Getting my baseball game beer-drinking self in shape for the coming season, I attended a(sold-out) Red Sox-Dodgers spring training game in Ft. Myers Florida last week.
Initially it was great to see the greensward, to hear the crack of the bats and sit in the sunshine. That feeling lasted for about three innings. Then I got hot, clammy and a little bored.
I kept score, and once the teams started running in guys numbered 78, 80 , and 77 into the lineup, you knew the "invitees" were replacing the likes of Manny, Big Papi and Mike Lowell.
The heroes of the day were Dodgers subs Luke May, who hit a 3-run blast to tie the game at 5-5 and Jason Repco, who hit a grand slam in the 9th to seal the win.
The beers at City of Palms Park were not as inviting as the name of the ballpark. They were all mainline domestics. The only Boston touch was a Sam Adams Light. I had a Heinken, and spent a lot of time staring at the tattoo of two red socks that adorned the neck of a woman sitting in front me.
About the only thing that felt like regular season baseball beer was the price, $6.50 for 12 ounces. This got me thinking about developing a beer drinking strategy for Camden Yards.
Do you down a few quality brews at the Wharf Rat on Pratt Street, walk over to the game and then avoid the ballpark brews?
That is a long time to abstain. Or do you have a favorite ball park beer?