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Twins Stadium Target Field

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Spent the first week in Minnesota inside the convention center watching volleyball.  The Twins were not in town during that time so myworld did not visit the stadium until yesterday.  The St. Paul Saints were out of town during my one week visit here so they are deprived of an opportunity to comment on their stadium.

The Twins stadium is a nice stadium, but there is really nothing about it that stands out to identify it.  It was built in 2010 and replaced the Metrodome, which was affectionately referred to as the baggy.  Out in right field they have the Target Center with the spotted eye dog, where at night you can see the dog wag its tail.  In centerfield they have the two baseball players, one representing Saint Paul and the other Minnesota shaking hands to show why the team is called the Twins, because of the two cities the team represents, but there is no defining landmark.

It is located near a train station and a bus station.  The Metro pulls right along the third base line left field area and the cost of the Metro is a standard $1.75 fee regardless of how far you want to go.  You can purchase an all day pass for $6.  Train tracks run underneath the stadium and the transportation facility stands out in centerfield, but it is not a brick façade like Camden Yards.

The stadium itself is located on the outter edges of downtown.  Toward the outfield side, especially right field you can see the view of the large buildings that hang over Minnesota.  Take a walk in that direction and you will eventually run into Nicollet Mall street.  The other side of the stadium is rather desolate, with mainly apartment buildings and lofts.  There are also some industrial parks, with a few bar and grills near by.  Myworld stayed at the Marriott a couple blocks from the stadium.

They have the statues of their heros outside the stadium.  Tony Oliva stands near where the train station lets its passengers off.  Along the first base side you have Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek and Harmon Killebrew.  They also have a glove along the outfield entrance area naming all the Twins gold glove winners since 1961 when the franchise moved from Washington D.C.  I did not see any historical references to the old minor league teams that played in the area prior to 1961, the Minneapolis Millers and the Saint Paul Saints, who had some heated rivalries.  They also have a statue of the diminutive Calvin Griffith, who was a hero to Minnesota but a villain to D.C.

The outfield bleachers along left field, centerfield and right field areas look pretty cool.  They had an old fashioned feel to them.  The retired numbers 10 (Tom Kelly), 28 (Bert Blyleven), 34 (Kirby Puckett), 14 (Kent Hrbek), 6 (Tony Oliva), 29 (Rod Carew), 3 (Harmon Killebrew) and 42 (Jackie Robinson) hang over the left field area.

The food selections are quite varied.  Myworld had the Walleye with fries, a fish delicacy in Minnesota.  The Brit restaurant along Nicollet Mall street had a better Walleye, but the ballpark fare was cheaper.  Otherwise the concessions were filled with the standard fare, including the helmeted nachos for over ten dollars.

Myworld sat in the lower level along the first base side.  The seats were under an overhang, great if it is raining, but it wasn’t.  Popups and flyballs disappeared and the giant scoreboard along left field was partially blocked.  So beware of the higher rows along the lower section (20-24).  The lower numbered seats (1-4) are also constantly blocked from the fans walking up and down the aisle, so if you are going to get a seat along the third base line, settle for the higher numbers.  Myworld eventually moved five rows down and sat in seat 24 and the view was fine.

Getting inside the Twins ball park requires you to go through a metal detector.  That means removing all your keys and cell phones and putting them in containers while you walk through.  The process was effortless, but myworld arrived early.  Don’t know what the wait is for large crowds or right before the game.  It did seem to be a late arriving crowd, but it was a Monday night.

The left field area is the Budweiser roof deck where fans can stand and watch the game.  There is supposedly a bonfire up in that area, so for April games that may be the place to go.  Myworld did not venture up into that area.

As all ball parks do now, they did have a race in the top of the fifth inning, between a mosquito (skeeta), an ox, a loon, the spotted eye target dog and another character.  Sketta won this race.  Ox came in last.  The Twins mascot T.C. is a bear, but he was virtually invisible during the game.  He made his appearance prior to the game, but while the game was played we never saw him again, except on the video board.

Overall and enjoyable park to watch a game, but it would not enter my top five rankings.

Progressive Field

Monday, May 5th, 2014

This park has been on the bucket list of myworld for many years.  The first couple years the team was always selling out with their 455 consecutive sell out streak so going to a game was risky unless you wanted to negotiate with scalpers.  The Indians got a new owner who decided he was not going to shell out the money to keep the better players and the team started losing.  When the team started losing the fans stopped filling the ballpark.  It’s taken a couple years but myworld finally got to the park.

When you’ve been reading the hype about a movie, waiting with anticipation for it to come out, it usually is a bit disappointing when you finally see it.  It is better for a movie to surprise you than to expect more than what it can give.  That is what I experienced with Progressive Field.  It has no distinguishing characteristic to make it stand out from some of the other fields.  Fenway has the Green Monster, Camden has the warehouse, Wrigley the Ivy, the Giants the Bay as a background.  Progressive - well it is a just a nice park, but we expected so much more.

With the games no longer selling out the Indians close off the upper decks along first and third base side.  Or at least they did when myworld attended.  Even for Orel Hershiser bobblehead.  They also have limited concessions in the upper deck.  If you want a little more variety you will want to buy something on the lower deck if you buy seats in the upper deck.  The other problem with the concessions is it is closed up by walls which act as a barrier to watching the game.  Unlike Nationals Park where you can see the game as you wander around the concessions at Progressive you are blocked by cement from seeing the game.

One aspect I liked about the stadium is their monument out in centerfield to their Hall of Famers.  They have an upper deck for the players who made it to Cooperstown like Satchel Paige and Bob Feller and a lower level for players not good enough to make Cooperstown but who made an impact when playing with the Indians.  They also have plaques for the three players killed during the season.  Ray Chapman is the only major leaguer ever killed while playing in a game after he was hit by a pitch.  Two other players were killed during a spring training boating accident.

Getting to the stadium is easy from route 71.  Parking can range anywhere from $20 for those lots right next to the stadium to $10 if you want to take a little walk to the stadium.  Myworld did not take a walk around the stadium as we arrived a bit late and since it was Orel Hershiser bobblehead day we didn’t want to be deprived.  The only statue we noted in front of the stadium is that of Bob Feller.

It does have asymmetrical fences with varying heights and distances from home plate.  There is an out of town scoreboard that acts as the left field fence.  It is the highest point in the outfield and is sometimes referred to as the little Green Monster, but after you’ve been to Durham and Fenway it is not that impressive.  The Orioles right field scoreboard in Camden is more impressive.  The issue I have with the out of town scoreboard is it can show only three games from each league.  So if you want to follow the other teams you have to wait until the rotation comes up for the score you want to see.

Ballpark concessions are standard.  They do have a meal of brautwust and popcorn for $8 which is reasonable.  They also sell a helmet of nachos for $12.  The fact you can keep the helmet makes the price seem worth it, even if you want to dump the nachos.  One person could not possibly consume all the nachos they stuff in the helmet so hopefully you brought a couple friends to share the nachos.  I don’t know how sturdy the helmet is, so maybe it is like the one dollar socks.  You wear them for one day but after you put them in the washer they get ripped to threads.

They do have an impressive video scoreboard that when installed was the largest of any ballpark.  With many new parks built and others modernizing their parks with new scoreboards it has fallen to the middle of the pack in impressiveness.  Just like age, at one time it could run the marathon with the best of them, but as the years have passed its glory has disappeared.

At the monument they do have a plaque for one of their earlier players Louis Francis Sockalexis, a native American who signed a contract to play for the Indians in 1897.  He did not have a very stellar three year association with the Indians, his skills clouded with alcoholism but they claim that after these three unimpressive years the team was named to honor his Indian heritage when they were officially formed in 1901.

Dayton On the Road

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Myworld feels quite embarrassed.  We pulled a Chevy Chase, showing up at the ballpark to buy a ticket only to be told the team is on the road.  At least she gave me a schedule.  A lot of good that will do me since I have no immediate plans to return to Dayton.

The original plan was to see the Dragons on Thursday, the day Aroldis Chapman got a rehab start.  For whatever reason the plans were changed to see the Cincinnati Reds first.  No complaint about the game played there on Thursday night.  Unfortunately, there was little flexibility in the Dayton schedule as they went on the road on Friday.  The Reds were still playing the Brewers.

The original plan was to stay at a Marriott in Colombus for three nights to see both the Reds and Dragons play.  What ultimately happened is at the last minute I decided to stay closer to Cincinnati to see the Reds play first and drive to Dayton to stay one night there.  The Marriott at Dayton is right next door to Dayton University and they have some big graduation weekend ceremony there with a lot of rich parents seeing their kids become adults.  The hotel is charging me $276 for a one night stay here.  And the Dragons are not even in town.  I could be staying at a Marriott in the middle of Times Square and pay less for a room.

What a disaster.  It could get worse.  There is a chance of showers in Cleveland for tomorrow.  This is what myworld gets for winging it.  We have an aversion to sticking to a formal schedule and for this trip it bit me in the behind.  I’m also paying for it out of my wallet.  That makes for two pains in the ass.  Hopefully I’ll win some extra reward points for this luxury stay.

At least I have all night for blogging.  If I’m paying $276 for a room I might as well do something constructive in it.  As a sidenote, the Dayton Dragon stadium looked pretty cool, with a Dragon perched out on a fence in the outfield.  I would imagine they have it rigged up to spit fire after a Dragon homerun.  We’ll have to wait until another time to see that.

Great American Ballpark

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Myworld spent the whole day driving through torrential rain, the windshield wipers working overtime to get to Cincinnati.  At least the game last night did not have rain but the air was a little brisk.

Myworld attended a game a number of years ago at the Reds old park.  This one is much classier.  Ironic that an ugly concrete football stadium for the Bengals stands a couple blocks to the side of the Great American Ballpark and the U.S. Bank Arena stands right next door.  Why are football stadiums so ugly and baseball stadiums so classy?  The same is true when you view the Cowboys stadium which stands near the Rangers stadium.

There are no restaurants near the football stadium, probably because tailgating is the big thing prior to a football game, so no one plans to eat out.  There are a number of eating establishments near the Great American Ballpark.  You can spend a little.  Or you can spend a lot depending on your budget.  Another option is to wait and eat in the park.

The ballpark food appears to be the typical hot dog and pizza stand variety.  By the end of the right field line they have a pretty cool themed restaurant that has a specific food selection prepared just for the team the Reds will be playing for that series.  The Brewers had a brautwurst special.  There are chili places where you can get your share of Cincinnati chili.  The vendors who sell beer even sell small bottles of win for ten bucks a glass.  One woman near me sampled six win glasses.  So if you can’t get to the park early to eat at the outside establishments there are plenty of typical ball park selections inside the park.

The Reds ballpark sits near the Ohio River.  The centerfield area tries to capture the local flavor by having the appearance of a tugboat at the batters eye area.  The background is black. They have private parties along the riverboat deck.  It would take a pretty good shot to hit a ball into the river.  None have done it so far, though Adam Dunn has the longest homerun here at 535 feet.  If that isn’t going into the water nothing is.  If you want to have a view of the game as you look at the Ohio river you need to see along the third base side of the park.

One unique thing about the ballpark is the Cincinnati Hall of Fame.  It costs ten dollars to get inside so if you want to get your money’s worth you have to arrive early.  The Reds have a lot of history to their franchise and the Hall of Fame has three floors of history to tell.  They were the first professional team, forming around 1869 with Harry Wright as captain, going 57-0 against all opponents that dared to take them on that year.  Ken Griffey hit his 500th homerun as a Red, Tom Browning pitched the only perfect game in Reds history, Pete Rose has a record 4,192 hits and Barry Larkin became the first 30/30 shortstop.

They have statues of catchers Johnny Bench and Ernie Lombardi.  Johnny was considered one of the better catchers in the history of baseball and Ernie is the only catcher to win two batting titles.  Joe Morgan and Ted Kluszewski also have statues at the Great American ball park.

Out in centerfield the stadium has two power stacks that emit smoke every time a pitcher strikes out a batter.  On this cold day you could almost feel the heat from the fire that shot out of the stacks.  Firecrackers are also launched from the stacks after each homerun.

There is a nice scoreboard in left field that provides a lot of detailed batting information.  If you are sitting along the third base line as myworld was you need to turn your head to note the information being displayed.  Below the scoreboard along the left field line is the out of town scoreboard.  Don’t know how hard it is when an outfielder runs into it, but there is no padding there.

The mascots are Rosa, a female mascot who walks around embarrassed all the time, Mr. Red, a guy with a baseball head who tries to dance to the music and a strange creature named gapper, who looks a bit like a mutated ferret.  The mascots do a lot of air guitar playing but lack charisma or fun appeal.  Interesting the stadium rules allow for no inappropriate displays of affection or risqué dress inside the stadium.  I wonder who polices that?

Parking near the stadium is very reasonable, at ten dollars.  There are a number of parking garages near the stadium.  The stadium is easy to enter and easy to exit along route 71.

Getting to the upper decks is easy if you use the escalators.  If you use the ramps there is a lot of walking.  The ramps tend to be long so there is a lot of back and forth, a good opportunity to burn some calories for all the food you ate inside the stadium.

Barons Hand Game to Braves

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

The Braves have only scored one run in the first three games they have played in July.  They had gone 17 consecutive innings without scoring a run entering this contest.  That extended to 25 until an error in the ninth allowed the Braves to equal their July run production.  It was enough to give them a 1-0 win.

Barons pitcher Scott Snodgrass had a perfect game after three and a no hitter after five.  Jaime Pedroza led off the sixth with a ground ball in the hole between short and third.  Tyler Saldino ranged far to his right to get the ball, but his throw to first was a little off line and Pedroza was credited with an infield single.  He was later picked off first base.

Christian Betancourt led off the seventh with a single.  He was erased on a strikeout, throw him out double play to end the seventh.  With two out in the eighth Christian Marrero clubbed a high drive to right field towards the 15 foot wall.  Right fielder Keenyn Walker leaped but the ball bounced off the wall just beyond his extended reach of his glove.  Marrero raced to third but was left stranded when Jaime Pedroza grounded to first.  Snodgrass was done after eight pitching only two over the minimum number of batters.

Mitch Atkins pitched almost as well as Snodgrass.  He gave up two hits in the opening frame but got Dan Black to ground into a double play to end the inning.  Mike Blanke and Dan Wagner led off the third with back to back singles.  Instead of bunting Marcus Semien to move the runners into scoring position with less than two outs Marcus was allowed to swing away and flied to center.  Another flyout and a strikeout ended the inning.

The Barons lost another opportunity in the fifth when Marcus Semien lined a hit and run single into center.  Dan Wagner scampered to third with the throw from Mycal Jones off line or he might have had him.  Mitch Atkins got Keenyn Walker to swing and miss at a pitch in the dirt and Michael Early hit a routine fly to center to end another threat.

In the sixth the Barons rallied with two outs.  A walk to Jared Mitchell and a single by Brandon Short brought another throw from Mycal Jones to third.  This time his throw was on the base, but the tag was too late and Mitchell slid into third, Short advancing to second on the throw.  With second and third and two out Mike Blanke checked his swing on a 2-0 count and grounded back to the pitcher to make the whole issue moot.

Mitch Atkins retired the side in order in the seventh and left the game with a 0-0 tie.  The Braves were able to score their only run in the ninth when Mycal Jones hit a line drive one hopper to second basemen Marcus Semien who allowed the ball to slip through his glove.  A sac bunt by Dan Brewer moved him to second and a passed ball allowed Jones to get to third with one out.  Christian Betancourt hit the ball deep enough to Keenyn Walker to allow Jones to trot home for the go ahead run.

Pat Egan did in the bottom of the ninth as he did in the eighth, he retired the side in order to pick up the win.

Game Notes: Last night myworld went to a game at Pearl, Mississippi which drew over 7,000, their largest crowd this year.  Myworld was at Birmingham and there were over 8,000 fans in the stands.  Only bleacher seats were available…The park plays large with high 15 foot walls protecting right and left field.  It would take a poke to hit the ball over the fence in any area of the park…The team had a race between a hot dog, taco and chef.  The hot dog won.  The taco has yet to win this year…This is the first season in the new park for Birmingham so they are drawing well.  While it is in downtown Birmingham there is nothing surrounding it.  The good restaurants and bars are a few blocks away.  They do expect the area to pick up…They have a bar out in centerfield called Drash Scrapyard.  You can get a centerfield perspective of the game as you drink a beer…Michael Jordan experienced his first failure in Birmingham when he tried to play baseball.  He couldn’t hit the curveball, returned to basketball to win a couple more championships…Reggie Jackson and Bo Jackson called Birmingham home.  Frank Thomas also played here.  Frank and Bo played football for Auburn…Satchel Page and Willie Mays played for the Birmingham Black Barons in the old negro leagues…Not a lot of field parking, but there is lot parking where they charge $5.

Holmburg lead Bay Bears Over Braves

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Myworld is in Pearl, Mississippi after traveling from Dallas to see a game at Trustmark Park.  David Holmberg pitched seven innings of shutout ball to lead the Mobile Bay Bears to a 2-0 win over the Mississippi Braves.  The Braves stranded 11 runners in the loss.

David Holmberg never touched 90 with his fastball but he did have a no hitter after three.  Dan Brewer led off the fourth with a single and Tommy LaStella followed with a single of his own to put runners on first and second with no out.  Robby Hefflinger grounded to first to advance the runners a base.  Jaime Pedrosa lifted a shallow fly to center for the second out.  Brewer faked going home, Ender Inciarte threw the ball home where it skipped past the catcher.  Brewer raced home but Holmberg was backing up the play.  He flipped the ball back to the catcher who just tagged Brewer before he slid into home.  It was the closest the Braves saw to home plate.

The Bay Bears scored both their runs in the first two innings off Aaron Northcraft.  He too could not get the ball to touch 90.  In the first inning Nick Ahmad doubled down the third base line and Dustin Martin doubled down the right field line to score the first run.  The second run scored after Tommy Lastella couldn’t handle the throw after scooping up a grounder.  Ender Inciarte drove him in with a single, the first of four hits on the day for Ender.  Not a great outing for Northcraft giving up at least two baserunners in all five innings he pitched.  He was fortunate to leave the game down only 2-0.

The Braves appeared to have benched a couple of their better players in Edward Salcedo, Christian Bethancourt and Jose Martinez.  The result was a stagnant offense that could not extend any rallies.  Salcedo and Martinez got to pinch hit.  Salcedo walked and Martinez was robbed of a base hit on a diving catch by centerfielder Ender Inciarte.  If that hit would have fallen it would have scored the Braves first run in the seventh.

Game Notes: Pearl has no downtown.  The ballpark is located off Interstate 22 where you have a string of hotels, a Cracker Barrell and a string of fast food eats.  There is a movie theatre nearby with what I’ve been told is the best homemade popcorn.  It was fireworks night so after the game there was a large contingent of cars parked at Sea Bass Pro with people seated at their cars waiting for the show…A non descript park, but the seating is nice.  Plenty of room in the aisles…They have a couple mascots, one of which is a bird.  Myworld didn’t know why they had a bird until we saw his name is Tommy Hawk.  The other mascot is Trusty, a red looking smurf…There is a fairly large playground area just as you get into the park along the right field foul area…Best of all the parking is free and the tickets are reasonably priced…They have limited upper deck seating, but that is for the luxury boxes…The soft served ice cream on a cone looked good and freshly made…The Bay Bears played some good defense with diving catches by left fielder Justin Green in the first and Ender Inciarte in the seventh…Willy Paredes looked like he had good stuff for the Bay Bears.  He struck out the first two hitters on six swings and misses, but the next two hitters walked and singled.  He was pulled after that…The only pitcher with a good fastball tonight was Jake Barrett, who could get the ball to 94.  He retired the last four Braves on three ground outs and a popup to get the save.

Isotopes Rally to Down Redbirds

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Myworld is in Memphis on our way to Dallas to catch a game at Auto Zone Park.  The Isotopes rallied in the eighth on a passed ball strikeout to defeat the Memphis Redbirds 4-3.  Dee Gordon, who had been a thorn in the Birds side all evening swung at a pitch in the dirt for strike three, but it bounced off the chest protector of Rob Johnson and rolled along the third base foul line.  Dee Gordon’s legs beat the ball to first.  A Brian Barden single put the Isotopes within one and after an intentional walk to Matt Angle to load the bases Justin Sellers singled into the hole between short and third to drive in two.

The Isotopes scored first when Dee Gordon lined a triple into the right centerfield gap.  It was the first of his three hits.  He would also walk in the ninth.  Elian Herrera drove him in with a sacrifice fly on the first pitch after the triple.

Ryan Jackson evened the score in the bottom frame, hitting an infield single between short and third.  Dee Gordon bobbled the ball and then hurried his throw, firing it into the bleachers.  Jackson was credited with a hit and Gordon an error for allowing him to second.  Two fly balls scored Gordon, the last from Chad Huffman.  Starting pitcher Blake Johnson walked the next two hitters but got Tommy Pham to fly to right to end the threat.

Scott McGregor (who appears to be no relation to the Oriole pitcher from the 60s with the same name) pitched well with his pedestrian stuff.  He limited the Isotopes to the one run in his five innings of work but stayed under 90 the whole evening.  A leadoff walk to Chili Bass in the sixth ended his day.  In the fifth McGregor walked to start another Redbird rally.  Two hitbatsmen latter and a ground out later gave the Redbirds a 2-1 lead.  Brock Peterson, who hit a tenth inning walkoff homerun yesterday, struck out with a runner on third and one out and Greg Garcia grounded to second to strand the runner on third.

The Redbirds scored another run in the seventh when defensive replacement Jermaine Curtis led off the inning with a single.  A wild pitch advanced him to second where he scored on a clutch two out single from Chad Huffman into right center field that appeared to be catchable by Matt Angle.  Matt hesitated while he and the right fielder Chili Bass tried to decide who was going to catch the ball.  The ball did not hesitate and landed between the two before they could make a decision.

Victor Marte was brought on in relief in the eighth.  He struck out the first two hitters, but the leadoff batter Dee Gordon got to first on a passed ball.  Chili Bass was hit in the foot by a pitch and Brian Barden was jammed by a Marte fastball but still muscled it over the shortstop for an RBI single.  An inadvisable throw by Tommy Pham to third allowed Barden to advance to second.  That forced the Birds to make the decision to walk Matt Angle intentionally.  Justin Sellers singled between short and third to drive in two, the throw from leftfielder Chad Huffman too weak to get Barden crossing the plate.  The throw was cutoff.  Matt Angle had rounded too far past second base and was tagged out in a rundown.

Josh Hall worked the last two innings for the Isotopes to pick up the save.  He issued two out walks in both those innings but was still able to get the third out without any difficulty.

Game Notes: Jamie Romak did not start but got in the game late in a double switch.  He swing at and missed on three ordinary fastballs from Josh Hall, none of them breaking 90 in his only at bat…Kolton Wong appeared to square up to bunt with two strikes but the ball hit him in the foot.  The home plate umpire checked with the third base umpire to see if he had offered at the pitch, the third base umpire said no and Kolton was awarded first to load the bases…Auto Zone Park has two retired numbers in their outfield.  Number 6 is for Stan Musial and number 10 is for one of the better hustlers in baseball number 10 Stubby Clapp, who willed all the talent out of his body to get some major league appearances.  Not a big guy but he played with a lot of heart…The stadium itself has a picnic area in right field, a massive scoreboard in right centerfield, some green and brown pine trees out in centerfield (trees that do not appear native to the area) and a raised cement wall in left.  A grassy bluff sits above the left field fence where fans can purchase cheap seats to sit in the grass.  No lawn chairs are allowed.  Apartments overlook the outfield but the pine trees appear to obstruct the balcony view for most of the residents.  The corner houses had a nice view and three residents were sitting on their balcony enjoying the game.  The stadium also has a large carnival like playground along the first base side where the kids can entertain themselves with the typical carnival games if they get too bored with the baseball…Bob Dylan will be playing with Wilco at the stadium on July 2.  Myworld is not really a Bob Dyaln fan but he is a legend and depending on ticket costs it would be a good concert to see…Myworld got a seat just to the right of the Redbird dugout.  We had a perfect view of the players inside the dugout.  On the downside we had a close and unprotected seat that would have been difficult to dodge any foul ball.  The ticket cost for that seat was $19 day of the game but just $16 if I bought it before the day of the game…Ballpark food was the typical fare.  Myworld was surprised not to see any barbecue stands.  They did have a barbecue bacon hot dog, but it has to be tough selling food with all the good restaurants outside the stadium…In between innings the Redbirds staged a fun event with a bubbles race between two members of the stadium staff.  They each got inside a plastic bubble and like hamsters rolled themselves by pushing this bubble forward from centerfield to left field…Went to Beale Street after the game and security to get onto the street was tight.  It was equivalent to the security for getting on an airplane.  You had to show identification to get in the area and once inside you were patted down for weapons.  It is an example of how violent a city Memphis is.  As the people next to me stated “Don’t stay out too late.”

Korean Season to Open

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 provides a nice summary of some of the stadiums and as you read further down some of the foods they recommend you try at the various stadiums.   They also provide guidance on some of the best places to sit.  So if you are planning on going to Korea to catch a game in the near future, this might be a good article to read. provides the final scores of the openers.

Vietnam to Build Baseball Stadium

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 reports that the Korean bank Hana has agreed with the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) to provide Vietnam with $180,000 to build a baseball field in Ho Chi Minh City.

The stadium will be named “Hana Bank Baseball Park” with the Vietnamese national baseball team as well as other baseball teams will have the opportunity to use this field.  The challenge may be after this field is built who will provide the funds to provide the upkeep to make sure the field stays in playing shape with green grass and sturdy structures.

The Vietnam government has designated baseball as a promotional sport.  Time will tell whether that will enhance the popularity of the sport in Vietnam.

Rod Carew Stadium

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Some pictures of Rod Carew Stadium:

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