As we’ve traveled around the country to different baseball stadiums, it seems like each one has its own way of recalling its team’s history. One of the more common ways seems to be to have a statue (or several) of a famous player either in the park or right outside one of the gates. Here are some of the statues we’ve seen:
Ted Williams (and a little boy) outside of Fenway Park, Boston
Richie Ashburn on the concourse of Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Babe Ruth (a Baltimore native) outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
Walter Johnson on the concourse of Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
Hank Aaron outside Turner Field, Atlanta
Roberto Clemente in front of the Clemente Bridge and PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Bob Feller in front of
Progressive Jacobs Field, Cleveland
Tiger greats and their retired numbers above center field in Comerica Park, Detroit
Ernie Lombardi (catcher) and Frank Robinson (hitter) in front of Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
Robin Yount in front of Miller Park, Milwaukee
Stan Musial in front of New Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Harmon Killebrew outside of Target Field, Minneapolis
Willie Mays in front of AT&T Park, San Francisco
It’s always nice when baseball returns.
We had a great time going to games in Baltimore last summer. Camden Yards is a beautiful ballpark, easy to get to, and tickets aren’t too expensive. If you’re near the Charm City in the summer months, you should check it out.
We hope to get at least one more stadium this season; if we do, we’ll post pictures here!
The San Francisco Giants are the World Champions of baseball! They won Games 1 and 2 of the 2010 World Series in this picturesque setting:
AT&T Park is located right next to an arm of San Francisco Bay that has been dubbed “McCovey Cove” – that’s it in the foreground. Many home runs have been hit into the water, although none made it into the Cove during the World Series.
AT&T Park is a great place to watch a baseball game, and it will be even better next year with a brand new 2010 World Champions banner! Congratulations Giants and San Francisco!
There are always lots of things to see at the ballpark. Obviously, there’s the game, but there’s also the crowd, the scoreboards, sometimes a skyline or body of water and the antics of the mascot. When we go to games at new parks, I like to look at the design of the park. One of the things that has caught my attention has been the images on the sides of the seats, because they are different at every park. Often, the seat bears the club’s logo, but sometimes it has a person, like Fred Hutchinson in Seattle, Hank Aaron in Atlanta, or a nameless, archetypal ballplayer, like in Milwaukee, Baltimore or Cleveland. Sometimes the logo is in color, and sometimes it’s the same color as the seat itself. Sometimes when a team moves into a new stadium, they change the logo on the seats – compare Old and New Yankee Stadiums. It’s always interesting, though, no matter what the ballpark. Have a look at some of the seats we’ve seen and sat in during our tour of Major League ballfields:
Safeco Field, Seattle:
Today, I had the pleasure of hearing Lincoln scholar Ronald C. White speak about Abraham Lincoln and his 2nd inaugural address. He was very well-spoken, and I wouldn’t even try to summarize everything he said. But I found myself immediately reminded of this quote from National Treasure-which, incidentally, Adrienne just used the other day: “People don’t talk that way anymore.” I could definitely say that of Lincoln’s address. And I could even say that of White himself as he spoke about Lincoln; it was fascinating to hear him talk about Lincoln from a perspective I had never encountered.
Of course, this picture is a little more light-hearted in its content. At Nationals Park in Washington DC, they have racing presidents. Similar to the racing sausages in Milwaukee, they have 4 presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt) that race around a portion of the field once each game between innings. We happened to catch them on the concourse just as we arrived at the stadium, and Adrienne got her picture with Abe and George. Abe won the race the day we were there, though the Brewers lost the game. At least I can say the Brewers have more wins than Teddy, who through 280 races has yet win.