Two Guys & a Mapholder
Classic Ballparks Tour
July 23 - Toronto Blue Jays vs.Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park
July 24 - New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field
July 25 - New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field
July 25 - Montreal Expos vs. Milwaukee Brewers, County Stadium
July 28 - Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers, Tiger Stadium
Eight States; Seven Days; Six Games; Five Ballparks;
Four Museums; Three Shirts; Two Ships and One Autograph
Our original plan was to go to all the remaining major league parks built before 1950 - Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Tiger Stadium. A day at The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown was in our plans too but home game scheduling and logistics made this plan impossible. DC and Dan are Yankee fans and had both been to Yankee Stadium numerous times so we dropped the New York portion of the itinerary. Even so, it turned out to be our most ambitious trip yet. Over the course of seven days we each traveled through eight different states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland and our states of origin (Virginia for Dave, Vermont for the Cohns).
Dave flew into Boston on the afternoon of July 23. As the flight was approaching Logan Airport, he looked out the window and saw what appeared to be an 18th Century era frigate sailing through the waters near Boston Harbor. It turned out to be the U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Ironsides"), one of the most famous Naval vessels of all time, sailing back to it's home berth after a couple of years of repairs in a shipyard. This was the first time she had sailed under her own power in more than 100 years. The Cohns saw the Constitution too, as they drove to the airport.
We had lunch with DC's friend Hope, with whom we were going to stay that night. Then it was off to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for a couple of hours. While we were in the museum the skies opened up and it poured. No game on a Two Guys trip has ever been rained out and our luck held - it stopped raining a couple of hours before game time and they played as scheduled.
The next day the alarm clock rang at 4:00 AM and we were off to New Hampshire to catch a flight to Chicago. One of the reasons we are able to pull off these trips is the inexpensive fares offered by Southwest Airlines ("The Official Airline of Two Guys & a Map"). They make it possible to fly for a reasonable price, allowing us to cover much greater distances than we could if we drove.
Once we arrived in Chicago, we changed into The Two Guys & a Mapholder Tour '98 t-shirts. DC had baseball jerseys made up - each of us was one of Lou Costello's teammates from the famous Abbott and Costello "Who's On First" routine. We headed over to The Sears Tower and went up to the observation deck. Chicago is a great looking city and we had a spectacular view of it from up there. Then it was off to Wrigley Field.
When Yankee Stadium and Cooperstown were dropped from the itinerary, we decided to spend an extra day in Chicago. Dan wanted to see the Shedd Aquarium so we headed over there the next morning where, among other things, we saw a fish that looks like Richard Nixon. Then it was off to Wrigley again for our fourth game of the trip. The Cubs managed to pull this one out.
Right after the Cubs game, we rented a car and made the 90 mile drive to Milwaukee for our second game of the day and fifth in 50 hours. The Brewers new home was being built right next to County Stadium so this would be our last visit to that nice old place. It's not on par with Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, but County Stadium has a distinctive charm of it's own. The Brewers won the game on a Jeremy Burnitz home run in the bottom of the ninth inning - very exciting.
Tuesday morning we took a tour of Jacobs Field - gotta get that baseball fix in each city, even if we don't go to a game! Afterwards we toured the U.S.S. Cod, a World War II submarine which is tied up at the waterfront. Then it was off to Detroit. We had hoped to torture Dan some more by dragging him to The Motown Museum but a terrible traffic jam just outside the city prevented us from getting there in time.
Then the game started. The Tigers got a grand slam and scored five runs in the first inning. Not a good start for Dave's team. We moved around a bit, sitting in different sections. We found ourselves sitting with Orioles fans twice, similar to the experience we had in Milwaukee two years earlier. The O's came back to win, thanks to Detroit's poor pitching and some clutch hitting by Eric Davis and Lenny Webster for a nice finish to our trip. (For more detail on Tiger Stadium, see 1991 - The Lost In Cleveland Tour.)
We drove back to Cleveland right after the Tigers game. The next day we flew to Baltimore. Dave got off there while the Cohns went on to Manchester, NH, where we had left their car when we flew to Chicago.
Next up - The Two Guys & a Map Y2K Tour.
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Prelude - The 1979 World Series
1990 - The Windy City Tour
1991 - The Lost In Cleveland Tour
1994 - The Great Lakes Tour
1996 - The Midwest Tour
1998 - The Two Guys & a Mapholder Classic Ballparks Tour You are here
2000 - The Y2K Southern Tour
2002 - The Midlife Crisis Tour
2004 - The Days of Awe Tour
2006 - The Life on the Mississippi Tour
2007 - The Sunshine State Mini Tour
2007 - The Close To Home Tour
2007 - The Midwest Mini Tour
2008 - If It's Tuesday, This Must Be The Giants Tour
2008 - The Big Apple Mini Tour
2008 - The Touch 'em All Tour
2009 - The Empire State Tour
2010 - The Riding In Ron's Car Tour
2012 - The Jazz Fest Tour
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