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MLB Parks Tour #8 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – 2009

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Working through these as quickly as I can preparing for the trip in June!

Chicago is an undeniably unique and wonderful city. From Sears Tower to Lincoln Park to El-Trains to that big, shiny, reflective bean thing in Millennium Park, Chicago is bursting at the seams with culture. And no Chicago culture tour would be complete without visiting one of America’s most iconic ballparks…Wrigley Field. You simply cannot look out from the seats of the “friendly confines”, see the ivy walls, the old scoreboard, and the unofficial rooftop seats, without feeling transported to the glory days of classic hardball. Wrigley was stop #2 in our 4-stop summer road-trip through Kansas City, Chicago, and St. Louis. In short, Chicago did not disappoint.

Wrigley Field was originally named Weeghman Park when it was built in 1914 to host the Chicago Whales. In 1916 the Cubs began use of the park, when chewing-gum billionaire William Wrigley, Jr bought the park in a trust with Weeghman. The field went by Cubs Park from 1920-1926, until it was finally dubbed Wrigley Field. It’s the oldest National League park in Major League Baseball, and the second oldest park in all of the MLB to Fenway (1912). The iconic Ivy was planted in the outfield in 1937, and has served as one of the most recognizable stadium features in baseball ever since. I could go on and on.

We had a great time at Wrigley, and sat in some of the oldest seats in baseball. Can’t beat that.

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MLB Parks Tour #7 – Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO – 2009

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Working through these as quickly as I can preparing for the trip in June!

The trip that involved Kansas City was a really exciting one for Yvette and I. We had already been a lot of places, not to mention stadiums, but for some reason, the idea of getting on the road again across middle America had us in stitches. Kansas City was the first stop in a three-city, four stadium tour in the summer of 2009, which also included St. Louis and both Chicago ballparks. Kansas City is an underrated place, teeming with great food and culture. Even though we didn’t stay long, and it rained incessantly, we enjoyed our time nonetheless.

Kauffman Stadium was built in the early 70’s, but underwent major renovations starting in 2007 and going through the summer of 2009. The game we attended was in May of 2009, and the park just felt brand new. Adding to the sheen of everything was the incredible amounts of rain we received during the evening, making everything appear brand…spanking…shiny…new. We were concerned that the rain would ruin our parade, as we were leaving the day after for Chicago, but luckily we got the game in after a 2.5 hour delay.

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MLB Parks Tour #6 – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA – 2008

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I promised last week that I’d get these all out before we go on our trip in June…so far so good. Sorry you’re going to be inundated with baseball posts for a while.

After spending a few days in sunny San Diego (I think it’s prounounced Sawn Diago…), we headed up Highway 1 toward the City of Angels. The trip up the coast was relaxing and beautiful, even if it took us twice as long as the 5 would’ve. After a few stops in Venice, Huntington Beach, and of course the Disney “mall”, we made our way into the valley and toward another iconic ballpark: Dodger Stadium.

Dodger Stadium has been around a while, and because of that, it’s got some mojo that’s hard to explain. Perhaps it was memories from my childhood spent in California, or maybe the overall feeling that Dodger Stadium is from an older era. Whatever it is…we loved being in California, and loved being at Dodger stadium.

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MLB Parks Tour #5 – Petco Park, San Diego, CA – 2008

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So I haven’t written an installment on our MLB Parks Tour in over a year…and the guilt is eating me up inside. 😉 Really though, it’s terrible I haven’t gotten these caught up yet. So I’m making you a deal. In about 8 weeks, Yvette and I are headed out on a trip that will add three more parks to our list. It just so happens I’m 8 behind (not including this one) on the parks we’ve seen so far. So each week over the next eight weeks, I will post one of the parks and our experience there. That way we’ll be caught up before our trip. Sound like a good enough deal? Good…let’s get on with it then.

San Diego is simply one of the few places on Earth that you just can’t complain about anything, ever. Beautiful weather, sunshine, pristine beaches, gorgeous people. Seriously, what’s there to complain about, other than your mortgage/rent for living there? Nevertheless, the California trip was a bit of a whim. We had gotten back from New York a month earlier (where we saw the Mets and Yankees), and were still feeling restless. Disneyland was calling Yvette pretty strongly, so we hopped in the car and headed that way.

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MLB Parks Tour #4 – Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY – 2008

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Apologies for the lack of posts around here…we’ll get better. And now, for an overdue installment on our MLB Parks Tour…

It had to happen, you know. Me, a Red Sox/Rangers fan, visiting the Evil Empire to see the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. Truthfully though, despite my incredible disdain for the Bronx Bombers, I was still really excited about visiting the park made famous by the Babe, Dimaggio, Gehrig and Mantle. This was amplified also by the fact that we were visiting Yankee Stadium in it’s final season, before being torn down to erect their new evil lair.

Like many of our baseball trips, the weather was unforgiving and we experienced the first of many rain delays. But what made the rain tolerable was how it affected the Yanks…a drizzly evening turned into an embarrassing night.

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MLB Parks Tour #3 – Shea Stadium, Queens, NY – 2008

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When Yvette and I began discussing the possibility that we might like to visit all of the Major League Baseball parks, the conversation quickly turned to New York, New York. It’s not as though we had any real connection to the Mets or the Yankees, far from it truth be told. Rather, we knew that both the Mets and Yankees were entering into their final seasons at their historic ballparks, and this would be our final opportunity to see games there. It was too much to pass up.

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Baron’s First Road Trip

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We’re already getting behind on posting regularly…sorry about that.  Not a whole lot of news in our world; mostly just watching Baron grow from under 6 pounds to nearly 11 pounds in just a few short weeks.  We hit Baron’s 7th week last Tuesday.  No, he’s still not sleeping through the night, but comparatively speaking, we’re doing really well.

One fun note for the week is Baron’s first ever road trip this week.  He’s made it out to Frisco for a FC Dallas game (a hot, miserable fiasco that we’ll not be attempting again anytime soon), but hasn’t gone any farther than that. So we thought it would be a good time to pack up Bear’s paraphernalia and take him out to Midland to see his Mamaw and Papaw (my parents).

So that’s a little update from us for now.  We’ll get better at updating…promise.

Here’s a few pictures for now…we’ll add more when we get home.

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MLB Parks Tour #2 – Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, TX – 2007

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This one is perhaps the least exciting of the ballparks we’ve visited, but only because it’s in our hometown, and we get to visit it quite regularly. Nonetheless, we can’t exactly leave it out.  We’ve been to countless games at the now named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, including three opening days, about 10 Rangers-Red Sox games, and watching Cliff Lee outduel the Yankees on the way to a World Series berth.  The game I’ve chosen for this purpose is actually none of those.  Instead, I’ve chosen a game that was pretty special to quite a few of us.  It’s the coldest game on record at the Ballpark: Saturday, April 7th, 2007, Red Sox @ Rangers. Start time weather: 38 degrees and falling.

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