The Tour

Joey's first major league park is one that many consider to be the worst. Tropicana Field in St. Pete FL. June 13, 2010. Joey's first Major League park. A summer visit with Mom and Dad to Florida includes a ball game. We had fallen into love with the Rays during the 2008 World Series. Business interests connected us to the Tampa area. Joey is 6 and Dad is 50.
Joey’s first major league park is one that many consider to be the worst. Tropicana Field in St. Pete FL. June 13, 2010. A summer visit with Mom and Dad to Florida includes a ball game. We had fallen into love with the Rays during the 2008 World Series. Business interests connected us to the Tampa area. Joey is 6 and Dad is 50 (searching for that new mid-life challenge).

My son, Joey, and I set out a few years ago on a mission to visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks before he turned 21 ( or did not care anymore).  Through the years…it seems he has relished these father/son adventures.  I have tried to photograph as much as I can about the ballparks, but it is this page that I think I will cherish the most.  It is here I will post cherished pictures taken with Joey through the years.

Cincinnati Reds-Great American Ball Park August 1, 2010

Cincinnati Reds-Great American Ball Park August 1, 2010

Joey's second Major League ballpark. A hot Sunday in August and he loves everything about the ball park. Including batting practice. It was on this afternoon, the idea of visiting all 30 parks was first hatched.
St. Louis Cardinals-Busch Stadium- July 6, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals-Busch Stadium- July 6, 2011

Possibly the only park where we had our picture taken in the opposing team's gear! As the tour has progressed, we would now place a Cardinals hat on our head for this picture. As much as we loved the Cardinals fans, our hearts lie with other Central Division teams.
Chicago White Sox-U.S. Cellular Field-August 1, 2011

Chicago White Sox-U.S. Cellular Field-August 1, 2011

Drive up to the south side of Chicago for an evening game between the White Sox and Yankees. We finally arrive after dealing with traffic headaches..shortly before the national anthem. White Sox fans are some of the most interesting and entertaining of all ball parks we have visited.
Miami Marlins-Marlins Stadium- July 29, 2012

Miami Marlins-Marlins Stadium- July 29, 2012

First year for the new Miami ball park and the new "Miami" Marlins. Roof is closed for the game but at the end of the game, roof opens. We get to see the park both ways! The famous "ugly" sculpture in center field and the bobblehead museum were interesting. The fish tank behind home plate is the coolest feature of this park! Walk off victory for the Marlins.
Detroit Tigers-Comerica Park- August 6, 2012

Detroit Tigers-Comerica Park- August 6, 2012

This is one of those parks that if a lot of fun for everybody. Family friendly with unique ball park attractions and food. Watched Justin Verlander pitch a solid 8 innings against the Yankees and give up 5 hits of shut out ball.
Miller Park-Milwaukee Brewers- July 8, 2013

Miller Park-Milwaukee Brewers- July 8, 2013

A beautiful ball park with a retractable roof. Brewers take down the Reds. The game starts with the roof open. It then closes due to storms in the area. Around 7th inning it opens up again for remainder of the game. A very impressive facility.
Chicago Cubs-Wrigley Field- July 9, 2013

Chicago Cubs-Wrigley Field- July 9, 2013

Joey and Joel at Wrigley Field July 9, 2013. Cubs defeat Anaheim Angels of LA or whatever they are called. The park is full of history but that history in some ways may not connect with youth. Joey appreciated the feel of the park but missed the modern amenities he had seen in so many other parks. Renovation in the near future will make another visit an interesting comparison.
New York Yankees-Yankee Stadium - July 27, 2014

New York Yankees-Yankee Stadium - July 27, 2014

The "new" Yankee Stadium in the last weeks of Jeter. A full house on an overcast Sunday afternoon versus Toronto Blue Jays. You can feel the tradition and recognize you are somewhere special. I am not sure we would call this one of the "fun" stadiums but we had a great memorable day.
New York Mets-Citi Field NYC July 28, 2014

New York Mets-Citi Field NYC July 28, 2014

Our visit to Queens New York has been one of the surprizes of our tour. A very kid friendly ballpark! It quickly became one of Joey's favorites. The throwing and hitting cages are free! The people are very friendly! The stadium is new and the entry area is spectacular. You can only hope that someday the team on the field matches the impressiveness of their home field!