I've never mentioned it here but for the last 4 years my Dad and I have been touring the ballparks of America and North America and we are down to the Final 3 (5 if you include the new Busch Stadium and Nationals Park, 7 if you include the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field in our hometown of New York). I'm going to tell you what we think of every park:
1. Yankee Stadium: We're Yankees fans so were biased and we go here 10-15 times a year but this is the classic ballpark. So much history. So many great moments. The best fans in baseball in the best city in the world. So much history has happened here. However, its a little outdated so its good to know were getting a new stadium next year. But you think of the legends who have played here, from Ruth and Gehrig to Bernie and Jeter. This is the hallowed grounds of baseball.
2. Shea Stadium: I like the Mets. I'm not a Mets fan but I like watching the Mets. I hate Shea. Its a dump. I think most Mets fans feel that way too. There is no charm to this place. Its purple...PURPLE! Its next door to LaGuardia! Theres a HOME RUN APPLE in Center Field! The bathrooms have 1 stalls, and 2 urinals! The food is...actually OK. The rest stinks though. It leaks even when it doesnt rain! Mets fans are good fans though. They can be a little whiny but whatever, they're good fans because they're New Yorkers and New Yorkers appreciate good baseball. Some good things have happened here: Mets winning the 1969 World Series, Bill Buckner and 2 nights later Game 7 triumph in 1986, Robin Ventura's Grand Slam Single, the 2000 World Series (woo!), Endy Chavez amazing catch. Its not like its all bad.
3. Fenway Park: This is probably the second most historic ballpark and as much as we hate the Sox we love their ballpark. The Green Monster is an American landmark. Its one of the coolest things in sports. I characterize Red Sox fans in two ways: the drunk Irish idiot or the real baseball fan. The real baseball Red Sox fan is among the best in baseball. The drunk who chants "Yankees Suck" is not. Food at Fenway is average outside of the Fenway Frank which is awesome. The Red Sox are a historic team but if you think about it not much history has happened at Fenway because the Red Sox two most recent World Series titles (2004, ugh, and 2007) have been won on the road in Colorado and St. Louis. I love the city of Boston too. Its a great small little city and a good sports town. They love the Sox but the Celtics and Pats are big too. Even the Bruins and Revolution have fans.
4. Citizens Bank Park: Amazing. What a place. Its small, but man its got amenities. Its probably the only place where you can talk to Phillies legend Greg Luzinski and carry on a legitimate conversation. The Bull's pulled pork sandwhich is awesome. Probably the best food I've had so far on the tour. My dad said the same thing about his Turkey Leg. Phillies fans suck however. Its a football town. They chanted "E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!" when the Phillies were losing. When the Yankees are losing we dont chant "J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!" or "LETS GO Giants!" Especially when football season isnt for two months! They werent into the game even when Philly had a chance to win. Philly is a good town. The cheesesteak is the best thing to happen to food. Go to Pats. Geno's sucks.
more to come, thats just the northeast!!