Baseball trip for late May/early June
Replies: 28 - Last Post: Jan 31, 2013 7:52 PM Last Post By: NYCRoadTripper
Jan 31, 2013 4:33 AM
The third oldest stadium is Dodger, which opened in 1962.
Busch opened in 2006.
Get tickets behind home plate in the upper level. Great view.
Jan 31, 2013 5:07 AM
Jan 31, 2013 6:40 AM
Jan 31, 2013 6:47 AM
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Jan 31, 2013 12:39 PM
20Yes, PNC Park is the prettiest park east of the Mississippi. The walk across Roberto Clemente bridge just adds to the vibe (though the panhandlers encountered on a bridge named after a humanitarian connecting a publicly funded stadium while the team owner pockets MLB's revenue sharing system without reinvesting in his roster resulting in 18(?) CONSECUTIVE LOSING SEASONS is reprehensible). The fans have passion. They came out in droves to boo former player Bonds amidst a lost season and cheered their team on. That's all a baseball fan can really ask for.
I went to Coors Field. It was Dullsville. Left after two innings for cheaper beer, better food, and shuffleboard across the street.
You can have some really nice stadiums, but it's the fans that make the game. New Yankee Stadium is a modern monstrosity that has failed in retaining its original mystique. They can't even sellout playoff games. Yankee fans have now entered Atlanta territory for fan indifference.
There are baseball stadiums and there are baseball towns. Wrigley is a dump. The sight lines some of the worst in MLB. But it's Wrigley. That section where you can't figure out which direction a fly ball is going? More character than Citi's Shake Shack.
Jan 31, 2013 1:21 PM
Jan 31, 2013 1:43 PM
Jan 31, 2013 2:04 PM
23NYCRoadTripper has good advice, although I'm loathe to ever go to a Cardinals game. (but that's just me). Milwaukee plays home the first and last week of June. Easy to get to from Chicago. Cubs play in MKE June 25-27. No hostel yet though there's one in the works.
I thought the drumming in Cleveland was annoying, but it's a local thing.
Pittsburgh does have a nice stadium, easy to get to from downtown (we walked) and cheap tickets.
Jan 31, 2013 3:58 PM
24Wow, NOBODY sticking up for the West Coast? That time of year is so incredibly nice out here (I'm in the Bay Area), and while I know that any Rangers fan would be holding a serious grudge against Bay Area baseball right now don't let that deter you from making the right choice to come out West!
While in the Bay, you can stay anywhere near downtown SF, Oakland, Berkeley and be a very fast and cheap BART or ferry ride from both AT&T Park and Oakland Coliseum. Weekend tickets for the Giants can be pricey, but weeknight tickets can be had for <$30. Somebody will give you their A's tickets. Unless you want very good seats, you won't be paying much in Oakland. Both ballparks are nice places to see a game, and AT&T Park has got to be among the best in the league. The Coliseum won't impress you visually, and the ammenities are badly outdated, though you'll find the A's fans highly entertaining and extremely friendly. The place is also steeped in a rich history of the heyday of A's and Raiders greatness, and many a historic Grateful Dead show.
Taking Amtrak train from Emeryville (Oakland) to Los Angeles will cost you a mere $45, and there's a bus connection from SF to Emeryville. The scenery along this route is mind-blowingly beautiful, though it will take you an entire day. Dodger Stadium is older and more storied than any East Coast yard except Fenway and maybe Camden, and while I despise the Dodgers, is apparently one of the nicest places to see a game. I do believe you may have difficulty getting to Chavez Ravine without a car, but I'm not familiar with LA and can't say for sure. You can continue on to Anaheim and to San Diego using transit with no difficulty whatsoever (though I don't know the details).
I know there are a number of hostel options, though hotels will be a little pricey. In the Bay you will probably (but not necessarily) save money by staying in the East Bay, though SF will have much more of a lively nightlife. Don't underestimate Oakland though, Uptown, Piedmont, and Rockridge are all very nice and quite safe.
Come to the BEST coast and you will not be disappointed.
GO 2013 GIANTS!!!
Jan 31, 2013 4:31 PM
The Coliseum is one of the worst parks I've ever been in. The only thing it really has going for it is the beer.
FWIW, one of the dullest games I've ever been to was in St. Louis. It was the year they won the Series, too.
Milwaukee, however, has a great atmosphere. I enjoyed my time there.
Simply put, there is no greater concentration of quality teams and stadiums than on the east coast. There are five teams within a four and a half hour drive (Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Orioles, Nationals), three of which were in the playoffs last year (Yankees, Orioles, Nationals). I can see good reasons for taking any of these trips. But for a baseball trip, I would stick to the east. If you time it right and so desired, you might even be able to visit a different one each day/night.
My two cents.
Jan 31, 2013 4:40 PM
26I've already given the OP what would have been a full post about baseball in SF, and why I think Dodger Stadium might not be the easiest place to do without a car.
I wouldn't discount the As; they were pretty surprising at the end of last season.
However, I think you might be right about the east being a better trip. (This from a Giants fan who has actually seen Willie Mays playing.)
Jan 31, 2013 5:10 PM
27The west coast has baseball now?
Until 1956 the southern most team was in St. Louis (barely south of the Mason-Dixon)
Until 1956 the western most team was in St. Louis (barely west of the Mississippi).
Sorry, we yankees (north easterners) are proud of our baseball, TX, FLA and the south in general kicks out butts in football. You west coast folks are , well, go ahead and be good in jai lai, or polo or skate-punking or whatever it is you do well. I'm sure you must be good at something.
Jan 31, 2013 7:52 PM
28Last week of May/early June:
Sun: Phils @ Nats
Monday: Phils @ Sawx
Tue: Yanks @ Mets
Wed: Mets @ Yanks
Thu: Sawx @ Phils
Fri: Tigers @ Orioles
Sat: Reds @ Bucs
Sun: D-Backs @ Cubs
Mon: A's @ Brewers
Tue: D-Backs @ Cards
Wed: Rockies @ Reds
11 days. 11 stadiums. It's a stretch, but you can see the potential.
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