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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Toronto Blue Jays At Tampa Bay Rays, 9/18/09

Everything I had been told about Tropicana Field was that it wasn’t a good place to watch baseball. While it certainly doesn’t have the feel of some of the newer stadiums, I thought it was a great stadium. It’s unique, and watching the game there was just as nice as watching a game most other places. Maybe it’s because I went in with such low expectations, or because it was too hot outside and nice to get into the air conditioned building, but whatever it was, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Welcome Rays Fans
Tropicana Field

During batting practice, a fly ball hit one of the lights hanging down, and it was shaking for a good twenty minutes. Oh, and I caught another batting practice home run.
Yep, another BP homer.

I caught that ball one row behind and about a dozen seats over from where Wade Boggs’ 3000th hit landed. He is the only player to have his 3000th hit be a home run.
Yellow Seat

The ray tank is out past the right center field fence, and is open to feed and pet them until two hours after the start of the game.
Ray Tank

Of course, I had to get my stadium shot. It’s a little different since it’s indoors, but it still came out nice. Had to get a shot of me there, as well.
Tropicana Field
Me at Tropicana Field

The Rays beat the Jays 11-4, including a 6 run inning and a 2 run home run by Evan Longoria that was just crushed over the center field fence. The game played out pretty much like the final score would indicate, a blowout where it didn’t seem like the Blue Jays had a chance (though they were leading 2-0 early on). It was a meaningless game to both teams, but still fun to watch.

After the game was over, I had a nice view of the park at night. I’m glad I had my tripod sitting in the trunk of the car.
Tropicana Field

As I was pulling out of the parking lot, it started to rain. All of a sudden, there was lots of lightning. I tried to find a good place to try to get some good pictures, and ended up shooting this out of my hotel window. Glad I decided to put the tripod in the suitcase for the trip.
Tampa Bay Lightning

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Posted by alan to [baseball, photography, travel] at 9:34 pm PT | Link | Comments (2)

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Comment by Jen
2009-11-08 21:29:32

Aren’t you just the most handsome geek on the net? =) I’ve bookmarked your site just so I can see that gorgeous smile, hopefully as soon as the Grapefruit League gets going…

 
Comment by Sleep Aid
2010-12-13 10:32:00

i can munch a lot of grapefruit in a couple of minutes, that is really my favorite fruit -*:

 
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