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five best baseball stadiums …

Just got back from Fenway. Man, what a stadium. I’m a New York boy at heart, but Fenway is sooooo much better than Yankee Stadium or (hahahaha) Shea. There’s just something about the texture to the place—genuine, authentic, oozing with passion. I was sort of instructed long ago to hate the Sox, but it’s kind of hard when you’re there, smelling the smells and feeling the feels. Just a joy.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to give you my five best baseball stadiums in America. In order …

1. Fenway Park—Easily. Yeah, the seats are at odd angles, and the bathrooms are nasty. But the charm conquers all.

2. Wrigley Field—See Fenway.

3. Dodger Stadium—The fans are pretty lame (show up late, leave early), but the stadium is wonderful.

4. Minute Maid Park—I know … I know—the joint is as traditional as a Justin Timberlake single. But there’s something about it that just works. Plus, most important, the press box buffet is first rate.

5. Safeco Field—Still manages to blow me away. Magnificent.

By the way, I’ve invented a word, and I’d like to debut it here. It’s Constaria. This is when you really have to go to the bathroom, and it feels like you’ve got the runs, but when you finally reach the toilet nothing comes out. The term is used regularly in my house to describe a condition nobody wants to endure. Feel free to bring it into your home, too.

Final thought: Why does my nose look so weird in this photo? Hmm …

5 replies on “five best baseball stadiums …”

Trained as a hater of all things Boston from a young age, my experience at Fenway was identical. I don’t think my dad was ever more disappointed in me than when I told him I enjoyed the atmosphere of Yawkey Way more than the atmosphere at Stan’s.

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As an avid baseball park fan, I can’t object with either of your top 2. However, I’m surprised that neither PNC nor Pac Bell/AT&T/SBC/??? made it onto your list. I’ve been to over 20 MLB stadiums in my short 21 years, and those those two are top 5 for sure. I guess the best part of these debates is that it really doesn’t matter. Even the most dreadful stadiums like my beloved Shea have something to offer.

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Houston?!? Seriously? It’s not a ballpark; it’s a Baseball-Centric Maximized Entertainment Experienceâ„¢. And I don’t care if it’s 90-plus degrees outside–points lost for keeping the roof on most of the time.

Swap out Pittsburgh there and your list is pretty good.

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Love Safeco! Also, I love the magic of Fenway, but not the magic of trying to squeeze my ass into one of those seats.

I also like Camden Yards, but maybe because the concessions are in an air-conditioned enclosure. There’s nothing like eating Boog’s Barbecue with air blowing up your shorts.

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