We got back home on Sunday night after a long and exhausting trip from Denver. It was great to be home. Yet, we were somewhat saddened by the fact that we have now run out of new, big league ballparks to visit. This incredible trip, which began in early April and concluded last week, will surely be an experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Now, whenever we watch a game on TV, it is a lot of fun to reminisce about the game that we saw at that ballpark.
Thank you for joining us along the way. Here are some quick takes.
Our favorite ballparks: We liked them ALL but here are a few that were especially beautiful. AT&T Park in San Francisco, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Camden Yards in Baltimore, Comerica Park in Detroit, and Miller Park in Milwaukee. And of course, Progressive Field in Cleveland, by default, as we are Indians fans.
Most exciting games: There were quite a few.
(1) Anibal Sanchez carrying a no-hitter through one out in the ninth inning against Minnesota before it was broken up by Joe Mauer at Comerica Park, Detroit on May 24th.
(2) Ronny Cedeno putting down a safety squeeze in the ninth to push the Astros past Cubs by a score of 4-3 at Wrigley Field in Chicago on June 22nd.
(3) Brandon “The Baby Giraffe” Belt’s costly error in the ninth when he let a ball go between his legs and allowed the Cubs to score two runs and beat the Giants 3-2 at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 26th.
(4) Padres’ Chris Denorfia coming up with a huge 2-run, walk-off, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth against fireballer Aroldis Chapman for a shocking 2-1 win over the Reds at Petco Park in San Diego on July 29th.
The home team win-loss record: 10 – 20 (The home field advantage is waaaaay overrated, we think).
Number of one-run games: 8 (that’s more than a quarter of all the games we saw!)
Number of pitchers with Cy Young Awards: 6 (Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, Bartolo Colon, and Tim Lincecum)
Wildest half inning: The Tigers scored 8 runs in the top of the fourth inning at Camden Yards on June 1. The inning began with three back-to-back-to-back home runs and was capped by a grand slam by Miguel Cabrera!
Number of home runs: 70
Number of Balks: 5
Best “Take That” Moment: Light-hitting 2B Chris Getz of KC launching a home run shortly after it was announced prior to his at-bat, on the main scoreboard in Atlanta, that “In 829 at bats for the Royals, Getz has never hit a home run.”
Number of current/former students met: 16
Our most exhausting trip: Nine games in nine different cities in nine days (June 14-22)
Bobble-heads: Ryan Braun (Brewers) and Vin Scully (Dodgers)
Fireworks: Comerica Park (Detroit), Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City), and Chase Field (Phoenix).
Post-game concert: Citi Field, NY on June 14, 2013. Performed by Foreigner.