You Can't Beat Fun at the Old Ballpark

John ArmstrongBaseball

The famous announcer Harry Carey used to say, so often, "You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark." As many of you know I share that feeling. It is a great place to be for rest and just "a time to veg." I forget almost everything else when I am at the park.

My daughter, granddaughter and I recently went to beautiful Miller Park in Milwaukee to see the Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1. We took, Jeff Malass, along with us. Between Stacy and me we have turned Gracie into a real true-blue baseball fan: Go Sox and go Braves!!!

Stacy always tries to get Gracie to the park early. She then works her way to just the right spots and with Gracie’s cute smile and sweet face she gets some serious autographs and photo-ops. Such was the case in Milwaukee. Gracie_and_kelly_johnson
First she got a photo with second baseman Kelly Johnson (at right), just after he signed for her.

The really priceless "Mastercard" moment came when Chipper Jones, the sure fire Hall of Famer, stopped by to sign a few autographs for kids. A great photo of his signing for Gracie was taken as well (see below). Check out the N. L. batting leaders right now. Chipper is hitting over .400, a pace that boggles the mind. I doubt that he can hit .400 for a season but if you go back to the last three months of last year and the first three of this year he has hit at or near .400. He is swinging the bat right now like few players I have ever seen play the game. It is amazing. I hope he stays healthy since he has had so many nagging injuries. I will get to see him play several more times this year, at places like Wrigley Field, Atlanta and San Diego, on future trips. (I may also see him in St. Louis as well but we shall see.)

Milwaukee is only about 110 miles from our home so it is not a long drive. It rained later in the day but the Brewers closed the roof and we stayed dry and the game played on. (It took about ten minutes to close it.) If you ever get to Milwaukee go to Miller Park. It is one of the better parks in baseball. I have been to 25 of 30. I hope to get to three more this year, leaving me only the two in Florida to have been to all the major league stadiums. I have accumulated these visits because I travel so widely. My dream trip would be to take 45 days and drive around America to all 30 in a summer vacation. It will never happen but I can still dream about it. I have said before, I am crazy about this great game. It is such fun!