8-14-12 (@ Colorado)

Dustin and I hung out at his place on Tuesday then headed out at 2:00 PM. We took the light rail downtown and the free 16th street bus up to the the Civic Center Park and the State Capitol Building. There wasn’t a clear name engraved on that statue in front, just “1861 – 1865”.

The steps on the west entrance were engraved:

We walked in on the south side of the building and after getting through the security checkpoint we came here and looked up. It’s probably my favorite picture of the day.

We went to the main entrance and turned around, this is what it looks like if you enter from the west:

We also visited the hall of U.S. Presidents, the wall opposite this one has the rest of them.

After leaving the Capitol Building we walked over to the Art Museum. The oddly shaped building in the background is the Art Museum and in the foreground lies a large piece of artwork:

You can make out the dust pan in the picture above, but here’s the whole thing:

The Denver Public Library is right across from the Art Museum:

This was outside of a building that was near the Art Museum:

On our way back to 16th street we saw a food truck parked in Civic Center Park. It’s called Ba-nom-a-nom.

It says “100% healthy – 100% treat” on the truck. There was a dry erase board sign next to where you order and it said that it’s not ice cream, it’s not a smoothie, and it doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s hard to describe and a small cup was $4, but it was really, really good. I had the Pineapple – Peach, I think. I know it had pineapple but now I’m second guessing what the second fruit was.

When we were about to leave Civic Center Park we came across this.

We took the free bus down a few stops and got off so we could eat at Yard House. It’s connected to the Sheraton and they had over 115 beers on tap when we were there. It varies, sometimes there will be more, sometimes less. These were just some of them, the bar was oval, and the taps circled the bar.

We both ordered “1/2 Yards” of the house hefeweizen. A 1/2 Yard is about a half yard tall and it holds approximately 32 fluid ounces. They’re actually kind of difficult to drink, because you have to take it to the side of the table so the top of the glass would be at mouth height.

We were there during happy hour and Yard House offers half-price appetizers. We got the Chicken nachos, which consisted of chicken, spicy pinto beans, cheddar and jack cheeses, red and green sauce, tomato, cilantro, onions, guacamole and sour cream.

The pizzas were also half off during happy hour so each of us got a Pizza (probably not the best idea). Dustin got the barbecue chicken pizza and I got the Spicy Thai Chicken pizza. Mine had chicken, firecracker sauce, mozzarella cheese, macadamia nuts, carrots, green onion and cilantro

I almost finished my Pizza, Walsh not so much. It was stupid to try and finish it. I felt miserable for a while and I curse my habit of not wanting to waste ANY food.

We hopped back on the free bus and took it to Market Street, where we got off and walked to Coors Field. We got to the park at around 5:35 and once inside we went to the Rock Pile seats way out in center field. It provided a great spot for game photo number 115.

Beyond the last row they have pennants for each National League team. This was one side of the Rock Pile seats. The only flag that was missing was the Rockies’. I’m assuming a drunk fan thought it would make a nice addition at their house, so they reached over, lowered it, and took it with them.

If you turn 90 degrees to the left in the picture above you get an idea of what’s beyond Coors Field to the North. On a normal day you’d be able to see the Rockies in the distance (thanks weather).

Once we got down to the field level concourse I got a picture of the picnic area that is behind the batter’s eye in straight away centerfield.

We walked around the field level concourse to right field and we got a good look at the scenic bullpen. This is most of the visitors’ bullpen, the Rockies’ bullpen is to the left and not pictured.

We went over to our seats in section 142. Before the game started Norichika Aokia, Carlos Gomez, and Corey Hart came out to stretch. Aoki can pull this off but if I tried it I would likely tear something.

Some school children sang the national anthem and some Boy Scouts presented the flags.

The game got underway at 6:40 PM and Aoki took a called strike from Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood:

Randy Wolf gave up four runs in the 1st inning and again the Brewers found themselves in an early hole. In the top of the 3rd the Brewers scored a run but the Rockies returned the favor in the bottom half. In the 5th Martin Maldonado homered to lead off the frame, here he is just before getting a low five from Ed Sedar:

The Rockies increased the lead back to four runs in their half of the 5th and then added two runs in the 6th, taking an 8-2 lead. The Brewers scored one in the 7th and had a golden opportunity in the 8th to cut into the lead. The bases were loaded with one out and Ryan Braun was at the plate. Braun struck out swinging and Aramis Ramirez followed him with a strikeout looking.

The top of the 9th was an interesting one and the Brewers almost did what has been done to them most of the season (late inning comebacks). Five of the first six reached for the Brewers and the lead was now just two runs. Weeks stepped to the plate representing the go-ahead run. Weeks flew out and Braun was given another chance to be the hero.

He lifted one deep to center, but not quite deep enough. Center fielder Dexter Fowler squeezed it for the final out and the Rockies assured a series win. Final Score: Rockies 8 – Brewers 6.

In the 8th inning I had a fan a few rows back take a picture of Dustin and me.

Today’s game is at 1:10 this afternoon and we’re leaving in just over an hour. It’s Dustin’s birthday and tonight we’re meeting up with some of his Colorado friends to celebrate. There’s an arcade bar where every game is 25 cents; let the games begin.

Personal Stats:

Daily Stats:

Time inside Coors Field: 4 hours 13 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 4 hours 15 minutes
Public transit miles: 9.3
Sausages: 0
Pitches missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (279/279)
Current streak of pitches seen: 424

Season Stats:

Brewers current record: 52-63 (.452 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 485 hours 37 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 568 hours 4 minutes
Miles driven: 13,891.7
Miles riding in car but not driving: 2,039.5
Public transit miles: 395.7
Flight miles: 16,730
Total distance traveled: 33,056.8 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 132.75% (33,056.8/24,901)
Sausages: 81 (33 Hot Dogs, 26 Polish, 8 Bratwurst, 5 Corndogs, 2 Italian, 2 Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage, Blueberry & Merlot Venison Sausage, Sausage Race on a Stick, Elk Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage)
Pitches missed: 84
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,965 (6/30 – 7/6)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.76% (34,341/34,425)

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1 Comment

Hi Ben,
I found your blog recently (not sure where, probably Be The Match facebook status). I’ve also had a cord blood transplant. I will be “5” on Dec. 18th of this year. I love what you’re doing and think it is a great way to bring attention to Be The Match! I will be at the Brewer’s game tonight and just thought I’d let you know that a fellow transplant patient would be in the crowd watching the game. I’ll look forward to reading your post after.
Have a great time!!!
Deb

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