Part Two

21 Sep

Sheesh.  I get back from a long weekend, and haven’t had a break since.

I’ll say it again.  It’s a good thing I love my job ’cause I sure spend a whole lot of time doing it.

Now that I have a moment, I gotta share the rest of the story.  If only to relive it myself.

After an awesome day of visiting Link and his friends, we drove down to Cincinnati to watch the Cardinals play against the Reds.  It was a gorgeous day – sunny, mid 70s – absolutely beautiful.  Before entering the stadium, we walked down to the river to take in the sights.  St. Louis would do good to visit Cincinnati.  Their riverfront is fabulous!

When we were ready, we headed to the stadium gates.

“Uh oh,” the guy replied once he scanned our tickets.  My heart dropped. I thought for sure someone had printed our tickets and already used them

“These are for yesterday’s game.”


Yesterday?  But we were coming today!  How could I have bought them for yesterday?!

He advised us to go to the ticket window and plead our case.  He mentioned they would be able to see they weren’t used yesterday and maybe they would honor them for today.

Hopeful, we headed to the ticket window.  “Do you know how many people try to say they didn’t come to the game?” she started out.

“Yes,” I replied meekly.  “But we really didn’t.  And we came all the way from St. Louis.  And can’t you just check and see that we really didn’t use them?”  I quickly rambled.

Ten minutes later she returned, with a smile on her face, tickets in her hand, and a warning to be more careful the next time I purchase tickets.

“Yes ma’am!”  I felt like skipping to the gates.

From then on, it was an absolute perfect day.  We had terrific seats, and we were there early enough for us to walk down to the field and watch our catcher and pitcher warm up.




I coulda taken the guy in red, but I restrained myself from running onto the field.



I took lotsa pics and shouted encouragement and giddily walked back to our seats after a nod from the pitcher.

It was fun cheering in a section filled with mostly Reds fans.  At one point, a loud enough guy started chanting, “Let’s go Cardinals, Let’s go!”  And we would all clap.  I was surprised how many Cards fans were in the stadium, and we continued until a Reds fan yelled, “You know you’re in OUR stadium!”.

Yep.  But we were winning.  And we witnessed some great plays.  And even had a few homerun balls hit in our direction.  I wish now that I’da dove for one that landed in our section.  It woulda been worth some broken bones or scratched up knees and elbows.  Or both.

I didn’t want the day to end.  We walked around downtown Cincinnati after our win, proudly sporting our Cardinals gear.  We walked the bridge, had drinks on the patio of a bar, and listened to some good jazz music.



Hard to believe that was a whole week ago.  It’ll certainly go down as one of my favorite weekends in a long time.




Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Family, Vacation


12 responses to “Part Two

  1. agg79

    September 22, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Yea, that’ll really put a crimp in you plans to have tickets to “yesterday’s” game. Glad to hear the ticket office was reasonable to your request. I find those kinds of sagas make for the best memories. Interesting to wander into the opponent’s backyard to support your team. My money’s out you to have beaten the guard in red (no competition there).

    • shadowrun300

      September 22, 2015 at 1:31 am

      BIG crimp. I was fully expecting to have to pay for another pair of tickets, so I was very thankful for their kindness. And you’re right, it makes for a good story.
      I HAD that guy in red. No question.

  2. Abby

    September 22, 2015 at 2:52 am

    What a great day! Well, except for the near miss at the game – yesterday’s tickets?! I would’ve panicked. Glad it all worked out in the end.
    You totally coulda had that guy in red. And look at his face in the pic, he KNOWS it!

    • shadowrun300

      September 23, 2015 at 4:28 am

      I was more flabbergasted than panicked. Couldn’t believe I mixed up my dates. Me? No way.
      I saved that guy in red some embarrassment. I’m nice like that.

  3. Rock Chef

    September 29, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I think the good result with the tickets was because you are so nice to your guests – good karma 🙂

    Did you have a view like that for the whole game? Cool if you did!

    • shadowrun300

      September 30, 2015 at 1:12 am

      I never thought my niceness might pay off somewhere else, but I suppose it did. Love that karma!
      Our view of the game was awesome! We were in right field, but could see very well. Plus we saw a lot of action. I still smile when I think of that weekend. 🙂

  4. llcooljoe

    October 4, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I’ve never watched or seen the game, (can you tell I’m not sporty?) but I used to have a Cardinals baseball cap, until I sold it on ebay. Does that count? 😀 I’m glad you got into see the game, that would have been awful if you hadn’t!

    • shadowrun300

      October 5, 2015 at 4:11 am

      I hope you got good money for your Cardinals cap! (But no, it doesn’t count. 🙂 )
      I love baseball. Of course, our town has a winning team, so it’s easy to love the game. And I would have been one sad soul if I wasn’t able to see the game that day.

  5. llcooljoe

    October 4, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Oh and nice photos of you both!

    • shadowrun300

      October 5, 2015 at 4:12 am

      Well thank you. I’m sure my daughter cringes at our selfies. We’re obviously amateurs.

  6. territerri

    October 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    It sounds amazing! What could have been a complete failure of a day turned out to be so perfect! I can tell from your photos how happy you were. So glad you had such a great day (and weekend) to tuck away in the memory banks.

    • shadowrun300

      October 5, 2015 at 4:16 am

      It WAS amazing. The whole weekend was fantastic, and I’m hoping the memories stay with me. At least until I can see Link again.
      Been thinking of you…. Hope your dad’s doing ok?


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