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Baseball is officially back, and along with it comes a summer full of sports travel, groups of friends and families making their way across the country to visit different stadiums. Some make it their life goal to visit them all, others simply try to catch a game as an activity while in town. Either way, donning the hometown jersey is a great way to fit in and experience a little local flavor.
Yet the reality is that sporting events are expensive, and the ticket is only part of the problem. Once inside, street-level pricing goes out the window, and you pay dearly as a captive audience. For a solo traveler only responsible for himself, it might not be the end of the world. But a family of four? With tickets and food/drink, a trip to the ballpark all of a sudden becomes a $200 night out.
New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is having one heck of a week, as he is only a few more months away from stepping away from baseball after a hall of fame career. He earned MVP honors—and several standing ovations—a couple days ago at the All Star Game, and even better than that he’s got his very own plane.
Delta spends a pretty decent amount of cash to be the team's official airline and to advertise at Yankee Stadium, so it’s understandable that they’ve got a special place in their hearts for the team. So they’ve rolled out an airplane just for Mariano Rivera.
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Congratulationsyou've made it through half the summer. At this point in July, you've hopefully hit a few BBQs, waved some sparklers around after dusk and chased some fireflies. There's also the matter of baseball. What can be more American than America's favorite pastime? The answer: Vintage Base Ball, games played according to the 1860 rules and blissfully free from the multi-million-dollar contracts, cheap bobbleheads, and overpriced coney dogs that cloud the modern spectacles.
This summer, head on out to watch lovers of the game play it as it once was. Check out these four vintage baseball matches and don't be too shy to dress retro yourself:
While things on the east coast are hardly going well it pretty much is the opposite over on the west coast, as the San Francisco Giants became World Series champions earlier in the week. They easily took care of the Detroit Tigers in four games, and now it’s time to celebrate with the hometown crowd. If you’re already in the office it might be time to start faking a cough, because the victory parade is going down today.
With black and orange colors on their hats and uniforms it’s only fitting to hold the party on Halloween, and we’re sure that the fans will be fully prepared to get into the victory—and holiday—spirit. This is the second time in just three years that San Francisco residents will be saluting their hometown team with a ticker tape parade, but things are taking a slightly different route for 2012.
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There’s still a few months left in 2012, but we can’t help start to look back and wonder if this has been the year of the airport restaurant. It seems like each and every week there are new announcements and grand openings, and of course many have celebrity chefs doing their thing in the back.
This week it’s Cat Cora building upon her existing airport restaurant empire, as the Iron Chef takes her knives out to the airport in Salt Lake City. This is establishment number three for Cat Cora, and this one is located within Concourse B of the airport.
The menu at Cat Cora’s Kitchen seems to be somewhat similar to the offerings that she serves up over in both Houston and San Francisco, but there does appear to be a few tweaks here and there. We definitely wouldn’t complain about grilled New York strip steak with lobster mac and cheese prior to departure.
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This weekend, Virgin America decided to celebrate turning five years old just as I'm sure most of us celebrated our fifth birthdays: by parking a giant float outside of a baseball stadium, giving away lots of free swag, and blasting dance music. I mean, at least that's how I remember my fifth birthday party.
As we recently found out on Virgin's inaugural flight from San Francisco to Portland, the airline does know how to throw a party. We arrived to San Francisco's AT&T Park just as the "Virgin America Day" festivities were beginning. The DJ was playing the hits, lots of Virgin America employees were hanging out showing off their new Banana Republic uniforms, and Giants fans were climbing over each other to catch a free t-shirt.
Our neck of the woods seems to be warming up, the time change has set in, and the date on the calendar says that spring is right around the corner. Pitchers, catchers, and everyone else have already reported to the Grand Canyon State, and that’s enough confirmation for us that winter is pretty much over. Cactus League games are already underway as everyone has been busy burning those extra off-season pounds, and now it’s your turn to skip out of work, get out of the snow, and celebrate the national pastime.
Here’s the scoop on a few teams, where they play, and what they offer:
· Oakland Athletics
The Oakland A’s are probably most famous for their recent debut on the big screen, so if you want to see where Moneyball is truly played make your way out to Phoenix. Billy Beane still serves as the team’s general manager, and we’re thinking that there’s probably going to be more of a demand for his autograph this year. However, most of the attention will be focused on Manny Ramirez, as he’s probably the team’s biggest offseason acquisition. After flying into town you don’t need to travel far after landing to check out the spring home of the A’s, as they do their thing right in Phoenix.
Phoenix Municipal Stadium holds a whole bunch of baseball fans—like 7,885 of them—and the place was redone and revamped back in 2003 to bring things up to date. Despite the newness of the facility it still promises to retain some old baseball charm, and there are even some decent views of Papago Park in the distance. You quickly realize that you’re definitely in Arizona attending some spring training games and certainly not Florida. This weekend the Mariners and Cubs will be heading into town, and it looks like there are still plenty of seats available. Admission here is pretty darn affordable with most of the tickets running between $12 and $25, so there’s definitely of cash left over for a couple rounds of hot dogs and beers.
Our neck of the woods seems to be warming up, the time change has set in, and the date on the calendar says that spring is right around the corner. Pitchers, catchers, and everyone else have already reported to the Sunshine State, and that’s enough confirmation for us that winter is pretty much over. Grapefruit League games are already underway as everyone has been busy burning those extra off-season pounds, and now it’s your turn to skip out of work, get out of the snow, and celebrate the national pastime.
Here’s the scoop on a few teams, where they play, and what they offer:
· St. Louis Cardinals
We have a hard time thinking all the way back to last season, but we’re pretty sure that the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series. A lot has changed since then—like seeing Albert Pujols flee to Los Angeles—but there’s still a lot of hope for fans of the Cards. Chris Carpenter is trying to ensure he’s good to go for the season and Yadier Molina is readying himself for the long 2012 ahead. All the spring training action goes down in Jupiter, but if you’re a lifelong fan of the Cardinals you probably already knew that.
We’d consider the Cardinals a pretty popular team—and certainly successful—so be sure to get there early to score a seat. The stadium holds around 6,806 fans—give or take a couple—so there will certainly be plenty of new friends to talk baseball with. Tickets to the 2012 spring training season will set you back $26 for Loge Box options and $15 for the bleachers, but there a few games that’ll cost a little more as they're classified as premium. Oh, and if you love the stadium but hate the team—no problem—the Miami Marlins also call Roger Dean Stadium home. Both teams play a couple games against one another this week, so enjoy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
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If you're a hardcore baseball fan, you're no doubt ensconced in all the high drama of spring training (jokes!) but us? We're stadium stalking. On the Internets, anyway.
The brand spankin' new Marlins Park opened this week, and while we haven't had a chance to get over there for a demo game yet, we were mighty curious about what it looked like on the inside. (On the outside, it looks like a giant white spaceship. Not as cool as the old Orange Bowl, in our opinion.)
Thanks to some snap-happy fans and the beauty of Instagram, we were able to get a sneak peek from inside Marlin Park from the comfort of our own desk. Looks...big and kinda slick, right?
The retractable roof even got a workout on its debut, thanks to some shitty weather in Miami on Tuesday nightit was activated about 30 minutes into the MIAMI Marlins (yeah, get used to that) demo game against the University of Miami. According to USA Today, the strong winds during batting practice saw balls flying into the concourse. So, yeah, good job they have that roof!
If you build it, they will come. That famous line from the 1989 movie Field of Dreams proved to be true for the couple who owns the real-life location used in the movie, but now that they are moving on, the site is too. The eastern Iowa cornfields made famous by the Kevin Costner film have been sold to a company that plans to build a new sports complex on the property.
The farm's owners Don and Becky Lansing announced they have accepted an offer from Mike and Denise Stillman and their company, Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which will develop the site near Dyersville into a baseball and softball complex.
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Most of the country is ready for some football, but let’s remember that there’s still plenty of baseball to be played this fall. Southwest Airlines is sticking by America's pastime, and they’re bringing it to some of their planes. Now it’ll only be a matter of time before we’re reading about Yankees and Red Sox fans delaying flights due to in-flight arguments.
Row 44—they’re the ones that bring the in-flight magic to Southwest—has partnered with Major League Baseball to provide live streaming at 35,000 feet. That means live video and audio of the season’s best games right to the comfort of your tray table. We’re just hoping that the playoffs and World Series are an option as well, as we would love some in-flight peanuts and a cold beer along with some WiFi baseball.
Have you ever experienced the noise, passion and danger of a European soccer game? Especially in Italy, fans of their favorite teams often take their support (and rivalries) to extreme, including open fires in the stands, violence and extreme drunkenness. That's why we recommend it to everyone! Alas, not everyone can make it to Rome to see the A/S Roma's Totti hand a dramatic defeat to S. S. Lazio, their most vehement rival. Luckily, summer time brings a few matches over to American turf, the biggest upcoming match being Turin, Italy's Juventus versus Mexico City's Club America.
The action happens July 26, but tickets just went on sale. Perhaps the coolest part of this match is that it will go down in New York's CitiField, the newish home of the Mets baseball team. 40,000 are expected to turn out, and it helps that i Bianconeri (the white-blacks) just happen to be Italy's most popular and winningest soccer club.