July 13, 2014
J and I were blessed by one of my coworkers with free tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays home game. I had only been to game in the Tropicana once and this was J's first time.
Our first stop was at one of J's favorite restaurants. We used to eat at Pazza Bistro almost weekly until they moved to Pinellas Park. Since the Tropicana stadium was only 15 minutes away from the restaurant's new location, J asked to check them out. We had a wonderful lunch and I highly recommend trying them if you are near by.
Then it was time to play ball! Here is a view from our amazing seats. The tickets were provided by Smart Tuition, a company that provides "tuition management services and software for K-12 private and parochial schools" (visit their website here).
The Rays played the Toronto Blue Jays and we enjoyed being in the middle of the action. Because this was J's first time at a Rays game, we explored the stadium during the 5th and 6th innings. There were several restaurants, shops, and entertainment stations, all indoors.
Winning the game was the cherry on top for our wonderful day! The crowd went wild and we had the opportunity to participate in a stadium wide wave.
Smart Tuition surprised us with $60 in vouchers to use at the concession stands or in the Rays gift shop. J loves baseball caps so he was happy to have a Rays hat. I found an adorable cap on sale and a collection on MLB inspired OPI mini nail polishes. I am not sure who was happier.
Here is a photo of my new mini bottles. There name are: Umpires Come Out at Night, Girls Love Diamonds, 7th Inning Strrretch, Short—STOP!, Orange You Going to the Game?, and Love Athletes in Cleats. How cute are those names?!