The adventures of Frank and Joe have taken us through a game at Yankee Stadium, Veterans Stadium for a doubleheader game, out to the home of the Big Red Machine, Riverfront Stadium in Cincinatti and now on to the final leg Three Rivers Stadium.
My ticket stub, which is now embedded forever in my brother Kevin’s bar, tells me that the Pittsburgh Pirates were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers on that particular day. Baseball-Reference.com tells me that Rick Reuschel beat Fernando Valenzuela 6-0 with the help of Bobby Bonnilla’s 3 for 4, one homer, five RBI day. The Pirates lead off hitter that day was none other than Barry Bonds.
However, I have no recollection whatsoever of that game or day. I’m sorry, it was the tail end of a long intensive road trip that was a memory of a lifetime – except for this particular game.
We stopped off in Atlantic City on the final leg home to meet up with some other friends. I was down to the last of my cash and ended up at a roulette table for the first time in my life, and started putting chips down on reds, blacks, odds, evens and any other table combination that seemed to work. It allowed me to get back all of the money that I had spent that entire trip!
For a kid just out of college is there a better definition of heaven? Beer, Baseball and winning back your money gambling!
It was a great experience that we had hoped to reproduce for many years to come. Frank and I talked about a California swing, a Chicago midwest trip, and any other combination we could have dreamt up. Alas, life gets in the way some times and we never made any more baseball road trips (we still had a few concert road trips in us though – Bruce!!).
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