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Chicago, Chicago Cubs, MLB, San Diego Padres »

[21 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Ultimate Sports Baby Walks at Wrigley Field

Since I had tickets for the second game, but would not receive a refund, I walked home in order to get re-organized and change the Ultimate Sports Baby. Plus, by re-entering Wrigley Field, I could finally receive a promotion – the Tyler Colvin bobblehead. This was probably the main reason the Cubs kept the games as a separate ticket so fans from Tuesday night could get their prize. But, people need to stop being so lame about collecting promotional items.  It is mostly junk you will probably throw out at …

Chicago, Chicago Cubs, MLB, San Diego Padres »

[21 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
The Cubs Screw Fans with Day-Night Doubleheader

Rain caused Tuesday night’s Cubs game to be rescheduled to Wednesday night setting up a day-night doubleheader. This was one of the first times I had not planned to attend a Cubs game, but was able to after the game was postponed. I brought the Ultimate Sports Baby to the first game of the day in what turned out to be a scheduling nightmare for the Cubs.
First, even thought the Cubs scheduled the night game for 6:05 pm they never rescheduled the first game as they should have. …

Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, NHL Playoffs, Vancouver Canucks »

[20 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
NHL Playoffs: Canucks at Blackhawks Game 4

I missed the first Chicago Blackhawks home playoff game on Sunday night when I was flying back to Chicago. So there was no way I was going to miss Game 4 (the Blackhawks second home game) especially with the Blackhawks down in the series 3-0.
Also, I don’t think there is anyway Game 6 will be played back at the United Center so this is the only Blackhawks playoff game I will attend this season. For the second night in a row, I planned to miss the Cubs home game for …

Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, NBA »

[19 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
NBA Playoffs: Pacers at Bulls Game 2

I flew back to Chicago Sunday night in order to be back in time for the Chicago Cubs second home stand of the season which started Monday night. However, both the NBA and NHL Playoff schedules came out while I was in San Francisco, so I missed the Chicago Bulls opening round playoff game on Saturday afternoon.
So even though I just got back from a 10-day trip to San Francisco and the Cubs were home at Wrigley Field, I was planning to attend Game 2 of the Pacers and Bulls …

Detroit Tigers, MLB, Oakland, Oakland Athletics »

[18 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
Family Reunion in Oakland: Tigers at Athletics

It was the Ultimate Sports Baby and my last day in the Bay Area. Our flight back to Chicago left from Oakland at 6:10 pm. Thus, I planned to attend the Oakland Athletics afternoon game before flying back to Chicago Sunday evening. My parents, brother, his girlfriend and her three kids were all attending the game. We had to buy tickets from the box office since we needed eight tickets. First, we needed room to spread out and second, scalpers usually do not have eight together for a cheap price. …

Los Angeles Kings, NHL Playoffs, San Jose, San Jose Sharks »

[17 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
NHL Playoffs: LA Kings at SJ Sharks Game 2

After going back to San Carlos for an hour, my Dad and I were off to Game 2 of the Kings and Sharks playoff series.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
Since there were a few fans selling tickets outside of the arena on Thursday night, I chose to see if there were fans selling on Saturday night and not walk downtown to find any scalpers. That was a big mistake as there was nobody selling extra tickets around HP Pavilion.
The cheapest tickets on StubHub before the game were between $50 and $60. I …

College Baseball, San Francisco, Stanford »

[16 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
No Strollers Allowed at Stanford Baseball

Saturday was another doubleheader day. My Dad and I were planning to attend Game 2 of the San Jose Sharks opening round series versus the Los Angeles Kings. But we were free in on Saturday afternoon, so we decided to also attend the Stanford baseball game versus Oregon St. The game started at 1 pm.
As was the case with the golf tournament, there were no scalpers for the Stanford baseball game so we bought tickets from the box office.

Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
Sunken Diamond is a great place to watch …

Los Angeles Kings, NHL Playoffs, San Jose, San Jose Sharks »

[15 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
NHL Playoffs: LA Kings at SJ Sharks Game 1

My second sporting event for Thursday was the San Jose Sharks opening round playoff game versus the Los Angeles Kings. After the golf tournament, I dropped the Ultimate Sports Baby off at my parent’s house and drove down to San Jose for the game.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
In the past there have been plenty of scalpers outside of HP Pavilion. However, tonight there were no scalpers outside of the arena. They must have been downtown which is in the opposite direction from where I parked.
There were some fans who were selling …

Golf, Oakland »

[14 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]
The Birds Nest: Fresh Express Classic

After spending Wednesday at my parent’s house, Thursday was a doubleheader day. Once again both my parents were planning to work, so I brought the Ultimate Sports Baby to his first golf tournament – the Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic. I was concerned about brining Dylan to a golf tournament where the absence of sound is of the utmost importance, but when I called the tournament they told me all were welcome.
The tournament was held at the TPC Stonebrae in Hayward across the San Mateo Bridge from where my parents …

Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants »

[13 Apr 2011 | No Comment | ]

Once again I was back at AT&T Park for Tuesday night’s Giants game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. This time my Dad was planning to attend. Also, Sean MacDonald (who runs the website sportsroadtrips.blogspot.com) was in town after arriving from Tokyo earlier today.
Parking at AT&T Park
This time I found a parking lot on Berry St. south of 5th St. that was only $20. It was definitely a long walk to AT&T Park, but worth saving $10 in my opinion. Plus, the parking lot was not that big so traffic getting …