The video above has the sights and sounds from the night at Tropicana Field, as shot off of my Blackberry mobile phone.
The first part of the video is the Rays being introduced around 7pm, a few minutes before the game started.
The second part is when Arizona was batting sometime during the middle of the game. I recorded a an out or two.
Finally, the last part is during the 7th inning stretch.
The Rays won the game 5-2 as Roberto Hernandez pitched a complete game.
The best part about going to the Rays game? I usually drink soda during the game as opposed to beer. Why? Drinking beer at a ballpark, even if you’re not driving to and from the stadium can be a costly endeavor. The vendors at the ballpark aren’t dummies, they know people going to the games might want to get sloshed, so they charge a premium for it.
At the game, you can get all the Pepsi you can drink for $10. It might not get you tanked, but it will keep you alert enough to dodge any foul balls coming at you!
One minor complaint. I got to the Trop around 5:25, knowing I’d have time to kill before the gates opened. The rule at Tropicana Field is that fans are allowed in 90 minutes before the first pitch. The game started at 7:10, so the gates should have been opened at 5:40. Note I said the word should here.
Tropicana Field security didn’t open the games until 5:45 without a reason given for the delay. In retrospect, I realize the difference is a small one, but when you’re broiling in the sun on a 93 degree day, those five minutes mean a lot. Next time, I’ll head out to the ballpark when the gates are scheduled to open, as it’s a 20 minute drive from where I live in Pinellas Park to the ballpark.
All and all, it was a good night. The first-place Rays drew over 17,000 for the game against an NL Western Division team on a weeknight in a game they would usually draw about 10,000-12,000 for otherwise. Hoping to go back again sometime this season.