United States Journals

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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An April 2008 trip to United States by RoBoNC

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: This journal focuses on the different ballparks of Major League Baseball with more added as I continue on my quest to visit every one.

Nationals Park

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Attraction | "Home of the Washington Nationals"

Nationals Park Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
The Washington Nationals upon their relocation to DC from Montreal played their first three seasons in RFK Memorial Stadium. RFK was the home ballpark of the Washington Senators from 1961 to 1971 before they relocated to Texas to become the Rangers. RFK has had a wide array of tenants, but today it’s only tenant is the DC United of the Major League Soccer League and it hosts the Military Bowl of the NCAA each year. My first Nationals game was at RFK, so when I found myself back in DC, I had to see the Nationals again in their new stadium, Nationals Park. Nationals Park is located in the southeast part of the city near the Anacostia Riverfront. The park is easily accessible from the Me...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2012

Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20003-1507
202 675 6287

Chase Field

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Attraction | "Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks"

Chase Field Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
Quote:
Arizona is no stranger when it comes to baseball. From as far back as 1929 starting with the Detroit Tigers, the Phoenix metro area has been home to spring training camp for many teams. Today, the league is now split into the Grapefruit and Cactus League, which trains in Florida and Arizona, respectively. The suburbs of Phoenix are dotted with stadiums and sports complexes in which fifteen teams call home for a short time leading up to Opening Day. It was no surprise that when Major League Baseball decided to add two new teams to the league in 1998, that the Arizona Diamondbacks was one of them. The Diamondbacks wasted no time and in four short years, they put together a team which ev...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2011

Chase Field
401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
602-462-6000; 88

Target Field

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Attraction | "New Home of the Minnesota Twins"

Target Field Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Quote:
Twenty ten was an important year for Minnesota baseball. After 28 years of playing inside the Metrodome, the Twins finally get to play baseball outdoors. Better yet, the Twins no longer have to share a stadium as the city finally agreed to build a new stadium, Target Field. It is located in downtown Minneapolis on 3rd Ave between 5th and 7th St. ESPN ranked it the #1 sports stadium in the country beating out 212 other stadiums. Getting tickets to the game was a little more difficult than at most other stadiums. To start off with it was the inaugural year of Target Field. Then we attended a Labor Day weekend game that just so happened to be against the Texas Rangers. Both teams were...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 12, 2011

Target Field
351-413 5th Avenue North
Minneapolis, Minnesota
(612) 659-3654

Fenway Park

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Attraction | "Home of the Boston Red Sox"

Fenway Park Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
Yankee Stadium may be "the house that Ruth built", but it is Fenway Park as a Red Sox that Ruth first rose to prominence in the majors. Any baseball fan knows about the Curse of the Bambino. The Red Sox was one of the most successful franchises winning the first World Series in 1903 including four more titles with Babe Ruth. The Red Sox owner decided to sell Babe Ruth to the mediocre New York Yankees and in 1920, Ruth donned the famous pinstripes and the curse was born. The Red Sox did not win another World Series title until 2004, ending an 86 year old drought. The Yankees, on the other hand, became one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning a record 27 World Series titles, the f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2010

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 482-4769

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers

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Attraction | "Home of the Milwaukee Brewers"

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Quote:
"Juuuuust a bit outside…" Many people may remember this movie line from the film Major League as Cleveland Indians announcer Harry Doyle gives his play by play commentary from the booth. Some may recognize Harry Doyle as Bob Uecker, commonly referred to as "Mr. Baseball." The role came easy to him considering that for the last 38 years he has been the announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers. Bob Uecker began his professional playing career in 1962 when the Brewers were the Milwaukee Braves. When the Milwaukee Braves decided to move to Atlanta, it took only five years before baseball came back to the city. The Brewers moved into the same stadium that the Braves vacated, Milwaukee County S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2009

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers
One Brewers Way
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214
(414) 902-4100

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium

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Attraction | "Busch Stadium Revisited"

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
Quote:
My first trip to Busch Stadium was back in 2005, the last year of what was then called Busch Memorial Stadium. Baseball season had all but ended when my best friend and I descended on the city. Busch Memorial Stadium had been the home to the St. Louis Cardinals since 1966 replacing Sportsman’s Park. As the historic 2005 season came to a close, the stadium continued to offer tours until the demolition began in November. We showed up for the tour and I was wearing a Chicago Cubs shirt that is prohibited in St. Louis (or so they want it to be). I wore it for my wife, who is a diehard Cubs fan, and if there is any team that Cubbies hate more than the White Sox, it is the Cardinals. The feeling is mu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2009

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium
250 Stadium Plaza (Busch Stadium)
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
314 421 3060

Wrigley Field

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Attraction

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
Being married to someone who is a Cubs fan can sometimes scare you. Although Chicago has two baseball teams, the other being the White Sox, it is probably better to just refer to them as the other team. Every time I say White Sox, it almost looks as if my wife is about to turn into Linda Blair from the Exorcist. Cubs fans in general are like this. Although they haven’t won a World Series title since 1908, they are some of the most passionate fans in all of baseball. The Cubs have come close such as in 2008, but nothing compared to the pain felt when their cross-town rival won the World Series in 2005. Cubs fans are quick to remind you of 1908 and with every new season bring new hope. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2009

Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
(773) 404-2827

Take me out to the Ballgame

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Overview

Kauffman Stadium Photo, Kansas City, Missouri
Quote:
With the coming of spring, the flowers begin to bloom, the weather becomes warmer, and the crack of the bat sounds as a baseball sails 350 feet for a homerun. My spring begins with Opening Day and lasts until October. Baseball is America’s pastime. Professional baseball was formed in America in 1869 and continues to draw more crowds every year. More and more players are coming from countries such as the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Japan proving that the game of baseball is a global sport. Baseball has had a colorful history, some good and some bad. Baseball players such Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Cy Young have revolutionize the game of baseball. Most of the b...Read More

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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Attraction

Oriole Park at Camden Yards Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
Quote:
Up until 1954, St. Louis was home to two major league baseball teams. The Cardinals which still call St. Louis home and the Browns, who realized that two teams in St. Louis was one too many. The Browns were forced out of St. Louis and the team was relocated in Baltimore, soon to become the Baltimore Orioles. From 1954-1991, the Orioles played at Memorial Stadium, which was demolished in 2001. Memorial Stadium saw the best decades of Orioles baseball during the 60’s and 70’s. 1966-1983 are known as the "Glory Years" of Orioles baseball with the majority of those years coming under the supervision and management of Earl Weaver. During those years, the Orioles won three World Series titles (1966, 1...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2008

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
+1 410 685 9800

Citizens Bank Park

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Attraction

Citizens Bank Park Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Quote:
The Philadelphia Phillies is one of the five oldest teams in baseball tied with the San Francisco Giants. The team was first formed in 1883 and was originally known as the Quakers. The following year they added the nickname the "Phillies" and used both names concurrently until 1889. The Phillies attempted to give themselves a new nickname "Blue Jays" in 1943, but it was short lived lasting only two years. Phillies is just a shortened version of Philadelphians. The Phillies is another example of a team that has struggled over the years. Since 1883, the team has won only World Series in 1980 and in 2007 they became the first team in any major sport to record 10,000 losses. The Philadelp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2008

Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148
(215) 463-1000

Yankee Stadium

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Attraction | "New York Yankees & Yankee Stadium"

Yankee Stadium Photo, Bronx, New York
Quote:
The New York Yankees need no introductions. They are the winningest franchise in baseball history with 26 World Series titles and 39 American League pennants. During the Yankees four straight World Series titles in the late 90’s, they surpassed the Montreal Canadians 24 titles and became the most successful franchise in all of major league sports. The Yankees were first formed in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles (no relation to the current team.) After two years, the team moved to New York where they were known as the Highlanders. In 1913, they renamed themselves the Yankees. In 1923, they moved into Yankee Stadium which has served the team until 2008. The team played two seasons (1974-7...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2008

Yankee Stadium
East 161st Street
Bronx, New York 10451
(718) 293 4300

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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Attraction

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
Washington DC has a colorful history when it comes to baseball. In 1901, the Washington Senators was one of eight charter franchises of the American League. The Senators had many well known stars such as Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, and one of baseball’s most talented pitchers, Walter Johnson. However, with the talent of the Washington Senators, they are more remembered for their many years of mediocrity and losing seasons. Nineteen twenty-four saw the only World Series title for the Washington Senators and after 59 years in Washington, it was time to move on. The Washington Senators moved to Minneapolis where they became the Minnesota Twins. The fans of Washington DC didn’t have time to be...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
2400 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20003

Turner Field

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Attraction

Turner Field Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
Quote:
The Atlanta Braves is the oldest continuously playing team in baseball history. However, it would be a long time before they came to Atlanta. The team was originally formed in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings and along with the Chicago White Stockings, present day Chicago Cubs; they are the only two remaining charter teams of the National League. The team spent 81 years in Boston and went through numerous name changes, Beaneaters, Doves, Rustlers, before settling on the Braves in 1912. The team remained the Braves except for four years when the name was changed to the Bees, but was soon changed back. In 1953 the team moved to Milwaukee where they played for the next twelve years. Then in 1966, i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2008

Turner Field
755 Hank Aaron Dr Sw
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
(404) 522-7630