Favorite MLB Ballpark?

  • MuscleUp

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    May 25, 2008 2:33 PM GMT
    I've only been to three (Fenway, Yankee and Camden Yards) and all three have their perks and quirks but Fenway takes the cake.
    Sure it has those pesky obstructed view seats, neck-craning right field seats and you're packed in so close you might as well sit on the person's lap next to you but I think that adds to the mystique of this place. The atmosphere on game day is amazing and the place is so small and intimate you can really feel that. The field dimensions are unique and of course there's Pesky's pole, the lone red seat, and the triangle which can really mess with CFs.
    They've done a great job with renovations over the last five years, created the most prized seats in all of sports maybe on top the green monster, and really kept the Fenway tradition alive.
    Headed to Wrigley this summer for the first time so I'll have to compare when I get back.
    So what's your favorite ballpark?
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    May 25, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    Fenway Park is one I would love to go to. Among the modern parks, I think Camden Yards and the Giants ballpark are two of the best, with "The Ballpark" in Arlington not far behind.

    Among ballparks no longer around I wish I had been able to go to Ebbets Field, The Polo Grounds, and Forbes Field.

    Can you tell I am a baseball fan?
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    May 25, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    Nationals Park is pretty awesome. But then, it's the only baseball stadium I've been to, and it's also brand new.

    There's even a gay night at the park for one of the upcoming games. I think it's on June 23rd (I saw some flyers down in DC about it last night). But then, they kind of have to be gay friendly since the city tore down about 5 gay nightclubs/bars where the stadium was built. icon_lol.gif

  • DCEric

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    May 26, 2008 12:31 AM GMT
    I haven't been to Nats stadium yet, but I love Oriole Park... Fenway Way was good, and I've enjoyed my time at other MLB parks as well.
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    May 26, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    I have only been to Fenway...But come on...it doesnt get any better than that. Go Red Sox!!!!
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    May 26, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    Citizens Bank Park (Philly), PNC Park (Pittsburgh) or Shea...in that order. icon_rolleyes.gif haha
  • DCEric

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    May 26, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    Shea?

    I don't think I've heard that called a nice ballpark before.
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    May 26, 2008 2:44 AM GMT
    wrigley field is easily the best ball park. it is very small and a lot of fun..before, during, and after the game!
  • MuscleUp

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    May 26, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    What goes on during a gay day at a baseball game?
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    May 26, 2008 3:43 AM GMT
    I really like the Jake! It has a great atmosphere and did a lot to revitalize downtown Cleveland.
  • groundcombat

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    May 26, 2008 6:03 AM GMT
    I went to Fenway when I was in Boston last week. I was impressed. The place has a ton of character, very unlike Yankee stadium I thought. Really had a classic ball park feel.

    As a rule of thumb, I like to hit the ball park when I travel to new cities so I enjoy great sightlines that capture a feel for the locale. Some good ones that come to mind are Great American (Cincy Reds), Comerica (Detroit Tigers), and even the Ravine (LA Dodgers). I hear the St Louis Card's new place is good for this too.
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    May 26, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    DCEric saidShea?

    I don't think I've heard that called a nice ballpark before.


    Please note the eye roll. haha.
  • shoelessj

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    Jun 03, 2008 4:21 PM GMT
    Wrigley is a dump. It's old, the concrete is crumbling, the sightlines are bad, the seats are too small, the selection of drinks and food is limited, you pee in a trough (oh wait, some people may enjoy that) and its filled with drunken and semi-drunken collegiate and just out of college types (oh wait, some people may enjoy that, too) who don't really pay attention to the game and the 'fans' are generally unbearable (except for the RJers who like the Cubs - those are the only Cub fans who are OK with me)..

    That being said, US Cellular is comfortable and pleasant enough, but not what I'd call a destination spot. I've been to SafeCo and it was nice. I'll go back for the big gay kiss-in. I went to Busch Stadium years ago and all I remember is that it was really really hot, like you could see the heat coming off the turf. I do want to visit the parks in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Cleveland, though.


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    Jun 03, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    Camden Yards!!
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    Jun 03, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    Adore Fenway and HATE Camden. You should NOT be able to get sushi (and I love sushi) at a frickin' ball park. Just something not right about that!
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    Jun 03, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    Of all the current parks I have only been to US Cellular(the Cell). They have made a lot of improvements to the park over the years and I always enjoy going to the games when I can. I do need to get out and visit some of these other ballparks.
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    Jun 03, 2008 5:40 PM GMT
    Just saw a Milwaukee Brewers game last night against the Diamonbacks at Miller Park. I think this is a great ballpark for enjoying a game for the fans. Lots of amenities for the fans but 2 things stand out. Incredible tailgate parties before the game with unbelievable aromas everywhere with all the grills fired up. Then it started to rain in the 5th inning so the retractable roof was closed and the game went on with no delays.
  • the_bruce

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    Jun 08, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    Fenway defininately has the best atmosphere, the fans are great and knowledgeable. I would pick Camden Yard as the best new park I've been to. I've been to all the stadiums on the east coast, and Coors field in Denver. The worst were the Vet in Philly, RFK in DC, and the old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Yankee stadium is cool, but i hate the yankees, Shea is kinda boring as far as stadiums go. I don't like the new Nat's ballpark at all. They built it too fast, didn't design it well, i paid 50 bucks to sit behind third base, i was 25 rows from the field, had to sit sideways to watch the batter, and anytime some body walks down the aisle you can't see...
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    Jun 29, 2008 5:18 AM GMT
    My home town park of course - Fenway ! Wrigley is awesome too and Camden yards
  • DCEric

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    Jun 30, 2008 12:42 AM GMT
    Just checked out Nationals Park... nice, but no Camden Yards.
  • MuscleUp

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    Jun 30, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    That outfield at Minute Maid is atrocious. That pole and hill serve no purpose, just injuries waiting to happen. I wish I could've been there when they decided on that. I'm sure agents steer their big money guys away from the CF in Houston.

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    Oct 27, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    Safeco Field icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 27, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    Fenway, of course. Used to live just a few blocks away. I carry a piece of the green monster in my wallet for good luck (took some peeling paint off it back in '87).

    They almost tore it down in the late '90s. Then the new ownership came in and decided to upgrade it all over. They've been doing a great job.

    As a side, Theo Epstien is the hottest General Manager in sports.
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    Oct 29, 2008 2:21 PM GMT
    Fenway any other is a distant second and Yankee stadium is dead last.
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    Oct 29, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    DCEric saidShea? I don't think I've heard that called a nice ballpark before.


    Perhaps not.... but it's my favorite too. First live game there in 1986... what a great time for the Mets!