2011 Baseball Season

     I’m actually super-excited about this baseball season. I guess what I’m most excited about is the fact that I’m going to make it to four new stadiums in the Major Leagues that I have not yet attended during the regular season.

oakland-coliseum-opening-day.jpg      First stop is Oakland California. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (formally Network Associates Coliseum and McAfee Coliseum and commonly The Oakland Coliseum or The Coliseum) as you all know is the home of the Oakland Athletics. There is a lot of great history at this specific baseball/football stadium. ( The Oakland Raiders play here too ) Catfish Hunter threw the ninth Major League perfect game here. And this was the home of the Bash Brothers! Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. Canseco made history for being the first player in the Major Leagues to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in one season. The A’s won a few World Series here too, including the “Battle of the Bays” World Series against the Giants which was intrupted by an earthquake. And on May 9th 2010, nearly 42 years later, Dallas Braden would throw the 19th perfect game in League history. I will be attending Opening Day and the following game. Right now I have a lifetime of 97 baseballs. So Ill probably end up snagging my 100th at the Coliseum. Im still debating if I should get it signed by Oakland Athletic players. My first baseball I ever got was at Kauffman Stadium where I had a few Royals sign it. So. We will see.

     Next stop…

SafecoField.jpg     Safeco Field. Or the “Safe”. I’ve already been to this stadium a few times and I really like going here. Although the security is extremely tight and the security guards in the field box seating are quite the nazis but its still a great atmosphere for baseball. I’ve snagged about seven baseballs here over the years and since Safeco Field will be my “home” stadium for the season, and possibly the next few, I plan to snag a lot of baseballs from this particular place.

     When the dog days of summer roll around I will be making my way towards the midwest. The last two seasons of baseball I spent the majority of my time between Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and Busch Stadium in St Louis. I also visted U.S Cellular in Chicago and I attended a handful of games at Great American BallPark in Cincinnati. I really enjoy watching baseball at GABP. But this year I will be headed to…

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     Wrigley Field! Now. I havent actually attended a live game here. BUT. I did go to a “Meet and Greet” in 2009. The Cubs lined up in the lower third base side bleachers and all the fans single filed down the concourse, shook hands, collected autographs, and met their favorite players. It was quite the experience. The Cubs do it every year. So if you think you missed out you didnt. Although it does cost about $300 dollars to do this but you get a hotdog, a Major League baseball, and tickets to the game. Being that this is the second oldest baseball stadium in the Major Leagues to this day I have to pay this place a visit. I had opportunities to go last year and the year before but I just didnt go. I know, I know. But I’ve made plans to go this year.

     More towards the end of the season I am planning a trip to Florida.

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     Tropicana Field is one of the stadiums Im visiting while Im there. This place really reminds me of the Kingdome. Its really ugly on the inside and not anymore appealing on the outside. But for some reason I like it. But what really confuses me is why is there a domed stadium in Florida? If anything they should have gave this eyesore a retractable roof. Anyway. Im excited to be apart of some Rays baseball this year. Of course my last stop in Florida before I head back to the Emerald City…

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     Sun Life Stadium. Or Pro Player Stadium. Or Dolphin Stadium. Or whatever else they’ll decide to name it before I get there. Now the reason why Im going here this year is because the Florida Marlins are actually getting a new stadium next year. Thats right folks. Sun Life Stadium is on the “endangered” list. Well, not officially. They arent actually going to tear this stadium down because the Miami Dolphins play here. But after this season there will be no more baseball. The name of the new stadium where the Marlins are going to play will be called Miami Ballpark. ( I’m so glad they didn’t name it something like Netflix Stadium or Kosher Field ) So next year I will be returning to Florida to watch baseball there and hopefully snag a commemorative baseball.

     This year I plan to attend at least 100 baseball games. So going by my stats of ball snagging I should end up with close to 250 baseballs this year. I havent much else to report other than there is about 10 days left before Opening Day! I hope everyone had a great off season, and wonderful Spring Training and an even better Regular Season/Post Season!

Until next time…

 

4 Comments

Wayne,
My name is will and I’m from NJ. I noticed that your home stadium will be Safeco this season. Being in the AL West, the Mariners will obviously host 2 or 3 series against the Angels this year. As you may know, the Angels are using a baseball this year commemorating their 50th season at all of their home games. When commemorative balls are used so frequently by teams, they usually end up in BP buckets at home and on the road. My request from you is, when the Angels first visit in mid May, can you let me know if you snag any of those commemorative balls or if you ever see any? The reason I ask is because if they show up enough on the road during BP, I will make sure to attend a few Angels games this year.
Thanks
Will
http://snaggingautographsandbaseballs.mlblogs.com/

WILL- I have also heard this rumor that the Angels are using commemorative baseballs this year. I plan to go to just about every Mariner home game so I will most definetly be at the Mariners Vs Angels games. I will keep a sharp eye out for these baseballs as I would like to have one myself.

Last year I caught two Minnesota Twins Target Field commemorative baseballs at Kauffman stadium on the last few days of the season. The Royals were playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Its interesting how these baseballs circulate the United States with different teams. Who knows you might end up with a Yankee Stadium commemorative baseball from 2009 this year!

-Wayne

Great post!!! I’d love to go on a tour of all the ball parks, I’ve never been to Wrigley. That’s my first stop.

—Mark Gauthier
http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

Believe me, if the builders had the technology 25 years ago to do a adequate retractable roof that can withstand Hurricans winds….It would have been done. Actually, the original Trop was not suppose to be totally enclosed, but the place would have been a monster to cool down with an opening beyond the leftfield or centerfield pavilion.
This is also the last season of the Marlins playing in the orange sea of empty seats. In April 2012, they get a retractable roof stadium in the heart of Miami that will feature a fish tank behind Home Plate…only in Florida.
Hope you have a great trip, I am also a big fan of the “Safe” and its great views from behind the LF stands of Seattle and Alaskan Way.

Rays Renegade
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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