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We:30 Share & Tell: Patrick Shares His Baseball Stadium Rankings
In this week's Share & Tell, Patrick, one of our Project Managers, gives us his inside scoop on the Major League Baseball stadiums that he's visited (so far!).
Every Wednesday at 3:30 we gather to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. In our Share & Tell edition, we invite the employee to share their unique story, or simply something that inspires them.
My name is Patrick Hayes and I have an addiction: I absolutely love baseball stadiums.
To me there’s nothing more exhilarating than traveling into a foreign city, staring wide-eyed at the skyline, and experiencing the accompanied anticipation of exploring all the nooks of the ballpark. This is the smell of summer I crave.
Immediately after graduating college I embarked on a seven-day, seven-stadium tour that will never be topped. I’ve attended a two-city, day-night doubleheader, sleeping in an airport overnight to take the first flight out for a noon game two time zones away. Needless to say, there’s nothing quite like this experience and I’ve made it my goal to visit every single MLB stadium that exists.
With the expectation that I’ll be adding Petco Park to the list on April 9, here’s my current official rankings:
1. Fenway Park – Boston Red Sox (2008)
2. PNC Park – Pittsburgh Pirates (2008 & 2013)
- The Green Monster and I watched batting practice from on the field!
3. AT&T Park – San Francisco Giants (2012)
4. Old Yankee Stadium – New York Yankees (2008)
- Upper-deck views provide stellar sights of the bay. Stop winning the World Series already.
5. Tiger Stadium – Detroit Tigers (every year from 1989-1999)
- If this Subway Series game versus the Mets wasn’t rained out, it could be at the top. You can just feel the history in Monument Park.
6. Safeco Field – Seattle Mariners (2013)
- Nostalgia. Old stadiums were just built different, with narrow concourses and being right on top of the action. Not to mention the flag pole was in play.
7. Camden Yards – Baltimore Orioles (2008)
- Lucky enough to see a game where the roof was deployed during play in the 7th inning. Two completely different environments.
8. Comerica Park – Detroit Tigers (every year form 2000 – present)
- B&O Warehouse. The lovely brick building that Ken Griffey Jr. hit during the 1993 Homerun Derby; need I say more?
9. Wrigley Field – Chicago Cubs (2012)
- Amazing views of some of the most beautifully architected buildings of the 1900s.
10. Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati Reds (2007)
- Ivy, cramped seats and fans that are there more to be seen than to watch the game. That’s when you know you’re old.
11. Progressive Field – Cleveland Indians (2008 & 2013)
- Definition of a band box. Fun atmosphere but feels more minor league in stature.
12. Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles Dodgers (2012)
- It’s Cleveland…don’t get me started.
13. Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia Phillies (2008)
- Third-oldest park surely feels like it.
14. U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago White Sox (2009)
- The blandest stadium I’ve been to. You know that "Always Sunny" episode with Mac and Chase Utley? My fantasy baseball man crush was just as real.
15. Shea Stadium – New York Mets (2008)
- Ugh, they segregate parts of their stadium off from each other, which completely defeats the purpose of being able to wander and embrace the atmosphere.
- Attended on a Wednesday afternoon which happened to be Weather Appreciation Day for what seemed like 25,000 middle school kids. Not to mention the cement on the third deck was literally crumbling in its final year.