I saw this post on Natalie Firestone’s Facebook page and I thought it would be nice to document the list of parks I have visisted. It is a nice idea for a post so Thanks Natalie! I will follow your format.
Ballparks are listed alphabetical order with the city, State and year and or date (or approximate year) that I visited the ballpark. Italics used to highlight parks no longer in existence or no longer used for MLB games.
BALLPARKS THAT I’VE SEEN A GAME IN (AND/OR HAVE DONE A TOUR)
Angel Stadium -Anaheim, CA (2004*)
AT&T Park -San Francisco, CA (2005)
Bush Stadium – St Louis, MO (Summer 2006)
Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ (Thursday July 29, 2004) Saw Edwin Jackson’s MLB Debut.
Citi Field – New York, NY (August 2011)
Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA (SABR Convention 2013)
Coors Field – Denver, CO (May 3, 2008)
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA (1977)
Fenway Park – Boston, MA (August 26, 2005)
Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, OH (September 2012)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles, CA (2008)
Petco Park – San Diego, CA (2004)
PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA (9/15/2008)
Qualcomn - San Diego, CA (2003*)
Roger Centre – Toronto, CN (April 2007)
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA (June 2012) Dodgers got no-hit.
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN (June 27, 2011)
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL (May 2009)
Yankee Stadium (Old) – New York, NY (Sept 14, 2008)
Yankee Stadium (New) – New York, NY (June 19, 2013)
TOUR OF BALLPARKS now defunt> (Thanks SABR for the tours!)
Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN (2012)
Colt Stadium – Houston, TX (2014)
Astrodome – Houston, TX (2014)
I could not find a picture of all the ballparks I have visited. I will look for some and update.
So good to see Ishii and Saito!!
I remember Ishii hitting a homerun in San Diego. The only run the Dodgers scored. Then remember Saito crying bc he gave up the go ahead the run in the back to back to back to back game 9/18/06
My favorite Kershaw moment was watching his masterpiece no-hitter at Dodger Stadium.
Originally posted on Dodger Insider:
By Jon Weisman
In the crowning individual recgonition of a stupendous season, Clayton Kershaw has become the 11th Dodger to win the National League Most Valuable Player award and the first NL pitcher to do so since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Kershaw had 18 first place votes and 355 points overall, topping Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (eight, 298) and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (four, 271).
Finishing seventh in the balloting was Adrian Gonzalez, while Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon also received top-10 votes.
What was your favorite part of Kershaw’s season?
- June 18 no-hitter with no walks and 15 strikeouts
- 41-inning scoreless streak
- Behind-the-back fielding, tripling in the tying run…
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Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on winning his 3rd Cy Young Award!! WOO-HOO!! Way to go kid!!
I remember when Clayton Kershaw won his first Cy Young award. The Dodgers issue a last minute invite to Dodger Season Ticket Holders for the Clayton Kershaw Cy Young News Conference and I got to go!
From the Dodgers Newsletter to STH back in November 2011:
This is what it says:
SEASON TICKET HOLDER EMMA AMAYA GOT AN EXCLUSIVE INVITE TO DODGER STADIUM FOR THE CLAYTON KERSHAW CY YOUNG NEWS CONFERENCE
Dodger Season Ticket Holder Emma Amaya was constantly checking her phone on Nov. 17 while in a company webinar. She knew this was the day that the National League Cy Young Award winner would be announced. So every pocket of time she could find during the webinar at her company office in Chatsworth, she’d keep checking the news and her email. The news came around 11 a.m. that Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award. Then, moments later, an email came through from the Dodgers inviting her, as a Season Ticket Holder, to come down for the news conference behind the mound at Dodger Stadium.
Without a car and still at work, she asked her Human Resources department if she could leave and take the company car because she had “an emergency.” Luckily for Emma, they allowed her to do both and she made her way to Dodger Stadium for a first-of-its-kind invitation extended only to Season Ticket Holders.
Mixed in with the media, Dodgers Matt Kemp and James Loney, legends like Vin Scully, Fernando Valenzuela and Don Newcombe, and other Season Ticket Holders, Emma sat with the group for a rare experience. Kershaw stood in front of a podium as media asked questions. Then Emma stood up and asked her own question of the 23-year-old lefty. After the Q&A broke up, she took pictures with Kemp, Loney and Valenzuela and chatted all of them up.
“It was awesome being back there to be part of such a special day,” Emma said. “We were so excited, so happy to share it with Clayton. It was incredible — a day we’ll never forget.”
The 2012 season will mark Emma’s eighth consecutive year as a Season Ticket Holder. She proudly cheers from her seat in Section 3 on the Top Deck. But it’s not just during the season that she can be on hand for special Dodger moments.
“All of us felt very special,” she said of taking part in the Kershaw event. “We felt privileged.”
No invitation this time but that is OK! Enjoy your third award kid!
From Ken Gurnick:
opens March 4 with a home game against the White Sox at their shared facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.
The schedule of 30 games concludes with a Freeway Series against the Angels on April 2-4 — the games on Thursday and Friday night in Anaheim, the Saturday game at Dodger Stadium — with all game times to be announced.
The club has at least one home game during each of the four Cactus League weekends. There will be four scheduled split-squad doubleheaders.
The Dodgers will play the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on March 9 at Scottsdale and March 27 at Camelback Ranch.
Here is the Dodger 2015 schedule I copied from a calendar version that I can’t copy
Wed 3/4 CWS 1:05 p.m.
Thu 3/5 @CWS.
Fri 3/6 SEA(ss) 1.05 p.m. @MIL (ss) Maryvale
Sat 3/7 @CLE Goodyear
Sun 3/8 MIL 1.05 p.m.
Mon 3/9 @SF Scottsdale
Tue 3/10 COL 1.05 p.m.
Wed 3/11 @CHI Cubs Park
Thu 3/12 @SD Peoria
Fri 3/13 CIN 7.05 p.m.
Sat 3/14 CLE 1.05 p.m.
Sun 3/15 @SEA Peoria
Mon 3/16 OAK 1.05 p.m.
Tues 3/17 @TEX Surprise
Wed 3/18 CHI 1.05 p.m.
Thu 3/19 LAA 1.05 p.m.
Fri 3/20 @OAK (ss) Hohokam Stadium . @TEX (ss) at Alamodome in San Antonio
Sat 3/21 @COL(ss) Salt River Fields. @TEX (ss) at Alamodome in San Antonio
Sun 3/22 CLE 1.05 p.m.
Mon 3/23 ARI 1.05 p.m.
Tues 3/24 No game
Wed 3/25 SD 1.05 p.m.
Thu 3/26 @CWS
Fri 3/27 SF 7.05 p.m.
Sat 3/28 @LAA Tempe
Sun 3/29 TEX (ss) 1.05 p.m. @SF (ss) Scottsdale
Mon 3/30 @ARI Salt River Fields
Tue 3/31 CWS 1.05 p.m.
Wed 4/1 @KC Surprise
Thu 4/2 @LAA Anaheim TBD
Fri 4/3 @LAA Anaheim TBD
Sat 4/4 LAA Dodger Stadium TBD
11/12/15 Update: The Dodgers will play two games in San Antonio, the home of their Double-A team from 1977 -2000. I always wanted to visit San Antonio. I hear it is a beautiful city. The Dodgers will take a split squat team March 20-21 to play the Texas Rangers. The two games will be played at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio. Tickets go on sale Friday here http://www.bigleagueweekend.com/buy-tickets.html
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Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must mention a dark night, your fridge, and tears (of joy or sadness; your call).
The evening is quickly turning into a dark night
watching game seven of the World Series
It is down to the last out for the Royals with a runner on third
Salvador Perez pops out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval in foul territory
And just like that The Giants are World Champions
I think back to the Dodgers season and what could have been….
I cannot watch the celebration so I turn the TV off and head to the fridge
Would a bowl of ice cream make me feel any better?
It does while I am eating it but then the sadness takes over.
The baseball season is really over
A knot builds on my throat and I cannot hold back the tears.
I feel like this tree I pass by in the fall missing its leaves
I was googling something about a tweet when I ran into this: Brooklyn Royal Giants. I did not know this team existed. Yeah, some might say I just crawled under a rock. Well, that is where I said I wanted to be when the Giants made it to the World Series. But Brooklyn Royal Giants sounds perfect for this World Series between the Giants and Royals which I hope the Royals win.
The Brooklyn Royal Gaints were a Negro League team.
I further found out that during a game against the Pirates on June 28 (my birthday), the Mets wore throwback uniforms which read ‘Royal Giants’ across the chest as a tribute to the Negro League team Brooklyn Royal Giants.
Who would have thought back in June that the Royals and Giants would be in the World Series.
During the 1910s the Royal Giants reigned as one the nation’s most powerful black clubs, winning multiple championships in the East. The team fell into somewhat of a decline during the 1920s while under the ownership of Nat Strong, a white New York City booking agent, and made a dismal showing during its five seasons in the Eastern Colored League (1923-27). While competing in the Eastern Colored League the club played its home games at Dexter Park in Queens.
After returning to independent play in 1928 the team’s roster was rebuilt, but the quality of play never matched that of its early championship seasons. By the mid-1930s the team was of no better than minor league quality, and as the 1940s came around the team had fallen to a semi-professional status. The team disbanded in 1942.
The Mets can play in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform next year.
Go Royals! World Series game 7 coming later on tonight.
It was 42 years ago today, October 24, 2014, that Jackie Robinson passed away.
Jackie Robinson was honored in a ceremony during the 1972 World Series. Two weeks later, on October 24, 1972, the legendary ball player died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut from a second heart attack.
Three days after Robinson’s death, Reverend Jesse Jackson gave a stirring eulogy to friends and family members who had gathered at the Cypress Hill Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.
|Today we must balance the tears of sorrow with the tears of joy. Mix the bitter with the sweet in death and life.Jackie as a figure in history was a rock in the water, creating concentric circles and ripples of new possibility. He was medicine. He was immunized by God from catching the diseases that he fought. The Lord’s arms of protection enabled him to go through dangers seen and unseen, and he had the capacity to wear glory with grace.Jackie’s body was a temple of God. An instrument of peace. We would watch him disappear into nothingness and stand back as spectators, and watch the suffering from afar.The mercy of God intercepted this process Tuesday and permitted him to steal away home, where referees are out of place, and only the supreme judge of the universe speaks.|
|Jackie Robinson Eulogy by Reverend Jesse Jackson|
Here is a youtube video from the show “What’s My Line:
Thank you Mr. Jackie Robinson!
The Dodger schedule came out September 8 and I went over it making plans already but I like to have it here in my blog handy for quick reference. God willing I will continue to go to Spring Training, my usual road trips to San Diego and the annual SABR convention. This year’s SABR convention is in Chicago and it starts as the Dodgers play in Chicago on Getaway day. I am working on where else 2015 will take me.
Here is is the preliminary schedule that MLB released on September 8, 2014:
April 6 Monday SD
April 7 Tuesday SD
April 8 Wednesday SD
April 10 Friday @ ARI
April 11 Saturday @ ARI
April 12 Sunday @ ARI
April 13 Monday SEA
April 14 Tuesday SEA
April 15 Wednesday SEA
April 17 Friday COL
April 18 Saturday COL
April 19 Sunday COL
April 21 Tuesday @ SF
April 22 Wednesday @ SF
April 23 Thursday @ SF
April 24 Friday @ SD
April 25 Saturday @ SD
April 26 Sunday @ SD
April 27 Monday SF
April 28 Tuesday SF
April 29 Wednesday SF
May 1 Friday ARI
May 2 Saturday ARI
May 3 Sunday ARI
May 4 Monday @ MIL
May 5 Tuesday @ MIL
May 6 Wednesday @ MIL
May 7 Thursday @ MIL
May 8 Friday @ COL
May 9 Saturday @ COL
May 10 Sunday @ COL
May 11 Monday MIA
May 12 Tuesday MIA
May 13 Wednesday MIA
May 14 Thursday COL
May 15 Friday COL
May 16 Saturday COL
May 17 Sunday COL
May 19 Tuesday @ SF
May 20 Wednesday @ SF
May 21 Thursday @ SF
May 22 Friday SD
May 23 Saturday SD
May 24 Sunday SD
May 25 Monday ATL
May 26 Tuesday ATL
May 27 Wednesday ATL
May 29 Friday @ STL
May 30 Saturday @ STL
May 31 Sunday @ STL
June 1 Monday @ COL
June 2 Tuesday @ COL
June 3 Wednesday @ COL
June 4 Thursday STL
June 5 Friday STL
June 6 Saturday STL
June 7 Sunday STL
June 8 Monday ARI
June 9 Tuesday ARI
June 10 Wednesday ARI
June 12 Friday @ SD
June 13 Saturday @ SD
June 14 Sunday @ SD
June 15 Monday @ TEX
June 16 Tuesday @ TEX
June 17 Wednesday TEX
June 18 Thursday TEX
June 19 Friday SF
June 20 Saturday SF
June 21 Sunday SF
June 22 Monday @ CHC
June 23 Tuesday @ CHC
June 24 Wednesday @ CHC
June 25 Thursday @ CHC
June 26 Friday @ MIA
June 27 Saturday @ MIA
June 28 Sunday @ MIA
June 29 Monday @ ARI
June 30 Tuesday @ ARI
July 1 Wednesday @ ARI
July 3 Friday NYM
July 4 Saturday NYM
July 5 Sunday NYM
July 6 Monday PHI
July 7 Tuesday PHI
July 8 Wednesday PHI
July 9 Thursday PHI
July 10 Friday MIL
July 11 Saturday MIL
July 12 Sunday MIL
July 14 Tuesday ASG @ CIN
July 17 Friday @ WSH
July 18 Saturday @ WSH
July 19 Sunday @ WSH
July 20 Monday @ ATL
July 21 Tuesday @ ATL
July 22 Wednesday @ ATL
July 23 Thursday @ NYM
July 24 Friday @ NYM
July 25 Saturday @ NYM
July 26 Sunday @ NYM
July 28 Tuesday OAK
July 29 Wednesday OAK
July 31 Friday LAA
August 1 Saturday LAA
August 2 Sunday LAA
August 4 Tuesday @ PHI
August 5 Wednesday @ PHI
August 6 Thursday @ PHI
August 7 Friday @ PIT
August 8 Saturday @ PIT
August 9 Sunday @ PIT
August 10 Monday WSH
August 11 Tuesday WSH
August 12 Wednesday WSH
August 13 Thursday CIN
August 14 Friday CIN
August 15 Saturday CIN
August 16 Sunday CIN
August 18 Tuesday @ OAK
August 19 Wednesday @ OAK
August 21 Friday @ HOU
August 22 Saturday @ HOU
August 23 Sunday @ HOU
August 25 Tuesday @ CIN
August 26 Wednesday @ CIN
August 27 Thursday @ CIN
August 28 Friday CHC
August 29 Saturday CHC
August 30 Sunday CHC
August 31 Monday SF
Sept. 1 Tuesday SF
Sept. 2 Wednesday SF
Sept. 3 Thursday @ SD
Sept. 4 Friday @ SD
Sept. 5 Saturday @ SD
Sept. 6 Sunday @ SD
Sept. 7 Monday @ LAA
Sept. 8 Tuesday @ LAA
Sept. 9 Wednesday @ LAA
Sept. 11 Friday @ ARI
Sept. 12 Saturday @ ARI
Sept. 13 Sunday @ ARI
Sept. 14 Monday COL
Sept. 15 Tuesday COL
Sept. 16 Wednesday COL
Sept. 18 Friday PIT
Sept. 19 Saturday PIT
Sept. 20 Sunday PIT
Sept. 21 Monday ARI
Sept. 22 Tuesday ARI
Sept. 23 Wednesday ARI
Sept. 24 Thursday ARI
Sept. 25 Friday @ COL
Sept. 26 Saturday @ COL
Sept. 27 Sunday @ COL
Sept. 28 Monday @ SF
Sept. 29 Tuesday @ SF
Sept. 30 Wednesday @ SF
Oct. 1 Thursday @ SF
Oct. 2 Friday SD
Oct. 3 Saturday SD
Oct. 4 Sunday SD
After the Dodgers got eliminated by the Cardinals, I was feeling very down. I had driven to work because I was planning attending the Baseball Reliquary event at the Burbank Library “Dock Ellis and the Swinging 70’s.” I drove feeling depressed and not sure if I wanted to be around people but I drove there getting there just before the event started.
From left to right, Baseball Reliquary Executive director, Terry Cannon with the panel of speakers of Jeffrey Radice, co-producer and director of “No No: A Dockumentary”; historian and journalist Dan Epstein; and former big leaguer Jim “Mudcat” Grant.
I am so glad I went! I could have listen to these speakers for hours, especially Jim Mudcat Grant Mr. Grant has a bank of stories to tell and he tells them with such charm. I was glad to go out to dinner afterwards because I ended up hearing more stories from Mr. Grant. He was telling me about his brother Julian playing in Monterey, Mexico and how everyone used to call him “Julio.” One time they got into a taxi, he was sitting in the front and his brother in the back. The taxi driver asked him “Are you Julio?” He said no, and pointed to his brother and the back. The taxi driver was driving with the windows open yelling to people “Hey, this is Julio!”
Mudcat told me about an exhibition games in the south, They had landed in New Orleans, where blacks were not permitted in the airport lobby or to wait for cabs alongside whites. They had to wait on a grassy hill to wait until a black cab would arrive. The luggage would invariably be brought to the white hotel. The black players would get to the homes where they could stay. They would draw straws on who would go to the white hotel to retrive their luggage. In once such incident, the Indians were playing the Boston Red Sox in New Orleans and Mudcat’s straw had come out short. When Grant went to retrieve the luggage, he was stopped by a hotel baggage handler who refused to allow him into the hotel. He told him that blacks had no business entering. While discussing the situation with him, Grant saw Ted Williams entering the lobby. Williams walked over to Grant and asked what was happening.
“Well, you know we cannot stay at this hotel,” said Grant.
“I know. It’s a terrible shame,” said Williams. ”This man will not let me come in to get my bags that were sent here,” said Mudcat.
Williams replied, “He’s right. You shouldn’t be going in to get those bags. He should get them and bring them out to you!”
Another of his stories was when he was in Cuba. He was in a car with Tommy Lasorda and another black players. The police stopped him and Tommy told them “Let me do the talking.” Well, Mudcat said that they ended up in jail! They jumped on Tommy in jail and asked him “What did you tell them??”
Here are pictures from the event:
Mudcat signed my baseball. Loved the hat he was wearing!
Part of the Baseball Reliquary exhibition at the Burbank Library
part of the pictures Mudcat was showing us. In the picture Mudcat, Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.