Two Great Seasons

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Me and Greg supporting both of our teams.


Since they’ve now been done for a ‘lil over a week, I can finally talk about it. Greg and I both spent almost every day since April cheering on either the Pirates or the Braves (and many times, both). We had hoped to have been spending the past week as a “House Divided” cheering on our respective / native teams in the NLCS; however, two other teams are warring it out.

The Braves, as typical style, had an amazing run this season with the 2nd best record in the league.

The Pirates, after 20 losing seasons, made absolute magic. We went to one of the first games, and I got chills (and not just because it was way too damn cold to be watching baseball). I knew it was going to be a good season, but never imagined they’d win 94 regular season games, earn a spot in the National League Wild Card (I couldn’t go to sleep that night, giggling like Jordy Mercer / my 9 year-old crimped haired self that loved the Bucs way back then), and make it to the NLDS. Part of me, for some personal reasons, really wanted to stuff some red birds. Our boys put up an amazing fight, one we really should be proud of; however, it wasn’t in the cards this year.

But friends, 2014 is coming. And I would bet some cups of coffee with my favorite creamer that the Black and Gold will not be sitting idle for the months leading up to Bradenton.

Thanks for two beautiful seasons Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves!

As Andrew McCutchen put it in the last post-game interviews, “If  you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived”. I think those are great words of advice – we can all learn from our failures and grow from there. 

All You Can Eat

Last night we watched the hometown Pirates take on Greg’s Braves. While my team won, it was still a fun game. We had All You Can Eat seats and I figured I’d share our experience.

First, the tickets were the first row in 145. We were 3 and 4, but 1 and 2 never showed. Good thing, cause those seats are not built for the big people chowing on food (myself included!). They are close together, not a lot of leg room, and not angled. Imagine balancing a tray of three hot dogs, a burger, and peanuts (ahem, Greg) and then having to stand up to let people through. Oy! Also, our row was a dead end, so only one way in and out.

You can do this semi-healthy. I got a salad and bunless dog.

Eat early. Somethings ran out in the third inning and it was too bad, so sad, no popcorn for you!

Don’t be that guy. You know, you pay the $13 extra and then take orders for your friend in 144 (see eat early, above).

Do eat your money’s worth, not a hard feat at the ballpark!

Kids would be iffy, atleast ours. Allergy friendly for the most part, but see seating above. Do you want to handle that with toddlers?

Logistically, that sounds like no fun, but really we had a great time, a great view, and full tummies. Ice cream in the 5th was a good idea…fall games are cold, so we ate it early. If I weren’t eating healthier, we might do it again. Ok, I don’t feel like I pigged out and we walked to/from the casino to enjoy the game. All in all, when you have a skinny guy to go beside you and he eats his weight in hot dogs, you can more than get your money’s worth. 😉