Sunday, June 20, 2010

Jay Buckley Baseball Trip Day 2

Tuesday June 15

As I was going to breakfast at the hotel, Sheration O'Hare, I saw a Fed-Ex truck pull up to the entrance. I wonder if someone was spying on me. Anyone I must complement Jay for picking an excellent hotel for the start of the tour. Since we had a little free time this morning I listened to my favorite NYC radio stations (WCBS-FM, WFUV, and WBGO) on the iPhone.
At 11AM we left for Harry Caray's restaurant in downtown Chicago. I must say that the food there was excellent. I would recommend that anyone traveling to the Windy City stop there. For readers who are not baseball fans Harry Caray was best known as a broadcaster for the Cardinals, Cubs, and White Sox.
From there we went to the Navy Pier ,a family attraction featuring entertainment, shopping, dining, cruises, and events, featuring more than 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants and more. We did have the time to take a 30 minute cruise of Lake Michigan.
We arrived at Wrigley Field about 4:30. Any baseball fan should go there once to experience a ball park in the middle of a neighborhood. It is one thing to see a game on TV, but you really must experience the environment in and around Wrigley Field. We met George Castle a journalist and writer who gave us a tour of the neighborhood. He showed us the exact location where a 600 foot home run by Dave Kingman landed.
Just before game time it started to rain. Fortunately it stopped and the game began at 8:45 PM. The Oakland A's beat the Cubs 9-5. Box Score . We had several people on the tour from northern California who were quite happy with the result.

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