Back from the ballpark trip with new stadium rankings

Four ballparks in six days can sure take a lot out of you. But what an awesome trip.

I returned to Fargo on Tuesday and returned to work tonight after heading by car with a couple of friends from high school to Toronto. The trip included stops in Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

The ballpark trips are nothing new for me. This marked the sixth straight year that I hit the road to see a new stadium. But four stadiums in one trip was a record for me. I’ve now been to 13 of Major League Baseball’s active parks.

Honus Wagner’s statue sits in front of PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Photo by Hayden Goethe / The Forum

There were some amazing games:

  • Aug. 5, Comerica Park, Detroit: The Cleveland Indians score three runs in the 10th inning only to give up five runs to the Detroit Tigers in the bottom half of the inning. Miguel Cabrera‘s walk-off homer pushes Detroit to victory.
  • Aug. 7, Progressive Field, Cleveland: The Twins score three runs in the seventh inning and three more in the ninth to rally for a 7-5 victory against the Indians.
  • Aug. 8, PNC Park, Pittsburgh: Two Arizona Diamondbacks players get ejected as the Pittsburgh Pirates hold on for a one-run victory.
  • Aug. 10, Rogers Centre, Toronto: The New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-4. Kind of an ugly game, but it was a 3-2 game before the Yankees scored seven runs in the final two innings.

My plan is to write a blog for each city on the trip. Those will be posted in the coming days.

For now, I thought I would update my stadium rankings for the ballparks I’ve been to.

Here it goes:

1. Fenway Park, Boston. This is the perfect combination of great ballpark, great history and an awesome city to visit. Hope to get back to Fenway one day.

2. Wrigley Field, Chicago. Tough call between 1 and 2. Wrigley has pretty much all of the same qualities as Fenway. I don’t know why I like Fenway more. I just do.

3. PNC Park, Pittsburgh. This place was AMAZING! It’s like Target Field, but with riverfront property. Very modern design, but with the past in mind. And what a backdrop in center field. I’ll go into greater detail when I write my Pittsburgh post.

4. Target Field, Minneapolis. After years in the Metrodome, Twins fans deserve to be spoiled … by their ballpark anyway.

5. Busch Stadium, St. Louis. I don’t think this stadium gets enough credit. Really sharp-looking on the outside and inside. Kind of odd – for a newer park – that you can’t see the field from the concourse area.

6. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City. The last thriving ballpark from the “cookie-cutter era” parks. The recent renovation looked great.

7. Safeco Field, Seattle. Another great new park. How can this be at 7?

8. Comerica Park, Detroit. See future post.

9. Coors Field, Denver.

10. Progressive Field, Cleveland. See future post.

11. Miller Park, Milwaukee.

12. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago.

13. Rogers Centre, Toronto. See future post.