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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Royalty gets red carpet treatment with name in lights on scoreboard in Buffalo at Bison Game!

Special Scoreboard Welcome at Coca Cola Field
For the first time in 23 years almost to the date, the King and I finally saw another baseball game in Buffalo which is now the Triple A affiliate of the New York Mets.

Back on May 22, 1989 we went to Exhibition Stadium in Toronto to see the Blue Jays in their old Stadium just before they moved into the Sky Dome as it was called then and we took a Greyhound bus back to Buffalo to see the Bisons play at what was then called Pilot Field. We got to see Curt Schilling pitch that night for the Rochester Red Wings who were the affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles at the time.

This time we drove back from the Rogers Centre with fellow roadtripper Andrew Kulyk who arranged to surprise us with a special scoreboard welcome. We were caught off guard when they put up the greeting during the game acknowledging us and our fellow roadtrippers, Bryan Gilligan, Sean MacDonald and Peter Sharp.

Needless to say, we were very grateful for the opportunity to have our names in lights. That's a great example of what spreading the love is all about.

I always reach out to help others out of the goodness of my heart whenever I can. I agree with the saying "it's better to give than to receive." In this case, it felt special to be on the receiving end though.

In addition, to those of us that were mentioned on the scoreboard we also had Andrew's travel partner, Peter Farrell there as well as Eddie Pelle and Fredy Sanchez who also came back from Toronto to join in the Roadtripper's Reunion.

Back on July 18, 2010 we all met up at Target Field together as we saw the Twins beat the White Sox in dramatic fashion before we all headed home.

Almost two years later, we all gathered together again. It was great to catch up in person with some of the best sports travelers around.

As for the game we saw, it was a very long one time wise. I didn't mind because it gave us more time to enjoy each other's company. It turned out to be a slugfest unlike the pitching gem we saw in Toronto.

However we did get to see Vinny Rottino of the Bisons hit three home runs as the Bisons outlasted the Indianapolis Indians, the Pittsburgh Pirates farm team by a score of 11-6.

After the game, we said our goodbyes.

I hope we can all meet up again in the future.

Stay tuned for the next installment of this great getaway we had.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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