Happy 4th… And 5th

Where have I been?

Working and traveling with the Blue Stars have consumed almost all of my time over the last few weeks. I had to let to of runstreak after 17 days due to a potential overuse injury. I’ve been able to get in a good number of training runs since then though scattered throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, & Indiana. You can follow me on Instagram or Twitter for the most up to date training posts, username is joebraymond for both social media services.

I was able to take a few days off away from the corps this week. I spent the 4th & 5th of July in downtown Chicago while the corps was marching in parades in the Chicagoland area. My friend James drove up from Mississippi & picked me up the morning of the 4th and we made our way to the north side of Chicago. Here we parked the car by a friend’s apartment that we were going to stay with and took the Brown line/Red line train down to the South side of town to make our way to U. S. Cellular field. I’m always trying to squeeze in visiting new baseball stadiums to my schedule and this was the perfect opportunity to visit two new parks. If you’ve never been to the Cell know that it is a monster of a stadium. Lots of seating capacity to cheer on the Chicago White Sox, however there isn’t much to look at inside the stadium. I scored some pretty decent seats off of eBay down the left field line right next to the foul pole. Eventually, James & I meandered out way around to the Private Bank Deck in center field to watch the last 3 innings. The White Sox defeated the Orioles 3-2 with a walk off home run by Adam Dunn in the bottom if the ninth inning. It was a great game to watch.


Friday morning we woke up & made our way to Addison Street to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the historic Wrigley Field. This was my first visit to Wrigley & I was excited to experience all that it had to offer. The first pitch was thrown out by 2 players from the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, however they did not bring the cup along with them. (Why would you not carry it with you everywhere you go?) Needless to say its the Cubs so they were blown out by the Pirates who currently boast the best record in the MLB, but I enjoyed my first visit to the land of Brick & Ivy. We had great seats down the left field line.20130706-131930.jpg

Post game we ate dinner and walked around Wrigleyville taking in the sights & the atmosphere before easing back to the train to head to my friend’s apartment for the night.
It’s Saturday now & I’m heading to Chesterton, IN almost an hour outside of the Windy City to meet back with the Blue Stars. They had a show last night Whitewater, WI & are gearing up for tonight’s competition in Michigan City, IN. I only have 3 more weeks with the corps before heading home. This was a great 2 day break to recharge myself mentally for the rest of the season.

QOTD: What ball parks have you visited? What’s your favorite?