Doug’s Top 5 Major League Baseball Stadiums to Visit
The first pitch of the season has been thrown, and the Major League Baseball season has begun. We have a great luxury in being able to cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals around here. Both cities take great pride in their teams and have fantastic stadiums, Busch Stadium and Kauffman Stadium. While they both are great stadiums, Newstalk 1050 KSIS is giving you the chance to take a trip to see a game of your choice, so I thought it would be fun to list my top five stadiums to visit other than Busch and Kauffman.
1) Fenway Park, Boston
I love historic parks. I am not a great fan of the Boston Red Sox, but seeing a game in Fenway Park and being so close to the action would be great. Seeing the Green Monster in Boston and having the chance to sit atop it would be even better. I am told they have some of the best food to try.
2) Wrigley Field, Chicago
Wrigley Field in Chicago would be my second pick, though I’m not a Cubs fan either. The Cubs may not have won the World Series in over 100 years, but their fans are some of the most dedicated. The team may have the curse of the Billy Goat, but Wrigley Field is a grand ball park, from the ivy in the outfield to the concrete walls. I laugh whenever I see the commercial where former Cub Andre Dawson comes out of the ivy and asks what year is it. I’d imagine you could get lost rather quickly. It is also one of the few, if not the only, stadiums in the midst of a residential area. This makes the ballpark unique and lots of games get played during the day instead of night as a result.
3) Rangers Ballpark, Arlington
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has some things that remind me of when I watched the Detroit Tigers in Tiger Stadium as a kid. In fact, it has been said that when the stadium was built, they wanted to replicate a lot of the historic parks. The right field overhang would be where I’d want to sit for the chance to catch home run balls. There is steel freeze that gives you the feel of old Yankee Stadium, and the arched windows remind me of Comiskey Park. I think this would definitely be a great place to watch a baseball game.
4) Camden Yards, Baltimore
My fourth choice would be Camden Yards in Baltimore. Ever since I was a teenager, when I watched Cal Ripken Jr. go for the record of most games played in a row, it has been a fascinating place to see on television. It is hard to believe it has been around twenty years. When they built it the stadium was defined as a retro ballpark. You can see the old B&O Railroad building from everywhere.
5) AT&T Park, San Francisco
One of my favorite things when watching Giants games is seeing Splashdown home runs at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Barry Bonds hit most of them, they would clear the right field seats and land in the water. Something about the mad dash of canoes trying to get home runs balls intrigues me.
There you have it, my top five picks outside of Kauffman Stadium and Busch Stadium. I know I’m ready to get on the road and see some games, but what would your pick be?