April 18th, 2012
Tuesday started slowly as I didn’t have much to do. I was planning on leaving Madison around 3:30 for the 7:10 game. A little backstory; Todd, the husband of a friend of my sister’s, works for Midwest Family Broadcasting, who owns a bunch of Madison area radio stations. They include Magic 98, 94.1 JJO, 93.1 JAMZ, just to name a few. My sister’s friend (who was a roommate of hers while attending Whitewater) saw one of my sisters Facebook posts about me, and told her husband. He thought he could help get my message out using radio. We’d emailed back and forth and I gave him a blurb about what I was doing and why, and they’re going to play it on air. How cool is that!?!? He had mentioned that I could stop by and see their office, which also houses a few of the studios where they broadcast from. At 1:30 I realized that he had brought this up, and since I was in Madison, I gave him a call. I said I could stop by around 3:00, and he said that would work. When I was packing up and getting ready to leave, this happened:
This is my cat Prince, and yes, I named him after Prince Fielder. I got him back in 2006 and Prince was coming off his rookie season for the Brewers, and I knew he was going to be awesome. During this past offseason, I was pondering a name change since Prince was going to sign with another team. I debated going back to his original name (Simba), or The Cat formally known as Prince (but only if he signed with the Cubs). Since he didn’t sign with the Cubs, I figured it was alright to leave it as is. I snapped this picture quickly as I was leaving, and didn’t get a chance to look at it until now, and laughed out loud when I saw it. I think his expression is “OH MY GOOOOSH” or “SAY WHHAAAAAT?”, or “DON’T LEAVE MEOW!”.
Back to Midwest Family Broadcasting. Todd said that the owner really likes guitars, and has a bunch of them all over the building, as you can see from the picture of the lobby below. Most all of them are either signed by famous musicians, or contain cool artwork. Todd brought up the possibility of doing something on air on a few of the morning shows, and I said I was all for it. I gave him a few dates that should work, which are limited, since there are 18 off days from now until October 3rd. I will most likely be returning in a month or so I didn’t take any more photos. There was some really cool/interesting stuff, and I’ll be sure to bring my DSLR when I go back.
I left at 3:30 and headed to Milwaukee, but made a pitstop in Delafield to get some dinner at Noodle’s and Company. I had gotten a $25 gift card for Christmas, and a $50 gift card from a very generous coworker (Pam), as a going away/”that’s f****** awesome!” present. Pam had once asked another coworker if they thought my phone got text messages, and I still give her a hard time about that, but I digress. I usually get either the Indonesian Peanut Sauté or the Pad Thai, yesterday I went with the former, and added chicken. I think they gave me more than the normal serving, which is just what I needed, since I hadn’t eaten lunch.
I drove to Miller Park and was surprised by the lack of traffic. There was still some slowdown but it went rather smoothly, despite it being 5:15 on a weekday, and a lane being closed due to construction. I probably just jinxed myself and now today’s traffic is going to be horrific. I went through the right field entrance, I headed straight for the upper deck, to get the picture for game number 11.
I had about an hour to kill so I wandered and took some pictures. The four-parter below, going clockwise from top left is as follows:
1) The upper deck concourse in the right field corner. There is just so much room up there. The nearby sections are generally only used during sellouts, so a lot of times there’s just an open concourse like this. This picture was taken about an hour before first pitch on a weeknight in April, so that also attributes to it’s emptiness.
2) A view from the concourse into the seating bowl, behind section 410. I always like looking into sections from the tunnel and seeing the foul pole, and in this case, Bernie’s slide as well.
3) A John Axford poster in the Loge Level concourse, near home plate. I hadn’t seen this one yet, and thought it was pretty cool. His nickname (at least for fans), is either Ax, or The Ax Man, so it’s very fitting.
4) The view from my seat during the game. I just thought it was cool how the sun comes through the panels in the upper deck, and illuminates the scoreboard and the supporting section for the roof panels. The picture isn’t accurate in the sense that the scoreboard was entirely legible, and it’s just washed out in the picture, but nonetheless.
The game itself was absolutely spectacular, or at least the ending was. The Brewers built an early 2-0 lead in the second inning off of Gamel’s solo home run and Izturis’ RBI single. The Dodgers struck in the fifth with a solo run on an error, but if everything played out as it eventually did, the run would’ve scored anyways. The Dodgers tied it in the seventh on a RBI double by James Loney. The Brewers worked their squeeze magic once again (third time this year), and Aoki got the job done in the bottom half, scoring Gamel. It was looking like it was going to be one of those K-Rod – Axford shut ’em down type of eighth and ninth innings, but K-Rod gave up a two run shot to Ethier in the eighth, and things looked bleak.
Enter Gorgeous George, as Dave (Annette’s boyfriend) calls him. Georgie (what I call him) sent everyone home happy with a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth with one out, and the crowd was in a frenzy. I was jumping around in the aisle like a child who was just given ten pounds of their favorite candy while trick-or-treating, but that is completely normal for me. Gamel had a great slide and wound up scoring three of the Brewers five runs, and has his batting average up to .282. Big win for the Crew, and hopefully with Greinke on the mound tonight, we can duplicate it.