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Ballparks: A Ranking

April 17, 2017

After receiving a text message from a close friend and conductor colleague (as well as baseball fanatic and epic-stadium-tour compatriot, H/T: Dave Day), I was inspired to catalog my "collection" of baseball stadiums. Having grown up a Red Sox fan, and then since lived in two Major League cities, I have a special place in my heart for a few specific cathedrals of the sport, but have had the opportunity to visit nineteen ballparks, and counting. This unscientific ranking is based entirely on personal preferences, accumulated experiences, and how many times people yelled at me for wearing my Red Sox hat to a different park (Wrigley and Nats Park excepted).

 

Historic Landmarks:

- Fenway Park, Boston

- Wrigley Field, Chicago

 

The Best of the Rest:

- Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore

- Coors Field, Denver

- Target Field, Minneapolis

- Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
- Nationals Park, Washington, D. C.

- Yankee Stadium I, New York

- Citi Field, New York

- Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

- Comerica Park, Detroit

- Jacobs Field (Progressive Field), Cleveland

- Busch Stadium III, St. Louis

 

Odd, But Interesting:

- Stade Olympique, Montréal

- Miller Park, Milwaukee

 

Should Have Kept The Original:

- Yankee Stadium II, New York

- Comiskey Park II (Guaranteed Rate Field), Chicago

 

Good Riddance:

- Shea Stadium, New York

- Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

 

Honorable Mention (Wish I Could Have Visited):

- The Polo Grounds, New York

- Ebbets Field, New York

- Tiger Stadium, Detroit

 

Hopefully Up Next:

- PNC Park, Pittsburgh

- Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles

- AT&T Park, San Francisco

- Petco Park, San Diego

- *Nouveau Stade de Montréal

 

*Bonne chance au Quebecois!

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