Monday, October 7, 2013
Just Another Manic Monday
And today was no different, really. Someone at MLB headquarters was kind enough to stick the Pirate/Cards in the 3pm slot so they could have their Dodgers prime time game. I suppose it was even worse for Tigers fans, but then again parking in downtown Detroit may not be quite as difficult as it once was. My afternoon? Well, I got a good workout in.
I left the house around noon. Parking for the previous games had been a piece of cake: Pittsburgh stops enforcing street parking after 6, and not at all on Sundays. So an 8pm start and a Sunday game made life easy on me, and I was able to find free parking within a few blocks of the park.
But today? Apparently the less dedicated baseball fans do that working thing on Mondays, and it tends to stretch into the afternoon hours. So I was left either shelling out more for parking than I had paid for my ticket...or getting creative.
I was happy to manage to find myself a spot a mere 25 blocks or so from the park. Pulling in at 1pm, I had plenty of time to walk down, get settled in and enjoy the game.
The thing is that 25 city blocks feels a lot less depressing when you're excited and optimistic. After a crushing 2-1 loss, it feels a lot longer.
It was a tough loss, but not entirely unexpected. The bigger issue is my reservations over Game 5. Adam Wainwright has owned the Pirates for as long as I can remember. And while I certainly wouldn't rule the Bucs out, the Cards have a pretty lengthy history of being tough to put away. Just ask Rangers fans.