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.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Shawn's Rankings

This is a list of the parks Shawn has been to and his Rankings. I will keep this updated as he adds more parks.

1. Wrigley Field- Awesome location awesome feel very small seating.

2. Yankee Stadium- History otherwise a dump.

3. Fenway Park- Great overall, a little tight, awesome grass, Yawkey Way.

4. Camden Yards- GREAT ALL AROUND!

5. PNC Park- The approach, the skyline view, not a bad seat in the house.

6.  Busch Stadium III - interchangeable with 7& 8, awesome cityscape with arch, great oldtime architecture pretty women second to Kauffman.

7.  Comerica Park- great approach,  beautiful park great cityscape.

8. Kauffman Stadium- surprised by this stadium really enjoyed the Dry Duct and fountain, great walkway in outfield, best scoreboard!

9. Citizen Bank Park- Nice scoreboard, a couple of obstructed views, awesome concourses, didn't like moving around the city.

10. Turner Field- old faithful fun for playoffs pretty southern girls, great patio.

11. US Cellular Field- Lower bowl cool not fan friendly seating policy dont get caught down here at night.

12. Progressive Field (The Jake)- good downtown location been so long since there.

13. Great American Ballpark -nice location nice exterior cool steamboat very sterile feel.

14. Miller Park- beautiful outside boring inside.

15. Skydome- dome, enough said... cool location next to CN tower easy access to a fantastic downtown.

16.  Exhibition stadium - multipurpose stadium was there when I was 12.

17. Tropicana Field - I didn't even have to ask Shawn how he felt about this one. I'm quite sure it was gonna be at the bottom.

Shawn on our trip to the old Yankee Stadium in its final season.

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