Once again this year, Pip made his yearly trek to the Cleveland area for a weekend of reliving memories and debauchery. This year’s trip happened to coincide with Opening Day for the Indians so we headed down to the stadium to take in a game with my brother Marko and buddy Al. Pip had never been to the stadium so it was super cool to have a “first timer” there though I can’t say the Tribe played all that well… we were down 14-0 in the 4th inning. At least I can say that the didn’t roll over and die and at least made a game out of it, ultimately losing “only” 15-10.
I was working on Friday and Al had the day off, so he was nice enough to give Pip a ride downtown. After work, I rode the RTA into town to meet up with the boys. Needless to say, I felt like a sardine riding the RTA to the stadium. Apparently I wasn’t the only one with that brilliant idea. We met up at Cadillac Ranch for some awesome pre-game grub.
Opening Day in Cleveland is essentially a holiday… second only to St. Patrick’s Day. That said, there were a TON of people who were WAY ahead of us in the drinking department – including this guy who was busting a move to Footloose. I can’t be hyper critical though… Pip and I did the same thing at his wedding.
We made our way to Jacob’s Field which was beautiful as always. Yes… I know it’s called Progressive Field these days. I don’t care… it’ll always be “The Jake” to me. The Indians did a great job during the pregame and honored recently deceased Bob Feller with a very touching video.
After the game, we headed out to celebrate my buddy Brad’s birthday for a while. Through many protests, we called it a night before going “next door” and headed home. In retrospect a very good decision.
Saturday we hung out with the boys during the day and then met up with one of Pip’s high school classmates and her husband for dinner and some drinks. SUPER cool people that I’m so happy to have met. After meeting up with them, Pip had to make his annual trek to the Annex. Even if its for one beer (which this year it was) it’s nice to be back “home”. We continued our rounds of local bars with a stop at Legends to check out some of the scenery… and a very talented band. Knowing that Sunday was going to be a big day we headed home rather early.
Sunday – WrestleMania day. Marko got in on this year’s action and came over at around 5:00 for the 7:00 show. We got ourselves some food and we were ready for the evening’s festivities. I’m certainly not a “foodie” by the traditional sense of the word, but I have to say we did a pretty damn good job in the food department.
I won’t go into the details of the show here but if you’re interested in my thoughts you can find them here. The Beeramid as per usual was a tall challenge but I’m thrilled to report that we once again were up to the task.
If you want the blow by blow details of the Beeramid challenge you can find them here. Suffice to say it was once again A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Monday morning rolled around rather quickly and just like that the weekend was over. Miraculously I was at the office right around normal time on Monday morning and Pip was out the door and on the road by 9:00 as well. We don’t have a date yet for my trip to visit the Pips but it’s typically in the fall. I absolutely can’t wait (though my liver does need a bit of a rest). See you soon brother!