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January 22: Another Baseball Photo? Why Not? January 22, 2015

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Today was a repeat of yesterday, weather-wise and work-wise. So let’s repeat the baseball theme as well.

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This is The Cell, or officially U.S. Cellular Field and the home of the Chicago White Sox. There were 20-plus years in between my trips to here, having been to Comiskey Park several times in the late 1980s.

This was Sept. 29, 2012, Tampa Bay Rays versus the Sox. Chris Sale pitched and was bad, a few of the relievers weren’t much better but Orlando Hudson hit a pinch-hit grand slam for the Sox so they only lost 10-4.

But it was a pretty late fall day, Kat and I got to go to a game together again and catch up with each other, I got to have decent gluten-free food and beer, and — duh — we were at a ballpark.

That always makes it a great day.

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January 21: Baseball Dreaming Again January 21, 2015

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It was another long, gray and drizzly day — nothing of any interest to photograph. But a conversation with my Giants fan pal at work led to us talking about Fenway Park (he’s going to keep up with the Red Sox this year since his favorite Giant is now there) and how he’d love to go there.

Which led to me talking about my trip there in late July 2008. Since I hated the Sawx all the more just four years after they ruined my favorite Cardinals season to that point, I was going to hate their stupid ballpark too.

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Except I couldn’t.

It’s the combination of obviously historical aspects with some modern amenities in areas too that makes it so appealing. And of course the Green Monster in left field. (We even got to go on top of it during a ballpark tour.) Plus it had the best beer selection of any ballpark I’ve been too — and this was pre-celiac, when I could enjoy beer.

The game itself was great too. John Lackey, still on the Angels at the time, had a no-hitter until one out in the ninth inning and had a 6-0 kead. Then Dustin Pedroia (of course, right?) singled to break up the no-hitter and Kevin Youkilis (also no surprise) homered so Lackey didn’t even get a shut-out.

Ah, well.

Still the Sawx lost that night, as well as the next night when I was back again. So the two games were just about as good as I could have hoped for.

The no-hitter would have made it perfect.

January 20: Baseball Dreaming January 20, 2015

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Some days you just wish it was a different time and you were in a different place …

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Today was one of those days.

There are 74 days until the Cardinals play at Wrigley Field on Opening Night, plus only 30 days until the four best words of winter: pitchers and catchers report.