Archive for: National League

Aug 22nd, 2010


The final destination for this summer's roadtrip was the most eagerly anticipated one: Dodger Stadium. In so many ways, it lived up to expectations - but in so many, very critical, other aspects, it was a tremendous letdown.

Aug 22nd, 2010

Chase Field

Chase Field isn't a bad ballpark, at all. It's conveniently located within the downtown entertainment zone, adjacent to the basketball arena; it's steps away from light rail; there are food and drink options in the area (as long as you plan to patronize them before the game, and not afterwards). It is clean and inviting, and very fan-friendly. I would, however, be stretching things if I tried to convince you it was a great ballpark.

Aug 15th, 2010


Hundreds of words have already been written about the beauty of AT&T Park. The location, the layout, the design, the individual ballpark features. Well, here are some more words, tempered with a touch of reality. Yes, it is gorgeous; the exterior echoing ballparks of the past, and the interior seating bowl offering a graceful curve bordered by McCovey Cove. Shots looking towards the outfield could not be mistaken for any other ballpark anywhere else in the world. “Majestic” would not be an overstatement. You will want to budget some extra time to take the full 360 walk around the outside of the ballpark, and to make a side trip out to the Willie McCovey statue at the end of McCovey Cove.… [more]

Aug 15th, 2010


It is with complete sincerity that I assert that PETCO Park is the most underrated ballpark in the country. On a trip to visit all the parks in California, this was not a place I was particularly excited about; the Padres were in town and it was a way to tick the park off the list. Now that I’ve been there, I can’t wait to go back. PETCO is the most laid-back downtown ballpark you will ever visit. You can walk there or take public transportation; it’s a stone’s throw from the ocean, but backed up by a rich entertainment district that’s an actual part of the city, and there are quite literally seats for every budget and every ballgame agenda. It will remind you of parts of other ballparks, but yet, it’s not like any other ballpark out there.

Jul 5th, 2010

Nationals Park

Nationals Park is a clean, tidy, pleasant place to watch a ballgame. The seating bowl is sweeping and elegant, there are places to wander, picnic tables to commandeer, and places to socialize. It is not the most elegant or beautiful ballpark you will ever visit, but it certainly does its job adequately, and does it aimed at the majority of people who will visit it.

Apr 25th, 2010


Citi Field is big, and there is a lot to see, and while I have written the definitive guide to the ballpark, there is still a lot to digest. So if I was taking you to the ballpark as my guest, here's how we would do things.

Jul 18th, 2009


Yes, this is my home park. I like to think that I am more analytical than the average fan, that I can see my ballpark with an outsider's perspective, and to some extent, I think I do that.

Apr 6th, 2009


We strolled down to Great American Ball Park a little before 2pm the day before Opening Day, our plan being to see the Reds Hall of Fame. We deliberately chose to get into town early so we could visit the Hall of Fame the day before the game, and avoid the crowds. It was a beautiful, sunny and warm day, the day that should be tomorrow, and on our way there, we passed dozens of red-shirted fans heading back from the ballpark. When we turned the corner and were about to head for the Hall of Fame, we noticed that the gates to the ballpark were open and people were walking out.

Sep 2nd, 2008


Our Busch Stadium adventure began at 6:15am Friday morning. We woke up, scrambled into jeans and t-shirts, found coffee, and walked the 12 blocks down to the stadium. There, sitting next to a bus shelter, were two fans in Cardinals hats, sitting in folding chairs and reading hunting magazines. They were waiting for First Pitch tickets, which was also the reason we were up at that ungodly hour on the second day of our vacation. We were joined shortly thereafter by a few dozen other folks, all in Cardinals regalia, even at the crack of dawn. I am not sure that Mets fans would be showing up at 7am making sure they were properly attired.… [more]

Aug 7th, 2008


Minute Maid Park is located in downtown Houston. By “downtown” I mean it’s one of those areas that was formerly neglected, the original center of the city, and that the city is trying to revitalize. There are some residential buildings, but it’s mostly commercial, government, entertainment and hotels. Aside from after the game, the only people we saw walking on the street were the people who clearly were going to work at the businesses in downtown. We never felt unsafe – we had multiple offers of help the one time we stopped to doublecheck something on a piece of paper – but it does have a bit of an odd, semi-deserted feeling in spots.… [more]

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