At a very remote gas station, relatively in the middle of nowhere, I found Dexter beer, Presidente. Although I would have preferred a six-pack, beggars can’t be choosers, and so I gladly took a 22-oz tall boy for my indulgence. Typically, this stuff isn’t really sold outside of Florida, although you never know where else one might stumble upon it. Ironically, this Dominican pilsner isn’t really that great, but because it’s simply known as the Dexter beer, do I still find it so appealing.
Another Minor League park was added to Real Men Don’t Wear Small as I venture up to Charlotte, North Carolina, to visit Knights Stadium, home of the Chicago White Sox’s AAA Charlotte Knights as they hosted the Gwinnett Braves. Except the Charlotte Knights don’t actually play in Charlotte, or North Carolina for that matter, and instead play in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
I went up to Charlotte to go watch baseball, despite the fact that the team from Charlotte actually played in South Carolina. Either way, it didn’t stop me from taking a few hours to try and explore the city of Charlotte on my own, before realizing that since it was actually on Easter Sunday, every fucking thing was closed.
After finding a place that actually had a normal breakfast, and not some $100 champagne brunch, I walked around, only to discover the aforementioned closures of pretty much everything, and instead went straight to Fort Mill, South Carolina, where I enjoyed the park, and a pleasant Gwinnett Braves blowout victory, despite getting my arms, neck, and ears brutally sunburned.
CLT Charlotte/Douglas airport is one of the worst airports I’ve ever been to, from a TSA security checkpoint standpoint. Each terminal had like one agent doing check ins, and the lines just to get through security were absurdly long. Hopefully, I won’t have to fly in and out of there for a while now.
The first new addition to Real Men Don’t Wear Small for the 2011 season comes from the minor leagues, as I visited Hagerstown, Maryland, to see Municipal Stadium, home of the Washington Nationals’ Low-A affiliate Hagerstown Suns. Also the current home to supposed future phenom, Bryce Harper, whom it was a bit fascinating to see live and in person, after the monumental hype behind him over the last three years.
During my unexpected trip up to Virginia, I salvaged my sanity by twice finding my zen by watching some baseball, and some exploration for baseball. The first night I was there, Huzzard and I went to go catch a pretty pitiful game between the Nationals and Brewers, but the good news is that the Nationals ended up winning, as pathetic as the offense was that night. It was also cold as shit, but I’m really really glad that I had my sweatshirt on me for the night, or I really may have gone crazy.
I then went up to Hagersfuck, Maryland to visit a ballpark I’d never been to, in Municipal Stadium, home of the Washington Nationals’ Single-A affiliate Hagerstown Suns. But more importantly, current home to future Jesus, and obvious current douchebag, Bryce Harper. I took a great deal of pleasure watching him strikeout twice, looking, and being all incredulous and disbelieving that this baseball thing actually is kind of difficult. Either way, it was a very pleasant afternoon, spent with my friend Carolyn, instead of a member of my family, whom I’ve been a little disappointed with lately these days.
Naturally, with a new park in the books, an update to my ballparks site is soon to come.
As humorous as it is, and kind of comeuppance to Jen for all those years she got to boast about having today off, but as far as I know, just the state of Georgia has a state holiday today, and at least to me, it sucks. Confederate Memorial Day. What sucks isn’t the fact that it’s more or less a day celebrating the unification of a faction that thrived on slavery and unequal rights for human beings, no, I can accept that as a piece of American history. That’s fine. What sucks for me is the fact that because I’m a freelancer, and live by the hourly wages, this is a day in which I am not getting paid at all, because the state government agency I work for does not operate on this “holiday.”