Tag:San Francisco
Posted on: January 17, 2008 3:08 pm

Take me out to the ballgame

One of my ultimate "fun" goals in life is to see the ballpark in every MLB city.  So far I've been to 11 ballparks and am looking to try to get to at least one new one a year.  So far I've been to:

H.H.H. Metrodome: Home stadium, not many people like it, due to cramped seating and artificial feel to the game.  I personally don't have a problem with it.  It is nice to go to anything in Minnesota in the summer where it isn't 90+ degrees and mosquito infested.  Add to that, the decided homefield advantage during the World Series victories, and it has done all right as the home of the Twins.  Still can't wait for the new ballpark to open.

Coors Field:  Aside from housing my favorite team, the stadium itself is a great venue.  The concession stands are open to the field so you never have to miss a play.  Fountain in the outfield are great and the scenery behind the centerfield bleachers is awesome.  Ticket prices were still very reasonable last time I was, there, but I get the feeling that they'll jump a little this season.

PNC Park: This was my favorite ballpark.  I love the view of the bridges crossing the river just behind centerfield.  The food was great (Primanti Brothers sandwiches are the best).  There was a great view of the field from the seats I was in both times I've been there.  I would love if the new Twins ballpark incorporates a little of PNC and Coors.

Jacob's Field (now Progressive Field):  I lived in Cleveland when this stadium was just build.  I was able to get a ticket the first year and thought it was awful because all I could see was left field and the scoreboard from where I was at.  The angles of the seats were horrible.  I have since had a chance to go back a few times when the Indians weren't playing so hot and got better seats.  Now I think it is a pretty great ballpark.  I recommend upper deck first base side as close to the front of the section as possible to whomever goes.  Seeing the Terminal Tower out in left field is great.  Plenty to do outside the game as well for vacations.

Cleveland Municipal Stadium: The old Indians ballpark (since leveled and built upon).  I had some great memories of going to that stadium and watching the Indians play.  That was back when they were closer to the team in "Major League" than the ALCS team of last year, or the perennial powerhouse of the late 90's.  It was a great stadium right on Lake Erie.  the wooden seats were the best.  Some days when I'd go, my family would have a section to itself and we'd make a ton of noise cheering by banging the seats.  Sad to see the stadium go.

Kauffman Stadium: Nice little ballpark.  Very cosy atmosphere.  The fountains are something to see.  I was there for an interleague game against the Marlins, I believe.  Not the best game to watch if you're not a fan of either team, but still a nice trip from Minnesota.

Great American Ballpark: The riverboat theme is a great idea based on the histroy of the region.  I liked the statues out from of the Cincinnati Reds greats.  Not my favorite ballpark, but I wouldn't be opposed to going again some day.

Rogers Centre:When I went here, it rained all day leading up to the game.  I went to the CN Tower and got to see the city and stadium from an awesome perspective.  Once the game was getting set to get undeway, they opened the roof and it was a pretty great experience.  The stadium is huge.  I enjoyed how easy it was to get there and being in another country, even/especially Canada was fun in and of itself.

Angel Stadium: Los Angeles? Anaheim? Who cares?  It was a fun experience.  The huge helmets out front were pretty cool.  I love the mountain out in center field.  It is very aesthetically pleasing.  Can't beat Southern California weather for outdoor baseball.

AT&T Park: I like the location of this stadium a lot.  Right off the Bay.  The garlic fries were awesome.  There plenty to see at this ballpark, from the scenery outside the stadium to the brick facades inside.  Getting to the game is so easy because of the BART and rest of the transportation network.  As a side note, San Francisco has to be one of the most picturesque and entertaining cities in the world.  I enjoyed it so much that I went back the past year for my honeymoon. 

Miller Park: Just went here for the first time last year.  It is a very nice ballpark.  I think that the retractable roof style that is used here is exceptional.  The in game entertainment is great.  Can't beat the Sausage Races (sorry Pittsburgh, the Pierogi Races just don't cut it).  The only thing that needs a little work is the parking situation.  To anybody who has never been there before, show up early or you'll be parking at least a 20 minute walk from the gates.  The brats were great.

I've been looking into either Chicago stadium, St. Louis, Texas, Detroit or Philadelphia as my next stadium trip.  There may also be an all out west coast trip in my future to take me from San Diego up to Seattle, cost permitting.  If anybody has any tips on their home stadium or any reason for me to pick one over another for my next, let me know.  I always enjoy seeing what other cities have to offer, and what they find important enough to bring into their ballpark.  I also enjoy trying the food that is unique to each ballpark.  Can't enjoy the game like the locals without the local cuisine.



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