Part XII: Miller Park
(AKA: An Experience Unlike Any Other)
After saying goodbye to Joe and the city of Anaheim, I had to get packing and get going to my next destination. The night of the Angels 2nd make-up game against the Sawx, I was already on my way to Milwaukee to catch one of the best theme nights in the team’s and MLB history. This particular giveaway was on my radar since the preseason because it involves one of my favorite baseball films. It was “Major League” Night at Miller Park, and the giveaway was a TALKING Harry Doyle bobble head! Of course, I had to be there for this one… but what I came away with was more than a bobble head. I came away with a great impression and a whole lot more.
Ballpark 26: Miller Park, elevation 602 feet
The game: Indians @ Brewers on July 21, 2015
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Rain in Sunny Southern California?
While this doesn’t officially count on my ballpark tour, I thought this might count towards number of ballparks in a season. After I arrived home from Cleveland, it was All-Star break followed by periods of heavy rain in southern California. Believe it or not, all the rain resulted in TWO postponed games in SoCal, one in San Diego and the other in Anaheim. I had actually thought about going to that game in Anaheim because it was a Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN. Unfortunately, the rained out game meant several Angels and Red Sox fans couldn’t watch their team after all. Before I thought about buying tickets, my friend, Kellie, had a couple extra tickets and decided to sell them to me instead. I took my friend, Joe, who is a devout Angels fan. This was the first make-up game for the Angels in years, and the first doubleheader in over a decade. How would each team respond?
The game: Red Sox @ Angels (first game) on July 20, 2015
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Part XI: Comerica Park
(AKA: Tigers, Tigers Everywhere)
This portion of my trip seemed so long ago, but I loved it. I will keep this post super short because I do need to catch up on my blog entries and get to the next portion of my solo travels. Mike and I made the long drive to Detroit, but the experience I had was a fantastic one that I won’t soon forget. Also, with a pair of free field level tickets thanks to my credit card’s great perks, we had a great view of a high-octane offense.
Ballpark 25: Comerica Park, elevation 570 feet
The game: Blue Jays @ Tigers on July 5, 2015
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Part X: Progressive Field (Second Visit)
After a couple days away from visiting anything baseball related in Ohio, Mike gave me an incredible surprise while I was still in town. He keeps track of a wonderful group called the Wahoo Club. As you may guess, this is an official club for the Cleveland Indians. Just about every month, they hold a Wahoo Club event that features a player from the Indians past or present with a full meal. Yes, they have even held breakfasts with classic players. For this particular event, Mike and I got tickets to the Wahoo Club luncheon with former Indians All-Star, Max Alvis! Oh, and some current rising star named Carlos Carrasco! This luncheon took place inside the Terrace Club at Progressive Field, a very nice place within the stadium. I knew I’d be in for not only a great luncheon, but a great game afterwards.
Ballpark 24 (again): Progressive Field, elevation 667 feet
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Before I make my next post, I just thought I’d share this with you. I actually made the top 50 fan blogs last month! To all of you who have followed me, thank you so much. It’s so greatly appreciated, and I hope to see some of you this week at the ballpark! If you want to meet up, tweet me @StimpyJD. I’ll be in Minnesota Tuesday, KC on Thursday/Saturday, and St. Louis Friday. Again, thank you!
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Between the Bases… of Classic Ballparks
The ballpark: League Park, former home of Cleveland baseball from 1891-1946
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Part X: Progressive Field (First Visit)
To keep an already long post somewhat short, we acquired FREE tickets for that night’s game thanks to some kind family members. Myself, Mike, and his cousin, Dan, all went to the game on a nice Wednesday night. This was Carlos Santana bobble head evening, but after visiting some excellent ballparks, how would Progressive Field compare? Was it even possible to top Great American and PNC?
Ballpark 24: Progressive Field, elevation 667 feet
The game: Astros @ Indians on July 8, 2015
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Part IX: PNC Park
(AKA: Surviving the “Tarp Monster”)
Ballpark 23: PNC Park, elevation 733 feet
The game: Padres @ Pirates on July 7, 2015
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Yesterday was an interesting day in Chicago… and I’m still wrapping my head around all of it. What started off as a simple day at Wrigley Field turned into me being a minor celebrity after the game. Even though I now have less than five ballparks left to visit, this sign got me on WGN-TV.
With that said, Busch Stadium has some big shoes to fill! I hope my expectations for that ballpark are not only met, but exceeded. I want to say a huge thank you to all my readers. Your kind words mean so much, and now that I have a break from baseball for a few days, I can get back to writing! I’m so grateful to everyone reading, and I still can’t believe I’ve gotten as many readers as I do now. Between getting featured twice on MLBlogs (and hopefully more times), and getting on TV with my site on there, it has been a bit of a whirlwind!
It’s amazing that I just attended five games in five days… and got an amazing experience at Miller Park, as well. More on that soon. For now, this is JD (not the one on WGN-TV, although he’s awesome) saying thank you, and I hope to see you at the ballpark!
Between the Bases
The ballpark: Classic Park, elevation around 620 feet (elevation of the city)
The game: Lansing Lugnuts @ Lake County Captains on July 3, 2015
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