Our night carousing the bars somewhere along Broad Street in Philadelphia, and closing the Irish Bar at our hotel unfortunately resulted in Frank’s inability to contribute to the driving efforts on our way to Cincinnati.

A quick check of Mapquest today estimates the 570 mile drive at a whopping 9 hours and 26 minutes total time.  That’s a heck of a driving day for one guy stuffed into a small car that was topping off with fast food wrappers while his buddy reclined in the passenger seat.  But we are on our third leg after visiting Yankee Stadium and Veterans Stadium.

We made it to Riverfront Stadium in time to see the Reds beat the Houston Astros 6 – 4. Some interesting tidbits from looking over the box score (and certainly not using the memory banks) .. is that a .208 hitter batted third and went 1 for 4 with an RBI named Terry Francona! And some famous Reds names like Dave Concepcion, Dave Parker, Barry Larkin, Rod Oester, Nick Esasky, Paul O’Neill and John Franco all appeared in that rain delayed game.

We ended up after the game visiting the press box for some sweets and seeing the most famous Reds player of all zooming out of the parking lot in his white porsche.

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Baseballapalooza 1987 Part II

by on November 23, 2008

We’ve made it to Philadelphia …. After a long night in New York City watching the Red Sox and Yankees play at Yankee Stadium Frank and Joe have rolled into Philly to catch the Phillies and Pirates play what turns out to be a Monday doubleheader.  We had no idea that it was going to be two for the price of one when we made our trip plans, so you’ve got to love bonus baseball!

The amazing thing that is the internet provides us with which tells us that Game One was a Phillies 6 – 5 victory. Mike Jackson getting the win over Barry Jones (yikes!) .. with Steve Bedrosian getting the save.

Game Two was a Phillies trouncing of the Pirates 11- 3 that started out fast and furious with the Pirates scoring two in the top of the first and the Phillies with four in the bottom of the inning.

More importantly, are the escapades of the boys trying to navigate the subway system in Philadelphia, and meeting the effervescent Paula the ballgirl during game one.

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