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I have now visited 75 Stadiums
The 65th stadium I visited was Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, California on August 17, 2007. The stadium is a lot like the Lake County Captains stadium in Eastlake, Ohio. The first pitch of the game was thrown by Stockton Port pitcher Brad Davis to Visalia Oaks center-fielder Gregory Thompson. The Ports are the A's California League affiliate and the Oaks are the Diamondbacks affiliate. Splash, the Port's mascot, spends a lot of time with the fans. Pretty impressive considering how warm it was that day.
The 64th stadium I visited was Herschel Greer Stadium in Nashville on June 1st, 2007. Nashville, a Brewers AAA farm team, beat the Las Vegas 51s, Dodgers farm team, 6-2. This photo shows Yovani Gallardo pitch to Choo Freeman. Gallardo looks like the real thing as he struck out
ten in this outing. The stadium, built in 1978, features a guitar scoreboard. There was talk of building a new stadium in Nashville but that has been put off for the time being.
The 63rd stadium I visited was Cooper Stadium in Columbus, Ohio where I saw the Columbus Clippers (AAA - Washington) beat the Rochester Red Wings (AAA - Baltimore) 7-2. This stadium
was built in1932 and looks it with girders which can obstruct a spectator's view of the game. The skyboxes which have been added give the stadium an odd look. You can see downtown Columbus from your seat.
The 62nd stadium I visited, I saw the Kinston Indians, the Cleveland Indians Single-A Carolina League affiliate play at Grainger Stadium, the second oldest stadium in the Carolina League. As you enter the park, the Kinston Indian greets you from the outfield. Scout, the Kinston Mascot,
signs an autograph for an admirer. Indians pitcher Sung-Wei Tseng faces off with Myrtle Beach Pelican, Quentin Davis to start the game.
The 61st Stadium I attended a game at was Comerica Park in Detroit. Was there for their final game of their ALDS series against the Yankees and the final game of their series sweep against the A's.
Outside the stadium, you are greeted by the gargoyle-like Tigers and a statue of Ernie Harwell welcomes you into Comerica. Kid-friendly, along with this merry-go-round it also has a ferris wheel. For baseball junkies, like me, statues of famous tiger players, here is Hal Newhouser, and displays featuring former players too. This one is of Mickey Cochrane. Many of you know my roots are in Detroit and Mickey was on of my Grandfather's favorite players when both were younger. I also believe that Mickey Cochrane was the player Mickey Mantle was named after. Oh, they also play baseball there. This is the first pitch of the last game of the A's series. Great location there to shoot photos from.
My 60th Stadium was Cashman Field in Las Vegas
My 59th Stadium was McAfee Coliseum in Oakland
My 58th Stadium was A T & T Park in San Francisco
My 57th Stadium was Raley Field in Sacramento
The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati was my 56th stadium. I saw the Phillies score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to beat the hapless Reds, 11-10.
(Someone congratulated me on visiting all these stadiums and I said for what, having no life)
I went to RFK (54th Stadium) and have no photos, just barely got to the game in time and also went to Camden Yards (55the Stadium).
At the Diamond in Richmond (53rd Stadium), you are greeted by a large Brave. Seth Greisinger started the game the Richmond Braves eventually lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox. He almost started for Atlanta that night as one of the pitchers was sick.
52nd Stadium - Fifth Third Field, Toledo
Tim Raines Jr. of the Ottawa Lynx is batting when they played the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo on June 12th. (If I planned a little better, it could have been my 53rd stadium)
The Lynx won 4-3 in 11 innings. I was with 7,443 of my closest friends. The Mudhens are the Tigers Triple A franchise and the Lynx are the Orioles Triple A franchise.
The 2006 Triple A All-Star Game will be held at Fifth Third Field which is right in downtown Toledo.
The 51st baseball stadium I've seen major or minor league baseball in is Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. Home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers - A Cleveland Indians Short Season minor league team
My favorite stadium, of course, is Progressive Field, formerly Jacobs Field
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