Road Trip: Las Vegas

June 4, 2014

Panoramic view from my seat at the Las Vegas 51s game vs. Reno.

I love seeing baseball games on the road. I have seen the Mets in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Washington DC and San Francisco. I saw the Binghamton Mets in Portland and even saw a Cubs-Rockies game when I was there for a wedding. Needless to say, when I knew I would be in Las Vegas for a wedding, I immediately kept tabs on the Las Vegas 51s schedule. (If you’re not familiar, they are the Mets current Triple-A affiliate.) It just so happened that they had a home game on the one night that I didn’t have any wedding-related events.

Cashman Field, Las Vegas, NV

Cashman Field, where the 51s play, is about a 20-minute car ride from “The Strip,” and so Nik and I rented a car to make it easy to get there and back. The stadium complex was much nicer than I expected. There was a cute team store and a variety of concession stands. Like most minor league games, it was very family friendly. We bought seats that were five rows behind the 51s dugout and had great views once the sun went down.

Getting the start was Darin Gorski, who held his own for awhile. But alas, a win was not in the cards and the Aces won 4-3.

Darin Gorski

Allan Dykstra

Omar Quintanilla

Josh Satin

Kirk Nieuwenhuis

It was nice to see guys like Allan Dykstra, Omar Quintanilla, Josh Satin, Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis play. All of them, except Dykstra, have been up and down with the Mets at some point. Hopefully they can keep improving and have a chance to make the big league roster full-time next season.

Wally Backman, Andrew Brown

*A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Guns ‘N Roses member Dizzy Reed:

Dizzy Reed first pitch

** More pictures can be seen here.

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