The Boys of Summer

It’s the bottom of the 7th and the Bravos + Brewers are tied. That’s right… today is the Braves home opener. I could not be more excited about this. While I am not a Braves fan (Astros forever), Danimal and I love us some baseball. So much so that we try to go to at least one new ballpark a year. Sporting events are a great way to experience a city, interact with the fans, and drink expensive beer.

Check out the arch...

If you find yourself in St. Louis, be sure the Cards are in town. Located in downtown, Busch Stadium doesn’t have a bad seat in the house. Not to mention a great view of the arch. And I recommend the Hilton-Ballpark for accommodations.

Already Sunburned

One of the best ballpark views has to be AT&T Park… home of the Giants. The park sits prominently on the water and that just happens to be where serious home runs land as well. Given the quirky weather of SF, bring a fleece and wear sunscreen. You will likely need both.

Safeco + Seattle

Safeco Field is integrated into the heart of downtown Seattle. Easily accessible by foot, train or car go see the Mariners play and then head to a Tom Douglas restaurant or Pike Place Market.

Pre-Tornado (Yes, my bangs are doing something strange...)

Coors Field is hands down our most memorable game. The Rockies were playing the Mariners and it began as a perfectly sunny day. Then dark storm clouds slowly replaced the scenic Rocky Mountains. The next thing we know we were being evacuated to the ramps because twisters were dropping.

Just a tornado... No big deal!

And, here is the photo to prove it. 45 minutes later the sun was back out and we watched the rest of the game.

MY Hometown Park

You know I can’t end this post without a pic of the Juice Box. Minute Maid Park is home to my beloved but ever struggling Astros. Astros fans are REAL fans… to really love a team you have to love them even when they are terrible, and for the Astros that is most of the time. Don’t let the team’s success keep you from visiting the park though… it was built for home runs.

When planning your journey to see America’s favorite pastime, check out www.ballparksofbaseball.com. And of course be ready for $8 beer… Play ball!

 

Photo credit: Minute Maid Park – Ball Parks of Baseball

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