We caught an Angels game up in Anaheim and it just didn’t want to end. The Angels ended up losing to the Astros in the 13th inning. By that point, even Gavin was ready for the game to be over. But we stuck around, so that the kids could run the bases, and dream that they were in the big leagues.


Day 4 of our vacation was all about exploring Denver. We started off the day walking around inside of the Colorado State Capitol. Then we drove over to a different part of downtown to check out the FED’s Money Museum. The boys got to see lots of old types of money, learn about how our banking system works, and do a lot of hands on activities.

The second half of the day was all about baseball. We spent the afternoon at the National Ballpark Museum. The building was packed to the roof with tons of old memorabilia from the older “classic” ballparks and their players. We saw treasures from greats like Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth. Gavin was in heaven and Connor managed to entertain himself. I don’t think Gavin would have minded spending weeks in the little museum, soaking up every inch of baseball history.

After the museum, it was time for some baseball. We got into Coors Field the minute the gates opened and were able to see lots of the Dodgers warm up. Aliciana even snatched a baseball out of the air barehanded, like an eagle, when a player tossed it up into the stands. We were all quite impressed with her reflexes… especially the guy behind her who lost out on a cool souvenir.

After pushing through a rain delay in the first inning, and some cold weather the rest of the game, the Dodgers ended up losing with a score of 3 to 7. The game didn’t wrap up until after 10pm, so it was an extremely long day for the boys, but they had a blast.


The boys got to participate in this year’s Little League Day at Petco Park. They got to parade around the field with their team before the game started. We ended up sitting field level with Gavin’s team. Connor and I also visited his team, sitting up on the second level on the 3rd base side.

After the game, the boys had fun running the bases. Now, they have ran the bases at the Dodgers, Angels, Athletics, and Padres stadiums!

Connor’s coach got a few good pictures from the parade before the game:


It wouldn’t be a Ladd summer vacation without a trip to a baseball stadium. This was the boys second time seeing a Mariners game at Safeco Field.

We got to see King Felix pitch, but unfortunately the Mariners’ closer ended up blowing the save. After the game, we walked around the Pioneer Square part of downtown Seattle.


Instead of a party, Gavin wanted to catch an Angels game to celebrate his birthday. We got to see Mike Trout hit a two run home run. Unfortunately, those were the only runs the Angels scored. They ended up losing the game with a score of 4-2.


We went to Petco Park for Little League Day again this year. The boys really enjoy parading onto the field with their teams before the game, and they got to run the bases afterwards. The Mets creamed the Padres, 14 to 2, and I got to see Adrian Gonzalez (on the Mets this season) hit a home run.


Our family got to mark another MLB team off our list today, seeing the Astros play the Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros were down 6 to 5 in the bottom of the 9th, but Alex Bregman walked it off with a 2 run blast to win the game!


We started off our day in Arlington with a picnic in a large park along the Trinity River. Then we headed to Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers.

This was the 10th MLB stadium we’ve seen as a family. The stadium was nice but man was it hot! After a few innings in the sun, we retreated to seats further from the action, but in the shade.

The Rangers ended up losing against the White Sox, 10 to 5. Afterwards, the boys and I got to run the bases.


The boys wanted to see an Angels game to celebrate their birthdays, so we headed up to Anaheim for an evening game verses the Mariners. After the game, we also got to see an awesome fireworks show.

Unfortunately, the Angels lost 5 to 6, but we got to see some baseball history. Albert Pujols got his 1,993rd career RBI, passing up Babe Ruth, and placing him at 5th in the all-time RBI leaders.


The game was a good one, with the Mariners leading for the first 4 innings but the Angels tied it up in the 5th. They got a rally going in the bottom of the 8th and the rookie Matt Thaiss hit his first MLB home run, which was a 3 run shot!