• ballparks,  California

    My night with the Lake Elsinore Storm – April 13, 2013

    When you have a friend whose last name is Storm and you have the chance to watch a team called Lake Elsinore Storm, it’s a requirement to attend a game with him.  Lake Elsinore is about 90 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles, where we were staying for our conference.  So on Saturday afternoon we headed out to help my friend accomplish the goal of seeing the Storm play. After exploring a bit of the town, we arrived at the ballpark a bit before gates opened. So after parking the car and heading toward the main gate, we had to wait in line as a crowd was already waiting in…

  • ballparks,  California

    My night with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – April 9, 2013

    It’s spring time, which means two things in my life: the start of baseball season and the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. This year I got to combine the two for my trip to Los Angeles, Calif. After booking my flight to arrive the day before the conference so I could visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, I decided to attend a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game. Three recreational softball fields flank LoanMart Field, which had been The Epicenter until just a few days before the Quakes’ season opener.  With the stadium changing names just before the start of the season there was not a lot of signage with the…