Through an absolute freak of nature chance, I totally lucked into getting tix to the game on Friday.
And even though I'm working this weekend... TOTALLY worth trading the afternoon of hooky.
Didn't get there til kinda late, grabbed my first dog of the year with the grilled onions/mustard/hot peppers then a frosty cold one and sat down for a couple innings of heaven.
But you sit down and go... oh yeah, it's all different.
The most obvious weird thing is no bleachers and nobody across the field.
Then, there's the Gigantrobotron.
It's weird to look at for about a couple minutes, then it's just there.
Way up on top you can see the massive speakers, and I promise that loud music is by far the one new element you'll have to get used to.
So just do, it's a new day and the faster you embrace it the faster you'll enjoy.
Look, Gigantrobotron even says what pitch was thrown!
I've heard interviews with baseball announcers and they all say you pretty much just guess what the pitch was, so whatever but kinda cool.
Here was my first glimpse of Bryant.
Not surprisingly, he struck out. Not unexpected.
I thought this was cool, though:
Here's a thing you'll probably see alot of:
But tell you what, being able to see a replay really, truly adds to the live experience.
And the players look too.
Oh and look at this picture. How much does your heart race seeing these guys waiting to come up...
When the ump called a ball on a strike three pitch from Brian Schlitter, and then Seth Meyers hit the next one out - that was really awful. Then you watch Joe Maddon walk out to the mound and you look over and see there's no one in the pen - you kinda know that Joe wants that ump to come have a chat, and he wants that chat to happen right there next to Schlitter so Schlitter can hear every word.
And no it doesn't make up for the ball call, but Schlitter knows who's got his back, right?
Castro at bat.
Fowler scores and picks up the bat.
Strop is such a stud.
It'll be SO nice when the bathrooms are done because this is really just not good.
In the top of the 9th, in comes Rondon and first guy he faces hits a weaky grounder to Jonathan Herrera over at 2nd, but the ball goes under Herrera's glove for an error.
The next guy up hits one to Bryant who turns a nice double play and then Rondon strikes out the last guy.
As they were walking off, and I just missed the moment with this shot, Rondon went over to Herrera and gave him a little pep talk.
I'll leave you with this shot.
So glad he's here.
ps: CUBS WIN GAME 2 VS PADS! MIGUEL MONTERO turns on a couple.