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Opening Day Baseball 2011

Here we are, March 31st, 2011, sitting at The Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant watching a couple games for the beginning of what looks like will be an incredible season.

Currently we are watching the Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees in the Bronx. We also have the Cincinnati Reds game on as they take on the  Milwaukee Brewers in Cincinnati.

mda: Oh it is great to have baseball back.  No talk of player lockouts or any of that junk.  Baseball is in a good position right now and life couldn’t be better.  The Yankees are really looking good right now.  Sabathia with a decent outing and Texiera and Granderson each with monster homeruns.  The Brewers are lighting up the Reds with homeruns galore…I am sure that makes you happy, eh?

RBD: Indeed. Being a staunch St. Louis Cardinal fan, I have to say that seeing the Cincinnati Reds struggle isn’t a bad thing! That being said, I do love the game of baseball and can appreciate the fact that the NL Central is going to be a tough division. The Brewers are playing really well and are  making an already tough division even tougher. The Yankees are doing what they normally do, play good consistent baseball. There are really no bad players on the Yankee team, anybody at anytime can be the ‘hero’ of the game. They spread the love around. Baseball in that regard is a pretty democratic game, which makes it fun, fun, fun to watch!

mda: Yes sir.  The defensive plays in these two games have been top-notch!  I think that has been the most exciting part of the opening day for me so far.  So shall we make some predictions for the MLB Season?  I’ll start.  I have to go with my Yankees winning the AL East.  AL Central I think will go to the Twins.  AL West is a little more of a toss-up…I think the Oakland A’s will surprise the Rangers and beat them out.  Boston will finish up with the Wild Card.  NL West will go to the Giants once again.  NL Central will be crazy close between the Reds, Brewers and Cardnals but I have to think that LaRussa will put the Cards on top.  And my surprise pick will be the Braves over the Phillies in the NL East.  Phillies will have to live with the Wild Card.  World Series:  Yankees over the Giants in 6.  (sorry RBD, if Wainwright would not have gone down for the season, I think they would have made it).

RBD: Well, certainly losing Adam Wainwright hurt the Cardinals outlook this season, but I do think they will persevere. Predictions? OK, I got ’em. Starting the the NL West, I believe the Giants will once again take the division. The NL Central will be tough, tough, tough, but I do believe the Cardinals will surprise a bunch of people and take the division. The NL East is also going to be a tough place to play, but I agree that the Atlanta Braves, if they can stay healthy, will win. The Brewers in the NL Central will take the Wild Card. Yeah, I said it. Moving to the AL West, I’d like to think that the Angels will win that division, yeah. AL Central will be taken by the Twins. They have a new park, lots of talent and good energy. The AL East, will more than likely be the RAYS!! Yeah, the RAYS! The Yankees will get the Wild Card. I’ll have to predict the Cardinals making it all the way to the World Series where they will meet the Twins and win in 5. BAM!

mda: If either of us are right, the other must buy a 6-pack of the winner’s favorite beer.  Deal?

RBD: Dude if either of us are right, we should get some national attention, besides, just a 6-pack? Let’s make it interesting. How about  if either of us are correct, the other buys the beer throughout the World Series. Now THAT’s a bet! As we’ve been writing all of this, Mariano Riveria has entered the game. He’s 42 and easily a first ballot entrant into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He’s looking good so far!

mda: And Granderson with an amazing catch…his third of the game!  And your deal? That’s a deal.  If there are any patrons out there on the web-o-sphere who would like to purchase World Series tickets for us if the Yankees and/or Cardinals make the World Series, we will gladly accept your patronage.

RBD: Indeed, in fact ANY tickets anybody would like to buy us for any Yankee or Cardinal game, we’d take ’em! Now we’re moving on the St. Louis Cardinals game over in St. Louis as they take on the San Diego Padres. Should be a GREAT game! GO CARDINALS!!

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Spring Training Trip 2010 #7…Final Edition

RBD: Well, it has been a couple of weeks since we returned home from our Spring Training Trip to Florida. I had the time of my life and I can’t wait to get down there again, next year…but first we get to enjoy the 2010 Major League (and Minor League) Baseball Season. I’ve got my MLB 2010 At Bat App for my trusty iPhone and beer from Upland. Now I wait.

mda: Ah baseball…..is there really much that is better than baseball?  Well, the arts are certainly a viable option.  We do promise to write more about the arts, especially arts in Indy.  But first let’s recap the trip.  My most enjoyable moment would driving through Georgia.  Ok, that is a complete lie.  My most enjoyable moment would be watching Yankees manager Joe Girardi work with the young Yankee catching prospects.

RBD: I BET your favorite time was when I drove through GEORGIA BOTH WAYS!!!! Sorry, for the outburst. I really enjoyed

Crazy Atlanta Traffic

myself on this trip. If this is any testament to the fun that was had, when we got back within 24 hours of our arrival, we were hanging out again! That is a good travel partner I tell ya! My favorite moments were being at Roger Dean Stadium with a bunch of people that are Cardinal fans. I’m sure the people in attendance and I didn’t see eye to eye politically (maybe we do, I don’t know and don’t care) BUT, we all share the same thing…the love of St. Louis Cardinal baseball.

mda: The first Cardinals game was pretty cool since we sat next to a couple who are big The University of Texas at Austin fans.  So it was fun talking about Colt McCoy and his prospects in the NFL plus UT-Austin baseball team.  HOOK ‘EM HORNS!

RBD: Ah, yeah, Colt McCoy…Anyway, we had tickets to our final game in Florida for Friday, but at 8pm Thursday night, a

Crazy Florida Thunderstorms

giant thunderstorm rolled through. After looking at the radar and realizing that this storm stretched from Jupiter, Florida (on the East Coast) all the way to the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, we decided that perhaps the game would be canceled and we would leave for home Friday morning and drive all day long…and that’s exactly what we did!

mda: We should have arrived back in Indy at 3:26am Saturday morning (thank you Garmin). But we ran in to a little problem.  And the name of that problem?  GEORGIA.

RBD: YUP. 2 HOURS of traffic for reasons that will never be explained to me EVER. I just don’t get it and I probably won’t. Therefore I doubt I will ever move to Georgia, maybe visit here and there, but I could never live there. OK, now that that is done, we ended up getting to Indy around 5:30am in the morning. So we drove from 11am straight through to home and arrived 18.5 hours later. We listened to a lot of great music and had great conversations. This is a

Great American Ballparkin Cincinnati...not a bad seat in the place!

trip to remember and I can’t wait to get back. Now, I have two games to attend in Cincinnati to watch the Cardinals play the Reds at The Great American Ballpark for the beginning of the

Indianapolis Indians

season. April 16th is the home opener for the Indianapolis Indians the AAA affiliate for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lots of baseball coming up this summer and I can’t wait! I’m sure there will be lots of concerts we will attend as well. What do you say mda?

mda: A wonderful vacation and I couldn’t think of a better friend to go with.  Honestly, this was one of my three dream vacations I have always wanted to take.  One down, two to go.  So the next time we do Spring Training, the brother of RBD…we will call him FCD will have to join us.  Of course, if that happened I have a feeling we will be blogging about the inside of Florida jail cells at some point in the trip.

FCD...on the left...

RBD: Oh man, to have FCD on this trip would have made it that much more better! I’m sure we would have gotten into more interesting situations for sure. Well, glad to have shared this experience with you mda and I look forward to a summer of baseball games! Now, what do you say we get back to writing about the Arts and such in future blogs?

mda: Let’s do it…

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