Ballparks

AJ_II

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I'm curious to see all the different ballparks the DRC members have seen a game at. Any Major League park, past or present. And if you have any interesting stories, feel free to share...


My list is not very extensive at all, but here it is...


The Astrodome (around 20 games)

Minute Maid Park/Enron Field (around 30 games)

Tiger Stadium (4 or 5 games)

Comerica Park (1 game a few years back)

The Ballpark in Arlington (1 game sometime in mid-'90's)


My extended family is from Detroit, so we usually catch a game during the summer when I visit (especially back during my childhood). I don't remember why my family was in Dallas at the time, but we went to a Rangers game for some reason (it was a very forgettable experience).

No interesting stories really, except I saw the last regular season game in the Astrodome - October 3, 1999 Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros Box Score and Play by Play - Baseball-Reference.com

I primarily played at 3rd base during my "career", so it was only natural Ken Caminiti was one of my favorite players, and I still remember his home run from that game.
 
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sbv71

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The "K" - Kaufman Stadium. Haven't been to the newly renovated "K" yet.
Old Busch Stadium.
 

HecticArt

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I'm an anti "commercial" guy, so I try to avoid the branding where possible (With the exception of Wrigley)

Detroit (Old)
Detroit (new)
Cleveland (New)
Cincinnati (Old)
Cincinnati (New)
Yankees (Old)
Boston
Chicago Cubs (I used to live about 6 blocks away or so. Used to stumble home sooooo drunk at 2 in the morning. It was awesome!)
Chicago White Sox (New)
Toronto
Milwaukee (New)
LA Dodgers (New)
San Francisco (New)
Seattle (New)

I thought there was another. . . . .
St Louis, DC, and the New Yankees are on my short list.

I have a brick from Colorado's park. A buddy worked for the local architect's office and liberated one for me during construction. Makes a great paperweight.

Best hot dog?. . . . . . Boston.
Favorite park? . . . . . Wrigley
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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I'm an anti "commercial" guy, so I try to avoid the branding where possible (With the exception of Wrigley)

Detroit (Old)
Detroit (new)
Cleveland (New)
Cincinnati (Old)
Cincinnati (New)
Yankees (Old)
Boston
Chicago Cubs (I used to live about 6 blocks away or so. Used to stumble home sooooo drunk at 2 in the morning. It was awesome!)
Chicago White Sox (New)
Toronto
Milwaukee (New)
LA Dodgers (New)
San Francisco (New)
Seattle (New)

I thought there was another. . . . .
St Louis, DC, and the New Yankees are on my short list.

I have a brick from Colorado's park. A buddy worked for the local architect's office and liberated one for me during construction. Makes a great paperweight.

Best hot dog?. . . . . . Boston.
Favorite park? . . . . . Wrigley


Damn, dude! I would totally hang out with you. I've been to hundreds of bball games, just usually in the cities I live in.


/no plans to see the Orioles or Nationals. Too depressing.
 

HecticArt

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Damn, dude! I would totally hang out with you. I've been to hundreds of bball games, just usually in the cities I live in.


/no plans to see the Orioles or Nationals. Too depressing.

Thanks man.
When we travel, if I can, I try to overlap the trip with a ball game. Half the time I could care less if the game was going on or not. Give me a cold beer and a hot dog on a sunny day and I'm a happy camper.

The Nationals park looks pretty cool. They finally quit trying to do the retro park and went with something modern.

If we make it to DC while you're still stationed there, I'll let you know. First round is on me.

:peace:
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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Thanks man.
When we travel, if I can, I try to overlap the trip with a ball game. Half the time I could care less if the game was going on or not. Give me a cold beer and a hot dog on a sunny day and I'm a happy camper.

The Nationals park looks pretty cool. They finally quit trying to do the retro park and went with something modern.

If we make it to DC while you're still stationed there, I'll let you know. First round is on me.

:peace:

I'll go in uniform and that way first drinks are almost always free! :egypt:
 

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Veterans Stadium (Phillies)
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies)
PNC Park (Pirates)
Yankee Stadium (new and old)
Fenway Park (Red Sox)
Nationals Park (Nats)
Camden Yards (O's)
Great American Park (Reds)

Out of those, a tie between Citizens Bank and PNC as my favorite.
 

Jon

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Mile High Stadium (Rockies-Old) - 2nd game in their history. It was against the old Montreal Expos.

Coors Field - I worked at a place that one of the execs had season tickets and couldn't go to the game that night. It was against the Diamondbacks and we had seats right behind the visitor dugout. Nice!! :cool:

I've also had seats in the nosebleed section (affectionately called the Rockpile) during a rain delay, I forget who we were playing then.

Fenway Park. Against the Oakland Athletics the day after Jose Canseco created an inside the park home run (he almost did it again in this game). We had obstructed view seats, right in front of a metal pole. Although they were right behind home plate, too.

At some point when I have more money than I know what to do with, I'd like to go on a ballpark tour.
 

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Dodger Stadium - One game back in 1983 or so
Anaheim Stadium - Buncha games from 1988 - 1993 (pre earthquake)
Jack Murphy Stadium - Saw Rosanne grab her crotch during the second game of a double header against the Reds :)
Kaufman Stadium - Twice. Once to see the Angels play the Royals :)
 

Sirius Rich

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Astrodome - Many great games and series of the 70's and 80's
Arlington Stadium - I was there when the Washington Senators moved to Texas and have lots of good stories, the pitching of David Clyde and Nolan Ryan and the night Frank Howard knocked the Detroit Left Fielder (playing on the track) over with a line drive.

Ballpark at Arlington - Opening night
Enron Field - Minute Maid Park - Astros just not that great to the Astrodome Astros - Opening night against the Yankees (not an official game)
Mile High Stadium - Saw a dozen or so games when traveling to Denver on business.

Multiple minor league parks.
 
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Mets(Shea)-1 game
Yankees(the real park)-1 game...saw Cal Ripken, Jr battle the Yanks

Comiskey(New)-1 game; fireworks night...The Big Hurt went deep
Wrigley-three games...watched the Dodgers, SRO night game. Watched two day games against the Giants...I had Cub fans booing me nearly the whole game. One game on the third base side and another in the bleachers.

Kingdome in Seatle---saw Bo Jackson throw out a runner at second base after getting a good bounce off the wall.

Anaheim--don't remember a thing about the experience other than a guy wanting a handout as my friends and I exited the stadium.

Chavez Ravine--about a half dozen games, all against the Giants. I've only seen the Giants lose once there. Beautiful park, horrendous parking.

Oakland---most of what I watched were from the glory years of 1971-1975. I also watched many games during the 80's when they got real good again. I've probably seen about fifty games there. I try to go at least once a year.

Candlestick---I've seen too many games to have a proper count. I would venture a guess at around 200 to 250 games starting from 1971. I've seen playoffs in 1987 and 1989 and I think I watched 40 to 50 games alone in 1986.

AT&T
---I've watched about 150 games at AT&T or Pac Bell or SBC, whatever it's called. I've seen Bonds hit over a hundred home runs. Playoffs, World Series...good times and disappointments.

The best seat I've had was the one I had the other day for my birthday when I got to watch Tim Lincecum manhandle the Astros.
 

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Arlington Stadium - I was there when the Washington Senators moved to Texas and have lots of good stories, the pitching of David Clyde and Nolan Ryan and the night Frank Howard knocked the Detroit Left Fielder (playing on the track) over with a line drive.

Was that before of after Santa Anna crossed the Rio Grande? :right:
 

HecticArt

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Was that before of after Santa Anna crossed the Rio Grande? :right:

Then Paul Bunyan hit a home run over the rocky mountains and rode his magic blue cow around the bases.



;)
 

Steel Cranium

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Cleveland old and new (100s of games in each)
Cinci old and new (probably 100 in old, a few in new) - going to a game isn't the same after they tore Flanagan's down.
Toronto (hate the dome) - only park where the ushers behind the plate didn't let you go to your seat during an at bat. I still do that to this day - too many folks are walking around during play.
Boston (bleachers are crazy, sat in front of the visitors bullpen on Clemons first visit back to Boston - brutal)
Pittsburgh new (great ballpark)
Chicago sox old and new
Wrigley
Denver (one of my favorites, great sitelines from behind the plate)
Baltimore (another favorite, pretzels in the stadium were great)
Detroit old and new
Milwaukee
Oakland (why do they play baseball there?)
LA
KC

Saw some memorable games in old Cleveland stadium: Frank Robinson's opening day as player-manager, Jose Conseco's "bounce off the head HR", last weekend series - along with years of bad baseball.
 

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Major Leagues:
Toronto: Skydome/Rogers Centre, Exhibition (Excrutiation) Stadium
Boston: Fenway
New York: Yankee Stadium (old), Shea Stadium
Montreal: Olympic Stadium

Minor Leagues:
Columbus Clippers old stadium last year, new stadium this year.