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.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
My picks for the World Series are
Tigers vs. Reds
Tigers win it all
This is actually just a guess, not a pick, because as we all know, anything can happen in this crazy game we all love!!
Enjoy the playoffs, I will.
Friday, August 17, 2012
I have never rooted for the Braves before, but wouldn't mind seeing them win it all. I have come to respect the player that Chipper Jones is, and would be nice to see him go out on top. Plus, I can go to a few playoff games. I am pumped to see the new Wildcard format, and see how it impacts the races and the Division series. There are a lot of teams still lined up for the playoffs with that in place and it could be real interesting down the stretch.
So we had another perfect game this year. There have only been 23 in all of MLB history, 3 this year alone. That makes six since 2009. Why so many? I don't know, and it doesn't bother me, it is still a feat that is special in baseball. A perfect game is still a no hitter. The difference in a no-no and perfection is just someone getting on by walk or error, so a lot of no hitters could have been perfect with just a small break. There have been 6 no hit games this year, and the modern record is 7, back in 1990, and 1991. Of those 14 no-no's in 90&91, only 1 was perfect. Either way, congrats Felix. Now I just need someone to do one at a game I am at.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
As far as the rest of MLB, well in the AL. the Yanks are running away from the pack in the East, the Rangers and Angels are battling it out in the West and the Tigers are finally playing up to expectations in the Central. There are 8 teams within 3 games for the 2 wild card spots with about a week left before the trade deadline. I'm interested to see what the next week brings.
In the NL, the Division races are all very tight, with Cinci, SF, and Washington leading, all by 2 games or less. There are only 4 teams within 4 games of the wildcard in the NL. The Mets and Dbacks are 5 & 6 out, but both have been struggling.
There is still a lot of baseball left and i just want to see the Cubs continue to develop and build for the future. I think we can compete better next year, and contend in 2013. Gotta have hope.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
This is the last home stand of Chipper Jones career as a Brave. At least regular season. It was Kris Medlen pitching so I didn't expect a lot of offense from the Marlins. They did manage to take a lead into the 9th after some kid on the Marlins hit his second home run off Medlen for a 3-2 lead. Chipper lead off the bottom of the 9th with a double. Freeman came up and the first pitch was wild and Chipper moved up to 3rd. It was set up for the tying run to score. Freeman decided to put an end to it. 2 run shot to dead center and the Braves won 4-3, and clinched a playoff spot as well. The game was kind of slow, but the end more than made up for it.
I will try to make at least one Braves playoff game, depending how far they go.
Ben Sheets return from oblivion has hit a bump in the road. He was pretty impressive his first few games, but tonight he gave up back to back to back dingers in the 2nd inning and a 3 run shot in the 6th. I don't believe I have ever been to a game in which there was 3 back to back homers. I will have to look that one up. It was Hanley Ramirez that hit the first of the 3 HR and the 3 run shot also. He is pretty familiar with this team and park from his days with the Marlins. It rained before the game. but it started on time and no rain during the game. We got lucky and there was a big group that had a bunch of extra seats in the RF bleachers, and got them for $5 each. They were going for around $45 at the gate.
After the Cubs took game 1 in this series and they already took 2 of 3 from the Braves at home earlier in the season, I felt pretty good about our chances. Even though Chris Volstad was pitching,who had been horrible so far this year, there was some hope. And through 5 innings he looked pretty good. And the Cubs were up 3-1. Then it all broke loose. The Braves rallied for 5 in the 5th and 4 in the 6th and next thing I knew it was 10-3 Braves. Well, that's the life of a Cubs fan. I still had a great time. I got lower level seats 20 rows from the field right behind the on deck circle on the first base side. The best thing was they were FREE, I won them from work.
This is the first game I have been to at Turner this year. I am going again in a few days when the Cubs are here too. I was not planning to go to this game so I didn't have my camera. I did take 1 pic with the iphone.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This was our 5th and final game of our 5 park trip. All 5 parks in Cali in 5 days. We passed Angel Stadium on I-5 on the way up to to Dodger Stadium. We could see the "big A" and the stadium from the highway. We had 3 other games to got to first but were pumped to come back, and it didn't disappoint.
This was #22 on my list of all the ballparks. 19 current and 3 retired.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012