|View from Section 300 at Tropicana Field|
The last time the King and I saw a game there was back in July 1998. As for Paul Derrick, this was his first game there. It should be noted the King and I saw a hockey game there back in October 1995 when the Tampa Bay Lightning played there while they were waiting for their new arena to be built. The night before we saw the Braves clinch the pennant in the NLCS against the Reds in Atlanta at old Fulton County Stadium. We also saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play football that Sunday afternoon. They won an overtime thriller as they beat the Minnesota Vikings at old Tampa Stadium aka the Sombrero which was located next to where Raymond James Stadium is now.
This time we saw the Red Sox play the Rays. As for the game we saw, the Red Sox drew first blood as they scored a run in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. The Rays responded by scoring three in their half of the inning. Their lead was short lived as Mike Aviles of the Red Sox hit a two run homer to tie the game at three in the second inning. The score remained the same until the fifth inning when the Red Sox broke the game open as they tacked on three more runs to take a 6-3 lead. They added another one in the sixth inning & that's how it ended as the Red Sox beat the Rays, 7-3.
After the game, we drove to Tampa which is 20 miles from St. Petersburg so we could drop off Paul Derrick at the airport so he could catch his 7:45PM flight home to Houston, Texas. We got him there at 6:20PM so he had plenty of time to make his flight.
It was great to see Paul again. I want to personally thank him for joining us. I look forward to seeing him again in the future for another road trip.
Stay tuned for the next installment as the King and I made time to see his brother Henry for dinner after we dropped Paul off.
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