|Andrew Kulyk, Josh Guilher, Peter Farrell, The King, Paul Derrick and I|
Leave to Royalty to find a way.
After Ervin Santana threw the Angels' 9th no-hitter in team history in a mere 2 hours and 22 minutes, we had plenty of time to get to our next game in Jamestown, NY which was 145 miles away. Despite a slight delay along the way, I still managed to put us in position to make this dinner happen.
While we were at the Indian game, I surfed the internet on my Blackberry to see if I could find a place for dinner since it looked like we would have some spare time to do so.
I searched and I found a restaurant called http://www.alfieswny.com/ which looked like a nice reasonably priced establishment.
We got in contact with Josh Guilher, who we were meeting up with for the first time. Josh like Paul Derrick writes for the website run by Paul Swaney called http://www.stadiumjourney.com/. I've chipped in with some reviews for the site too from time to time when I've have some free time to do so.
As a result, we arranged to all meet up at Alfie's for a pregame dinner. It turned out to be a very wise choice since there were very few places to eat along the way to the ballpark.
Once we arrived at the ballpark, we met up with the Buffalo Boys, Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell aka USRT. I might add they write occasionally for Stadium Journey too. I found out that they were Josh's sports travel heroes and they initially inspired him to travel to different venues to see sporting events.
Please see the tremendous article that Josh wrote about all of us. I greatly appreciate his kind words. In addition, he has a great website called http://www.collegiatestadiums.com/ which is also on my blog list now.
We enjoyed spending our precious time together. Ironically Josh was in Erie, Pennsylvania in the afternoon where he saw the Erie Seawolves of the Eastern League play. He was thinking about going to Cleveland too. He regretted the fact that he didn't because he missed out on history. He's not a huge baseball fan he said but he would have loved to witness the no-hitter since he's never seen one before.
As for the game in Jamestown we saw together, the hometown Jammers beat the visiting Aberdeen Ironbirds, 8-3. We saw Austin Barnes of the Jammers hit his first professional home run.
After the game, we said our goodbyes. We all hope to meet up again down the road.
Stay tuned for the next installment of this amazing journey as it unfolded.
Thank you for reading and following along.