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April 15, 2007


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posted by Michael at April 15, 2007


On ballparks: AT&T park in San Francisco does pretty well by most of those criteria. Some maps and pictures here:

Posted by: Glen Raphael on April 15, 2007 5:09 PM

Not sure from Mr. Bess' essayish list how many of the old ballparks he actually went to. I have never been to, thought would love to go to, Wrigley Field and see what he's talking about.
I have been to Yankee Stadium before the massive renovations in 1974-75, to the Orioles' stadium prior to Camden Yards, Memorial Stadium, Jarry Park (o.k., it was opened in 1969, but it was definetley old style) and to Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

Aside from the lack of amenities, which didn't bother me much back then since you went to the park/stadium/field for the game, all of these ballfields were missing one crucial characteristic. Great sight lines. Unless you paid for the lower level seats or snuck down there in the later innings when the seats were deserted, youo had to crane your head around poles, posts, and people's out-of-proportion bodies.

I much prefer the new baseball parks. Are there more places to drop some money there? Yes. But what the hell happened to self-control!?! Or just saying, "No!"? To sit in Camden Yards, Citizens Bank Park, or, my favorite, PNC Park and watch a game is to be offered a comfortable seat with great sight lines all around, irregardless of the price of your seats.

Mr. Bess is a bit curmudgeony. Hope that helps him, or rather his bladder, when he tries to find relief at Wrigley Field. A buddy in Chicago tells me it's not odd to see guys just leaning against a dark wall there and sighing while marking their spot.

Posted by: DarkoV on April 16, 2007 9:30 PM

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