I’ve just returned from our annual Baseball Extravaganza trip. Each year assorted brothers, brothers-in-law, adopted brothers, sons and nephews make a trip to a baseball destination to enjoy our favorite sport along with a bit of golf and visiting micro-breweries.
This year’s trip was heavy on nostalgia. Given a family wedding, the location was Los Angeles — and visiting Chavez Ravine (Dodger Stadium). Some of us more seasoned vets enjoyed talking about Sandy Koufax, John Roseboro, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam and the assorted players who made the transition from Brooklyn to the hinterlands of the West Coast in 1958. At the same time, we were watching the 2013 Dodgers playing their/our hated rivals — the San Francisco Giants. Although it was an enjoyable game, it would be several days later before the Dodgers were able to win and lock up their division title.
L.A. seems to get busier and busier every time I visit, but when you get a chance to re-visit old haunts (The Original Pantry), cutting edge breweries (The Bruery and Hanger 24), and play a bit of golf with friends and brothers, life is good.
Next year’s trip? It’s time to see Denver and catch the Rockies in action — and discover if the water really makes a difference in beer.