Traveling to every Major League ballpark has a sure romance, doesn’t it? At least for a subset of us. It’s a little corny, sure. And patriotic, too. We’re watching the nationwide pastime and exploring America on the identical time.
Visit all 30 ballparks and also you’ve seen a lot of the United States: up and down each coasts, throughout the south and the north, by way of the huge center. (And, with sufficient ballpark food and drinks, including to your individual huge center.)
After getting to two stadiums last month, I’ve been to 11 out of 30: L.A., Anaheim, San Diego, Oakland, Seattle, Phoenix, St. Louis, Chicago (each groups), Milwaukee and Philadelphia. Eleven appears respectable, because it’s in double digits.
With one or two per year, I might be able to wrap up the remaining 19 earlier than I’ve to cart in a personal oxygen tank.
Two associates have been to extra: Allen Callaci (17) and Christia Gibbons (13). “Got you beat by two — hopefully more in our futures!” Christia says of my 11 parks.
(I can’t blame Christia, a former Riversider and onetime editor for yours actually, for eager to see a lot of different stadiums: Her residence crew, the Arizona Diamondbacks, has the worst report in baseball.)
Jim Alexander, one among our sports activities columnists, tells me he’s seen residence video games for 17 present groups from right here to New York, whereas having visited one other eight baseball stadiums — a few of which now not exist and a few of which had been internet hosting soccer, not baseball.
How we rely ballparks is its personal artwork kind — Jim would say, rightly, that he’s been to 25 — as is what qualifies as seeing a sport.
“Some fans have a rule: to check off a ballpark, they must see the entire game,” says reader David Saw.
As somebody who likes to journey and doesn’t thoughts utilizing baseball as an excuse, my solely rule is that I’ve to see at the least a part of a sport. I left Milwaukee’s game after six innings. Still counts. Once in Cleveland I stood exterior the stadium, but that was throughout the low season. Doesn’t rely.
And for functions of attending to every Major League ballpark, I’m not counting groups’ previous and new stadiums, like previous and new Busch in St. Louis. Math is robust sufficient because it is. What I need is a clear sweep: 30-for-30.
While I’ve traveled to see my crew, the St. Louis Cardinals, on the street, seeing them play is not a requirement. It’s vaguely miserable once they don’t win, and extra so after I’ve gone to nice lengths to get there. I don’t must see them lose all around the nation.
By distinction, Larry Crawford has seen 27 of the 30 ballparks, and he has one abiding rule: He’ll go provided that the Dodgers are taking part in. My cap is off to him.
In the previous dozen or so years, Crawford has seen all 15 parks within the National League, which the Dodgers go to yearly.
The greater shock is that resulting from interleague play, during which groups from the National League compete towards groups from the American League, Crawford has been in a position to see the Dodgers at 12 of the 15 American League parks too.
His rule is why his quest is taking so lengthy to finish and has no easy finish date.
“I’ve got three to go: Toronto, the new Yankee Stadium and Cleveland,” explains Crawford, a retired Arlington High instructor who lives in Menifee. “I just don’t know when the Dodgers are going to play.”
“I’ve talked to guys who do it all in one summer. They don’t care who they see,” Crawford provides. He’d wish to have a crew to root for, and he desires it to be the Dodgers, whom he’s adopted since they had been taking part in on the Coliseum earlier than Dodger Stadium was prepared.
When he visits a ballpark, he at all times wears his Dodger cap, asks round for what’s good to eat and orders it, and builds in time to do one thing emblematic of the house metropolis. He ran up the Philadelphia Art Museum stairs like Rocky, took a JFK assassination tour in Dallas and went up within the Arch in St. Louis.
His favourite of the 27 stadiums, by the way in which, is PNC Park in Pittsburgh, which supplies me one thing to stay up for.
While he’ll most likely stick with his Dodgers-only plan, at age 72 he’s wavering. “Would it be cheating,” he wonders aloud, “if I saw the Angels play at those places?”
On the heels of the 0.03 inch of rain on June 23 that was Palm Springs’ first measurable precipitation on that date since 1922, the desert metropolis bought extra rain on Sunday than it has in practically six months. But it’s all relative: The rain was 0.08 of an inch, and it fell between 3 and 6 a.m. In different phrases, when you’re considering of visiting Palm Springs, no must pack galoshes.
David Allen, who’s all moist, writes Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Email [email protected], cellphone 909-483-9339, like davidallencolumnist on Facebook and comply with @davidallen909 on Twitter.