MLB in St. Pete: Rays vs Indians
Monday, May 18, 2009 12:38:53 AM
Up to St. Petersburg today with my Dad to see the Tampa Bay Rays play the Cleveland Indians at the Tropicana Dome. Indoor baseball's not quite the thing, I know, but it was a good father-son time. The game was interesting and fun: there was major confusion about the Rays' starting line-up, and so their starting pitcher, Andy Sonnanstine, ended up on the batting line-up, extremely unusual for the AL. He went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI, and he got the win for the game as well. There were plenty of extra base hits on both sides, as well as a controvesial umpire call, a hit batter, and brush-backs that resulted in the dugs-out emptying. And we had great seats in the mezzanine, left-field side.
My Dad is a big b-ball fan; he played college ball back in the 1950s, with the Florida Southern Seminoles. (Division 2, but still.) And surprisingly enough I used to follow baseball quite closely - I even subscribed to the "Baseball News" for a while. I had a falling off, though, when I went away to college, and then the American League adopted the Designated Hitter Rule, which I've never really supported.