Friday, July 07, 2006

How many ballparks have you been to?

Congratulations to my brother, Scott, for finishing his tour of major league ballparks. This past week he visited Dolphins Stadium and Tropicana Field -- the last two parks on his list. To commemorate the event, all three of us brothers went to his last park to watch the Devil Rays game against the Boston Red Sox (7/3). The D-Rays won, much to the chagrin of most of the fans, who, ironically, were wearing Red Sox paraphernalia.

I have been to only 13 stadiums, many of which have now been torn down:

1. Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium
2. Atlanta’s Turner Field
3. Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium
4. Baltimore’s Camden Yards
5. LA’s Dodger Stadium
6. Oakland Coliseum (now McAfee Coliseum, I think)
7. Detroit’s Tiger Stadium
8. Philadelphia’s Veteran’s Stadium
9. Seattle’s Kingdom
10. Washington’s RFK Stadium (for an exhibition game before the Expos’s moved to DC)
11. San Fransisco’s AT&T Park (or whatever it is named these days)
12. Anaheim’s Angel’s Stadium (I refuse to call them the LA Angels)
13. Tropicana Field


At 2:29 PM, Blogger Chris Anderson said...

Not as many as I'd like:

1. Mile High Stadium in Denver (Rockies' early home).
2. Coors Field in Denver.
3. New Comiskey Park (now U.S. Cellular) in Chicago.
4. Jacob's Field in Cleveland.
5. Royal's Stadium(now Kauffman Stadium) in KC.
6. The Astrodome in Houston.

I especially regret missing Tiger Stadium.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Don said...

Hi guys....

I don't get to many ball games. I have attended a few, though.

1. Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta to see my Expos whip the Braves on July 4 one year... I think I have been there a time or two besides that, but that was the most memorable.

2. Busch Stadium in St Louis -- saw the Giants play there once on my way home from BJU. I forget who won. Willie McCovey (?? I think ??) was with the Giants then.

3. The old Tiger Stadium in Detroit... several times. The best seats I ever got was one night when I walked up by myself and met some middle aged ladies selling tickets. They had an extra from their corporate seats which put me in Row 2. That was cool!

I also got a deputation meeting out of another game in Detroit. I took my then 6 year old (now GA at BJU) to a game and an IFB pastor whom I had not met previously was sitting in the seats in front of us. We had a great time and later preached for him in Flint.

I think that's it for me...

Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

At 1:52 AM, Blogger Frank Sansone said...


I am trying not to be envious of you. I am a Dodger fan and have been since I was pretty young and lived out west, but I have never been to Dodger Stadium.

I have only been to a few.

1. Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium (a few times - the first time was courtesy of a package of "Philly Franks" back in 1995, the last time was the closing weekend of the Stadium.)

2. Philadelphia's Citizen's Bank Park - thanks to my friend Chris Fraser and some tickets he got from work - great seats about six rows off of the field.

3. Well, there is no 3, yet, although I have been to (but not in) Wrigley Field in Chicago.

I hope to get to Camden Yards one of these days, since it is only a couple of hours away.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Andy Efting said...


I grew up in So. Cal. as a Dodger fan, too. Bill Buckner, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Davey Lopes. They were great. I've been to Dodger stadium dozens of times, more than any other park. It is hard to keep up with West Coast teams, though. I became an Oriole fan when I lived in Baltimore and now I'm forced to watch Braves games all the time. I have resisted becoming a Braves fan, but they are the easiest team to follow now.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Frank Sansone said...

Ron Cey, Bill Buckner, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and some pretty good pitching. That was my era when I started listening to the Dodgers on KTAR in Phoenix all the time, too. Wasn't Bill Russell on that team, too?

I remember that Davey Lopes would "
always" (to a kid who was a fan) hit lead off home runs.

I agree with you about finding it difficult to follow a team across country. It would be a little easier nowadays - if someone wanted to do one of those satellite packages.

I have the same problem in basketball. Being a Suns fan, I don't get to see them play out here (although now that they are better again, they may be on a national non-cable network game or two this year).

It is okay to follow the Orioles - they are in the AL anyway (my AL team was the Indians - for some reason I could get WWWE in Cleveland when we lived in Champaign, IL during the Joe Charbenou (sp?) era of the Indians). BUT PLEASE, do not go over to the dark side - the BRAVES.


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