Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Day Ten - Age of Aquarium

We took it easy Monday morning, then went into Baltimore to visit the National Aquarium. They had a number of excellent exhibits. My favorite was a colorful array of frogs. I've posted pictures at www.photoblog.com/dadlak. We had planned to go to the National Zoo in Washington, but the forecast was iffy, a factor that played out when the rain started in Baltimore at about 4 p.m. We didn't get too wet going from the aquarium to the car.

In the evening we ate dinner with Fern at Vantage Point. My mussels and linguine were surprisingly good for institutional food. Everyone enjoyed the time together and conversation. After dinner it was time for the Red Sox and Phillies on ESPN Monday Night Baseball, one of the most satisfying regular season games I've ever seen on TV as the Phillies won 8-2. They opened with two first-inning home runs, one each by Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard. Howard homered again on his second at bat, stretching the Phillies' lead to 4-0. The Red Sox answered with two solo home runs off Phillies' starter Cole Hamels, but the Phils offense struck right back with four in a rally that featured triples by both Pat Burrell (his first triple since 2006) and Howard (the 5th triple of his three year career). The defending world champions were never really in the game, to the delight of the assembled Phillies' fans and Yankee fans who'd come down from New York.

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