|Rogers Centre formerly known as Sky Dome|
Before we left we ate breakfast together at a place that was perfect for the King and I. I'm referring to the Royal Restaurant as it's called which is right across the street from the Super 8 we stayed at. We ate there once before on a previous trip to Buffalo back in November 2011 so it was replay time.
After we ate, I drove Andrew and the King up to Toronto where we were meeting up with more fellow roadtrippers. We got to see our pal Bryan Gilligan who was there, along with Sean MacDonald who just moved to Singapore from Japan, his buddy Peter Sharp who he knows from Ottawa where he grew up, Eddie Pelle and Fredy Sanchez were present and accounted for and I got to meet up with another ballpark chaser named Bob Deal who was from Albany, NY. He was kind enough to meet us in section 525 which is behind home plate. I want to personally thank Bob for coming up since he had a seat with his friend on the lower level. It was an absolute pleasure to meet and greet another fellow sports fan. He happens to be a big Met fan. He plans to see some games at Citi Field when he comes down to visit his family on Long Island he said. We got to talk for a few innings. Bob has a great resume of sports travel under his belt. He said he prefers going to minor league and college baseball games. In matter of fact, in June he said he's going to see baseball played in the state of Utah for the very first time. He said and I quote "that's the last state that I haven't seen a baseball game in." Bob appeared to be a little older than me. It's always great to have the opportunity to cross paths with people who share the same interest and desire to do what we love to do.
I plan to see Bob more often in the future. He's just another example why it's always worth taking a ride to a ballpark because you never know what or who you're going to see on a given day or night.
As for the game we saw, most of us being Met fans it didn't turn out for the way we hoped it would. On the other hand though, as baseball fans we saw a dominant performance by Blue Jays' pitcher Brandon Morrow who shut the Mets down. He threw a complete game three hit shutout as the Blue Jays blanked the Mets, 2-0. More importantly, he did so in a very timely fashion. The game lasted a mere two hours and twelve minutes which gave us plenty of time to get back to Buffalo for the night cap if you will at Coca Cola Field in downtown Buffalo which is the home of the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple A affiliate of the Mets.
Stay tuned as I recap the next installment of this epic roadtripper reunion of Superfans as recently acknowledged by ESPN.com.
Thank you for reading and following along.