Wednesday, June 15, 2016

hot night for baseball and bbq

Making or way out to Kauffman Stadium early in the balmy Kansas City afternoon for a little BBQ and Baseball, thermometers everywhere clearly stated that it was only 36 C. We understood otherwise. It had to be at least 40 C. This seemed especially true out in the parking lot of the stadium, where tailgating was already in full swing when we arrived.

Indeed, we appreciated Ed Jones hooking us up with tailgating foodstuffs from Jack Stack, and tickets to the game. It was a good spread, but we ate entirely too much to be able to contribute anything further to the Kauffman vendors; excepting a couple of cocktails, that is.

It was going to be a really a hot evening for baseball, in more ways than one.  The Kansas City Royals were battling the Cleveland Indians in the final game of the brief series between the two this week.  An important game for the Royals, if they won it would put them back in first place in the American League Central, alongside the Indians.

Waiting for the game to start, the temperature on the scoreboard continued to taunt us, refusing to budge any higher than 36 C at game time.  It was not quite as bad as it could have been though.  We had faint breeze up in 405, and a fantastic view of the field.

The Royals got off to a good start with two runs in the first inning, mostly due to sloppy play by the Indians.  The scoring went unanswered until the fifth inning, when Cleveland matched those two scores on equally sloppy play by Kansas City.  We understood.  It was hot.  Nobody is perfect in that kind of sweltering heat.

There was not much cause for concern though.  The Royals quickly scored again in the bottom of the same inning, giving them a 3-2 lead.  Salvadore Perez secured that lead shortly after that, stepping to the plate and hammering a 3-run homer into centerfield pushing their lead over the Indians 6-2.

The Indians were unable to answer in the top of the sixth, and Salvadore again helped the Royals widen the gap further at the bottom of that inning.  Perez was having a stellar night!  Indeed, the entire team seemed to be hitting the ball into just the right spot all night long, keeping the Indians stretching themselves out all over the field.

Cleveland could only answer with two more runs in the top of the seventh, with no further scoring for the remainder of the game, with a final score of Kansas City Royals 9 – Cleveland Indians 4.

In spite of the heat, it was good night for baseball out at Kauffman stadium.  We were likely luckier than most, with a very slight breeze along the outer wing of the upper deck.  I cannot imagine how it must have been in lower sections, where the breeze is too often non-existent.

I continued my experiments with the camera on the Nexus 5x, but our location in the stadium did not facilitate very many good photos.  I was lucky enough to capture that 3-run homer by Salvadore Perez though on video.  I had been trying all night to get one good video clip.  It seemed that every time I tried, all I could get was a foul ball or an out.  I kept trying though, and finally got lucky! 

Friday, June 10, 2016

the lumineers at kc live!

Thanks to our virtual patron Harley, we found ourselves at Kansas City Power & Light District again.  The Lumineers were appearing with support from another group simply named Soak.  We had never heard of either or so we thought, but as always, are willing to go and see what there is to see; that being especially true, if this particular patron makes a recommendation, we pay attention.

We arrived a little later than we expected to, and after waiting in line for nearly 20 minutes, gained access to already packed house.  We stopped in at our usual place for a couple of drinks before entering the throng of people that continued to stream in.  I have no idea where all these people ended up finding a place to roost.  It was almost impossible for us to locate a position any better than where we ended up at, under the stairs outside of McFadden’s.

It was a good spot though, with a relatively clear view of the stage.  Soak was just finishing the last few songs of their set, and the few tracks we heard were really good.  They sounded a bit like Mazzy Star meets Smashing Pumpkins and we will have to see what more we can find of them floating around the internets.

Meanwhile, people continued to file in.  The place was wall to wall with people everywhere.  I was surprised they were not dangling from the rooftops, as every square inch of the place was covered, and every balcony and stairway so full as to nearly prohibit any sort of movement; as well, any decent photos, but there are few video clips.

The Lumineers took the stage and powered through several tracks we immediately recognized, discovering that in spite of never hearing the name, we had been privileged enough to hear quite a few tracks over on semi-local radio station The Bridge (90.9 FM).

The remainder of the crowd was more intimate, and sang back up chorus to nearly every track throughout the evening.  It was impressive indeed, and good chill evening in good company with good music.

Near the end, an idiot tried to spoil it all, but a few of us stepped up to defray the situation.  With my wingspan stretched between the two, telling them both to just chill, another held back the more sensible of the two, while the Angry Drunk that started the messed was encouraged to depart.  I suppose there will always be that one that stumbles into people, but does it always have to be in the form of an angry drunk? It would be so much more fun if folks left their angry drunk friends at home when go out.

We lingered for a few more songs after that, but departed early.  It was hot, the view of the stage wasn’t that great, and the earlier incident convinced us that the environment was entirely too ripe for others interested in following suit.