Our consecutive days with at least one game attended streak ended at 7 today, when the Astros and Tigers were rained out in Kissimmee. Originally, we were heading out to see Atlanta, but after checking the Braves’ ticket prices ($19.00 for “seats” on a grass berm) we decided to head to Kissimmee ($15.00 for seats along the left field line) and see the Astros. As it turned out, we made a 130 mile round trip to have a McDonald’s salad. We hope to hook up with Atlanta minor leaguers and former New Market Rebels, Chris Masters and Blaine Sims, but we haven’t been able to confirm those plans yet.
We’re meeting an old high school buddy on Tuesday before heading home Wednesday morning, and we’re trying to work in one more game, but that’s not looking good. The University of South Carolina plays at home Wednesday night, but that doesn’t put us far enough north. UNC Charlotte is home every night but Wednesday. If anyone knows of a college baseball team that is just north of Charlotte and plays at home this Wednesday, please let us know.
Though our plans for today were stymied, we still have two tips of the day: First,Steak and Shake restaurants are a great place to eat if you like gourmet hamburgers and milkshakes. Second, Florida drivers don’t do well in the rain. We saw three cars that had skidded off US 301, including one Corvette that ended up in the woods.
As we experienced nothing but rain today, here’s a nice picture from yesterday of Lake Parker in Lakeland.