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March 26, 2015

A baseball game on a lovely spring afternoon is already about as good as it gets… but when you add the perks of baseball in the wine country, you raise the bar just that much more.

DHS played the Vintage Crushers today. Wish we’d won; but for a few fewer errors, we certainly would have.

We scored one run the classic way: get on base on a nice hit (in this case a gorgeous line drive double up the left field line in the very first inning), and come home on another nice hit (in this case a hard hit single up the middle). They scored two runs, both on a pair of errors. Their second and winning run came at the bottom of the eighth inning (games are regularly seven innings). You hate to see a walk off run scored on an error.

But hey, our guys earned their one run. Their two came on over-exuberant throws (even good guys make bad throws). Isn’t that the story of baseball?

Still… it was a beautiful day in Napa Valley.

Here is the driveway that leads up to the Veteran’s Home ball park (one of, if not the oldest Veteran’s facilities in the United States, and certainly the prettiest and most fully featured). Domain Chandon is just off to the right:

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We dropped the boys off, then, with our usual hour to kill, headed into Yountville for some pre-game iced tea at the Bouchon Bakery… we ran into Wes who had exactly the same idea:

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Back to the field in time for the National Anthem. Trees surround the field (and I’m sure the sky is always blue):

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The bleachers are fully shaded, which is awesome for the fans. By the time the game was in full swing, the bleachers were nearly full. They attract a lot of veterans who live onsite so it gets pretty lively. They serve ice cream, hot dogs and all the usual stuff, have fun announcers and play organ music, so the whole experience has a nice old-time feel to it.

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A few of us went to Habit Burger for dinner after the game. It looked like the entire JV team was in there (they won their game). Then we headed home with the sun setting behind beautiful rolling hills and trees.

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This was the only game during the Spring Break. We return to full schedules next week, when we’ll conclude the pre-season with the big fancy Boras Tournament. Peter will likely get some mound time then.

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