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ALL STAR WEEK
Sandy & Elliot had the baseball trip of a lifetime
From July 5th through July 11th we traveled to Denver to see our Phillies play @ Coors field, stopped @ Coors brewery and did the tour and drank beer.
Visited the Red Rocks, Buffalo Bills Grave and museum, It was just amazing traveling through Colorado. Last time we did that was "THE BIG RED ADVENTURE" Driving Brad's 2003 red 5 speed MINI Cooper out Las Vegas via lots of ball parks.
Our trip continued in San Francisco when Janet and Brad picked us up at the airport with Brad holding a sign like he was a LIMO driver reading "PARENTS"..Quite a sense of humor that son (soon to be dad) has.
Yes, In aprox 9 weeks Brad and Karin will be the proud parents of Elijah William Herman, and we will be better known as Pop Pop Elliot and Mom Mom Sandy!!
Brad and Janet went with us to the A's vs Mariners game in Oakland, lots of excitement with a bench emptying event. Brad and Elliot were off to the Legends game @ AT&T Park, while Janet and I were off to Fan Fest @ Mascone center, we had such fun. Later that night we went to the "Slanted Door" Brads all time favorite restaurant in the Ferry Building. We had the most awesome,visual,tasty and enjoyable evening. It was an experience to remember.
Sadly to say as we approached Monday Morning, Brad was off to Oakland on BART and on a flight back to LA, yes he had to go directly to work, but it was a whirlwind Sat thru Mon.Monday July 8th was the 35th anniversary of Sandy & Elliot's 1st date!!
And in Nov will be married 33 years!!
Mon it was off to Fun Fest and then the Home Run Derby. We went to the park early, and I camped out near the rail @ 1st base side where our seats were 10th row behind 1st base. Only problem, it was the dugout of the American League..and I was wearing a Ryan Howard Phillies shirt.. Low and behold, right in front of me in the VIP seats was Ryan Howard's family. His son, mom, dad, brother etc. I was chatting with his son who was all smiles when he saw "HOWARD" 6 on the back of my shirt.. then we saw the Philly Phanaitc, again, all smiles. I had a lovely chat with his mom, as we both have very successful sons. It was an awesome evening in a ball park full of excitement, and jut think the next day would be the actual ALL STAR GAME.
So Tues morn it was up early and off to Fisherman's warf to meet Janet for lunch, Boudin's of course, corn & Crab chowder in a famous bread bowl. The I had to find myself a new "FISHERMAN" warf shirt as it is the coolest thing that my maiden name (fischer_ and married name )herman) are in one name on that shirt. Found cool ones @ Crazy shirt and we were on our way back to the hotel and off to the game.
I hung out this time during batting practice @ 3rd base where the National League dugout was. Now I made some really nice friends around me. Yelled out to Matt Holiday to throw an 'old lady' a ball and he did. The usher a really nice guy, had pointed to me for him to throw the ball. It had the official Home Run Derby logo on it, and i was a very happy camper.
As the game began, the San Fran symphony was playing the national anthem, just amazing to be a participant in person. Now we realize that Orlando Hudson's mom was sitting behind us, we became fast friends, again mother to mother. Chase Utley,Aaron Rowand,and Cole Hamels were all on this All Star team representing the Phillies.
I bought an ALL STAR Chase Utley #26 Jersey @ fan fest and was proudly wearing it on top of my RED Utley Phillies shirt. The National league had their chances in the 9th Inning, but it was not meant to be. Aaron Rowand made the final out with bases loaded. It would have been real sweet for him to hit that grand slam like he did in Philly vs White Sox on that afternoon that Jim Thome returned to Philly, now that was sweet plus:)
As we left the stadium, I was so grateful that we had the opportunity to fullfill a life long dream of mine and attend an ALL STAR Week.
we also visited the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Denver and were able to bring back some very special gifts for Julie, our master quilter. We also went to a famous quilt shop in Denver and got an autographed book for Julie that put an ear to ear smile on her face.
Now that it is after midnight eastern time I will say g'bye for now, for I have my new HARRY POTTER in my hands and it is calling my name, I will cherish each and every page and I will not want it to end..
Batter UP Harry!!