This years trip found us watching six games in four days in two states. We saw college, MLB, and Minor League games. Fun also taking the S.S. Badger across Lake Michigan. Here's the rundown:
May 13-Mt. Pleasant, MI: We started off our trip watching the Central Michigan Chippewas beat Michigan State 14-6. Great game with a lot of scoring. It was a bit windy, but the weather was good all the same. Central really has a nice ballpark, built with a lot of brick to give it the 'classic' feel. College ball is fun to watch because the kids really get into it. It's fun to talk to the parents of the players.
May 14-Milwaukee, WI: Our first trip to Miller Park was one to remember. This is probably the best modern ballpark I've been to yet. The closed roof kept it nice and comfy while the seating makes you feel like your right on the field. I was actually in 'awe' of the place a bit, being used to minor league parks. Brewers couldn't hold the lead in the ninth, though, and lost to the Dodgers 6-4.
May 15-Milwaukee, WI: Back in the morning for a noon game is great. Still lots of fans tailgating in the parking lot. Really a great baseball atmosphere at Miller Park. Tailgating is great, too, in avioding the $4 hot dogs at the concessions. The Dodgers roughed up the Brewers again 7-2. Close game until L.A. scored six runs in the 7th inning on three home runs. I would highly recommend any baseball fan to catch a game in Milwaukee. The fans were great. Beloit, WI: We then headed south to watch the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League. I dind't know how well I'd be recieved here wearing my Whitecaps gear, since the 'Caps beat Beloit for the championship last season. It turned out everyone was super nice to us here. Not many fans, but the ones who were there were great. We met Kaptain K who sits behind the Snappers dugout counting the strikeouts with his 'K' signs. The stands sported a big guy who brought his own tuba, and a handfull of drunk guys who kept the crowd laughing with some good natured ribbing of the umps and players. Pohlman Field is just that, though. A field. Not a stadium or ballpark. Good atmosphere for baseball, though, and we had some fun.
May 16-Grand Rapids, MI: We ended our trip with a double-header at our 'home' field with the West Michigan Whitecaps taking on the Lansing Lugnuts. The 'Caps won game one 6-3, with Lansing taking the nightcap 5-0. Always good to be in the comfort of your own home field. Alfredo Figaro won the first game for the 'Caps improving to 5-1. More on him in the Whitecaps blog later.
All in all a good trip, but tiring. Next year thinking of touring the minor league teams in Indiana. Any suggestions on fun ballparks would be welcomed.