Archive for: Road Trips

Jun 18th, 2009

ORIOLE PARK AT CAMDEN YARDS.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards has a legendary reputation that is entirely well-deserved. It's a downtown ballpark with convenient highway and transit access, and was the first to capture the old-time ballpark feel in a modern facility. It is a wonderful place to watch a baseball game, and has become an immediate favorite.

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Jun 18th, 2009

ON THE ROAD: ORIOLE PARK AT CAMDEN YARDS.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards has a legendary reputation that is entirely well-deserved. It’s a downtown ballpark with convenient highway and transit access, and was the first to capture the old-time ballpark feel in a modern facility. It is a wonderful place to watch a baseball game, and definitely places in my top 5 favorite ballparks. It couldn’t be easier to get to Oriole Park in Baltimore by car. There’s a dedicated exit off of I-95 that takes you straight down to the park, which is surrounded by parking lots. Tip: if you’re getting there early to go on a tour, you can park in the lots immediately adjacent, but you can’t stay there during the game, so be prepared to move it.… [more]

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Jun 13th, 2009

NOTHING AS IT SEEMS. [6-12-09]

It is funny how much you can will yourself into believing. It happened again and again tonight; hell, it happened just to to get me to the Bronx tonight. Taking the 4 train to the Bronx instead of the 2/3 to Times Square; standing amidst the pinstripes and the tourists and the just plain folks trying to get home after a long week and not appreciating their already-overcrowded subway line filled with clueless folks who don’t know basic subway etiquette. 161st St. is enemy territory, the shadowland, a foreign country. Two stadiums greet us at the bottom of the stairs, one standing mute, one barely broken in, so new it was gleaming in the sunlight.… [more]

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Jun 6th, 2009

YO SOY MARINERO.

We arrived at Safeco Field not long after gates opened, so I could take photos of batting practice. We knew that the gates wouldn’t open in time to see the Mariners at BP, but still, it was going to be BP and one of the things I do is… shoot batting practice. We walked inside, and made our way to our section and row. I took photos for a few minutes, and then stopped. “What’s wrong?” TBF asked. “Well… I usually hustle to get to BP because that’s my chance to get good photos of players up close. But… we’re going to be sitting here.… [more]

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May 25th, 2009

BLUE SUNDAY. [5-24-09]

We got to Fenway early on Sunday, forgetting that it was a 1:30 start and not a 1:10 start – this was fine because this was our day to walk around the ballpark. But once we emerged in the outfield, I was slightly distressed to discover that the Mets were taking BP. A day game after a night game, no one expects them to take BP; however, while I was irked I wasn’t behind the dugout shooting, as a fan I was thrilled to see the extra effort – and got some good shots anyway. Our seats were in the bleachers on Sunday; miraculously, a colleague who has season tickets offered them to us at face value – a miracle compared to the $260 we dropped on the secondary market for Saturday’s infield Grandstand tickets (although those were worth every penny, and their equivalent would have been more expensive at Citi Field at face value).… [more]

May 25th, 2009

FENWAY PARK.

Fenway is billed as "America's Most Beloved Ballpark" and I guess it's easy as a NL fan to give it credit where it's due. I don't have to fight for tickets to Fenway on a regular basis, I don't have to sit in its tiny, cramped seats every week, and I don't have to deal with the drunken gauntlet to get to and from the ballpark. I'm a big fan of the old ballparks. Fenway has managed to capture the best of both worlds: the old, original ballpark, upgraded within an inch of its life. The seats may be uncomfortable and you may be jockeying around poles to see the game on the field, but there are ample bathrooms, concessions and space to walk around.

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May 24th, 2009

ON THE ROAD: FENWAY PARK

Fenway is billed as “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” and I guess it’s easy as a NL fan to give it credit where it’s due. I don’t have to fight for tickets to Fenway on a regular basis, I don’t have to sit in its tiny, cramped seats every week, and I don’t have to deal with the drunken gauntlet to get to and from the ballpark. I’m a big fan of the old ballparks. Fenway has managed to capture the best of both worlds: the old, original ballpark, upgraded within an inch of its life. The seats may be uncomfortable and you may be jockeying around poles to see the game on the field, but there are ample bathrooms, concessions and space to walk around.… [more]

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May 23rd, 2009

IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY. [5-23-09]

It’s so hard to be a saint when you’re just a boy out on the street When Omir Santos came up to face Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th inning, I was thinking about his name. Santos in Spanish means saint. I was thinking to myself, Wouldn’t it be something if he could turn into a saint right now, if he could live up to his name. These were idle musings of a Mets fan who at that point was just happy that her team had played well, in a million years I wasn’t expecting him to even hit the ball at that moment.… [more]

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May 23rd, 2009

BLUE SUNDAY. [5-24-09]

We got to Fenway early on Sunday, forgetting that it was a 1:30 start and not a 1:10 start – this was fine because this was our day to walk around the ballpark. But once we emerged in the outfield, I was slightly distressed to discover that the Mets were taking BP. A day game after a night game, no one expects them to take BP; however, while I was irked I wasn’t behind the dugout shooting, as a fan I was thrilled to see the extra effort – and got some good shots anyway. Our seats were in the bleachers on Sunday; miraculously, a colleague who has season tickets offered them to us at face value – a miracle compared to the $260 we dropped on the secondary market for Saturday’s infield Grandstand tickets (although those were worth every penny, and their equivalent would have been more expensive at Citi Field at face value).… [more]

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May 22nd, 2009

BOSTON PHOTO PREVIEW.

I’m just not going to get through even half of these tonight, but a preview for those of you around over Memorial Day: The complete set is on Flickr. The rest to come tomorrow. MORE: My writeup of Saturday’s game Photos from the 9th inning (For everyone who will ask: I use a Nikon D-40, but the reason I have kickass pictures is because I am insanely dedicated and work my ass off at it. When I had a low-end DSLR in 2006 I still took good photos. If you want to take good pictures, then take some classes, read some books, take some workshops, and just *take pictures*.… [more]