Part III: Doubleheader in Seattle
Ballpark 17: Safeco Field
First game: Red Sox @ Mariners on May 15, 2015
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Part II: Civil Rights Game (Jackie Robinson Day)
Part I: Stade Olympique
Planning for this was a bit difficult because of the hockey season and my work schedule. Luckily, I had a vacation around that time and could take a couple additional days off. Even more lucky, I would be able to revolve this around other work I already had going on and would just mosey to Montreal on the back end of an East Coast trip that was mostly planned. All the dominoes were falling into place.
Fast forward months later, and after a great trip to New York, I took the train up to Montreal on April Fool’s Day. This train ride was no joke, the scenery was that beautiful looking outside. Snow-filled woods surrounded me on a breathtaking train ride. Ultimately, I’m glad I took the train instead of a plane because it saved me money and gave me time to catch up on some writing and e-mails. I had arrived in Montreal armed with a fluency of the French language and quite a bit of Canadian money. I was ready for this short trip.
Ballpark 16: Olympic Stadium in Montreal, elevation 30 metres
The game: Reds @ Blue Jays on April 3, 2015
After the hockey game, I looked ahead to Friday’s big game at “The O” where over 40,000 fans were expected to watch a pre-season game. Because of the recent snow, walking around was a bit tough. But, I left with enough time to buy myself a Montreal Expos hat, get my scorebook stamped from Olympic Stadium, and take a good look in and around the stadium.
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I know I’m behind on some of these posts, and some of them are already written. Yes, I’ve already visited two new ballparks this season, including meeting another friend from the podcast I take part in, and seeing family (both old and about-to-be-new family)! But, all of my plane tickets are bought, and it looks like I’m going to complete this inspiring quest to visit every single current MLB ballpark. Fifteen last season, and fifteen more this season. Of course, this doesn’t count a former MLB ballpark that I will talk about very soon. First, here is where I’ve been, and where I’m going!
May 15-16: Safeco Field in Seattle
June 21: Turner Field in Atlanta
June 24: Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay
June 26: Marlins Park in Miami
June 30: Rogers Centre (Skydome) in Toronto, Ontario
July 4: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati
July 5: Comerica Park in Detroit
July 6-11: Both Progressive Field and PNC Park in Cleveland and Pittsburgh
July 21: Miller Park in Milwaukee (Major League Night!)
July 22: U.S. Cellular Field in the south side of Chicago
July 24: Wrigley Field in the north side of Chicago
August 11: Target Field in Minnesota
August 13 & 15: Kauffman in Kansas City
August 14: New Busch Stadium in St. Louis
I hope to meet many of you fellow readers at some of these ballparks! Honestly, this is beyond my wildest dreams to be able to visit every ballpark in the major leagues. Of course, there will be other posts along the way, including tips on how to get the most bang for your buck, and money-saving tips on food, travel, and even parking!
Please be sure to check out my Twitter account: @StimpyJD, and my Instagram account of the same name. You can follow my travels on both with the hashtag: #JDsBallparkTour
From the bottom of my heart, thank you guys so much for reading this blog. To give you guys a preview of an upcoming post… here is a couple pictures from a ballpark that I didn’t include on this list for good reason. But, I will say this… I may get to make it out to TWENTY different MLB ballparks (past and present) in this 2015 season alone.
PS: To all my Canadian readers out there, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures, and I can’t wait to visit your great country once again. Yes, that picture is just for you fellow Canadians.
Part XVI: AT&T Park
(AKA: The End of a Long Journey)
(AKA: Saving the Best View For Last)
(AKA: Seeing a Clinching Celebration)
(AKA: Prelude to a Championship Run)
The night before I was to attend the Giants game against the Padres, I made it a point to watch the Giants/Dodgers game on TV to see my hometown Dodgers clinch the NL West division! Watching that game was amazing… but that also meant that the Giants could clinch a playoff spot at home on the game I was attending. San Francisco had yielded a strong team all season, and I predicted they would be a tough out. In fact, at the time of this game, I assumed that the Giants would not only win their Wild Card game, but with their NLDS series and play the Dodgers in the NLCS. Part of that was wishful thinking to see an epic Giants/Dodgers duel for the pennant. Little did I know I would see the start of an amazing run into October.
Ballpark 15: AT&T Park, elevation 10 feet
The game: Padres @ Giants on September 25, 2014
After leaving Oakland and spending the day at the Golden Gate Bridge, I made my way early on to AT&T Park with Kelsey to catch some BP and really look around the entire cove of the park. The place was buzzing with excitement as they playoffs were drawing near. Many believed there would be some games for the Giants in the NLDS, and some were hopeful for the NLCS. There were a few fans that were thinking World Series. However, nobody I talked to thought the Giants would win the whole thing. Not at that time, anyway.
Continue Reading the Seventeenth Inning
Part XV: O.co Coliseum
Ballpark 14: O.co Coliseum, elevation 25 feet
The game: Angels @ Athletics on September 24, 2014
Part 0: The Prequel to the Tour at Fenway Park
Ballpark 13: Fenway Park, elevation 20 feet
The game: Orioles @ Red Sox on April 19, 2014
Ballpark 12: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, elevation 150 feet
The game: Astros @ Angels on September 13, 2014
(AKA: Cal League Playoffs with Daisy)
The ballpark: San Manuel Stadium, elevation about 1020 feet.
The game: JetHawks @ 66ers on September 8, 2014