Published: March 19th 2012March 19th 2012
in front of Roger Dean Stadium
Miami Marlins Game - Sunday – March 18th
Today is our second game against the Miami Marlins at the local stadium, so again we have a restful morning. We got up and had a nice breakfast, but then settled in for a couple of hours in the room. David actually went down to the pool for a swim this morning, but still had plenty of time to get ready before the bus left at Noon.
The game was played in Roger Dean Stadium again and we are happy to report that the Cardinals won again today, this time 4-2 with late heroics in the 8th
inning. There was a brief shower in the 4th
inning, but it started and ended so quickly that we didn’t really have time to seek shelter – so it was not a big problem. Our seats were the same as the previous game (in the shade of the press box) but they were not under any kind of awning, so it was a little wet. Luckily it was such a light rain that it did not even interrupt play.
Today was a standing room only
from Right Field
crowd with many more people than the other days. The first home game was a little less than 6,000 and the second home game was around 6,200, but today was almost 7,300. However the Detroit attendance had been over 10,000 – they did not announce the crowd size in Fort Meyer.
We went back to the traditional hot dogs and brats for lunch. About the 6th
inning, Janet went for ice cream and David went to ask for information about how to visit the minor league complex on Tuesday. The person gave us that info, but asked if we wanted a quick tour of the press box. He apologized that he could not show us the rooms which were being used by TV or Radio, but did show us an empty box, and we got to see into the official scorer’s box. They certainly have a great view from up there – how could the scorer make such bad decisions some times. Anyway, it was an unexpected bonus today.
We got back on the bus and headed back to the hotel. One couple was missing and the bus had to turn around a go
viewed from adjacent TV booth
back for them. Another member of our group had gotten sick during the game and had to be taken to the hospital (they think he was dehydrated) but returned to the hotel after being treated.
When we got back to the hotel, it was part way through the next NCAA basketball game between St Louis University and Michigan State. The Billikens played hard but just were not able to beat the #1 seed in their region. But they had a good season.
We went down to the reception for a glass of wine, and then off to dinner. We were going to go to a restaurant on the Inter-coastal Waterway called Panama Hattie. Some of our fellow travelers told us it had gone downhill in recent years and they recommended the place on the other side of the waterway called Waterway Café. That turned out to be crowded and we had to wait about 35 minutes. The table we had was under a ceiling fan which could not be changed from “full blast” because of a broken pull chain. We were moved to an adjacent table because it was so windy/cold. David had Fish
in the stands with travel group
& Chips, but they quickly got cold. Janet had the Snow Crab Leg Special, but it was a lot more work than the amount of crab that she got from it. Then the band started playing and we couldn’t hear to be able to talk. All in all it was not a good dinner.
We returned to the hotel for the rest of the evening and to prepare for tomorrow.