Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)
Our first (and last?) trip to the Coliseum! After actually visiting, I do think that the stadium gets an unfair rap. Is it a concrete jungle? Yeah, sure...Jackie even termed it as, "If a prison tried to be a ballpark," but there are still redeeming qualities. The tailgate scene is spectacular (similar to Am. Family Field, but with less direction about where to actually park.) There are decent views to the field from the 100 level, close to the action seats from behind home plate (from 3rd to 1st) on the 200 level, and English style fish & chips to boot! We also had a fun visit to Shibe Park Tavern (longest bar in Nothern Cali) for some local brews along with a stop at The Treehouse for great in-park bar entertainment. It was also fun to be there for the "May the Fourth" Star Wars Mandalorian Mark Kotsay bobblehead day; it really brought the fans out, including a lot of kids, and created a great energy. We also met a super gracious A's Season Ticket holder, Drew, who gifted our daughter Emilia a keepsake souvenir A's baseball for her 1st Coliseum visit. Overall, it was a really fun day at the yard, which included beers in the tailgate lot with a couple of super cool couple of guys, Mike & Ethan, that refused to accept payment for beers, but instead offered them for free in exchange for baseball talk.
7000 South Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA, USA
Date of first visit: 05/04/2023
JetBlue Park (Spring Training - Red Sox)
Continuing on with the beginning of our Grapefruit League tour, we stayed in Fort Myers and had a chance to visit JetBlue and catch a Red Sox game. I absolutely love that the field dimensions match Fenway exactly and that even Pesky's Pole and the Green Monster are replicated. The stadium also has a really unique roofing structure that kind of floats above the grandstand. It was our daughter's second ever baseball game, and she did great once again. My parents also came along for this one as well; their first spring training game ever. I do wish there was a walking concourse that was above the 1-level grandstand as that makes for an enjoyable standing/eating/drinking experience, especially when with the baby, but other than that small complaint, the stadium overall was fantastic and there were lots of food and beverage options below the grand stand on the lower concourse including lobster rolls from Maine Shack (which I heartily enjoyed in the Brown Butter variety.) Plus the Red Sox scored several runs and put on a great show.
11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913, USA
Date of first visit: 03/18/2023
Hammond Stadium (Spring Training - Twins)
Our daughter Emilia made it to her first ever baseball game at the ripe old age of 23 months! Usually we're Cactus League people, but this year we went to my parents' near Ft. Myers and checked out some Grapefruit League action. On a bright, sunny, beautiful St. Patrick's Day we visited Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins (and regular season home of the Twins' Low-A affiliate Fort Myers Mighty Mussels ) The stadium was fantastic and had a great open concourse at the top of the grandstand that was shaded, which was perfect for walking around & bouncing the baby out of the sun. There was also a food stand with Heineken 0.0 and plant-based Italian sausage; it was perfect. And best of all, we got to meet up with my wife's cousin & his new wife whose wedding we missed back in December because Jackie was 8 months pregnant. They live nearby & were able to meet us; it was so great to see them! The Twins came up a bit short against the Baltimore Orioles but it was a gorgeous day that ended with us briefly bumping into Carlos Correa at Umazebowls after the game while getting smoothies.
14100 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33912, USA
Date of first visit: 03/17/2023
Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)
After hearing from many folks that this park is "too big" or "lacks character", I have to say, I disagree. Is the stadium too big if the team is not good? Probably. But when they are good and that place if filled in with thousands of excited baseball fans, that place can get loud! Plus I loved the interior spaces of the stadium as well. The clean, crisp paint done on the concourses in blue jay blue, royal, navy, & Canadian red look really sharp. On the 100 level, there are sightlines to the field all the way around the stadium. We happened to go on a night when they had the dome closed, but even that looked cool with all the super high up cat walks. And I've seen pictures with the roof open when the CN tower is in view, and it's pretty breathtaking. Even the outfield length LED screen in centerfield with the hotel behind it is a sight to see. We had a great time, and I thought that was a pretty cool stadium. It's not in my top 5, but it's certainly not in my bottom 5 either. We really enjoyed our visit. I'm only sad that we only had availability to go to 1 game.
1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J1, Canada
Date of first visit: 08/29/2022
Sahlen Field (Buffalo Bison - Blue Jays Triple-A Affiliate)
We didn't have definite plans after arriving in Buffalo yesterday afternoon other than wanting to go to Allentown Pizza --- So I checked to see what teams are in/near Buffalo, and how about it, the Buffalo Bison Columbus Clippers so we decided to go check out a game. We missed the Clippers in Des Moines earlier this year due to both of us getting Covid in what was supposed to be our first trip to go see the Iowa Cubs, so it seemed justified to catch them unexpectedly here in Buffalo. The stadium is a little older, but lots of character, and we enjoyed the location as well. They had some great beers on tap too! The Bison came up a lil short leaving many RISP, but the crowd size was decent and brought energy. I'm glad we were able to sneak this one in. My wife is such a saint for putting up with all the baseball!
Sahlen Field, Buffalo, NY, USA
Date of first visit: 08/27/2022
Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)
Back in June we had tickets for Chicago Cubs vs Baltimore Orioles but unfortunately the game got rained out. The makeup game was soon after announced, and we decided to get crazi(-er than normal) and book a flight out of O'Hare in the morning, catch the game, then fly back that same night. So hence our wild <24 hr return trip to Baltimore. The Cubs crowd was lighter than had the original game taken place, but we still well represented. We got treated to 3 Cubs solo HRs (2 by Willy) and some impressive, game-saving defense that included 2 tag plays at home plate & a game-ending double play to preserve a 1-run victory. I then got a ball signed by Willson Contreras! He's such an amazingly gracious supporter of the fans. Last, we met up w a couple we met back in June at Pickles Pub for a victory drink. Then it was back off to the airport for an oyster shooter, final beer, & a quick flight back to Chicago. What a day! And what a victory!
333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Date of first visit: 08/18/2022
Rivets Stadium (Rockford Rivets - Northwoods College Summer League)
This park is only 30 minutes from our house and after failing to get there nearly the entire College Summer League season, we finally made it on their second to last homestand. We had never been to a college summer league game before, so I didn't know what to expect stadium-wise, but I have to say, my expectations were exceeded. It was certainly more substantial of a stadium than I was expecting with more seating than I would have thought. We ended up going with friends of ours who had young daughters, so watching for foul balls was a necessary endeavor, especially with the screening behind home plate not going down the lines like I'm used to seeing at other parks and especially Big League parks now. But the limited amount of screening aside, this was actually a very nice park, and we were lucky to have a gorgeous evening with which to enjoy the game. Plus the beer was cheaper here than any other big league or minor league park I've ever been to, so big bonus! It's so close to home (and near to one of our favorite restaurants, Pig Minds Brewery, which we ended up getting food at as well) so I know we'll be back for sure next summer!
4503 Interstate Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111, USA
Date of first visit: 08/03/2022
ABC Supply Stadium (Beloit Sky Carp - Marlins High-A Affiliate)
After following the team on Instagram for the whole season following their mascot overhaul leading into this season (from the form Beloit Snappers,) we finally made the short 35 minute trek up to WI to go see a Sky Carp game. I have to admit, the atmosphere was pretty awesome. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, so the crowd was lively and the the home team put on a great show, scoring the go-ahead run on a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th. The field itself was cozy and quaint, right in the heart of the downtown Beloit river district. In fact, the first base side runs right along the river with errant foul balls finding the water from time to time. Since it was a Single-A stadium, it definitely gave me Cactus League vibes, which was great. No doubt we'll be back to visit this one.
217 Shirland Ave, Beloit, WI 53511, USA
Date of first visit: 07/31/2022
After 3 tries, we finally got to see the Cubs at Yankee Stadium. The Bronx was a fun environment for a game, especially with the 1st place Yankees playing some awfully good ball. The energy was high. We didn't see a Cubs W, but we had a lot of fun getting to 2 games on back-to-back nights. --- With the Cubs visiting the AL East this year, and a rainout postponing our visiting in Baltimore, we were able to head up to the Bronx to visit Yankee Stadium via the 4 train. It was an interesting visit. It was pretty cool to be in this place where the lore of so many great players lives, even though most of them never played there seeing as this is the new stadium that is only 13 years old, but it still presents an aura of Yankees' past and Yankees' legends. I wouldn't say I was overwhelmingly "wowed" by the stadium, but the arched facade was really cool, and if nothing else, I was was "wowed" by the prices. Lol. It was still magical to see our Cubs playing in a place that we had tried twice before to see, being first thwarted in 2014 due to a rainout and then again in 2020 due to Covid. Third time was a charm this time, and we made the most of it getting to games on both Friday & Saturday night sitting once in the 2nd deck of the first base side and then in the bleachers. Similar to Wrigley, the bleachers got pretty rowdy, so it was fun to out there and a part of that. We even got to see Rizzo go yard, which was fun to see, even if it was as a Yankee. I won't say I'm itching to get back to another game at Yankee Stadium, but I am certainly happy to say that I've been. Plus, the late night slice of pie we got in midtown on the way back to our hotel totally hit the spot!
1 E 161 St, The Bronx, NY 10451, USA
Date of first visit: 06/10/2022
Target Field (Minnesota Twins)
Our attack of AL Central ballparks during interleague play in 2021 concluded with a glorious and beautiful road trip up to Target Field in early September heading into Labor Day weekend. The drive from Chicago was very easy and quick through mostly SW Wisconsin. I hadn't been to the Twin Cities since 2006 when I saw the Metrodome, so this was quite a treat. We grabbed lunch at Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria when we got into town before settling in to our hotel and taking the Metro to the stadium. The convenience of the train pulling up literally to right in front of the stadium is incredible. And I have to say, we were there the 1st day of September so the weather was perfect, perhaps April, May, and late September games are a different story, but this stadium is just drop-dead gorgeous. It certainly has more character than the old Metrodome. We had pretty awesome seats about 20 rows up from the Cubs dugout where we got to see the boys come through for a mini 2-game sweep in what was an outstanding ballgame under the lights. I also loved the wagging tale of the Target dog beyond the right field bleachers too. I really love how they put this stadium together in terms of sight lines, outfield features, and overall aesthetics. Twins fans have a real treat up there, plus the Twin Cities are fantastic to visit. We stayed right by the Mall of America, so we were able the next day to walk around and shop around a bit finding some MN souvenir items. The MN love up here is strong (and often covered in flannel patterns.) We then hit up Herbie Butcher's Fried Chicken for lunch, which was as good as I've ever had. Just unreal & outstanding. We feasted on the best fried Chk'n I've ever had since we stopped eating meat. And while the baseball portion of our trip was finished, we headed back to Wisconsin for a tour of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippew Falls. That was an incredible experience in and of itself. We finished the evening by driving to our campsite nearby, setting up our tent, getting our fire going, and relaxing into the evening. We had plans to bike & kayak the next day, but the weather didn't cooperate. We settled for card games in the tent before driving back home. It was an incredible way to end the road season for 2021. A handful of September games at Wrigley were had to wrap up the 2021 year, and what a year it was. We got to see the Cubs in 7 new ROAD stadiums; I'm so lucky to have such an amazing wife that supports these silly endeavors. Here's to 2022, more road trips, & getting more knocked off the ole Baseball Bucket List.
1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
Date of first visit: 09/01/2021
loanDepot Park (Miami Marlins)
We had the pleasure of getting to South Beach together for the first time. I hadn't been there since high school, and that was not even a baseball trip, so this was a long time coming. The stadium stands out a bit for the location it's in; this big white shiny thing towering over the surrounding smaller buildings and neighborhoods, but I have to admit, once we were in (thankfully with the roof closed and AC on in the middle of a Miami August), the stadium itself I actually found great for watching a game. I had noted that Chase Field in PHX looked a lot like Am. Fam. Field in MKE, both being enclosed. This one did not look or feel anything like those two. I actually loved the sightlines, the white, round supports, the contrasting blue seats, and the large, retractable wall of windows in left & left center. The beer pavilion overlooking center field was super cool as well. We got some great pictures inside and outside the stadium. I wanted to be sure to get a picture with the large animated Marlin structure that used to be inside the stadium, but has since been moved out since the re-branding (again) that the team recently did. Our seats for the 1st game we went to were only about 15 or so rows up, so we had a great home plate view of the field for that game. I definitely think that LoanDepot Park is underrated. On top of the 2 games we went to, we also got to hang out on the beach, got vegan street food & tasty beer at Edukos Beer House y Cocina, grabbed some amazing tacos at Coyo Taco, and went and saw beautiful murals at the Wynwood Walls. The whole short trip was terrific; we'll certainly be back.
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125, USA
Date of first visit: 08/14/2021
Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)
Not only was this our first (and 2nd) visit to Nationals Park, it was our first visit ever to our Nation's Capital! There was certainly something special about being in DC where so much American History has taken & continues to take place. We actually happened to be there on the day of the trade deadline, so we were there for the first game after all of the Cubs core had been traded away. When we took off on our flight, I really only knew about Rizz, but by the time we landed & my phone reconnected, I was bombarded with multiple notifications: KB, Javy, Kimbrel, the whole thing. It was quite bittersweet...and a little confusing when looking at the lineup card especially for the first game. I probably should have paid more attention to the I-Cubs leading up to the trade deadline so I'd be more familiar with the new players, but we had such a great time either way. Nationals park is outstandingly gorgeous. We got to see a night & a day game, each from a different side of the park, so we really took it all in. On top of that, we did a bike tour in DC, did a night-ride on bikes through the National Mall (which was so cool to see them all lit up!), got to a couple of Smithsonian Museums, and even watched the USA-Mexico Gold Cup Final (a USA win!) while we were there. I don't always agree with the politicians on the Hill in DC, but it really is an incredible place to visit. What a fantastic trip & fantastic stadium to check off the baseball bucket list.
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Date of first visit: 07/30/2021
Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2021 had already been such a crazy year for getting to new stadiums that we did another first, get back down to Arizona for the second time in the same year so we could finally see the Cubs square off against the Diamondbacks for a regular season game at Chase Field. We happened to also be down there during Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Suns & Bucks (series tied 2-2), so the energy in the Valley was absolutely electric. It was also hot as all get-out in mid July in Phoenix, so when we stepped into the stadium and felt that cool blast of AC, it was a very welcome relief. The way that they've gone all in on the desert theme is really well done in my opinion and made for unique decor in and around the stadium. From home plate, the stadium itself feels a bit like American Family Field in MIL when the roof is closed. It certainly gave me a similar vibe, but the pool in right center is not something they have in Wisconsin. We did our usual lap around the concourse, taking in the stadium from all angles before heading to our seats. Our first game we sat in the upper deck so we had a great view of the field. And after watching the Cubs lose 3 straight in 3 different cities to start the year, we finally saw the boys come from behind in the 9th inning to pull off the W thanks to Willson Contreras!
401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Date of first visit: 07/17/2021
Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds)
July brought us back to Ohio for the 2nd time this year, and for a 4th of July game no less! This was our first time going to a ballgame on the 4th, and it was super hot in Cincinnati, but we had a lot of fun and enjoyed showing off our brand new Chi-ohio flag. This was another road trip edition of our ballpark tour. Cincinnati is a relatively quick, easy drive from Chicagoland, so this was a fun one. We spent the pregame and first couple innings walking around the concourse and just taking it all in. The sightlines in this stadium are great from all over the park, and up where our seats were in the upper deck, we had a great view of the Ohio River. This ballpark is certainly one I'm glad is so accessible geographically. Since the Cubs are in the Queen City 3 times per season (although only 2 times per season starting in 2023), my hope is to get here at least once per season and do exactly what we did for this trip, which was to not stay in a hotel, but to camp just outside the city. We actually ended up setting up a tent at a campsite and enjoying the display of fireworks as the evening darkened while a camp fire crackled. It was certainly one of our most cost-effective trips in regard to accommodations, but it was also so much fun. This was our first visit, but it certainly won't be the last.
100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Date of first visit: 07/04/2021
Jackie Robinson Memorial Baseball Park (Daytona Tortugas - Reds Low-A Affiliate)
Every once in a while when we're out on a non-Big League trip, I'll take a look at the Minor League Schedule and see if there's a possibility for a Minor League game. Minor League parks can be a great treat for a cost-effective night of baseball under the lights. No matter if it's the Bigs or the Minors, baseball is baseball, and nothing is better than kicking back and watching a game live. Especially when the ticket prices are reasonable and you can be so close to the action! And this stadium really was quite a treat. One of the oldest stadiums in the country, this stadium was home to the first professional appearance of Jackie Robinson. The stadium has all kinds of cool historical notes around it, so I definitely spent some time reading the plaques that outlined its long baseball story. It was the former home of the Daytona Cubs which saw a few players from the 2016 championship pass through, including Kyle Hendricks. Now it's the Low-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, but the Tortugas couldn't have a better logo or color scheme. What a great night at the yard; this is how I like to vacation!
105 Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA
Date of first visit: 06/03/2021
Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers)
The road trip festivities of the middle week of May did not end with Cleveland. After driving back from Cleveland on Wednesday evening, we then turned around only 2 days later and left straight from work on a Friday evening to get out to #Detroit to see the Cubs play at Comerica Park against the Tigers. We had a chance on Saturday morning to explore Detroit a bit, go to the Joe Louis Fist, visit the Spirit of Detroit monument, and walk along the river front seeing Canada across the way. We also stopped outside the stadium at the Little Caesars headquarters to take a picture and pay homage to where we first met! Eventually we got the stadium which was pretty fantastic. There are Tiger statues everywhere. I know it doesn't have all the same quirkiness as old Tiger Stadium (which I have never been to), but I think Comerica has a lot to offer, and we really enjoyed seeing our boys play there. We sat in the upper deck on the 3rd base side, so we had an incredible view of the field. I'd say the stadium has a calming charm about it. I love the home plate shaped dirt around the batters box and the narrow strip of dirt from the mound to home plate. It's a very old school effect that serves this stadium well. Detroit was a very easy drive too. Would love to come back, maybe even to watch Javy play a game or 2 as a Tiger. 2021 was just getting started though!
2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Date of first visit: 05/15/2021
Progressive Field (Cleveland Guardians)
Little did we know at the end of the 2019 season, that we wouldn't be able to get back to a Big League game until 2021! But when baseball was finally opened back up to fans, we saw an opportunity with the Interleague schedule for the Cubs being against the AL Central, which meant very drivable destinations! First up on the list was mid-week matchup with Cleveland Progressive Field. We left directly after work on a Tuesday night to make the 6+ hour or so drive, and arrived in Cleveland late that night. We were then able to get up, explore a couple areas of Cleveland in the morning, and grab some breakfast before heading over to extremely beautiful Progressive Field. It was surreal visiting the stadium where the Cubs had won it all only a little over 4 years prior. It felt magical for that reason alone. We walked around the entire concourse before we did eventually end up settling into our left field bleacher seats above the mini-green-monster. It has been so long since we'd been to a game, that sitting there with a beer in the sunshine felt like complete bliss. It was exactly what we had been missing. We were able to see this park and the team as the "Indians" in their last season, which made it a little more special too. The stadium was so nice and Cleveland is so close, I'm happy to go again with any of my White Sox fan friends that are looking to road trip. The baseball festivities for this week were not done yet though! Only 2 days later we'd be heading to Detroit.
2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
Date of first visit: 05/12/2021
Surprise Stadium (Spring Training - Royals & Rangers)
As you can see, we had sweatshirts on for this visit as it was uncharacteristically chilly in Surprise on this particular afternoon, but we had a lot of fun either way. This 2021 trip was a special one because it was our first chance to watch baseball live since the 3/8/2020 game from over a year prior! The pandemic washed away the at-the-game fan experience from the entire 2020 season. So we were thankful to be back at the ballpark and plenty pleased by the beauty of Surprise Stadium.
15930 N Bullard Ave, Surprise, AZ 85374, USA
Date of first visit: 03/13/2021
American Family Fields (Spring Training - Brewers)
On our getaway day, we strolled on over to American Family Fields of Phoenix to catch a Brewers game. The weather could not have been nicer that day. It was a perfect sunny day in the outfield lawn seats sippin on brews and taking in a game. It was our first chance to see the Brewers' revamped logo/colors from that 2020 season as well. Hopped on a plane to head back to Chicago right after we left this game.
3805 N 53rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85031, USA
Date of first visit: 03/08/2020
Goodyear Ballpark (Spring Training - Reds & Guardians)
We were some of the fortunate ones in 2020 that got to see Spring Training games before the shutdown. We left and 1 day later, everything stopped! Goodyear Ballpark was gorgeous, and I love that they put the 2 OH teams together. Afterwards, we found this incredible sandwich shop right in town with loads of vegan options in addition to plenty of traditional options as well: Sandwich Masterz. If you're in town, definitely check them out. And then we also saw a paranoid guy spray hand sanitizer directly into his mouth on the shuttle ride back to the airport...that was interesting.
1933 South Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338, USA
Date of first visit: 03/07/2020
Oracle Park (San Francisco Giants)
What an incredible trip this ended up turning into. For our 3-year anniversary, I once again took a look at the calendar to see where the Cubs would be, and this time it happened to be out in SF. So in typical "us fashion" we booked a trip to go celebrate and get another check off the ole Bucket List. This trip also ended up being multi-faceted. We actually started by driving up to Sonoma County, and staying there for a couple days in Wine Country. We did wine tasting and kayaking while we were up there. Then we shifted the trip to The City where we ended up catching 2 games at unbelievably gorgeous Oracle Park. Game 1 was in the bleachers by McCovey Cove, and Game 2 was on the other side of the stadium so we could try to take in the full experience. What a treat this stadium was. SF fans are very lucky. This stadium was built right with quirky and intriguing features. We also did a harbor boat tour including getting around Alcatraz Island & under the Golden Gate bridge, a bus tour, a trip down to Pier 39, and a stroll down Lombard Street. We also got to meet up with and have dinner with one of our very great friends, Mario Vincent. We had such a blast in San Francisco; I'm so glad we had finally been able to make it to Northern CA. Hopefully when we go back to see the A's stadium we can sneak across the Bay to catch another game at Oracle!
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Date of first visit: 07/23/2019
Impact Field (Chicago Dogs - Unaffiliated Independent)
My step sister used to work at the Rose Hotel, which was right next to this stadium, and she used to get deals on tickets. We took her up one time and visited this little gem of a ballpark on a warm, humid night in June. You can see from the field-side photo how dark the sky looks, and that's because we'd only be few innings in before the sky opened up and it absolutely down poured. We got some other pretty pictures of the stormy sky as the thunderstorm rolled through. They ended up postponing the game, and we were unable to see the make-up, but I have no doubts we'll be back eventually.
9850 Balmoral Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018, USA
Date of first visit: 06/26/2019
T-Mobile Park (Seattle Mariners)
Well, I certainly have to admit, this trip to Seattle was one of my absolute favorites, and not just baseball related, just in general. We had never been to any part of the Pacific Northwest before, so this was a pretty incredible introduction. We had so much fun visiting and touring Seattle. Not only did we get to 2 Cubs-Mariners games (both Cubs victories!), but we did a Seattle Underground tour (back in 1889 a fire burned down a significant portion of Seattle, and when they rebuilt, they moved the ground floor of many of the buildings up to what had previously been the 2nd floor, built up all the roads to do the same, and essentially what had previously been the original ground floor now became part of the "Underground." All of the sidewalks and such that previously existed between the now raised streets and the buildings remained intact and simply had new sidewalks built above them often with skylight bricks constructed into the new upper sidewalk to provide natural light below.), visited Pier 57, road on the monorail, went to the Museum of Pop Culture, and went up into the Space Needle. Seattle has so much to offer, and the city is remarkably green in terms of energy and waste disposal. It was a true pleasure to visit. All of that in addition to the amazing atmosphere and architecture of T-Mobile Field, which is also one of my favorites. Oh, and we had dinner at the hotel restaurant where the Cubs were staying where we saw KB, Rizzo, & other players eating, along with meeting Len Kasper and Ron Coomer, and I peed in a urinal 2 over from Kyle Schwarber...who looked like he had had a couple cold ones based on his sway.
1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, USA
Date of first visit: 04/30/2019
Globe Life Park (Texas Rangers)
We were so fortunate to be making our 2nd trip to Dallas in a 2 year span. We had previously gone in 2017 to watch a Blackhawks-Stars matchup, but were back this time for Opening Weekend in the final season at Globe Life Park (now Choctaw Stadium) between the Cubs & Rangers. During both of these trips, we had the opportunity to meet up with my former high school classmate, co-Eagle Scout alum, and college roommate, Brad. He joined us for the first game we went to which ended up being this ridiculously cold game. By the 6th inning or so, we had to retreat to the inner workings of the stadium to get out of the cold for a bit; it was that unbearable. He also met us prior to the second game we went to at Texas Live! which is connected to the new stadium that was mostly constructed by the time we visited and right across the street from this stadium. If you ever get a chance to go to a Live! restaurant (if you can even call it that; it's more like a sports mall filled with multiple restaurants, multiple bars, a main entertainment area with a movie theatre size screen lined with multiple other tvs for watching dozens of game at once like a Sports Book (and we were there during March Madness so it was perfect!), along with outdoor bars, cornhole board setups, etc), it is quite an experience. Hanging out there could be a trip in and of itself. We had such an incredible visit down in Dallas/Arlington. I'm super pumped to go back and see the new stadium. This was the first stadium that is no longer in Big League use that we were able to see the Cubs play at (but it certainly won't be the last!) I'm so glad we got to experience it before the Rangers left.
1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011, USA
Date of first visit: 03/30/2019
Scottsdale Stadium (Spring Training - Giants)
2019 was such a fun & unique visit to AZ. I was actually there for work with Paylocity (PCTY) which coincided with Spring Training opening weekend. I stayed at a AirBnb with Mike Puszka & Brian Serrano, a couple of my baseball-loving coworkers. We got to go to a couple games together in Peoria & Mesa, and on my last day, I caught a game at Scottsdale Stadium before heading off to the airport! It was a gorgeous afternoon in February of all months to be watching baseball.
7408 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Date of first visit: 02/24/2019
PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)
It'd be a little over a year later, but we'd eventually get to 1 new ballpark in 2018. 2018 turned into a pretty crazy year for us personally. In the Spring we decided to move back to Chicago from Denver, CO, a place that we had called home for the 4 previous years. After getting organized and listing the house, we moved back to the Chicago area in July. The following month we had a 3-week European trip planned, but right before that trip, the weekend before in fact, we had also planned to go see the The Smashing Pumpkins play at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. So what did I do? Look to see if the Pittsburgh Pirates were in town of course. Unfortunately it wasn't a Pirates-Cubs matchup, but it was Pirates-Cardinals, so I was able to root against St. Louis. Which takes us to PNC Park. Wow. What an incredible stadium. I had seen it on TV plenty due to the frequency of Cubs-Pirates matchups, but to be there in person. I intentionally got us tickets on the upper first base side so we could look out over the Allegheny & the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The view is absolutely breathtaking. It is such a wonderfully constructed park. They really got this one right after the nightmare that was Three Rivers Stadium. And even more fortunate for us, because our goal is to see the Cubs play at all 30 stadiums, we'll have another excuse to go back. We also managed to pack a whole Andy Warhol Museum experience into our quick weekend trip as well (and that was incredible in and of itself.) We weren't in Pittsburg long, but we got a lot done. I cannot wait to go back for a Cubs-Pirates game in the near future, and to drive the next time instead of flying. I love seeing the country on a road trip.
115 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
Date of first visit: 08/05/2018
Security Service Field (Colorado Springs Sky Sox - Brewers Triple-A Affiliate (at the time))
At the time, the team was still called the Sky Sox, and they were the Brewers Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. We were living in Denver, so getting down to Colorado Springs was an easy drive. They were playing the Cubs Triple-A Affiliate (the Iowa Cubs) for this particular game. The Sky Sox would go on to win, but we still had a lot of fun. Other than feeling really sick by about the 7th inning and needing to leave. Some kind of flu bug or something. Minor League parks are always so fun to visit though, and this was our first Triple-A stadium. Since then, the Sky Sox have moved on. Now they are the the Rocky Mountain Vibes, an Independent, unaffiliated team. And we've moved on too, no longer residing in Denver, we've since come back to the Chicagoland area.
4385 Tutt Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80922, USA
Date of first visit: 06/02/2018
Peoria Stadium (Spring Training - Padres & Mariners)
My first visit to PeoriaStadium was pretty unique one. I sat in the 2nd row right next to the Padres dugout. At the time, Mark McGuire was a Padres hitting coach, and from where I was, it seemed like I was sitting right next to him. He was huge! This ended up being my 5th game in 4 days, and my last, as part of my 2018 Spring Training Trip. I also got to tell Matt Szczur that we missed him in Chicago while he was on-deck for the Padres. He looked over and gave me a little smile. Always nice to see the utility guys get a little recognition.
16101 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382, USA
Date of first visit: 03/13/2018
Salt River Fields (Spring Training - Diamondbacks & Rockies)
This was such a beautiful ballpark at SaltRiverFields, which is part of an overall massive complex with many fields. And I was fortunate enough to visit on such an insanely gorgeous day. Officially it is located in a part of Scottsdale, however, it also coincides with land set aside for the Pima-Maricopa Native Reservation. This was Game 4 of 5 during my 4 days in AZ in 2018.
7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA
Date of first visit: 03/12/2018
Hohokam Stadium (Spring Training - Athletics)
Hohokam used to be the Cubs Spring Training facility before they built Sloan Park. I had so much fun visiting this beautiful stadium! This was Game 3 of 5 in 4 days during the 2018 visit. I distinctly recall playing "All The Way" by Eddie Vedder in the parking lot while I was waiting to exit, windows down, in the Silverado pick-up truck that Enterprise gave me a free upgrade into. It was a pretty perfect, hot, Arizona day to be watching Spring Training baseball with a cold beer.
1235 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201, USA
Date of first visit: 03/11/2018
Camelback Ranch (Spring Training - Dodgers & White Sox)
This visit to CamelbackRanch was part of a Cubs split-squad day-night double header in 2 different stadiums. I went to a day game at Sloan Park in Mesa and then finished the evening watching the boys play the Dodgers up in Glendale. This was Game 2 of 5 games in 4 days. The stadium is very nice with an open concourse; it actually gives me very "Dodger Stadium" vibes, but on a smaller scale.
10710 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85037, USA
Date of first visit: 03/10/2018
Truist Park (Atlanta Braves)
We weren't done with multi-city trips in 2017. For our anniversary in July, we decided to go to Florida just to get a away a bit, but of course, I took a peek at the Cubs schedule and saw that, wow, they were going to be in Atlanta. It doesn't get whole lot closer to Florida than Atlanta, so we made the initial leg of the trip a visit to a city I had flown through many times, but had never actually visited. Now Atlanta in July is a bit on the hot side. At the game, we found ourselves dripping sweat just from sitting down and watching, but it all ended up being worth it when we were there for Game 3 of a 3-game set that saw the Cubs bring the brooms out! Truist Park is on the newer side (and yet somehow already on its second name, it was SunTrust Park when we went), and even though it's outside the city proper, I think they did a really great job with it. The area leading up to the ballpark is really well done and helps to create a fun atmosphere. We also had the chance to visit with one of my former managers from Paylocity as well. He's an avid Braves fan and goes to a lot of games, so it was fun to be able to meet up, and then we all went out for pizza afterward. The rest of our stay in Atlanta encompassed some 1996 Olympics sight seeing & a very worthwhile trip to the Civil Rights Museum. A quick side note about the 1996 Olympics & baseball, the Braves old home, Turner Field (which I unfortunately never visited in its brief 20 year stint) was actually, originally the main stadium used for the Olympics that year! It was intentionally constructed at the time to be partially torn down on one side and then be re-built as a baseball stadium. We then headed down to Florida to finish celebrating our first anniversary. It's amazing she's still with me after all this baseball chasin!
755 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA
Date of first visit: 07/19/2017
Petco Park (San Diego Padres)
So continuing from our journeys at Dodger Stadium, we spent the next day exploring LA and hitting up some touristy areas. We then grabbed a 1-way rental car and headed down the Pacific Coast Highway to San Diego. We didn't take the PCH the whole way, but we took it for a significant stretch and just enjoyed driving along the ocean. It was insanely gorgeous, especially as the sun started to go down. We ended up stopping in La Jolla for dinner where we got to see Sea Lions up and pretty darn close. We eventually made it to San Diego proper and awoke the next day with excitement for a Cubs-Padres Memorial Day day game with friends we had met from our honeymoon in Mexico. PETCO Park is absolutely gorgeous, and Scott Thompson hooked us up with such incredible seats. The Cubs came up short again, but we had so much fun that day and got to take in the sights at a pretty breathtaking ballpark. Petco Park is HIGH on my list of stadiums to re-visit. Definitely another situation where I wish we could have gone to more than one game. But after our 3-city tour that included Chicago at the front end, we eventually made our way back to Denver after a very successful, 2-new-ballpark trip. It was a multi-stop journey I'll always hold dear.
100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Date of first visit: 05/29/2017
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers)
After getting out to the Atlantic in April, it'd be only a few short weeks later before we'd be West Coast lovin for more Cubs baseball against the Dodgers. The kind of crazy part about this trip was that leading up to, which was Memorial Day weekend, we actually flew from Denver to Chicago for Jackie's sister's HS graduation which I used as an opportunity to also go to a Cubs-Giants game at Wrigley on Thursday 5/25, and by the next afternoon, we were 2000 miles away in Los Angeles watching the Cubs take on the Dodgers. It was easily the furthest I've ever traveled between back-to-back games to watch the boys! All those logistics aside, this trip was just getting started, but as for LA, I learned first hand that LA fans are stereotypical late arrivees for sporting events. It wasn't until the 4th inning or so that the stadium finally started to fill in, including my step-sister Christina not getting there until about the 5th! She's a Dodgers fan and had some fun giving us grief over what became an eventual Dodgers victory. We also learned that you have to enter Dodger Stadium from a gate that coincides with your ticket. You cannot simply enter anywhere and then walk around the concourse to get to your seat, particularly between outfield and infield. Needless to say, we definitely made that mistake initially. We also got some of the famous garlic fries...holy garlic. I probably stunk the whole night, but they were good. All in all, Dodger Stadium was a fantastic & historical experience. It is the 2nd oldest stadium in the National League, so there is certainly a lot of history there, and it reminds me of The Sand Lot too. I wish we could have gone to more than one game, but I have no doubts we'll be back eventually.
1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
Date of first visit: 05/26/2017
Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)
2017 is when we got really serious about trying to go see new ballparks. When the schedule would come out, we'd scour for the interleague road matchups and weekend matchups in NL cities we'd yet to visit. The first on that list for this year, none other than beautiful Boston and Fenway Park! We ended up getting to 2 games while we were there, and did the ballpark tour. I have to say that this is definitely in my top 3 list of ballparks. It was surreal being in the area around the stadium pre-game and then even more surreal to step inside. The quirky dimensions, the unique features, we had an absolute blast visiting & touring this famous & historical ballpark along with Boston proper for that matter. We visited several historical sites along the Freedom Trail, stopped at the "Cheers" bar outside the Common, did a lot of riding on the T, did a mock Boston Tea-Party re-enactment, got some great food & seafood, and visited my Paylocity coworker Deb Napoli who invited us over to her gorgeous New England home for brunch. It was such a wonderful trip. Boston is very, very high on my list for cities to get back to for both visiting and baseball. It's just really hard to go wrong when you're sitting inside Fenway Park with a brew and watching a game. Cheers!
4 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Date of first visit: 04/28/2017
Sloan Park (Spring Training - Cubs)
Our first trip to Arizona Spring Training was in the form of an epic road trip from Denver that took us from our home in Thornton, CO to Durango, CO, to the 4-Corners monument, to the Grand Canyon, to Flagstaff, AZ, to Mesa, AZ for a Cubs game @SloanPark, to Albuquerque, NM to hang with friends we met on our Honeymoon, to Peyton, CO for dinner with my cousin and his family, and finally back to Thornton. 1800 miles all in 4 days! But we wanted to make getting down to Spring Training an annual pilgrimage, and we've been going every year ever since!
2330 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201, USA
Date of first visit: 03/03/2017
Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)
After moving to Colorado and getting through our 2015 house fire that took us into 2016, the Cubs were obviously having an incredible season and a late-season trip to Houston presented an opportunity to go see the boys play at a new American League Stadium. This marked the first time we had ever intentionally flown some where to go see the Cubs play and was the beginning of what I would call our current streak of visiting road stadiums. This particular weekend in Houston happened to be when the Bears were simultaneously playing the Texans, so the hotel we were staying at which was nearby to both NRG Stadium and Minute Maid Park was absolutely packed with Cubs fans. The night we checked in, a Friday, saw a hotel lobby/bar full to the brim with a sea of mostly blue but also smatterings of Bears navy & orange. We got to the Saturday day game, which ended up seeing the Cubs come up short, but the stadium was great, and we even got a famous Texas BBQ Baked Potato while we were there. Our seats were toward the front of the upper deck, so we had a terrific view of the field. And we got to Minute Maid before the hill & flagpole were taken out of centerfield, so that was unique too. I remember when the Astros were in the NL Central and the Cubs were there multiple times a year, always wondering why such a strange/dangerous feature was in play. I suppose more safety-minded caution ultimately prevailed. I have a good friend & big Astros fan, Ami, that lives near Houston, so my hope is to get back there some time in the near future to go watch a game or 2 with her. Until then, this was a great stadium to add to the Bucket List.
501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Date of first visit: 09/10/2016
Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)
After a long 6-year gap in getting to a new stadium, Coors Field became the first new stadium that I visited with Jackie. We were in Denver for my cousin Adam Whitlock's wedding & it happened to be that the Cubs were in town also, so of course we had to get to a game. Jackie & I found Colorado so beautiful that it would be only about 13 1/2 months later, and we'd be living there. Which means that Coors Field became a home away from home of sorts. Our house was only a quick 30 min bus ride from the stadium, so to say I was there a lot is a bit of an understatement. And Jackie and I have had the pleasure of visiting Coors with so many different friends. We only missed 1 Cubs-Rockies game the entire time we lived in Denver which included 3-game series every year in 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018. The one game that we missed? Well, the Blackhawks were in town playing the Avalanche on the same night at the same time of the middle game of the Cubs series. So we sandwiched the hockey game in on the Saturday night. I absolutely adore this stadium. It's gorgeous both inside and out and if you have seats on the upper deck on the first base side, you have a terrific view of the mountains to the West. Since we moved back from CO in 2018, I have definitely missed getting down to Blake Street to watch Rockies games. The area is lined with bars, including Hayter's, a Chicago/Ohio sports bar where we watched the Cubs win it all in 2016, a memory that neither of us will ever forget. Denver & this stadium will always carry a special place for us, and I hope to get back for another game soon.
2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
Date of first visit: 07/19/2013
Wintrust Park (Schaumburg Boomers - Unaffiliated Independent)
first visited circa 2013 With such close proximity, I'd think I'd have gotten to this stadium more than once, but alas, thus far, just a single visit back in the summer of around 2013. (Could have been the year before or after possibly, but sometime around then.) My wife and I went with some friends to take in an afternoon baseball game. I couldn't track down any pictures and the details are a bit fuzzy. There may have been a few libations consumed that day. It'd probably be good if I made my way back to this stadium to have a Take 2. Fortunately, it's very nearby to where we currently live.
1999 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60193, USA
Date of first visit: 06/15/2013
The Corn Crib (Normal Cornbelters - Unaffiliated Independent)
I had the pleasure of living in Normal when this stadium was opened and the team was first created. I went to the opening home games for the franchise in 2010. The entire playing surface is field turf (even the "dirt"; it was just brown colored grass blades.) It was the first time I had ever seen a field like that, but the stadium as a whole was great. I always loved the corn rows they planted out in right center just to really cement home the team's name of "Cornbelters." I would go on to see several games at this stadium before moving out of Normal in late 2011. I'd love to go back at some point though. (I mean, who doesn't love a name like "The Corn Crib"?)
1000 W Raab Rd, Normal, Illinois, USA
Date of first visit: 06/01/2010
O'Brien Field (Peoria Chiefs - Cubs High-A Affiliate (at the time))
first visited circa 2008 --- When I lived in Bloomington-Normal from going to Illinois State, getting over to Peoria was a pretty quick 45-minute drive on I-74. For a while, I also worked in Peoria, so I was there a lot. At the time, the Chiefs were affiliated with the Cubs, so getting to Chiefs games was a lot of fun. I know that I got to a handful in my time living & working down there. I specifically remember one time going to a game and sitting in the 1st or 2nd row for about $15/ticket. It was awesome. The stadium is super gorgeous & a great atmosphere for a game. They are now the High-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. (Boo!) --- With all that said, this stadium and the Peoria Riverfront are a really nice area. Peoria can be a very beautiful Illinois city to visit.
730 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61605, USA
Date of first visit: 07/15/2008
Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)
Well, it didn't take long to get back to St. Louis for another new stadium. Built on almost the same footprint as the old stadium, New Busch Stadium and the surrounding Ballpark Village are a great place to go see a game (even if I'm always rooting for the home team to lose.) In my first visit in the stadium's 2nd season on a very, very cold April game, I did at least get to see the Cardinals get thwomped by the Mets 10-0. When I lived in Normal, IL and was going to Illinois State, getting down to STL was sometimes easier than getting up to Wrigley. So we went to go see several Cubs games down in STL. One of my absolute favorite trips was with the crew I worked with, aka some of the crazies I had the pleasure of working with at TGI Fridays. That game was from the incredible 2008 season (7/6/2008 specifically) that saw the Cubs go on to win their 2nd consecutive Division Championship. I may not be a Cardinals fan, but I certainly do love getting to games down there, and cannot wait to go again. I think they did a really great job with the new stadium; it's a fantastic atmosphere for a ballgame, especially when the mini sea of blue is in attendance for when the Cubs are in town.
700 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
Date of first visit: 04/04/2007
American Family Field (Milwaukee Brewers)
first visited between 2001 & 2005 --- "Baxter, is that you? Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee!" --- Ah yes, the other City by the Lake. I have always loved this stadium. I don't recall exactly when my first game was there, but I believe it was between its opening in 2001 and 2005. Either way, I've been there many times since to so many incredible Cubs-Brewers game there with a whole lot of different friends. The Wisconsin fans will rib ya a bit, but deep down, we're all just good ole hearty Midwest people, and I think there is a bit of a kinship there. It's also nice always knowing that you won't be rained out when you have plans to head up either. Plus, having several thousand fellow Cubs fans there is always enjoyable. Beer & cheese curds help too. I love going to Cubs games with my buddy Sean as well. He's practically a Cubs season ticket holder in Milwaukee, and you can't beat the smell of the tailgate grills out in the parking lot when you're pre-gaming. It's one of the best baseball tailgate scenes you find anywhere in the country!
1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214, USA
Date of first visit: 08/09/2006
HHH Metrodome (Minnesota Twins)
If getting to St. Louis was the true start of my baseball journey, then this jaunt to Minneapolis truly cemented the endeavor as a long-term goal. I solo-journeyed in my Dad's old Dodge pickup from Rice Lake, WI (where me, my brothers, & Dad were on a fishing trip) to the Twin Cities to pick-up a computer monitor I had bought on eBay (that we used in college for the next 2 years out in the garage to play music at all our college parties. This was way pre-bluetooth & streaming, people! Had to Limewire download and actually digitally store the mp3's in those days; there was no streaming option!) This tangent from a vacation though was solely to attend a Twins game at the @Metrodome. I sat in the 12th row for a Twins-Devil Rays game, a Johan Santana & Twins victory! I struck up a conversation with the Twins fans sitting around me; they said they hated the Metrodome and thought it was bland and boring. As someone that had never been in a dome, I actually thought it was super cool. I'll never forget the rush of air you feel going through the doors from the high pressured air inside trying to push outward. It was a trip I'll never forget and was so fortunate to have made before the Twins left after 2009 and it was eventually demolished in 2014.
900 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Date of first visit: 07/20/2006
Old Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)
Getting to this stadium in its last season is where the dream to visit all active MLB stadiums really first came to life. This was the first time I actively went out of my way to go visit a baseball stadium. I ended up going with my buddy Tim Koll; we stayed in some ramshackle of a hotel but were privileged enough to go to 2 games and make a true trip of it. I know we have pictures from this trip somewhere, but as of this post, I've yet to track them down. Keep in mind this was before overwhelming prevalence of digital cameras & camera phones. I probably even brought a disposable camera. (Do kids today even know what that is?) The 2 Cardinal games we went to were not against the Cubs, but just getting down there at age 19 felt pretty cool, especially knowing this would be it for the historic stadium. At the time, construction on the new stadium had already begun around the footprint of the cookie-cutter, but of the mid-century cookie cutters, I'd give Old Busch a nod for being, at least architecturally, one of the coolest with the upper facade emulating the gateway arch presiding over the city and often in the background. I've gone on to visit St. Louis many times since, but this first independent trip was very special...even if it was the Cardinals. At least we got to see them lose 1 of the 2 games!
250 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of first visit: 08/04/2005
Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago White Sox)
first visited between 1994 & 1998 --- My memories at G-Rate aren't quite as plentiful as on the North Side, but there have certainly been some great times down there. Similar to Wrigley, we believe I likely visited it for the first time (when it was still New Comiskey obviously) sometime between the ages of 8 & 12, and I've been back many times since. I was even so lucky as to go on the field, sit in the dugout, and hold the 2005 WS trophy (although I don't think I held it out of principal as a Cubs fan; my Dad did though!) back in 2007. Cubs-Sox games on the South Side are always a great time too. My first visit with Jackie was back in 2018 toward the end of the season for the Crosstown Series. Just because it's not Wrigley, personally, I think this stadium gets a bad-rap. Sure, it's the newest of the non-modern-retro stadiums, which was unfortunate timing, (new Comiskey opened in 1991 and the first of the modern-retro stadiums, Camden Yards in Baltimore, opened in 1992 beginning the current trend of modern ballparks,) but I still enjoy watching games here. The outfield concourse is very nice to get around and very spacious. I'm sure I'll see plenty more games here before it's all said and done.
333 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
Date of first visit: 07/15/1996
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
first visited between 1994 & 1998 --- What isn't there to say about Wrigley Field? To me, this is one of the most magical places that I have ever visited. Every time I walk through the lower level concourse and then up the the stairs to the field concourse and first set sight on the infield and the grass, it's an incredible feeling of "This. Is. Home." I've been so privileged to embark on this shrine of a jewelbox sooo many times and with sooo many people. Going to Wrigley never gets old. Chats with old friends. Chats with new friends. Chats you sometimes forget after too many libations. I don't know exactly when my first game was, but it was with my dad sometime back in the 90s out in the family section near the left field foul pole when I was between 8 and 12 we think. And my first visit with Jackie was on 5/13/2013, a Cubs 9-1 win over the Colorado Rockies, ironic seeing as we would move to Denver together barely 15 months later. Like Eddie Vedder says, "In the same ballpark, our diamond, our jewel. The home of our joy and our fears. Keeping traditions, and wishes made new. The place where our grandfathers' fathers they grew." --- Here's to the greatest ballpark on earth and the site of what we hope will be more than just a 2016 World Series Championship. Cheers to all my Cubs fans and Wrigley fans worldwide!
1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
Date of first visit: 06/15/1995
Elfstrom Stadium (Kane County Cougars - Marlins Class-A Affiliate (at the time))
first visited between 1993 & 1996 The Cougars have always been a good draw for minor league baseball in the Chicagoland area. I don't have any specific memories of having come here, but I confirmed with my Dad that we did. Perhaps for a Cubs Scout outing or even for a Post Office outing. The Union that my dad was a part of was always putting on fun family outings on an annual basis, and this sounds right up their alley. It was called Elfstrom Stadium at the time and was a Marlins affiliate, but that was a long time ago. Now it's called Northwestern Medicine Field and the Cougars are unaffiliated and part of the independent Midwest League after the minor league shuffle of 2020. The stadium is near enough to where I live currently though, that I'd be surprised if I were to never make a return trip in adulthood.
34w002 Cherry Lane, Geneva, Illinois 60134, USA
Date of first visit: 07/15/1994