Ballparks are full of history. They each have thier own distinct features, The bricks and ivy in Wrigley, monument park and the mystique of Yankee stadium, the warehouse at Camden, the green monster at Fenway, and more, but when you go to a park its more than to see the game, its to take in the environment. As much as I dislike it, part of going to Turner is listening to the fans do that tommohawk chant. I also enjoy seeing the statues or plaques of players who have contributed to all that history.

Each ballpark also gives you a different perspective of the game. What might be a HR at one park is just a fly ball in another. The site lines, angles and views of a game vary from park to park, even if your sitting in the same general area. Also the in game extras , like the mascot races, or singing the stretch at Wrigley, Sweet Caroline at Fenway, or the 7th inning God Bless America at Yankee stadium.

Another great thing about parks is visiting the local bar near the stadium. Harry Carays and Murphy's in Chicago, Pickles in Baltimore, Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit, Hooters in Anaheim, Rock Bottom Brewery in Denver (and Cinci), Harpoon Brewery in Boston, and Billys sports bar in the Bronx.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Coors Field, 2007


Went there fall of 07'. Was on a trip with my wife and it is a beautiful park. They were playing the Padres and I went to 2 games while I was there. I remember listening to some of the fans talking and saying how they were still in the race, and thinking to myself, not a prayer. They then went on that run which took them to the world series, where they ran out of gas against the Red Sox.

There is a pretty good view from the park, when clear. You can see the mountains in the distance. was pretty cool at sunset.

One of the games I sat in left field, it was upper deck (4 rows back), which were good seats, but you cannot see the fence line below. Kaz Matsui hit a HR but from the deck you just saw it disappear from view and then the crowd go nuts. I guess that's just a quirk you have to deal with if you sit in those seats.

Interesting notes, there is a CUBS store right next to the stadium. They sell a little of everything but mostly cubs stuff. The owner is from Chicago and the store is very successful. Also, one of the games I went to was on a Sunday, and you couldn't move around in the gift shops and some concourses because the TV's had the Bronco game on and people were huddled around watching it.