It has been almost two weeks since my tickets arrived for Opening Day in Colorado against the Rockies. Trina was still not budging on her stance that I could not take the kids out of school to take them to a Diamondbacks game in Colorado when the team would be back in Phoenix just a week later. Fortunately for me my friend Mitch Jarvis was more than willing to drop everything he was doing and make the road trip to see the first regular season game in Sedona Red. Since we had the tickets and since it was only a week away I knew we probably needed a place to stay otherwise we would find ourselves camped out in the Coors Field parking lot and the last time I looked at the Weather Channel they were still saying there was a chance that there could be snow that weekend. Personally I think I have developed an allergy to snow since every time I am in it I end up getting sick. So I was all for finding somewhere nice to stay. My idea of roughing it is staying at a hotel where you have to go up or down the elevator to get ice. I have done my share of camping and outdoor stuff but this is baseball and you should be comfortable the night before Opening Day. I was in charge of finding our accommodations for the trip.
I immediately went to Google and to MapQuest and started looking for anything that was within walking distance to Coors Field. Never having been to Coors Field before; I am not sure whether being within walking distance puts us in a good part of town or a bad part of town. My theory is that if you own property around a Major League Baseball stadium you’re my kind of people regardless of what demographic society puts you in. My theory for being within walking distance is two-fold. One it gives you an opportunity to experience the neighborhood ambiance of the city and stadium. Two it means that I don’t have to worry about finding parking to go to the game. I went to a game at Wrigley Field once and thought it would be cool to drive to the stadium only to find that Wrigley was built before cars so there isn’t any parking. You end up driving into a vacant lot and everyone but the driver gets out of his car. The driver then pulls within 2 inches of the car to his left then exits the car on the passenger side. The next car parks within 2 inches of your car and so on. The bad part is that after the game you have to wait until all the cars to the right of yours leave before you can get into your car to leave. It was the longest 4 hours I ever spent waiting for the guy that stopped by the bar to have a few beers after the game while the 120 people who were parked to the left of him waited impatiently for his return. I’ve never seen a public lynching before and I have to admit I felt like I was back in the old west for a second. Since that time I try to find alternatives to parking at visiting teams stadiums.
After an exhaustive search and spending 3 hours playing with Google Earth to see if there was a picture of the top of my head in my backyard, I finally found a hotel that met the criteria that I desired. It is within a quarter mile from the stadium and even had good reviews by travel agencies. I went to the web site to reserve the room and found they had an Internet special where you saved $50 a night if you were willing to pay in advance with no chance of cancelling the reservation. I could not think of any event other than my death that would cause me to miss Opening Day so the no cancellation thing didn’t seem like a problem. I booked the room and shortly there after received a confirmation. So plans are nearly complete. I have tickets to the game, a place to stay, MapQuest directions from my house to Coors Field, a personalized Authentic Diamondbacks Road Jersey, the perfect jacket, a Sedona Red Diamondbacks hat, and a bag of peanuts. As far as I can tell, I am ready to go. All I need now is for this week to fly by and I’ll be on my way to Opening Day.