As I mentioned last week, Prime was able to get tickets for Opening Day at American Family Field. We weren’t able to get preferred parking–it might have been pre-sold out–but that didn’t bother me. We were going to Opening Day. After a year plus of waiting, I would be in the ballpark again. As you can imagine, I was excited.
Now, our plan was to head to Milwaukee and stay in a hotel overnight,so we wouldn’t have to rush out the door at 8:30 to get to the game on time. I worked until 20:45 Wednesday night; I figured we’d get to our hotel at maybe 23:30 or 23:45 at the latest. Hey, we had our room reserved; we were guaranteed!
Or so we thought.
When we arrived at the hotel–a Travelodge–I headed inside to get checked in and get our room keys. There was someone in front of me, but I didn’t mind waiting. After she left, things went straight to hell.
Apparently, a “guest” didn’t like their room and trashed it. The hotel had been overbooked(!) and had nothing for us. There was no night cleaning crew to take care of the mess, so we were screwed. You are reading that correctly: we had a reservation at a hotel that had no open rooms.
So much for your room being guaranteed if you book through Hotels.com. Holy shit.
Prime and I managed to get up with Hotels.com and got a refund and a reservation at a Best Western near the airport. Honestly? I like that place; it reminded me of some of the hotels we had stayed in during BotCon. It even has an indoor pool! Definitely nicer than the Travelodge.
To Hotels.com, I say thank you. I know it was late, but your agent was wonderfully helpful and helped make a bad situation a lot more bearable. You guys are awesome. ❤
To the Travelodge, I say kiss my ass. I don’t know what sort of operation you guys are running, but it’s obviously a shitty one and I will never go back. I will make sure to tell my friends and family to avoid your establishment. I don’t care that you issued a credit; it wasn’t even for the entirety of our reservation! So yeah, I won’t be going anywhere near that place ever again. Saying that I was extremely underwhelmed is being very polite.
After an eventful night, Prime and I got some sleep. We had places to be in the morning.
For Opening Day, it was moderately full. The stadium was only opened to 25% capacity. We still have a pandemic going. So no, the stadium wasn’t going to be completely full. Honestly, I was fine with that. It made taking in the game a lot easier.
Fans weren’t allowed to congregate near the field. Again, the reasons were fairly obvious. It’s far too easy to infect someone or get infected by someone. So no real chance for any autographs but these are extraordinary times.
Things looked good at the start: Milwaukee started strong and didn’t allow the Twins to score. Then, things changed.
There’s some new food offerings in the park: I rather like the Yeli melt. I mean, it’s a grilled cheese, so there’s no real way to screw it up. I miss the cheese curds, though. They were amazing. I hope they come back soon.
Prime and I managed to hit one of the pop up team stores and grabbed some swag; later on during the game, Prime hit the home plate team store and scored an Opening Day pin for me. He got others as well, but the Opening Day pin was the one I wanted most of all.
The Twins pulled ahead 3 to 1 and eventually took a five run lead into the ninth. The Brewers were able to tie it up at the bottom of the ninth, so we were in extra innings!
Now, you might remember the rule change last year: when a game goes into extras, both teams will start with a runner on second. It’s to help speed things up so the game ends a bit quicker. That rule almost bit the Brewers in the backside, as the Twins almost got their runner across thanks to a bad pitch from Josh Hader! Thankfully, the Brewers were able to keep him at third.
So at the bottom of the tenth, Lorenzo Cain took second base. It was Orlando Arcia who brought him home. We ended the game with a Brewers win: 6 to 5.
Afterwards, Prime and I headed home, but during a stopover in Fond du Lac, we ran into our friend, Shawn! So we ended up coming home a little later than we had expected.
It was fun. It was a lot of fun. I think I might have enjoyed this Opening Day more than some of the previous, as the park wasn’t as crowded as it was the last time I attended. Yeah, having a smaller crowd made it a lot better. So I’m good with that being a regulation for the rest of this season. But I had a blast.
The season started with a win. Let’s keep it going.