Frank Remembers Baseballapalooza Part II

by on February 18, 2009

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The four part video post Baseballapalooza 1987 chronicled the journey of Frank, Joe and friends through New York, Philadelphia, Cincinatti and Pittsburgh on a whirlwind tour of ballparks and bars.

During the filming of my Baseballisms, I could hardly keep all of the information accurate due to reasons that become apparent.  As I mentioned in the introduction to the first video, Frank has a much better memory for the finer details of episodes like this.

As you will note in Part I of this exclusive audio podcast on Baseballisms.com, we were able to reconnect via the wonders of Facebook so that we could recount this historic trip.

During Part II we recall arriving in Cincinnati and Frank remembers that we were able to walk on the warning track of the field thanks to our friend Don.  One slight unfortunate element of Baseballapalooza 1987 is that most of the stadiums, Veterans, Riverfront and Three Rivers are all of the same ’70s vintage multipurpose Astroturf fields and were not the classic “retro” ballparks that have been built in their place… But we still had our share of adventure.

Don allowed us to stay over at his mother’s house across the river in Kentucky, and his hospitality lead to a very important aspect of our game “enjoyment” during the rain delay at Riverfront Stadium.  We give a special tip of the hat over 20 years later to the local EMT’s!

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Unfortunately, in Part IV of the video podcast I admit to not having any recollection of the affair in Pittsburgh so Frank brings to light the American Beer promotion in the parking lot that preceeded the game, and my run-ins with the Pittburgh Parrot mascot.

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Down in Front!!

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At the end of the trip we end up in Atlantic City to meet the last of our crew on the adventure .. Not only do we make a requisite visit to the local White Castles, but I end up winning back all of my spending money to top of an excellent trip!

Pay attention at the end as the knuckleheads struggle to get back home from Atlantic City .. and ramble off into recollections for future podcasts such as our trip to Florida for the Notre Dame vs. Miami football game during Tim Brown’s Heisman season.  Or the Bruce Springsteen concert to Saratoga Springs, where due to downpours they let the fans in early for the soundcheck, and he famously played Who’ll Stop the Rain …. and the rains stopped!

And if you are really crazy and you can stand to listen all the way to the end of the podcast .. and are the first to tell us in the comments what Frank and I did for our first entreprenurial venture, we’ll send you a Baseballisms T-shirt!

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It’s what Baseballisms.com is all about .. Everyone has a story that connects them emotionally with baseball as the catalyst.  Whether it is a Little League game, meeting a famous big leaguer, or going to a ballgame with Grandad, these are stories that need to be preserved. Frank and I will always have this Baseballapalooza tour to fondly reminisce about and now fortunately some of the missing elements have been recollected :-)

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