Royalty Tours USA

Friday, May 25, 2012

Royalty finally gets to Frontier Field in Rochester, NY and we had company too!

Prince Outside Frontier Field 
Friday morning the King drove to Avis so he could return the Kia Rio he rented for the three days he used it for. I went with him because I was renting a car for the weekend.

I wound up getting a Chrsyler 200 which was equipped with Satellite radio. I could have rented a Crown Victoria but I didn't need such a big car. The mid size one I got was perfect for this getaway.

I took the day off from work so I could finally get back to Rochester, NY to see a baseball game at Frontier Field, home of the Minnesota Twins' Triple A farm team, the Rochester Red Wings which opened back in 1997.

The one and only baseball game the King and I saw there was back in 1994 when we went to the old ballpark that the Red Wings played in that being Silver Stadium. That place was great to see a game. It was your typical old school ballpark from back in the day which reminded me of Wrigley Field on a smaller scale.

The King and I are no strangers to Rochester since we've seen minor league hockey games there in 1999 and 2010.

On the way there, I got in contact with our pals Eddie Pelle and Fredy Sanchez who were also planning to be in Rochester for the baseball game. We were near Elmira, NY and they were just East of Syracuse at a casino since they left Thursday night.

With that being said, we arranged to meet up in downtown Rochester for dinner. We wound up going to the Dinosaur Bar-b-que to eat. It was the first time we had ever gone there. I've always heard great things about it. To be perfectly honest, we didn't think it was anything special.

After we ate, we drove over to Frontier Field which was within a few miles. It turned out that another friend of theirs couldn't make the trip at the last minute. As a result, they had an extra ticket for the game since they bought them in advance. So the King and I just needed one more ticket between us. We wound up going to the box office and we got one we proceeded to go inside the park.

After all these years, we finally got to scratch Frontier Field off our to do list. It was my 93rd minor league ballpark which includes a handful of spring training ones too.

As for the game we saw, the Red Wings played host to the Louisville Bats, the Triple A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Former major league pitcher Jeff Francis started for the Bats but he only lasted five innings as the Red Wings singled him to death in the third inning as they scored four runs on six hits to virtually put the game away as they batted around. They went on to win by a score of 5-3.

After the game, the King and I headed up towards Buffalo where I booked a Super 8 for two nights. As for Eddie and Fredy, I told them they can join us if they wanted to but they decided to spend the night by Niagara Falls instead.

Stay tuned for the next installment of this memorable getaway as it unfolded.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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