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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!