with Matt, Marc, and Erik
Daytona Beach, FL
This game was fun. But the real story is what happened after. It's truly heartbreaking. This is from an e-mail exchange a week or so after returning from the trip.
Me: tragedy!What I do remember from the game though is still pretty good. I do know that Erik made a Human Centipede reference of "Feed her!" during an onfield burrito eating contest featuring a young woman.
my notes have all disappeared from my iphone! marc made the notebook at least 3 times and now it's all gone. it's all gone!
i have no idea how this happened - i don't sync my phone to the computer so i don't know why it disappeared. i'm so upset.
anyway - if there's anything you guys remember that's notebook worthy, send it my way.
i feel like i might as well never go on a baseball trip ever again now that this one won't be documented in the right way.
Erik: iphone ruined the baseball trip
Marc: Go to an iphone repair place. I will pay whatever $ necessary to recover these notes. I made the notebook at least 3 times. That might be a record for me!
Matt startled everyone near us by yelling out "2's across the board" extremely loudly whenever the occasion arose which happens anytime there are 2 balls, 2 strikes, and 2 outs. It's something to behold. Again, it has something to do with the special needs fans behind him at many games in Iowa back in the 80's who taught him the brilliance of the call.
Matt lamented the decline of America and when pressed decided it all turned to crap when the Glass Stegall Act was revoked.
The Cubs won on a walk-off solo home run so that was fun.
I might have lost my notes but I still have my pictures.
The park in Daytona Beach is named after Jackie Robinson because the city supposedly held the first ever integrated game in baseball history in 1946 during spring training when other Florida cities refused to host the game featuring Robinson. This statue is odd though.
Bird poop on the M. Night Shyamalan children.
A surfing cub. Nice. Too bad minor league logos are so damn bad.
I feel like the guys behind us said some funny stuff but since my notes are lost, it is lost to history.
We were very intrigued by the program.
Andy Rayburn must have been a big fan of The Prisoner.
Marc was a big fan of the healthy pour of bourbon.
How does Erik always find speed pitch operators that stare longingly at him?
Unfortunately for Erik, this speed gun rating is not accurate.
Despite looking cool, Erik could not beat the 2008 record of 56 MPH. And none of us are getting any younger.
Walking 90 ft.
Erik jumped almost as high as Robinson did back in the day.
We've got to come back!
A new baseball trip tradition.
Kid Stampede! So much better than running the bases after the game.
There's nothing you can do during a kid stampede other than wait it out.
The best sunset I've seen at a ballgame since Denver.
During a bathroom break, Marc won a dance contest and won a free car wash or something for the people behind us. I'm sorry I missed it.
The 2012 crew. Welcome to the fold Matt!
The walk off.
And then the night began to take a turn.