July 29th, 2012
Friday night I had driven back to Madison because Victoria was coming to Saturday’s and Sunday’s games with me. I worked on Friday’s post when I got up and then got ready for the game. We left our apartment in Madison at 1:45, and met Victoria’s aunt (Jan) and uncle (Ron), in Pewaukee. We carpooled to the game and were parked by 3:30. We fired up the grill and put on the kebabs that Victoria had made Saturday morning. The kebabs consisted of steak, chicken, mushrooms, red and green peppers, and onion and they were very delicious.
Victoria also made a pasta salad with tomatoes and mozzarella, and Jan and Ron brought cherries, a rice salad, croissants, and beer.
A few guys from the tailgate next to us started throwing darts. I didn’t ask about the rules but I should have. I think the idea was to puncture your opponent’s beer can with your darts, and then they have to drink the beer down to wear the puncture took place. I believe the game takes skill and also trust in your friend that they don’t puncture something else.
Before we went inside I had a nearby tailgater get a picture of the four of us. Left to right is Ron, Jan, Victoria, and myself.
Once inside we went over to section 203 to get the game number photo taken. 100!!!
We said hi to the Ice Man and then to usher Bill before heading to our seats. The national anthem started right as we were arriving and it was pretty good timing on our part. It was Negro Leagues Tribute night and both teams sported throwbacks. The Brewers wore Milwaukee Bears uniforms and the Nationals wore Washington Homestead Grays uniforms. Randy Wolf was on the hill for the Crew and the game got underway. Here he is delivering the first pitch of the game.
In the second inning Rickie Weeks doubled with two outs. He didn’t wind up scoring, but I got a picture of him getting his lead to give you a better look at the throwback uniforms.
In the top of the fourth inning the Nationals got on the board with a leadoff home run from Corey Brown. It was his first hit in the majors and luckily for him it landed in the Brewers bullpen, so there was no need for bargaining as the bullpen just tossed it back onto the field where it was relayed to the Nationals’ dugout. Aoki threw out Michael Morse trying to score from second on a single for the second out of the inning. The next batter hit a 2-run home run and the Brewers trailed 3-0.
In the bottom of the fourth the Brewers cut the deficit to two with an RBI single from Rickie Weeks. Here he is after sending one up the middle to drive in Ramirez.
In the top of the fifth the Nationals got the run back, however, when Ryan Zimmerman put one over the wall in center and just out of reach for Carlos Gomez to rob him of the dinger. That concluded the scoring and the Nationals took game three of the series. Final Score: Nationals 4 – Brewers 1. I have to mention Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman, who grew up in Auburndale, Wisconsin, and went to school at UW-Stevens Point. Victoria went to elementary school in Auburndale for a few years before going to the Stratford school system. Zimmerman had a lot of friends and family in the crowd, and it was probably pretty exciting for him and his supporters. Here’s Zimmerman pitching early in the game in the Grays throwback:
After the game Jan and Ron dropped us off at my car in Pewaukee, and then Victoria and I drove back to their house where we usually stay on Saturday nights when the Brewers are at home. They live in Sussex and it saves us about an hour of travel between the Saturday night game and Sunday afternoon game. Victoria and I usually sleep in a spare bedroom in the basement and Saturday wasn’t supposed to be any different. When I was taking one of the throw pillows off the bed I noticed something small and black on it but didn’t think anything of it. I went upstairs and got ready for bed and when I returned Victoria was just standing there waiting for me. I asked what was wrong and she said there was what appeared to be mouse droppings on my side of the bed where I had removed the pillow. I cleaned them up and we removed the comforter and she stood back as she asked me to check behind the pillows (she’s terrified of mice, I think they’re cute). Would you like to know what happened next?
You would not believe how fast Victoria was out of that bedroom and up the stairs (screaming along the way). It was dead but it was still a little alarming, I’ll give her that. If the droppings hadn’t been on the comforter she may have climbed right in and cozied up with just a pillow separating her from the rodent. Jan said they catch a few outside but she has no idea how this one would’ve gotten into the basement. Victoria and I slept on the first floor last night but she made me check behind the pillows before getting into bed. It was a strange ending to an overall good day (besides the loss).
We’re leaving in a bout 15 minutes for the game and I’m looking forward to the Bob Uecker bobblehead.
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