The drive was extremely easy for me (almost all interstate driving) and only took about an hour and a half. One of the cooler moments of the drive is when I went over the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. The view on the bridge was beautiful. You could see the Hudson River cutting through the land for miles. It felt like something out of a "Lord Of The Rings" movie.
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|Duchess Stadium (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)|
|21 Burgers in Wappingers Falls, NY (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)|
After we ate dinner we headed back to the stadium. Fans were starting to file in and for brief time it was extremely cramped on the first base concourse as I stood waiting for the game to begin. One thing I love to do is sit in a stadium before the game begins and soak in the atmosphere and Duchess Stadium had a great one (I'll write up a more detailed experience about the stadium in the coming weeks)
Soon the game began and like I always do... I moved down to seats that would help me get better pictures. As Howie and I talked baseball I noticed a young man sit down next to us. For some reason he just didn't seem to fit in the stands but rather on the field. After a couple innings I got up to get a soda and when I returned Howie informed me that they guy sitting next to us was named Michael Mader. Mader was the 3rd round pick (105th overall) by the Marlins in the 2014 MLB Draft. He was playing for Batavia (the Marlins affiliate who Hudson Valley was playing that night) and was video taping the pitchers because it was his off day. We struck up a conversation with him and talked baseball. I was extremely impressed with his Michael's demeanor. For a 20-year old kid who was such a high draft pick he was extremely nice, and acted professional. The type of player you want to root for to make it to the major leagues. Hopefully I'll get a chance to see Michael pitch later this season either Tri-City or Vermont.
Eventually the game ended on a walk-off home run by Hunter Lockwood in the 11th inning and I headed back home.
|Hunter Lockwood (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)|
There's something cool about driving home after a baseball game with the windows in your car down and the stereo cranked. It's almost therapeutic in a way.
After a couple "potty breaks" and a couple Monster energy drinks later I made it home by 1 o'clock in the morning.
It was a fun trip at all and I'm hoping to it again later this summer.