October is an important month for sports, but baseball takes the cake. After all, there is no “Sir January” or “Dr. August.” There is only Mr. October, champion of autumn. This year, like every year, there is a chance for someone else to show his heroics on the diamond. After all, the World Series is a magical event, where the air is as crisp and cool as the ubiquitous ballpark beer. If you’re one of the lucky few to snag tickets to the Fall Classic, here’s an overview of where to spend your time and what to do outside the bleachers.
The Colorado Rockies have put on an impressive show, winning 21 of their last 22 games. Though some think that their eight days off will leave them a bit rusty, there’s no doubt that they’ll show you a good time at Coors Field. A relatively new stadium (for the relatively new, expansion-era Rockies), Coors Field provides first-rate amenities and a one-of-a-kind setting. According to Steve S., Coors Field is “quite possibly the most beautiful ballpark in the majors” and has “the modern conveniences but the feel of the old time stadiums.” It seems the price is a throwback, too: mplunkert claims that “tickets for a Rockies game are relatively cheap and easy to acquire,” though availability is probably a bit more difficult for the upcoming games.
If the clean interior and low entry fee aren’t enough to impress you, the setting should. What better backdrop is there for the Colorado Rockies than, well, the Colorado Rockies? That’s right, “you can see the Rocky Mountains over the top of the stadium,” according to Rmundo a Washington, D.C., native and western wanderer who also has some ideas for before or after the game. If you’re looking for a place to eat, Mead Street Station fits the bill. Described as “amazing and cheap,” this grill pub offers live music, late-night menus, and great burgers. It’s the perfect all-American complement to the national pastime.
If you need a break from the excitement of the stadium and feeding fans, a quick culture kick may help. The Denver Art Museum has recently been expanded and boasts contemporary art from the States and abroad. Colorado native beckilena sounds like a Colorado fan when she describes the “mountainous views” from the museum; she also loves the addition of the building to Denver’s skyline. “The exposed angles,” she says, “penetrate the surrounding area spreading light all around.” After Coors Field, it sounds like this may be the most beautiful building in Denver.
Since the Orioles, Tigers, Devil Rays, and Blue Jays all missed the cut this year, the only place to see such wild animals is at the Denver Zoo. Once again, beckilena sums it up nicely for us as “a great place to spend a nice fall day.” With any luck, there will be at least four to seven of those as the Rockies take on the Boston Red Sox.
With a truly die-hard fan base, the BoSox have been relishing a renaissance since winning the Series in 2004 for the first time in 86 years. With most of New England behind them, Boston rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians and will face the Rockies tomorrow for Game 1 of the Classic. Fenway is small by stadium standards—about 38,000 seats—but there are ways to get in without paying too much for tickets. In her review of Fenway Park, Boston native notso62 reminds us that “there are tours of Fenway available on a daily basis.” This may be a poor substitute for actually watching a game, but another Massachusetts member, RBT331, attests to the park’s history, claiming that “even if you don’t have a great affinity towards baseball, you have to make a visit to Fenway Park part of your trip” to Beantown.
Speaking of trips and Beantown, one of the most significant trips in US history—other than the Red Sox’ comeback in the ALCS—can be made in Boston. The Freedom Trail is a three-mile, self-guided walk around the city, following some of the most important footprints of the American Revolution. “The walk is easy,” claims Foxboro Marmot, though he admits that “not all sites are created equal” and gives tips on his favorites, as well as where to grab a bite. Though a native of Florida, IsabelleTravels concurs with her review of Boston Common, the starting point for the Trail. From here, she recommends having “at least three hours to devote to this, some cash, comfortable shoes, and a camera,” a sentiment echoed by another Floridian, gatorgirl1977, who summarized that it is “a wonderful way to see Boston… and you can’t beat the price—free!”
Aside from World Series berths, Colorado and Boston have something else in common: great museums. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is one of the world’s finest, and long-time member Sierra asserts that “you could easily spend a whole day here, wandering through one fascinating gallery after another.” The museum is within walking distance of the ballpark, so you can feast your eyes on some masterpieces before heading over to see the minimalist-inspired Green Monster.
Whether you’re a Coors Crazy or a Fenway Fanatic, you can be sure that your October is going to be an exciting one. And if you’re one of the really lucky ones who scored tickets to a game at either venue, good luck, and have a beer and a dog for us. As for everyone else, there is still plenty to do while the Boys of Summer wrap up the Fall Classic.