9-19-12 (@ Pittsburgh)

I started Wednesday by driving to the Bagel Factory, which is a mile from my host’s place. It was right around the corner from Mark’s place (where I stayed in August) and it was good then, so why not stick with what works. I got the wild berry bagel with plain cream cheese and some orange juice. They do put on an unnecessary amount of cream cheese (as you can see) and I was forced to wipe some of it off. Nonetheless it was very good.

After breakfast I went back to the apartment and finished up the post for Tuesday. When I was here in August someone on Twitter had recommended I visit The Church Brew Works. I had driven past it a bunch of times and I decided to give it a try on Wednesday. This is the sign that’s on the corner of Liberty Avenue and 36th Street.

From the sidewalk out front:

It’s an historic landmark and they have a plaque on the exterior:

The interior is pretty sweet, to say the least. Those are some brew kettles on the far wall there (I think).

To the left is the bar area and I started by ordering a wheat pale ale.

The Southwest Chicken Wrap sounded appetizing and I went with that for lunch/dinner. It consisted of chilled chicken breast, mixed greens, black beans, diced tomatoes, and jack cheese served in a jalapeno- cheddar tortilla with poblano and cilantro mayo. I had high hopes but it didn’t pack much flavor. I also had a fresh hop ale where they add hops at the end of the brewing process and I thought it worked really well.

I left The Brew Church Works at 5:15 and was parked 15 minutes later. Wednesday’s skies were much better than Tuesday’s:

I got my ticket from will call and entered the park at 5:45. The Brewers were on the field for batting practice and I spotted Yovani Gallardo in right field. I hustled over there and made my way down to the field. I asked Marcus Hanel (the Brewers bullpen catcher) if he could send Gallardo over my way. He said that it’s up to the players if they want to sign autographs. I alternated yelling “Yo!” and “Yovani!” while holding up the picture I was trying to get signed. All the players were wearing the pullovers so I couldn’t tell who was beside him, but one of the guys physically tried turning Gallardo’s head so he’d see me. Eventually Gallardo made his way over and I thanked him profusely after he signed my picture. I took this on Memorial Day in 2009 (5/25/09). Thank you Yovani!!!

I then went up to the right field corner of the upper deck. I used the self timer function to try and get game photo number 148. The shadowy field and illuminated bridges didn’t make for ideal conditions. I decided I would try and get the picture once the sun began to set. In the meantime I went over to behind home plate and tried to get an artsy shot with the side of a seat and the city landscape in the background. These two turned out pretty good. At first I didn’t like the first one because of the sun’s reflection off one of the buildings, but now I think it’s kind of cool.

I went back over to the right field corner for the start of the game. Here was my view as Kyle McPherson delivered a ball to Norichika Aoki.

On the second pitch of the ballgame Aoki sent one into the seats in right and the Brewers took a 1-0 lead.

There was no one within five sections of me so after getting the first pitch picture and the picture above I set up my camera like I did on Tuesday. I started taking pictures between pitches, being careful not to miss a pitch (I succeeded). I eventually got one that I was satisfied with. I wonder what people thought from afar as I stood there taking pictures of myself.

I worked my way down to the field level and watched the top of the second from within the out of town scoreboard. There was a lady in there who I would assume is a diehard. Awesome. Hopefully that will be me (at Miller Park) someday, with Victoria at my side.

That was the last picture that I took on Wednesday. I went over to the cross aisle between the two levels of bleachers in left and hoped for a Brewers home run to come my way. While out there I befriended a Pirates fan (Tony) who complimented me on my grey hat (that Victoria doesn’t like). He said he really likes the ball and glove logo and we talked baseball for the remainder of the game.

The Brewers grounded into four double plays on Wednesday but were able to push across solo runs in the 5th and 7th. They took the three-run lead into the 9th and Axford entered for the save. He gave up a leadoff home run to Andrew McCutchen and the Brewers 26 inning scoreless streak came to an end. They were bidding for their third straight shutout, which would have tied a franchise record. Ax worked around a one-out broken-bat single and secured the Brewers victory. Final score: Brewers 3 – Pirates 1.

The Cardinals won on Wednesday so the Brewers didn’t gain any ground on them, but a split in LA’s doubleheader allowed the Brewers to pull within a half game of the Dodgers.

Let’s keep it going! Go Brewers!

Personal Stats:

Daily Stats:

Time inside PNC Park: 4 hours 21 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 4 hours 27 minutes
Miles driven: 13.5
Sausages: 0
Pitches missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (258/258)
Current streak of pitches seen: 365

Season Stats:

Brewers current record: 76-72 (.514 winning percentage) (Highwater mark of the season so far: 4 games over .500!!!)
Time inside stadiums: 628 hours 12 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 740 hours 47 minutes
Miles driven: 18,016.0
Miles riding in car but not driving: 2,214.4
Public transit miles: 469.0
Flight miles: 19,777
Total distance traveled: 40,476.3 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 162.55% (40,476.3/24,901)
Sausages: 94 (36 Hot Dogs, 31 Polish, 12 Bratwurst, 5 Corndogs, 2 Italian, 2 Cheddarwurst, 2 Bison Dogs, Chicken Apple Sausage, Blueberry & Merlot Venison Sausage, Sausage Race on a Stick, Elk Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage)
Pitches missed: 98
Longest streak of pitches seen: 2,192 (8/27 – 9/3)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.78% (44,207/44,305)

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