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A Baseball Birthday

Come join us for my husband’s 50th birthday surprise … a weekend of baseball at the bay. The Rays opening weekend at Tropicana Field against the Yankees.

First, we checked in at a historical hotel built in 1925. Formerly the Pennsylvania, it is now a Courtyard by Marriott.

That's the birthday boy by the elevators

The hotel offered a shuttle to the game. So we left early to get a bite to eat. While we ate, These were our views.

A dome stadium - Tropicana Field

Then the pitcher, David Price, warms up.

And the game begins. Below is the most popular player on the Rays. Evan Longoria.

Skipping to the end … so sorry Yankees … no, wait … I’m not sorry.


8 to 6

We were out numbered by Yankees fans at the hotel, and they were as loud as us Rays fans at the Trop. We went back and forth screaming out our teams names. The Rays are the underdog story of our time.

After the game we waited outside for the shuttle in beautiful temperate weather. A cool breeze blew through my hair as I took a night time photo of the full moon.

The next morning we took a stroll through the park at the bay.

The final sight … the tentacles of a banyan tree.

Thanks for joining us.


12 thoughts on “A Baseball Birthday”

  1. Don’t know much about baseball .. haven’t been to match since I lived in Seattle – great fun. It seems it was a stay full of adventure and pleasure. Happy and tired 50th man back home now ??


    1. It’s the American pass time for sure, Viveka. Yes, we are back home. I’ll have more adventures to write about soon though. Thanks for the happy bday wishes.


    1. Boo Yankees. 😉 GO RAYS! It’s all in good fun. Something to get minds off of some scary reality these days. Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂


  2. Wow! I looks like y’all had a wonderful time! I remember when Texas played last season in the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay! That stadium looks so awesome! I will have to make a trip there! Thanks for sharing, and I hope your hubby had a great birthday!


    1. Hey Isabella. A lot of people complain about this stadium, but I like it. Perhaps I haven’t been to enough of them in my lifetime to know the difference. However, they complain that the team rarely sells out, and it’s because of the location. The stadium is very difficult to get to, especially from where I live. It’s surroundings are beautiful too, but unreachable for many. We keep hoping they’ll put it in a better location eventually. Thanks so much for reading and for the birthday wishes.


    1. Thank you Kathy, and Lori’s husband, Gary, thanks you too (sorry, didn’t put his name because I wasn’t sure he even wanted me to share this much, but, here it is anyway). 😉


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