This was a BIG day for me — my entire reason for traveling halfway across the world. Game 1 of Major League Baseball’s Opening Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground was scheduled to begin at 7:15pm, but of course I wanted to get there much earlier. The stadium was going to open at 5pm, and I decided to arrive by 2:30. I figured I didn’t have enough time to do anything interesting beforehand, but my Australian friend Ray Burton wasn’t about to let me waste a perfectly good morning. He and his family planned a Sydney Harbour Cruise, and it started here in Darling Harbour.
In the photo above, do you see all those flags along the water’s edge? The blue ones featured Dodgers players, and the red ones featured Diamondbacks — and check this out:
No, I’m not talking about the Sydney Convention Centre being demolished in the background. I’m talking about those gigantic baseballs floating in the water! I wasn’t the only one psyched about these games; the whole city seemed to be embracing it.
Here are the Burtons:
In the photo above, Ray is wearing the yellow shirt, and his wife, Donna, is rockin’ the stripes. The other three folks are their children — Nick on the left, Emily in the middle, and Alex on the right.
The cruise tickets weren’t cheap:
They cost $55 apiece, but it was worth it. Look how beautiful it was once we got out on the water:
I’m not a fan of opera, nor am I an architecture aficionado, but c’mon, that’s a pretty cool building.
Our boat was one of those “hop on/hop off” things, so we rode it a nearby harbour called Circular Quay. That’s the closest stop to the opera house. Here’s what it looked like as we walked toward it:
Here’s what I saw as we got closer:
Take another look at the bridge:
Did you notice those little specks on the very top?
Those were people . . .
. . . who had paid hundreds of dollars apiece for an official bridge climb. I would’ve loved to do that, but (a) the timing didn’t work out, and (b) hundreds of dollars? Really?! I went skydiving for hundreds of dollars. I bought an Arkanoid machine for hundreds of dollars. The bridge climb looked cool, but not THAT cool.
Here I am “imitating the opera house” with the Burtons:
(That stupid photo was my idea.)
Everywhere we went, I saw people decked out in Dodgers and Diamondbacks gear. Here’s some photographic evidence from the boat:
Look at this sign on the boat:
I have mixed emotions about what the drinking age should be, but it was interesting to be in a place where it was different from home.
Our boat made several other stops (including Taronga Zoo), but we didn’t get off. Instead we rode it back to Darling Harbor . . .
. . . and got ready for the game. Look what Ray wore:
HEATH BELL, BABY!!
On our way out of the hotel, I noticed this in the lobby:
Sydney was going baseball-crazy.
That’s the end of my Day 4 blog entry. Click here for a separate entry (with 87 photos) about my experience at the game.