Jon Crispin's Notebook

Nats v Bucs

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, baseball stadiums, Jon Crispin, Sport, sports, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 28/09/2017

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A perfect late September evening for baseball.  Nats won in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off single by Alejandro De Aza.  Thanks to Peter’s work friend Kristina for the tickets.  It was funny when we saw where we were sitting as we were in virtually the same seats for a pre-season game in 2015.  Here is a link to a post I did then.  This is a better photograph.  Thanks Kristina, and to all the folks at DHS who have been so kind, generous, and wonderful to Peter.

Opening Day

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I will often go to Fenway without a ticket in the hope that something will pop up (no pun intended).  When I got to the park I was amazed to see the line for the “day of game” tickets was quite short so I queued up and snagged a cheap (for the Sox) ticket out in the right field  grandstand.

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It is always special to walk into Fenway, especially on opening day.

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The NESN sideline reporter was ready for the cold, but it warmed up nicely.  By the 4th inning I took off my jacket, down vest, and wool sweater.

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I am including this shot for Peter Carroll.  Look closely and you will notice that the “camera” on the tripod for this guy’s live feed is an iPhone!  Amazing.

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The Sox were playing the Pirates, and I am including this shot for my son Peter.  We joke a lot about the 1970s Pirates hats, and this gentleman was totally decked out, including his Willie Stargell jersey.  He wasn’t so happy at the end of the day, as the Sox won 5-3.

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I ended up sitting in the second row of right field box 88, and had a really enjoyable time with the usher in that section, Bobby the Brick.  It was a blast to watch him work the game; keeping people moving, and bantering with the crowd.  He would randomly ask folks what the score was, how many runners were on base, etc, just to make sure we were all paying attention.  He is a totally great guy who grew up in the North End and loves his job.

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I always like to look around between innings.  My seat was just under the retired numbers of famous Red Sox players.  Love that blue sky.

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This was the first time I had taken the Commuter Rail to the park.  There is a new stop just steps from Fenway and it was great.  I love trains.

Pirates v Dodgers

Posted in Baseball, Cities, Family, Sport, Travel by joncrispin on 14/08/2012

Peter and I had a nice visit to PNC Park last night.  We usually sit in the same general area; sections 116 or 117 as the seats are really affordable.  I have made a version of this photo on many occasions but it is always a captivating view.  A great city and in our opinion the nicest park in the majors.  Bucs lost 5-4 to the Dodgers but it was a good game and the fans were totally into it.

PNC Park

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Buildings, Cities, Family, Sport, Travel by joncrispin on 06/08/2011

Peter and I drove to Meadville on Wednesday so that I could be with friends for a few days.  Last night we went down the 79 to Pittsburgh to catch a Bucs game.  As a family, we go to ballparks whenever we get the chance and we’ve been to PNC Park quite alot.  In 2002, Peter and I went to see a game and had almost the exact same seats.   I was shooting with my Widelux at that time and made an image that day that I have always loved.  When I shifted to digital, I stopped using that camera, but have always missed the format.  So now I shoot 2 digital images and stitch them together on the computer.  Pretty much the identical result.  Feels a bit like cheating, but I’m not too bothered. / This is a beautiful ball park.  Situated on the north shore of the river with an amazing view of downtown Pittsburgh, it just can’t be beat (unlike the Pirates who lost 15 – 5).  These seats were $27.oo each, which is an incredible bargain.  My only complaint is that it is almost impossible to find an Iron City Beer in the place.  I had to settle for a 16 oz can of  Yuengling which is arguably a better beer, but doesn’t hold the same cachet for me.

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