Sunday, May 13, 2012

Like any good mom...

The weekend was spent doing what any Midwestern mom wants to do on her special day... watch baseball. Though Saturday wasn't Mother's Day, we spent the evening down in Cincinnati watching the Reds host the Nationals. Though a tough loss, it was a great game. Phillips made another behind-the-back 4-6 flip to end the inning when Bryce Harper tried to jam one though the middle.  Aroldis Chapman threw multiple three digit fastballs retaining his 0.00 ERA. Unfortunately Ramos torn his ACL in Cincy, and fortunately Harper showed up with a busted face from hitting himself in the face with his own bat (10 stitches over his left eye). He remained in Saturday's game to let out his frustrations on Latos (according the the Washington Nationals front office). Harper is now in a 0-9 suck-streak and counting. The sold out crowd at GABP led to a packed full I-75N traffic jam. After a 2:00am bed time we had managed to sleep till 10 this morning, even the kid.

Mother's Day morning was kicked off with a massive breakfast at a little diner just on the outskirts of Dayton. The three of us stuffed our bellies with biscuits and gravy, eggs, toast, grits, and breakfast casserole. After, we went to the store to pick up a new watch for my wife, though not a Mother's Day gift, she had been needing a new one and we were already out and about. We then went home a for a nap and to get changed for yet another baseball game. We snared tickets for the first of four games between the Dayton Dragons, the Reds single-A affiliate and the first place Lansing Lugnuts, the Toronto Blue Jays single-A affiliate.

We rolled into the city around 2:00 and whipped the Impala into a free-on-weekend meter parking spot and strutted into Fifth Third Field. Though the Dragons are not the most impressive and exciting team, it was still a good time. We had witnessed some fantastic plays, there was an amazing play at the plate, ending with a Lansing out as Dragon's catcher Nick O'Shea took a massive hit from a charging Lugnut. O'Shea stood his ground after the epic collision leaving the Lugnut laying winded for a few minutes. Dragons third baseman Brandon Daily from Ontario has an immense amount of defensive talent and was great on the corner. The Lugnuts short stop whose name I didn't catch made quite a few nice snags and showed immense range and defensive prowess.

As of now, the wife is napping on the couch in true mother fashion; Abbie is glued to Winnie the Pooh on the TV, and for me? well, I am wrapping up this Mother's Day article, the Reds are down by one in a 4-3 game in the bottom of the 6th inning and Joey Votto already has 2 solo shots today.


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