The Filibuster

Jeff!!!  I loved your pictures from Nats park and I’m psyched that you
got to see Strasburg.  I also saw that you’ve been to Sox park and
Wrigley recently.  What’s your favorite ballpark that you’ve already
visited and which place would you like to see the most?

Caitlin
Manassas, VA
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All Star Weekend 7.13.2009 068.jpgAfter a fiery, bloody internal debate that lasted well over an hour, I finally decided not to begin addressing this query by postulating what one would find if he/she were to actually venture to Manassas, VA… ‘cuz I’m pretty sure one can find Man-assas (a$$e$?) anywhere… including  ballparks all across US America.

ZING!

Still got it, folks.

Okay, maybe not.

But it doesn’t matter… and neither does the ballpark, Caitlin.  What matters is the game.  Sure Busch hosts my boys, Wrigley’s nostalgic, Nats Park has Ben’s Chili Bowl and Sox Park is a good place to pick up Latin Queens; but to be honest, I can find something positive about any and every ballpark I ever go to.  And I’ve been to many.

My favorite random ballpark story is the one about the Oakland Coliseum.  I happened to be in San Francisco on business.  It was a Saturday night and I had nothing to do, so I hopped on the BART to Oakland, walked up to the ticket counter at the Coliseum and said, “I got forty bucks. Where can I sit for that?”

“In a good seat, Honey.” said the kind ticket lady.

Ten minutes later I’m sitting behind homeplate on the first tier above ground level and I can hear Nick Swisher’s awful jokes with my own ears.  Ten minutes after that and I have a Fat Tire in my hand (at the ballpark!) and a few hours after that I was sufficiently drunk off the seductive elixir of the game itself.

And that can happen anywhere.

Though there is one place in particular that I just gotta go to, before it goes back to just hosting football games:

chewbacca at ballpark.jpgI doubt you can blame me.

Hate me ‘cuz you’re anti-Sith, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right. 

Peace,

Jeff

(Chewbacca image via 9GAG)

9 Comments

Why exactly were you watching a Marlins game?
Although to be fair, that Chewbacca pic is very awesome. I can’t blame you at all.

Love your Oakland story – and the fact that the ticket lady called you “honey.” LOL. I agree about ballparks – anywhere, anytime is fine with me.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Creepy the ticket lady in Oakland called you honey… and where is that exactly you want to go back too… I am feeling somewhat slow today… me I wanna go to Tampa before they get a new stadium….

-peter
http://philliesoutside.mlblogs.com

I agree, Jeff. Every ballpark has something positive to take from it. Meeting new people and getting their take on their home team is also fun. My only regret at this point is not getting to Rosenblaat Stadium in Omaha for the CWS. New stadium for next season…Oh, and I’m not anti-Sith. From my point of view, the Jedi are evil….
-Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Cici — I don’t discriminate. Any game, any park will do. Marlins just happen to be the flavor of the hour.
Jane — Thanks… yeah, the lady was sweet… made me smile. I like being called honey.
Peter — That’s Sunlight Stadium/Landshark Stadium/Dolhin Stadium. Marlins… ya know, the team y’all no hit.
Mike — (cue darth vader voice) Impressive….
–Jeff

Ditto ~ Hell…I’ll watch a stickball pick-up game in the school yard! Any park is OK with me. Fenway will always be one of my favorites. PITT was really cool. COORS Field was very very cool! Baltimore still makes for a great trip too. The Camden River Sharks of the Atlantic League have a stellar little park.
Mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

I’m with ya, Mike. There’s a park near me where they play Legion ball all summer. You’ll often find me there, takin’ it all in.
–Jeff

I’ve been to 1 game at the Coliseum, A’s- Mariners, with King Felix on the hill as a rookie, but it sucked, and I never want to go back again. I will stick with AT&T Park for Bay Area baseball. That is a beautiful park, but I guess they all are in some way http://stlcardinals06.mlblogs.com/

They’re like people — may not all be pretty, but they all have a story to tell.
–Jeff

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