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Not sure who on here is into taking sports road trips, I definitely am and take a few trips every year. Went to Pittsburgh to see the mets play the pirates on tuesday and wednesday. If anyone here is thinking of a baseball trip, I suggest you check out PNC Park. This place makes Camden Yards look like a total $h!thole, and I really liked Camden Yards. Nice atmosphere around the park the day of the game, got GREAT seats and the face value was $27 for wednesday:

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On Tuesday, we had GA tickets and walked around to various parts of the stadium to sit.

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2007 is my "Year of the Baseball Trip"... six cities, six ballparks. Have already done 5 this year, one more to go!

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And yes, my dad and I are wearing the exact same shirt in both the Toronto and New York photos.

Had the time of my life at those minor league stadiums, makes me wish we had some affiliated minor league ball clubs in the area, closest one to me is Buffalo about 2 hours away. Erie was a AA city, Syracuse AAA... it's weird how the lower level you get the more the fans seem into it. Erie's stadium was packed, no room to move at all - Syracuse was one of the emptiest stadiums I've been in, and this is from a guy who went to a bunch of Expos games.

Comerica Park is a great baseball stadium - the first time I had been to a baseball stadium built for baseball and baseball only... I was down on Opening Day and the atmosphere outside the stadium was something I had never previously experienced.

Yankee Stadium was Yankee Stadium - the walk from the subway station to the stadium was an experience, to the north of the stadium is a bunch of small Yankee themed shops and eateries selling all sorts of "BOSTON SUCKS" t-shirts. The walk up the stairs in the stadium from lower level to upper deck was not fun, my dad barely made it. The seats were very comfortable, I'm assuming they were one of the changes with the renovations in the 1970s... good view from up there too. The fans are terribly annoying, I don't understand the need to constantly scream and curse at any fan in the stadium wearing any other team's merchandise (and for some reason security tended to remove the fan being yelled at) - I now understand why I went through hell every time the Yankees visited SkyDome in my ushering days.

Every ball fan should go on a trip like this at least once in their lifetime if they can afford it... no regrets!

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Me and a good buddy of mine made the California ballpark swing earlier this year. Looked like this

1. Las Vegas 51s vs Sacramento RiverCats, Sacramento, CA 6/16

2. St. Louis Cardinals vs Oakland Athletics, Oakland, CA 6/18

3. Baltimore Orioles vs San Diego padres, San Diego, CA 6/20

4. Houston Astros vs Anaheim Angels, Anaheim, CA 6/21

5. San Diego Padres vs San Francisco Giants, San Francisco, CA 6/24*

Only park we couldn't hit, due to scheduling conflicts, was Dodger Stadium. But really, not missin much there. :rolleyes:

Actually, this summer has been a pretty huge baseball summer for me. So far ive gone to over a dozen games:

(A) Stockton Ports - 1: vs Visalia

(AAA) Sacramento RiverCats - 4: 2 vs Las Vegas, 1 vs Tacoma, 1 vs Round Rock

(MLB) San Francisco Giants - 2: 1 vs Oakland, 1 vs San Diego

San Diego Padres - 3: 1 vs Baltimore, 1 vs New York Mets, 1 vs San Francisco (The night Bonds hit 755)

Oakland Athletics - 2: 1 vs St. Louis, 1 vs San Francisco

Anaheim Angels - 2: 1 vs Houston, 1 vs Oakland

* Dave approximate

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I went to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. It was a really great experience. It's pretty cool to think that great players like Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio once played in the exact same place. It's a shame that they are moving into a new park, but the place was a little crowded. I'm glad that they're buidling the new park right next to the current one. The area around of park was really cool, so its nice that they'll get to keep that. The shops were pretty cool I bought DiMaggio T-Shirt. I'd like to get an anti-Boston one another time. It'd be nice to wear when the sox fans invade OPACY.

The fans were great too. I expected the New Yorkers to be jerks (they were a pain driving to leave the stadium) because they can be when they come to Camden Yards. But they were really nice and know baseball. I wore my Orioles hat and nobody really said anything. Even after the extra-inning win. After the trip I have a new respect for the yankees and their fans. Any one that gets a chance should really visit Yankee Stadium before they shut it down. I'm definitely making another couple trips when they open the new stadium. Its actually a nice day trip up from Baltimore.

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I've done three trips, all with Diamond Baseball Tours:

2004 - The Classics:

Cards @ Cubs

Marlins @ Indians

Padres @ Red Sox

Rockies @ Yankees

Giants @ Orioles

Day @ Cooperstown

Marlins @ Tigers

2005 - The Dixie Swing:

Astros @ Reds

Rockies @ Cardinals

Angels @ Royals

Red Sox @ Rangers

Padres @ Astros

Day in New Orleans

Cubs @ Braves

2007 - The West Coast Swing:

Phillies @ Padres

Mets @ Dodgers

Orioles @ Athletics

Braves @ Giants

Athletics @ Angels

Marlins @ Diamondbacks

Day @ the Grand Canyon

Moose

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My dad and I do a baseball roadtrip most every year. A few years back we went to PNC and the Pirates when the Sounds were their AAA affliate with a stop over in Louisville for a Bats game. Went to Detoit the last year of Tiger Stadium. Long drive to Texas to see family, The Ballpark at Arlington and Cal in the year he broke the streak. Two years ago it was Chicago for interleague with the Phillies (rainout) and Braves. Last year went to Cincinatti to see the White Sox and the Reds and liked the easy drive and stadium so we came back this year for the Brewers (again to see kids that came thru Nashville). And this week we decided to whisk up to Louisville for their season ender Labor Day week end.

I cannot say enough about the stadium in Pittsburgh, beautiful. And we highly recommend Sect. 127 at Great American Ball Park. Close to food stands, bath rooms and specialty beer kiosk.

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Ballparks I've been to....

A-Jamestown

AA-X

AAA-Buffalo, Rochester

MLB-Toronto, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York(AL), Cleveland

I am probably going to Erie(AA) or Batavia(A) before the end of the season.

Best stadium has to be Pittsburgh, nobody even comes close. The View, the seats, the odd dimensions. Only thing wrong with it was that a Pirates-Rockies matchup wasn't that great.

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I've been doing the baseball trip thing this summer too:

Rockies at Giants (whatever the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was)

Cardinals at A's (whatever the Saturday of that series was)

Tigers at Mariners (7/14)

Phillies at Padres (7/21 Tony Gwynn night)

Mets at Dodgers (7/22)

Devil Rays at Yankees (8/31)

Orioles at Red Sox (9/1)

Dodgers at Diamondbacks (9/22)

8 games 8 different ballparks (picking up 4 stadiums I haven't been to this year.)

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I've been doing the baseball trip thing this summer too:

Phillies at Padres (7/21 Tony Gwynn night)

Mets at Dodgers (7/22)

8 games 8 different ballparks (picking up 4 stadiums I haven't been to this year.)

We were one day off from being at the same games... I was at PETCO 7/20, and Dodger Stadium 7/21 for my Diamond Baseball Tour...

Moose

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only major league stadium i've been to is safeco field during august of last year to see the yankees and mariners.

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making the trip down again september 10-12 with a friend to see the a's and m's this time around, and then later in september i'll be in boston with my family to see the a's and red sox twice.

sooo pumped :D

only minor league stadiums i've been to are telus field, former home to the AAA edmonton trappers before they moved, and now home to the northern league's edmonton cracker cats, and the stadium that was home to the old medicine hat blue jays.

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This year I've probably gone to more ballgames than any other year in the past, not including the ones that go on when I work at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater (Phillies spring training and Threshers Single-A ball).

So far I've been to:

- Cincinnati Reds @ Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, FL on March 19 (Spring Training)

- Washington Nats @ Florida Marlins in Jupiter, FL on March 20 (Spring Training daygame)

- St. Louis Cardinals @ LA Dodgers in Vero Beach, FL on March 20 (Spring Training nightcap)

- Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nats in Melbourne, FL on March 21 (Spring Training)

- Rays Home Opener vs. Blue Jays on April 6

- Indians @ Rays on April 22

- Twins @ Rays on May 3

- Mariners @ Rays on May 22

- White Sox @ Rays on June 26

- Clearwater Threshers @ Tampa Yankees (Florida State League - Single A Baseball) on July 25

- Orioles @ Rays on August 3

I have tickets to go to see the Red Sox @ Rays this Monday the 20th and I may go to A's @ Rays on Aug. 25th.

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One year we went on a bus trip that included the Philles and Yankees at Yankee Stadium and Mets and Red Sox in Fenway. We've gone to Chicago to see the Phils play at Wrigley. Spring training in Clearwater was a great trip. I have to agree that PNC is the nicest park, but everytime we go there it rains. I really like Baltimore's stadium too.

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This year I've probably gone to more ballgames than any other year in the past, not including the ones that go on when I work at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater (Phillies spring training and Threshers Single-A ball).

So far I've been to:

- Cincinnati Reds @ Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, FL on March 19 (Spring Training)

- Washington Nats @ Florida Marlins in Jupiter, FL on March 20 (Spring Training daygame)

- St. Louis Cardinals @ LA Dodgers in Vero Beach, FL on March 20 (Spring Training nightcap)

- Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nats in Melbourne, FL on March 21 (Spring Training)

- Rays Home Opener vs. Blue Jays on April 6

- Indians @ Rays on April 22

- Twins @ Rays on May 3

- Mariners @ Rays on May 22

- White Sox @ Rays on June 26

- Clearwater Threshers @ Tampa Yankees (Florida State League - Single A Baseball) on July 25

- Orioles @ Rays on August 3

I have tickets to go to see the Red Sox @ Rays this Monday the 20th and I may go to A's @ Rays on Aug. 25th.

That's one heck of a road trip there ;)

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Back in 2004, I did a road trip, seeing 7 games in 7 cities in 5 days.

Monday: Gary, IN

Tuesday: Beloit, WI

Wednesday: Kalamazoo, MI and Lansing, MI

Thursday: Detroit, MI and Grand Rapids, MI

Friday: Joliet, IL.

I'd love to do a similar swing through the Midwest again sometime. There's so much minor league and independent baseball around here, it's just a matter of lining things up when everyone's at home.

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This year I've probably gone to more ballgames than any other year in the past, not including the ones that go on when I work at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater (Phillies spring training and Threshers Single-A ball).

So far I've been to:

- Cincinnati Reds @ Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, FL on March 19 (Spring Training)

- Washington Nats @ Florida Marlins in Jupiter, FL on March 20 (Spring Training daygame)

- St. Louis Cardinals @ LA Dodgers in Vero Beach, FL on March 20 (Spring Training nightcap)

- Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nats in Melbourne, FL on March 21 (Spring Training)

- Rays Home Opener vs. Blue Jays on April 6

- Indians @ Rays on April 22

- Twins @ Rays on May 3

- Mariners @ Rays on May 22

- White Sox @ Rays on June 26

- Clearwater Threshers @ Tampa Yankees (Florida State League - Single A Baseball) on July 25

- Orioles @ Rays on August 3

I have tickets to go to see the Red Sox @ Rays this Monday the 20th and I may go to A's @ Rays on Aug. 25th.

That's one heck of a road trip there ;)

Well the first 4 were part of my spring break trip, but as for the Rays games each home game sure does feel like a road trip when I have to drive through congested Pinellas County. What should take about 1 hr. 15 min. to get to St. Pete, ends up taking about 1 hr. 45 min. to 2 hrs just to get there. Traffic is horrible during rush hour. I like the Trop (yeah, I may be the only one who does, but it's not as bad as everyone says), but I really hope they think of traffic patterns and location when the idea for a new ballpark comes up.

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I've been doing the baseball trip thing this summer too:

Rockies at Giants (whatever the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was)

Cardinals at A's (whatever the Saturday of that series was)

Tigers at Mariners (7/14)

Phillies at Padres (7/21 Tony Gwynn night)

Mets at Dodgers (7/22)

Devil Rays at Yankees (8/31)

Orioles at Red Sox (9/1)

Dodgers at Diamondbacks (9/22)

8 games 8 different ballparks (picking up 4 stadiums I haven't been to this year.)

I was at the T Gwynn night as well. Some picks in my Flickr page. Bad game for a Padres fan.

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