I travel a LOT for my business. In the beginning, I used to get excited for the trips, and then eventually I got hit with the negatives of traveling which includes airline delays, bad weather, and long hours. So I created some goals and activities that help ground me and keep the trips exciting. One of my goals is to visit all of the baseball parks in North America.
People ask me who my favorite team is, and my answer is “I am a fan of baseball.” I reminisce about my family going to the game, and my father teaching me how to keep score. I enjoy people watching – especially the kids who are high on cotton candy with the expectation that a fly ball will land in their glove. Mostly, I enjoy the sounds and sights of the individual parks.
Prior to my trip, I log onto the mlb.com website and check the schedule. I look at the features of the park including the food venues. I enjoy taking public transportation to the park. I typically choose a couple of places ahead of time to hit, but for the most part, I wander within the park.
It’s been interesting to compare the different parks. I do enjoy the nostalgia of the older parks such as Wrigley, Camden, and Fenway (despite some of the technology and aesthetic changes). But I am more captivated by the newer parks such as Miller Park and Target Field.
1. Rangers Ballpark: Coney Island’s Foot Long Chili Dog
2. Citi Field: El Verano Taqueria’s Elote Corn on the Cob & Chicken Mole Pipian Tacos
3. Kauffman Stadium: Royals All Star Barbeque’s BBQ pulled pork sandwich
Target Field for the Minnesota Twins
I’m looking forward to a great season with my favorite mantra when I am at the game: “It’s a great day/night for baseball!”