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.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tropicana Field, 2014


Although it isn't much to look at, I still have to post a pic of the outside of the park. They tried to give it some baseball flare by putting some bats and balls deco around the sides, but they just blend in with the building. 

The front entry of the main gate has a little bit of flair, but it is just mainly pics of players. Of course with the name of the park, there had to be some Tropicana signs. 

If your reading this, you have probably already heard that this park is pretty bad. It isn't terrible. but has plenty of issues. For one, the "grass" looks like it is dying. This is a huge problem because it is fake!! Maybe they want to make it look real so the make it look like it is dying? IDK, but it looked pretty bad. Also from the lower level, you cannot see the bottom of the score board or the video board, which show in game stats, which if you actually follow the game, you want to see. It would probably be a lot nicer if it were a retractable dome. It was a nice night and would have had a better feel if it were opened up. 

On to the game. Well nothing happened in this game that was memorable, unless you count the Yanks getting spanked 16-1. There were 2 players that hit 2 HR each for the Rays, Will Myers and Ryan Hannigan, I was hoping for a third from each, but no such luck. Dean Anna, who has been filling in for Jeter on his off days, did pitch one inning and gave up 2 runs, but he was better than most the other Yankees pitchers. Speaking of Jeter, the reason we mainly went down at this time was to see him, and of course he has been nursing a pulled quad muscle they picked this game out of the 4 game set to rest him. 

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