Aug 6, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterIf someone gave you a chance to go to any Major League baseball park, where would you go?
That's now my dilemma. How do I make a choice like that? I don't want to go to just one park. My greedy pants want to go to all of them.
But I have to pick just one. That's what the birthday card said. And, there is one other requirement. The gift giver, wife Tracy, is my travel partner.
Green light for some baseball from the wife! I'm on board.
What criteria should I use? Should we go to St. Louis, home of the Cardinals, my favorite team? There, if you sit along the third baseline, you marvel at the famous Gateway Arch in the background that gives Busch Stadium one of the best views in baseball.
The easy pick may be either Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field in Chicago or New York's (new) Yankee Stadium. Even Yankee Stadium, in the midst of the A-Rod debacle, would be grand. In those stadiums, where should we sit? Behind home plate? In the bleachers above Fenway's Green Monster? Across the street above Sheffield Ave. at Wrigley?
The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati may get my vote. It features a spectacular view of the Ohio River and northern Kentucky. Where else can you watch a baseball game and see another state?
Oriole Park at Camden Yards has always been a favorite of mine. It's near the old Camden Station on the B&O Railroad (that famous warehouse you see beyond the right field fence) and most of the seats in the stadium also have a worthy view of the Baltimore skyline. The resurgent Orioles would likely get at least one vote in the Ranger office if I were to ask. But will it get mine?
I always wanted to see a game at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull in Detroit's old Tiger Stadium. Too late for that. But now if we end up in the Motor City, we'll be in Commerce Park, which wouldn't be a bad pick.
Our son marveled at the Washington Nationals game he went to where, he said, you can see the U.S. Capital and Washington Monument depending on where you sit.
Congress can't make decisions, he reported, but the game will have an outcome.
Another stunning view in baseball is at PNC Park in Pittsburg, home of the amazing (this year) Pirates, where you see the stunning Pittsburgh skyline and the Roberto Clemente Bridge that spans the Allegheny River beyond center field.
There may be a theme emerging here. Perhaps "stunning views" will be enough to get this gift re-given next year, and the year after that.
San Francisco Bay, home of McCovey Cove, sits just beyond the outfield fence at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Beautiful, beautiful.
Coors Field is nice, but it's too close, and I've been there several times.
Well here's the news. I've made my choice. We'll drive, then fly, then take a train. We'll catch some minor league baseball along the way.
I'll resist giving hints, but will give a full report on our adventure next week.
Have a great sports week! Go Big Red!
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