July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip

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2004/07/23 16:22:09 (permalink)

July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip

Hey guys,

Just got back from a "mini baseball trip" last night as I start my new job on Monday.

I left last saturday and drove to Hagerstown MD to see the Single A team the Hagerstown Suns lose to the Lakewood Blue Claws. After dealing with hellacious traffic in both the Stamford CT area and Allentown PA area I arrived in Shartlesville and went to old reliable Haags Hotel. The food as always was delicious however I was dissappointed that they no longer serve fresh baked bread with Apple Butter and Cottage Cheese before the meal. The only thing disappointing about the meal were the small stale dinner rolls. The White Meat Chicken with Gravy, Filling, Dried Corn, Baked Beans and Pepper Cabbage were delicious the meal also comes with dessert. I had the Tapioca Pudding. I arrived in Hagerstown 15 minutes before the game began. I really wasn't that hungry and although I had contemplated going to Richardson's after the game, the desire went away after my huge meal at Haags. I did have a hot dog at the ballpark with a 32 Oz Yuengling.

(SIGNMAN- if you're reading this I would have called you to let you know I was in Hagerstown, but the trip was completely spur of the moment and I literally did not know where I was headed until I left!)
The next day I headed to Charlestown WV to see the Alleycats lose to the Hickory Crawdads (I mean really lose- they lost badly!). I was planning to stop at Bender's Restaurant in Cumberland MD, however I called beforehand and their phone was disconnected. Oddly enough I remember a review on the roadfood site and oddly enough it was mysteriously removed, yet it was never mentioned on any of the forums (for shame Michael!) I went to Park n Dine instead in Hancock and had their Chipped Beef on Toast. The meal arrived immediately and the portions were huge and delicious and it came with Fresh cut homefries. In Charleston I had a Brat at the Ballpark, which actually wasn't bad but was certainly not up to Wisconsin standards. After the game I went to Southern Kitchen and ordered up their Country Ham and Biscuits in Red Eye gravy and had the peanut butter pie for desert. All was delicious.

The next afternoon I had an early lunch at Joey's Ribs near the civic center in downtown Charleston. The ribs were meaty and the sauce was sweet, however the bbq beans were kinda watery and the french fries were nothing special. I arrived in Pittsburgh and met up with friends to see the Pirates lose to Montreal. Primanti's has a concession stand at the park. The sandwichs at the Park are second rate and do not hold up to the original locations. The sandwich tasted like it sat around for awhile. The next day I went to Clara's Pittsburgh Pierogis in Brentwood for lunch, a suburb just south of Pittsburgh. I had the Platter which included Kolbassi, Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogis and Halushki. All were good but were just a notch below the Platters served at Pierogi's Plus in McKeesrocks and The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern in Pittsburgh. That evening I joined a friend for dinner at Domenico's in Cranberry, about 1/2 hour north of Pittsburgh and had a decent Chicken Parm meal.

The next day I met with a couple of old coworkers ( I used to live in Pittsburgh) for lunch at the best Pizza Joint in Pittsburgh...Mineo's. That alone is enough reason to visit Pittsburgh. Fresh delicious Pizza with a crispy crust, sweet red sauce and generous amounts of cheese. In the evening it was off to the log cabin in Zelionople for a gut busting dinner of BBQ chicken which came with a baked sweet Potato drenched in cinamon butter. We also ordered Stuffed Mushroom and Fried Zucchini appetizers. Even though the waitress mentioned that the deserts were homemade, I simply could not eat anymore. In fact the next morning (yesterday) I was planning on having a hearty breakfast but settled for a muffin and coffee. On the way back to Rhode Island I stopped at the Hibernia Diner in New Jersey about 35 miles from the GW bridge off I-80 and had a dissapointing dry Pastrami on Rye, however I'll admit the Chicken and Pasta soup was good. I probably should have stopped at one of the HotDog places which advertized on I-80 and I-287 for a Newark Style Hot Dog. Oh well, I learned my lesson for next time!
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    wanderingjew
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/28 18:25:50 (permalink)
    I am completely surprised that no one has responded to this thread! I've seen responses to "Angus Beef @ Burger King" and pages and pages of responses to "Clother Sends Greetings" but nothing for this!!!! Come on! We're talking about real road food here!!!!!!!!" />
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/28 18:45:03 (permalink)
    I read it and enjoyed it, WJ, but I haven't even been east of the Mississippi since the '80's. Last time east of the Applachians was in the '60's! I'm living vicariously through your baseball travels. I've reached old fogey status at 52, I'm afraid.Call me Grandpa Simpson. I have to get a new life.
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/28 18:50:37 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    I am completely surprised that no one has responded to this thread! I've seen responses to "Angus Beef @ Burger King" and pages and pages of responses to "Clother Sends Greetings" but nothing for this!!!! Come on! We're talking about real road food here!!!!!!!!" />


    It sounds like you had a great trip and also sounds like you had a much better meal at Southern Kitchen than we experienced earlier this summer. My son is heading to Rhode Island next week and intends to try the place that you recommended in Providence, RI.
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/28 19:01:47 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by bill voss

    I read it and enjoyed it, WJ, but I haven't even been east of the Mississippi since the '80's. Last time east of the Applachians was in the '60's! I'm living vicariously through your baseball travels. I've reached old fogey status at 52, I'm afraid.Call me Grandpa Simpson. I have to get a new life.
    Bill


    Bill,

    We've got to get you back to the east coast. Think of all the great food you are missing!
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/28 19:03:15 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by chezkatie

    It sounds like you had a great trip and also sounds like you had a much better meal at Southern Kitchen than we experienced earlier this summer. My son is heading to Rhode Island next week and intends to try the place that you recommended in Providence, RI.


    Chezkatie,

    I have been to Southern Kitchen several times before. I have had their fried chicken on one occasion and wasn't impressed, however I've been going back for Country Ham ever since!
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/28 19:13:07 (permalink)
    I am sorry you missed the stop at Richardson's in Hagerstown (but understand the overfilled experience). Put it on your list for next time. We have been there a couple of times..Always on the weekend, does anyone have a description of how the menu works during the week?
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/28 19:55:35 (permalink)
    wj

    As a total minor league baseball neophyte, is there a one size fits all baseball schedule site? Or was it just happenstance that there was a game playing when you arrived?

    A 32 oz Yeungling -- the best beer -- anything goes good with a yeungling
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/28 20:26:57 (permalink)
    Try http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/. It is the official site of all the leagues which are affiliated with major leage teams, therefore not including the independent leagues.
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/29 17:16:25 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

    I am sorry you missed the stop at Richardson's in Hagerstown (but understand the overfilled experience). Put it on your list for next time. We have been there a couple of times..Always on the weekend, does anyone have a description of how the menu works during the week?


    Al, I've been to Richardson's once before, so it's not like a missed something I've already tried
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/07/29 17:18:41 (permalink)
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    wj

    As a total minor league baseball neophyte, is there a one size fits all baseball schedule site? Or was it just happenstance that there was a game playing when you arrived?

    A 32 oz Yeungling -- the best beer -- anything goes good with a yeungling


    I just simply checked the web the morning of my trip to see if games were scheduled. I also checked the weather too. Of course home games and weather were a big factor as far as where I went and If I went at all. Potentially all this trip could have been was a visit to Pittsburgh to see friends. Luckily everything else worked out!
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/08/11 11:38:08 (permalink)
    What happened to your cross country baseball trip that I read about last April? Is it on hold or cancelled because you got a new job?
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/08/11 12:10:14 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by wanderingjew


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    I had the Platter which included Kolbassi, Stuffed Cabbage, Pierogis and Halushki. All were good but were just a notch below the Platters served at Pierogi's Plus in McKeesrocks and The Bloomfield Bridge Tavern in Pittsburgh.


    I think I need to add Kolbassi, Pierogis, and Halushki to my list of roadfood that I've never had but want to try.
    Great report; it's lunchtime and you've got me starving...

    Frank
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    RE: July 2004 Mini Baseball Trip 2004/08/12 19:16:02 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by syrup

    What happened to your cross country baseball trip that I read about last April? Is it on hold or cancelled because you got a new job?


    Unfortunately I had to cancel my trip It's a shame because it was supposed to start two weeks from tommorow. Well...there's always next year!!
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