Archive for: Road Trips

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May 1st, 2010

SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME. [5-1-10]

Mets v Phillies Citizens Bank Park 5-1-10 Coming out of a 9-1 STREAK (yes I’m calling it a streak, given that other media won’t – I’m looking at you, WFAN), it seemed like a great decision to find some tickets for the weekend series and head down into enemy territory. Halladay vs Pelfrey? The newly-minted almost-ace, the dude who had finally risen to meet the expectations we had always had of him? One of the matchups of the season so far? How could we possibly resist this siren song? We prevaricated, as we always do, debating resources and common sense, and after saying “no” twice, pulled the trigger on a pair of fairly reasonable StubHub’bed tickets Friday morning.… [more]

Apr 2nd, 2010

On The Road for Opening Day

I am excited to announce that I’ll be writing for Baseball Digest about traveling for baseball, and visiting out-of-town ballparks. My first article, about traveling for Opening Day, is online now. … [more]

Mar 31st, 2010

iPhone App Review: Ballpark Envi

Ballpark Envi is an iPhone app that could be a reasonably useful tool in the arsenal of a ballpark roadtripper. It contains a library of photographs from every active MLB park, and as well as seating charts for each one. It seems like a no-brainer, but there are two drawbacks to keep in mind.

Mar 19th, 2010

West Coast Bound

The itinerary in the right sidebar under "2010" is not theoretical, and is all one trip. This journey will take place after the All Star break, and will take me to Anaheim, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland (I know it's a dump, but we're there and the Red Sox are in town), Phoenix and then finishing up at Dodger Stadium.

Mar 14th, 2010

TRIP PLANNING TIPS.

Everybody has a different approach to their ballpark travel methodology, and everyone is right in their own way. I admit there is a strong hint of OCD-ness in the tips below, which are random, and do not pretend to be comprehensive. Why? Because you are not me, and I am not you, and what I care about is not what you care about. For example, I could care less about locating and visiting the team's hotel, while other people care about this with great fervor. I also care very little about obtaining autographs (except in rare occasions), but will obsess over the perfect vantage point from which to take photographs. That said, here are some of my best pieces of advice.

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Jul 30th, 2009

GREINKE DAY.

[Please note: there is negative Mets content in this post. If that bothers you, please move on, nothing to see here.] I headed to Baltimore yesterday to meet up with a fellow blogger who was in the area, and to watch Zack Greinke pitch. My only chances of seeing him were to go to Baltimore, or to trek up the House of Evil (if I even hit the rotation right when they were in town). I chose the Baltimore option because it’s a much nicer place to see a game, and because you could buy sets five rows behind the visitor’s dugout for the princely sum of $32 (which was about $16 below face).… [more]

Jul 18th, 2009

CITI FIELD.

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.

Jul 4th, 2009

YANKEE STADIUM.

As my significant other constantly reminds me, if the team's wearing grey uniforms, it's a road game, even if it takes us less time to get to the stadium in the Bronx than it takes us to get to our own ballpark. The new Yankee Stadium looks beautiful on the outside. It also looks beautiful when you're sitting at your seat (for the most part - I will not go into the season ticket holder contretemps because I am not one). The park accurately reflects the identity of the team. You have zero doubt whatsoever whose stadium you are in. In terms of branding, they nail it. But in terms of creating a fan-friendly experience, in what's likely not a surprise to most people, they have a long way to go.

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Jul 4th, 2009

ON THE ROAD: YANKEE STADIUM

As TBF constantly reminds me, if the team’s wearing grey uniforms, it’s a road game, even if it takes us less time to get to the stadium in the Bronx than it takes us to get to our own ballpark. The new Yankee Stadium looks beautiful on the outside. It also looks beautiful when you’re sitting at your seat (for the most part – I will not go into the season ticket holder contratemps because I am not one). The park accurately reflects the identity of the team. You have zero doubt whatsoever whose stadium you are in. In terms of branding, they nail it.… [more]

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Jun 19th, 2009

STREETS OF BALTIMORE. [6-18-09]

“If we don’t win this game,” said the guy sitting behind me, “we don’t deserve to play baseball. Not even just in the American League. Baseball.” It was the 9th inning. After being shut out for a few innings, and then tying it up, and then giving up a home run to Robert Andino – why are our villians the unlikely ones, always, why are the Mets the ones giving up the big moments, the special home runs, who did not know that Matt Wieters was not going to get his first home run this series? – they had eked themselves out a game.… [more]