baseball stadium tour

Aug 5, 2009, 9:55 am by John

http://www.eric-snow.com/i/images/stories/mlb-logolast year was the final year for yankee stadium. the house that ruth built. the stadium where every great player to date has played at some point. the home of babe ruth, lou gehrig, joe dimaggio, mickey mantle, and roger maris and i never got to see a game there. this makes me slightly angry so i have vowed not to let a piece of american and baseball history slip through my fingers again. i have set a goal to watch every major league baseball team play in their home stadium.

the plan is to visit every major league baseball team's ballpark starting with the oldest and working my way up. this way i won't fall victim to the yankee stadium dilemma. even though i don't think the next 2 on the list of oldest stadiums, wrigley (chicago cubs) and fenway (boston), are even close to being shut down, i don't want to risk it.

now, of course, i'm excited about visiting all of these stadiums but i am equally excited about visiting all of these cities that i haven't gotten to visit yet. to date i have not been to any of the cities north of washington dc or any of the cities on the west coast. i am looking forward to seeing what these cities have to offer as far as culture, food, history, etc.

it has already been brought to my attention that i could get multiple cities in during one trip. for example, washington dc, baltimore, and philidelphia are very close together and could be visited in one weekend. however, this would defeat the purpose of visiting the city. therefore, i have decided that i will only visit multiple stadiums in a weekend if they are in the same city (chicago, los angeles, and new york).

the only thing i have to figure out is what piece of memorabilia i will be picking up from each location. the only thing i can think of, that you can not buy online, is the souvenir programs that are made and dated for each series. other than that, everything is available through the internet, to my knowledge.

i have slated my trip to start next year, since i don't have any more vacation days left, so get prepared for a lot more posts as i wind my way through the country.

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3 Comments

mark Says:

Aug 5, 2009

That's an awesome way to force yourself to visit new places. I'm trying to do the same thing with Big Twelve football. I want to go to at least one A&M game at every other stadium in the Big XII including (hopefully) the rotating championship/ bowl stadiums. So get it the team in gear Sherms!.

Thus far I've got Floyd Casey Stadium, The Cottonbowl, The Alamodome, The Sugar Bowl.

faith Says:

Aug 5, 2009

That's a pretty awesome mission! I can't wait to read about your trips. (=

Paul Stiverson Says:

Aug 5, 2009

That is a pretty cool goal to set for yourself.

Iím going to suggest that you get Oakland and San Francisco in one trip. It is true that they are different and distinct cities, but the two stadiums are essentially within 20 miles of one another.

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