Tag:Chicago Cubs
Posted on: September 4, 2010 12:47 pm

Baseball Tourism

My favorite part of business travel is the ballpark perks.

This season, I've had the chance to visit Minneapolis, Chicago, and Phoenix on business travel. A Sunday trip to old Wrigley was a perfect way to lead into a convention.

An early start at The Bob, with the Cards in town to play The D'Backs, was also a good way to skip out as quickly as possible after five o'clock.

But the piece de resistance was Target Field. On a hot summer night in August, I experienced outdoor baseball in the Twin Cities. The Angels were in town. Torii Hunter romed an outfield in Minneapolis under a dark night sky. In a moment of pure poetic justice, Juan Rivera dropped a pop fly to left.
The home squad took it, 7-2, powered by a Jason Kubel three-run bomb. In a statistical oddity, Jim Thome hit a triple. He gasped for air for the next week. Brian Duensing was brilliant, and I must admit - homer moment here - the Twinkies new third baseman, Danny Valencia, looks pretty slick.

I may yet be able to squeeze in one or two more business trips before the curtain falls on this season. Any way I look at it, baseball makes all the travel for work so much more enjoyable.

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