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Three Ballparks in Three Days

28 May 2008 No Comment

Last night, we arrived at Miller Park about 90 minutes before the Milwaukee Brewers hosted the Atlanta Braves. Since we were early, there were not as many scalpers as usual. We also needed 5 tickets – normally a hard number to find. We did find one scalper who had more than five tickets ($45 face value). We decided those were too expensive and went to the ticket window.

The Brewers cheapest seat is $8 but that is in the Upper Deck in left field – passed the foul poll. Ultimate Dodger Fan Will wanted to sit behind home plate so we “sprung” for the $14 Upper Deck seats within the baselines.

Since we were in the stadium 60 minutes early, the Ultimate Sports Wife and I decided to hang out in TGI Friday’s in the ballpark (we had not brought our tailgating gear). My last trip to Milwaukee I discovered that the restaurant was the one area of the ballpark you could still buy alcoholic beverages after the 7th inning.

At some point between the last time I watched the Brewers (Thu, 5/1 at Wrigley Field) play, manager Ned Yost decided to bat his pitcher 9th rather than 8th. I guess he determined what other managers have known for decades – you bat your worst hitter last.

After the game we stopped at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, WI (about a 30 minute drive south of Milwaukee). The Brat Stop is a great stopping point for a late night snack after the ballgame. It also helps break up the drive. Even Hillary Clinton made an election stop back in February at the Brat Stop.

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