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Aug 22nd, 2010

DODGER STADIUM

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

AT&T PARK

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]