Sunday, August 31, 2008

Bicycle Stories Visits The Trop -- More Donuts Monday

It's a bit disorienting to see the American League East standings with the hometown Rays on top of the heap instead at the bottom.

So today I journeyed to the Dome to catch our first-place team and the Rays did not disappoint. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and didn't let up on the gas pedal as the Rays cruised to an easy and thankfully undramatic 10-4 victory over the Birds of Baltimore.

In other words, enjoy those free Dunkin' Donuts Monday -- they're on the house because the Rays won today. Monday is an off day, then the Yankees come to town Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Today, the Orioles were toast. The view from down the leftfield line.

Sunday is family day at Tropicana Field, which means clowns working the joint.

The Trop is still a sterile dome stadium. But the Rays management has done as much as it could to doll the place up, including some cool comic-style artwork that was painted on the once-drab walls inside the place.

My favorite was the Tom Seaver and Miracle Mets of 1969 panel. The Mets used to train in St. Petersburg in the spring.

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