When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said, “Be a professional baseball player”. I always thought that would be the coolest job in the world, still do.
In high school, I was invited to go to a major league tryout session. It was there where I realized that my hopes of playing professionally were just a dream. My talent and work ethic could only bring me so far.
Realizing my talents were better spent in other areas, I came to the conclusion that I would be watching from the stands instead of playing on the field.
Bucket List Beginning
Visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Chicago one summer as a kid, we went to Comiskey Park to watch the Chicago White Sox play the Oakland A’s. This would be the first of many major league baseball games I would attend. Even as a kid I could appreciate the beauty of the ball park and the history.
Unlike the other major sports, each baseball stadium is unique.
- Every NBA basketball court must have 10 foot baskets and 94ft x 50ft.
- NFL Football fields must be 100 yards.
- Hockey rinks must be 200ft x 85ft.
Not baseball. Baseball field dimensions can vary. One might have a 37ft “Green Monster” in left field. Another might have an ivy outfield wall. Another might have a hot tub in center field where you can watch the game. Another might have a flag pole in play in center field. Each stadium has elements that make it unique.
Baseball is the only sport that doesn’t have a clock, so going to the game has a relaxed feel to it. You can go to the game, enjoy the summer sun and sit back and enjoy the game.
I was hooked and I wanted to see the rest of the stadiums.
Great Excuse for a Road Trip
It wasn’t until college when I started checking more stadiums off my list. My college buddies and I took a road trip to see Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Fenway Park in Boston, and Yankee Stadium in New York. At the time, these were some of the oldest stadiums in the league. In fact, Detroit and NY both have built new stadiums since then.
If you and your friends are fans of baseball, there is no better way to see games then to take a road trip and visit a few parks in a couple of days. I will always have great memories from this trip and a later trip we took to see Minute Maid Park in Houston (at the time it was Enron Field, yes THAT Enron).
My only regret was not taking a camera to these early stadiums to capture these great memories.
Other road trips I took to see the rest of the stadiums:
- San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego (nice drive down the coast)
- New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington (great time to see other historical sites)
- Seattle, Los Angeles, Colorado, Arizona (this one was all flights)
- Kansas City, St. Louis (be sure to get a hot dog in KC – best I’ve had and my dad seconds that)
- Tampa, Miami (long drive, but might as well go down to Key West while you are down there)
- Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Toronto (Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Columbus zoo along the way, checkout the CN tower in Toronto, Niagara Falls is not to far either)
My Stadium Photos
- Fenway Park – Old, historic, character, amazing fans. One of two stadiums remaining where Babe Ruth played.
- Wrigley Field – Same as Fenway. Pregame at the Cubby Bear across the street.
- Petco Park – Located in the middle of downtown San Diego. Dog park in center field. Stadium uses old warehouse building as part of the left field foul line.
- PNC Park – Great views of downtown Pitsburgh, Ohio river, and beautiful area bridges. Try the Pierogi sandwich.
- Camden Yards – Warehouse in right field makes for a timeless, classic stadium look.
I’d love to hear from others who have this on their bucket list or have questions about a stadium. Leave a comment at the bottom of the page.