Elvis has left the Building
Our seats at US Cellular Field were the worst ones of the tour. We were in the upper deck and they still cost $46. Apparently the game was considered a Premier one according to the team's flexible pricing. Last night's game was against the Texas Rangers, who are apparently in the same category as the Yankees and the Red Sox. The tickets were $16 more than if some other team was in town. I personally think the game was a Premier game because it was Elvis Tribute Night (more later).
Cellular is unlike any other stadiums we have visited. Once we got up to our seats, we were basically trapped. There was no way for us to get back down other than to leave the park. An attendant at Guest Relations allowed us to use the elevator to go down to the main concourse, but only after the fifth inning. He warned us not to try to sneak into the seats in the lower section. It was a whole new world down on the lower concourse. We could walk around and keep an eye on the game. There were better food options in the stalls on the lower concourse. We saw plenty of people dressed in their Elvis outfits. Scott and I took a walk all the way around. The center field area was like walking through a bar. There were plenty of people talking and drinking with very little interest in the game (of course the Sox were losing). There were also statues of the top players in team history. Obviously, Chicago is a much bigger city than our other destinations and part of the reason our seats were so far away is due to the corporations buying up the better seats in the building.
The game itself featured a lot of runs, 7-4 for the Rangers, but not that many hits. Keith Moreland accounted for five of the Texas runs with a three-run homer and a two-run one. The other interesting aspect of the game was that Juan Pierre hunted three times in the game. He had a bunt singled in the first. He bunted in a run the second time he came up. Then he bunted for a third time, trying to advance a runner to second. It worked when the Rangers made an error, allowing the runner to go to third and Pierre to safely reach first.
The fun really started when the game ended. First the E-team, the Elvises of the Sky (not to be confused with the Flying Elvises of Honeymoon in Vegas fame) made a night landing into center field. They also performed prior to the game. The E-team was followed by some dancing showgirls and then The King himself arrived in a '58 red T-Bird convertible. The King was played by world renowned Elvis impersonator Doug Church, who belted out some standards. As Elvis left the building, the sky beyond center field lit up with a 20-minute fireworks show that Wayne said was as good as any he had seen at the annual competitions at the Casino in Hull. Most of the 28,000 fans hung around for the spectacle. Our seats in the top deck gave us a perfect view of the fireworks and the parachutists.
Today was our longest drive of the Man Trip. All the way from Minneapolis to Chicago was about 400 miles. We stopes for lunch about halfway through the trip. Since we were boycotting McDonald's and had eaten at Subway for two days, it was mutually agreed upon that we would head to KFC. I now know why there is a childhood obesity problem in the US. We discovered the all-you-can-eat KFC Buffet. It's free for kids, if the parents order it for $7.99. The KFC was packed and people kept going back to the buffet. We steered clear of the buffet and based on Wayne's meal, KFC is off the list too.