Been There, Done That

A guide to baseball stadia everywhere, where Crane Poolers share their experiences from each ballpark they visit.

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby themetfairy » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:24 pm

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OK - Let me give this a try.

1. PNC Park. It's simply a beautiful place to watch a game.
2. AT&T Park. Best food in the majors.
3. Citi Field - There's no place like home.
4. Coors Field
5. Busch Stadium
6. Arlington
7. Petco Park
8. Miller Park
9. Citizens Bank Ballpark
10. Angels Stadium
11. Chase Field (especially if you stick around to experience the roof opening after the end of a game)
12. Nationals Park
13. Progressive Field
14. Target Field - I found the seating bowl to be way too narrow.
15. Minute Maid Park
16. Fenway Park. I'm not a huge fan of the older parks, but the renovations make it a better place than it used to be.
17. Kauffman Stadium - Everything they say about Dodger Stadium, but much prettier
18. New Comiskey
19. Comerica Park
20. Wrigley Field - the lower bowl is much nicer than the upper deck. It's an experience, but not the most comfortable one.
21. Great American Ballpark
22. Safeco
23. Camden Yards - the seats angled away from the diamond are a major negative.
24. Marlins Park. Although I give it credit for owning its quirks.
25. SunTrust Park - it would rate higher if it had any kind of mass transit options, but the post-game madhouse is horrible.
26. Dodgers Stadium - a bit overrated
27. MFY III - Too much concrete.
28. Rogers Center. It just doesn't feel like a baseball stadium, and the food choices are lacking.
29. Oakland Alameda Stadium. Despite the crumbling structure, it's nonetheless a really fun place to watch a game.
30. Tropicana Field. It's not horrible, but simply nondescript

A lot of these numbers could shift depending on my mood on a given day. I love the top five, the bottom three aren't great, and I generally like most of the modern ballparks.
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby Gwreck » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:52 am

3) Dwight Gooden, SP, RP, 1984-1994

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I think you're spot-on about Kauffman/Dodger Stadium - definetly KC underrated and LA overrated for similar parks.

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby themetfairy » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:16 am

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Yes - Kauffman was unexpectedly lovely.
In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, "I have finished." There is a lot of satisfaction in that - Fred Lebow

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby MFS62 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:32 pm

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As I posted in the thread suggesting this forum:
Stadia no longer there:
Polo Grounds
Ebbets Field
Shea Stadium
The Ted
RFK Stadium. At RFK, I saw Washington play the Minnesota Twins, which probably qualifies as some kind of incest.

Places still in use:
Camden Yards.
Fenway Park - my impressions of Fenway Park inspired my story parody "Anne Rice Reports the Ballgame" which I've probably posted in the CPF.

I've also visited, but no ball game was being played that day:
Hi(ram) Bithorn stadium (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Jarry Park (Montreal)

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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby Ashie62 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:40 pm

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Saw a game at.

Old Yankee Stadium
Tiger Stadium
Jarry Park vs. Seaver
Forbes Field
Busch Stadium

That be it.

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby RealityChuck » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:18 pm

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226) Carlos Baerga, 2B, 1B, 3B, 1996-1998

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I haven't been to many. In order.

1. Yankee Stadium
2. Shea Stadium
3. Fenway Park
4. Remodeled Yankee Stadium. I actually ran onto the field before the 1977 All-Star Game and got in no trouble whatsoever (I had press credentials).
5. Wrigley Field
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby Vic Sage » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:09 pm

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Mets (Shea, Citifield)
Yankees (YI, YII)
Phils (Veterans)
Expos (Olympic)
Cubs (Wrigley)
Boston (Fenway)
Oakland (Coliseum)
SF (Candlestick)
Baltimore (Memorial, Camden)
Padres (J.Murphy, Petco)

+ numerous minor league parks
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby DocTee » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:43 pm

209) Scott Hairston, RF, LF, CF, DH, 2B, 2011-2012

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Shea Stadium
Citi Field
Yankee Stadium II
Yankee Stadium III
Stade Olympique
Candlestick Park
Fenway Park
Oakland Coliseum
AT&T Park

By far, the best experience was at AT&T-- that stadium is gorgeous, and they got everything right.

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby sharpie » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:52 am

5) Darryl Strawberry, RF, CF, LF, 1983-1990

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14. 6 not longer extant.

Shea Stadium (1964)
Yankee Stadium (old) (1969)
Candlestick Park (1975)
Oakland Alameda Coliseum (1977)
Busch Stadium (old) (1980)
Fenway Park (1999)
Stade Olympique (2002)
Minute Maid Park (2004)
Metrodome (2004)
Wrigley Field (2008)
Petco Field (2008)
Citifield (2009)
Yankee Stadium (current) (2010)
Safeco Park (2012)

Re: Been There, Done That

Postby metsmarathon » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:56 pm

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I have a rather short list, I think.

in no particular order:

1. shea
2. citi field
3. YS3
4. RFK
5. metrodome
6. chase field
7. dolphin stadium
8? ys2 (er, at least.. I think I went to a game there freshman year.... some impression it made, eh?)
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby TransMonk » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:30 pm

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4) Jerry Koosman, SP, RP, 1967-1978

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Milwaukee County Stadium
Miller Park
Old Comisky
Comiskey II (or whatever the current one is called)
Old Busch Stadium (but not the new one)
Safeco Field

I'm hoping for a trip to Coors Field during the 2018 season.
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby Chad Ochoseis » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:10 pm

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264) Mike Jorgensen, 1B, RF, CF, LF, 1968, 1970-1971, 1980-1983

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Pre-'74 YS
Pre-'09 YS
Old Busch

Still around:

Jacobs Field (yeah, I know what the actual name is)
US Cellular
Nats Park
Ballpark at Arlington
Camden Yards

Toured Coors, but didn't see a game there
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Re: Been There, Done That

Postby Mets Willets Point » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:16 am

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71) Skip Lockwood, RP, 1975-1979

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I'll be returning to Wrigley Field with my family in August to see the Cubs play the Mets. The next day we'll be seeing the White Sox play the Red Sox on the South Side.
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