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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chase Field , 2015


 This park reminds me a lot of Miami's park, but not as "futuristic" of a feel to it. They are both very nice, with retractable roofs, and in the middle of a tight downtown area. There was a huge parking garage next to the park, just like in Miami. That is nice, but kind of sucks for tailgating. Below is the pic as we were driving up to it. I couldn't get a pic far enough away with a decent angle, so this is it. 

 They had all the all-star statues from the various games that used them in the past. These are neat and a nice piece of memorabilia, but as I have seen them in more stadiums, I realize its good they don't do them every year or it would just be a lot of crap. 

As you see at the top pf the post, this is the 30th ballpark for me. I have been to 3 that are no longer in service, so that leaves me 3 left to complete my tour. Atlanta will be open in 2017 so I will be able to hit that one pretty easy, and it will hopefully be # 34 for me.