Just one of the many ways Dad liked to torture us as kids, was to take us to whatever stadium was nearby whenever we traveled. Normally that might be fun, but we weren’t there for a game. Dad would say, “hey guys we’re going to be near the Orange Bowl today.” Then we’d stop, he’d chase down someone that works there, and we’d either get a quick glimpse of the park through a chain link fence, or on super lucky days they’d let us inside for 5 minutes. The purpose, according to Dad, you can say you’ve been to the Orange Bowl.
Um…okay Dad, but who really cares if we weren’t there to watch a game? We might have asked him that at one point, but I can’t remember the answer, not that it mattered, Dad was in charge. There were actually two times, Dad’s crazy idea actually led to incredible experiences. Once in Miami, Dad was able to use his sales skills to talk our way into a private tour of Joe Robbie Stadium (now Sun Life Stadium). We went into the Miami Dolphins locker room, walked on the sidelines, check out the suites, and the press box.
Years later in Pasadena, CA, as we stood outside the Rose Bowl, we were invited to work on a Rose Bowl parade float! Unforgettable experience, and I only wish digital cameras existed then!
I think Dad’s obsession with seeing stadiums across the U.S., explains my passion for watching live sports games whenever I’m on the road.Well, or maybe I’m just a sports fanatic in need of an intervention. Either way, every time I leave town, I check to see what games I might be able to catch in that city. In 1988, I sat in the bleachers of the old Yankee Stadium as they played the Cleveland Indians. Eight years ago, I watched the Orioles on the diamond from a player’s suite at Camden Yards.
Last May, I felt like I was on a baseball ballparks tour, as I watched the San Diego Padres play at PETCO Park and the Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley Field. Watching the Cubs play live from inside Wrigley Field was on my bucket list, and the experience was priceless! Then in August, I saw my second Astros game at Minute Maid Park.
Baseball Ballparks On My Bucket List
Comerica Park, Detroit
Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Chase Field, AZ And, yes with my love of being in the water I’d like to see the Diamondbacks play a game while chillin’ in the pool at Chase Field!
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Globe Life Park, Arlington
Baseball Ballparks I’ve Visited
Wrigley Field, Chicago (I totally want to go back and take a full tour of this ballpark)
Miller Park, Milwaukee
PETCO Park, San Diego
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
Minute Maid Park, Houston
With Opening Day on March 31st, and exciting events this year like Wrigley Field celebrating 100 years, I hope I’ll be able to visit more baseball ballparks on my bucket list in 2014. Batter up! What’s your favorite major league baseball ballpark?