Part X: Progressive Field (First Visit)
After a very lengthy game at PNC Park, Mike and I knocked out and didn’t do much before the Indians game Wednesday night. The events that morning were filled with wondering how we would get tickets. I was told that one of Mike’s relatives could have free tickets for that night’s game, which was also a bobble head night! Our task was to get bobbles for the two young boys who couldn’t attend the game… but I’ll save that story for the end.
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”)
Brace yourselves, folks. This stadium is among the best, but the weather was absolutely no joke. After making a visit to a former ballpark site, Mike and I met up with an old friend, Chuck, in downtown Pittsburgh. It was great getting to see him, and I was sad he couldn’t make it to the game with us. For the record, traversing through the streets of Pittsburgh is not fun. Trying to navigate through there is no laughing matter, either. It doesn’t help that Mike absolutely hates Pittsburgh, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from enjoying my day at PNC Park.
Ballpark 23: PNC Park, elevation 733 feet
The game: Padres @ Pirates on July 7, 2015
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A quick post here since I’ve gotten a slew of new readers since yesterday’s Cubs game. If you’re reading this for the first time, welcome! I will be going a bit out of order here as my next two posts will be about Pittsburgh and Cleveland, followed by a post about classic ballparks that are no longer around… or are they? I plan on writing a special post about those places because I am now a part of the newsletter for the Heritage Museum in Cleveland. That museum is housed in the old building that was a part of old League Park in Cleveland. I’ll go more in depth about League Park, as well as Forbes Field soon.
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.
I finally saw the clip of that late last night, and I got texts from people saying they saw me on TV (presumably watching on their extra innings package). I got tweets from people following me, even one from the UK! How about that? It was so awesome getting to hear Len and J.D. talk about my tour. I hope they check it out at some point! Apparently, even looking up “JD’s Ballpark Tour” on Google yields nearly all of my posts! No wonder it was easy to find for many people because my blog got a HUGE spike in readers during the game. All the fans around me kept asking questions about my trip, and I felt like I had a crowd around me after the game. It was a very surreal feeling as people kept asking me what ballparks I had left. When I mentioned St. Louis, almost everyone said that is an amazing ballpark and I’ll like it.
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
I decided to make a very short post here to keep up with my writing, and to keep this blog active as I continue my travels. This post is about a game I attended prior to the Reds game from my previous post. When I arrived in northeast Ohio, my friend, Mike, wanted me to check out a minor league game at some point. There was one chance to see a game, and since we weren’t leaving until the late morning on 4th of July, we figured… “why not?”
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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Part VIII: Great American Ball Park
(AKA: Celebrating Great American Independence)
After a glorious Canada Day, I had to leave a country I’ve grown to love and make my way to my friend’s place for a few days. He lives in Cleveland, but the way the MLB schedule went, we would go there later. This part of the trip was tricky because I wanted to get the parks in that general area all in one week. With some creativity and some free tickets, I was able to set my sights in Cincy, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and his home town. After a somewhat easier day on Friday (which I will talk about in the next post), we left early in the afternoon on Saturday for Cincinnati. Watching a ball game here was the perfect way to spend Independence Day… and Cincinnati knows how to host a 4th of July game!
Ballpark 22: Great American Ball Park, elevation 488 feet
The game: Brewers @ Reds on July 4, 2015
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Part VII: Rogers Centre
(AKA: Canadian Hospitality At Its Best)
Ballpark 21: Rogers Centre, elevation 90 metres
The game: Red Sox @ Blue Jays on June 30, 2015
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Part VI: Marlins Park
(AKA: If It Is Broke… Fix It!)
Ballpark 20: Marlins Park, elevation 3 feet
The game: Dodgers @ Marlins on June 26, 2015
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Part V: Tropicana Field
(AKA: Under the Dome)
(AKA: Witnessing Near Perfection)
Ballpark 19: Tropicana Field, elevation 38 feet
The game: Blue Jays @ Rays on June 24, 2015
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Part IV: Turner Field
(AKA: Baseball in Hot-lanta)
Ballpark 18: Turner Field, elevation 1050 feet
The game: Mets @ Braves on June 21, 2015
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