Had to split the report after exceeding the number of images !
After eventually getting kids dropped off at various grandparents house we set off down the motorway from Blackpool to Heathrow. Flight wasn’t too early the next morning but past experience meant we decided to get a Travellodge the night before. Word to the wise – parking is a nightmare and they still charge you a tenner for it. Anyway , having eaten earlier it was off to bed ready for the travels of the next day.
Nice relaxed morning as the flight wasn’t until 12:45 but travelling with a 2 year old is never easy and airport security less so ! Valet parking was booked so it was off to the terminal for 9 o’clock and handily into the short stay car park where the luggage was unloaded and the car taken away. Through bag-drop and security as painlessly as can be expected with a toddler and off to the BA lounge. Coffee and pastries for taking the rugrat off to the play room. There wasn’t that much for her really but she enjoyed making towers out of the big foam cushions.
We had to get over to the B gates so made our way over just as boarding was starting and headed to our seats.
Thanking Uncle Tesco for all the BA miles conversion that meant we were travelling in Club World as I took one of the offered glasses of champagne. After take off and drinks the flight attendant took the dinner order and I settled down to watch a film. Unfortunately the 777 I was on was one of the few that don’t have the BA AVOD system and it’s a old style 12 channel looped system. No problems with the flight and we landed in Philadelphia late afternoon. Car hire was already booked so we went and collected that and headed south down I95 to Baltimore.
We’d booked a perfectly pleasant Days Inn just round the corner from Camden Yards and the sat-nav did it’s job and we arrived trouble free. Having stopped for a quick bite at Denny’s on the way down (following a request from the rugrat for eggs) it was a case of get room sorted and get to sleep.
Day 3 – Friday 8th April
The day was spent in Baltimore – but without much to see and grotty weather , more of that later , it was mall shopping for the other half. Back to the hotel and then walk down to the Cheescake factory for a pre-game dinner and then walk back up to Camden Yards for what should have been the first ball game.
As we got into the ground it started to rain some more, the screens were saying there was going to be a delay to the game start time. Well past game time and the weather getting wetter and wetter , the GF and little one give in and head back to the hotel. A few minutes later the Texas Rangers players all come out and start using the tarp covering the diamond as a water slide and it’s announced the game is postponed. Queued up for ages at the ticket office and managed to negotiate a swap to the Sunday afternoon game. Back to the hotel in a grumpy mood so down to the bar for a beer whilst watching the Phillies game on the TV.
Day 4 – Saturday 9th April
Well after a small planning mistake back in the UK - it was this Saturday I realised I hadn’t book the hotel for. I had us checking out of Baltimore but not checking into Washington until Sunday night. A quick look at the map and fixture list followed by a “are we mad?” discussion meant that it was a 4 hour drive to Pittsburgh. Checked in at a really nice Radisson followed by dinner at Applebees and we were set for the game.
As an aside.. Pittsburgh is really nice. I imagined a really rough industrial town but it was really nice. PNC park also impressed. For what was a late decision to go , it turned out to be one of the best nights.
The game was Colorado Rockies @ Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a good entertaining game that was tight until a 3 run double in the 8th gave the Rockies a 6-3 lead and despite Pittsburgh pulling one run back in the bottom of the 8th it ended up a 6-4 win for the Rockies.http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?g...e=wrap&c_id=mlb