When friend Gene suggested a couple months back that he would totally enjoy a weekend road trip to see the Royals and Twins play in KC, I came back later to tell him that the Twins would have a Sunday day game there on April 25th…and a road trip was in the making.
We played the waiting game while watching the rainy weather, and Saturday night Gene pulled the trigger and snagged a couple nice tickets to the right of home plate, the first row on the loge level. In addition, Big Mak and his wife were also going to be at this game, so I had the opportunity to meet them for the first time.
Along the 3½ hour drive, we could tell that we wouldn’t be shaking the cloud cover, and although chances of any major rainfall were unlikely, there would be a cool breeze blowing.
Big Mak was on his game – less than a minute after we met, eagle eye spotted this ULLGER UNIFORM walking by! What’s up with that?!
We met up with The Maks at the KC Hall of Fame, and had a nice visit while making our way to our seats; turns out, we we just above and to the right of where they were sitting.
Big Mak & Mrs. Mak from our seats right above them
I was very impressed with the improvements that were done to Kauffman Stadium since my last time there. The outfield walls were very nicely done, and the wonderful scoreboard (largest in the majors) certainly gives one a feel for what the new Target Field scoreboard must be like.
Cool scoreboard! But I didn’t like the way it was looking at me at times…
Kevin Slowey was the Twins’ starting pitcher – he started the last game I’d seen live, in St. Louis, just prior to his going on season-ending DL; hopefully thing would turn out better today. Momentum see-sawed early on, with the Royals taking a one-run lead, only to turn over the lead on a solo HR by Justin Morneau and an RBI single by J.J. Hardy in the next inning.
The Mountie finishes off his HR trot
Later in the game, solo runs in three successive innings gave the Royals a two-run lead; Slowey was not at peak form, with an uncharacteristic four walks given up. Regardless of the Twins’ 12 hits and 4 walks, they were unable to bring home any additional runs until the ninth. A single by Joe Mauer and a double by the Mountie plated another run, but a pair of Soria K’s left the tying run on second.
Thome points at the pitcher who would strike him out to end the game. Can I mention again how good he looks in a Twins uniform?
Besides the cool weather and the unfortunate outcome, I enjoyed great seats at a great stadium — I’ll definitely have to do this again some time. Nice meeting you two, Big Mak, and thanks again Gene for the invitation and for being the gracious host.
oh, btw, Dick n’ Bert were just down the way from us…but thankfully out of earshot