this afternoon, it was back to the ballpark for game three of the series, Latos vs. Gallardo. And the matchup lived up to it's promise.
From second row behind the dugout, I saw Latos throw eight innings of two run ball.
Then, in the bottom of the eight, with a runner on first and two outs . . . Jay Bruce went yard to secure the series win!
And now . . . a minor hiccup after an otherwise fantastic weekend . . . Stuck in Kentucky over night,. Alarm set for 4:30 am. Straight to work in the morning. Then 5 days of the grind . . . and then next weekend . . . back to the Westin Diplomat for some beach time in Fort Lauderdale ....