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RiverCat Journal : The $14,000,000 TV

Posted by on August 11, 2012

Current Venue:  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Area)
Campground: Tempe Travel Trailer Villa

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The power of the internet!  These days you can go to a discount ticket outlet, purchase a ticket, and print it within a matter of minutes!

And, if you happen to have a train right in front of your RV park, you don’t have to bother with finding an expensive parking spot.  Cost for an all-day pass on the train?  3 dollars.

And it happens to run right in front of the baseball stadium here in Phoenix…

Of course what ballpark would be complete without a pool and a hottub?

Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about baseball.  Tonight’s matchup?  The young Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg against…somebody on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Did I mention Stephen Strasburg?  I told my brother-in-law I was going to see a no-hitter tonight.  It was through nearly 5 innings but Strasburg did give up one hit.  In fact, the Diamondbacks already seemed deflated by the time Strasburg was pulled out of the game — and the rest of the contest was actually rather dull.

I was very impressed with the stadium, though — particularly the most magnificent scoreboard I’ve ever seen.  The big screen is 136 feet by 46 feet and is in high-def.  There’s only 2 other similar to it in the nation and the quality of the videos are out of this world.  Back in 2008, it cost $14 million.  Yes, a $14,000,000 television!

The two lineup scoreboards to either side of the big-screen were pretty cool, too.  They were very large and always had highlighted who was due up next in the order.  Between the 3 boards, it was just an incredible wealth of information.  Very impressive.

The Diamondback, of course, are named after the most venomous rattlesnake in North America.  Their mascot?  “Baxter the Bobcat.”

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