11. I can't tell you how sick to death I am of reading stories about the Blue Jays' attendance. Or lack thereof. The rumours of baseball's death in Toronto have been greatly exaggerated. Anyway, a former colleague of mine, TVO producer Melissa Martin, has taken it upon herself to organize Let's Fill The Dome on Facebook, scheduled for May 28. So head out to the SkyDome that night and, for one night at least, let's fill that bloody ballpark to the brim. An added bonus: it's guaranteed win night; the Baltimore Orioles are in town.
12. When I was in Pittsburgh and met with Pirates fan Dan Getkin, he asked if I'd heard anything about Indian prospects Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. I hadn't. Until last week. They're back. And I still can't get enough of these guys.
13. Okay, I've got a bone to pick with Megabus. And a travel tip for you, if you're ever in the business of heading to Baltimore from New York City. While your reservation says you'll be going to Baltimore, you'll actually be going to White Marsh, Maryland, which is, depending on your route, 14 to 17 miles northeast of Baltimore. Megabus drops you off at the White Marsh Mall Park & Ride; literally on the side of the road adjacent to a parking lot. Good luck finding a taxi; there are none. I arrived in White Marsh in the afternoon, so getting downtown was easy. I hopped aboard a local Baltimore bus for $1.80 and got off at the foot of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. My bus back to New York City was scheduled for 12:55 am and, let me tell you, what a nightmare. The last bus to White Marsh on a weeknight leaves around 9:40 pm. I did my homework and, knowing the Orioles game wouldn't be done by then, knew I'd have no choice but to take a cab back to the bus stop. I hailed a taxi at midnight and made a deal with my driver to pay half the meter charge up to White Marsh. I'm Indian, and recently returned from two months in India; my haggling skills, right now at least, are on point. As we pulled up to the White Mash Park and Ride, the metre, including toll, read $87 and change. Eighty-seven dollars! For a cab ride! I was incredulous. And decided it was time to haggle again. We reached an accord at $40, no receipt. The round-trip ticket to Baltimore cost $22.50. So, yeah. As I exited the taxi, my driver, looking around, said: "Are you going to be okay out here?" I assured him I would, and went to wait for my bus, which showed up 20 minutes late. If you need to take a bus to Baltimore, take the Greyhound. It drops you downtown. You're welcome.
14. It was my goal on this trip to find the baseball player whose entrance music is Soulja Boy's Turn My Swag On. The song is a guilty pleasure of mine. Well, I've found him. Them, actually. Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and Chicago White Sox outfielder/designated hitter Andruw Jones are two of my new favourite players ever. Bless them both.
15. Some more excellent musical selections: Detroit's Austin Jackson comes to the plate to Jay-Z's Say Hello (To The Bad Guy). That song's just about perfect; exactly what you want the opposing pitcher to hear. Well done, Mr. Jackson.
16. Young Dro's Shoulder Lean plays on Progressive Field's speakers when Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo makes his way to the batter's box. And, for some reason, that one took me completely by surprise.
17. Boston's Dustin Pedroia impressed me with his choice: G'd Up, by Tha Eastsidaz and Snoop Dogg. But he still can't hit the high-inside fastball.
18. By my calculations, I've spent approximately 56.5 hours on the bus so far on #TBRTOAL.