A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled “10 Things New College Grads Should Know“. The last item on that list was “Enjoy the moment”. I stated that I went to Las Vegas, Florida and New York City the summer after I graduated. I want to give a little more detail on why I went to New York.
I graduated from college May 10th, 2008. I was there for 5.5 years and honestly there were times when it seemed like I would never graduate. After graduation, I knew that I wanted to do something special for myself. I could have bought myself the latest pair of Jordan’s or some speakers to go in my Malibu which was the car I was driving at the time.
Those things weren’t special enough to me. I realized that this gift had to be an experience and it had to be something unique. One day I was watching the Braves play and the idea hit me like a Chipper Jones three-run homer. As a gift to myself, I should go to at least one new Major League baseball game in a different city each summer. I figured that I could manage at least one new stadium each year. The next thing I had to do was figure out what city I should start this baseball stadium tour in.
I’ve been a fan of the Atlanta Braves since I started watching sports in the early 90’s. They are my hometown team. I couldn’t cheer for anyone but them. I had already been to numerous games at Turner Field so I couldn’t start the stadium tour there. I thought again and a couple of vivid memories came to me. There is a team that kicked our ass in the 1996 and the 1999 Fall Classic. Their stadium was closing after the 2008 season so I figured the time to visit was now.
Just like that I had made my choice. Yankee Stadium was the place where I wanted to start the tour at. I HATE the New York Yankees but I am a huge fan of nostalgia.
I flew up to NY the 1st weekend in August. I stayed with a friend in Brooklyn to save money. I didn’t have a ticket, though. To this day, I don’t know why I didn’t use Stubhub. They were in business, but maybe I forgot about them or something. I rode the train to the stadium solo and made it to the ballpark about 10 minutes before the 1st pitch. I made my way to the ticket booth and scored the very last bleacher seat ticket. I was lucky as hell.
The rest you can say is history. Here are a few shots from Yankee Stadium.
Since that time I have had the opportunity to visit at least one stadium each yr.
2009 – Wrigley Field; Chicago Cubs
2010 – Miller Park; Milwaukee Brewers
2011 – Nationals Park; Washington Nationals
2012 – US Cellular Field; Chicago White Sox
2013 – Minute Maid Park; Houston Astros, Chase Field; Arizona Diamondbacks, Dodger Stadium; Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 – Nationals Park; (Wasn’t able to see a new one that year)
2015 – Progressive Field; Cleveland Indians
2016 – Camden Yards; Baltimore Orioles, Petco Park; San Diego Padres
Do you have a “gift” to yourself that you do each year? What is your favorite Major League Baseball Stadium?