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michael schwartz (66) replied to Marv's discussion Minimum time at a game
"My long time standard has been to stay at least until the game became "official" at 4.5 or 5 innings.  This assumed I was there for the first pitch.  My dad and I went to both Phils and Cubs games years ago where we sat for hours…"
Sep 25, 2016
michael schwartz (66) liked Mary (15)'s blog post Marlins Park August 2015
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michael schwartz (66) replied to Bob Bruce's discussion Miami parking tips?
"Bob, go to my page and see my report from August 16, 2012.  I took the Metro from the airport to the ballpark, which worked great, and gave all the details.  Have fun, Michael Schwartz"
Apr 10, 2015
michael schwartz (66) replied to Juan G. Ruiz's discussion 2015 Ballpark Trip - 4 Potential Choices
"Dustin, Once you have seen all the current ballparks, you may find you love it when teams build new ballparks! Nothing beats the excitement of seeing a game at a new venue, plus it gives you an excuse to do some more sightseeing. I'm already…"
Mar 3, 2015
michael schwartz (66) commented on michael schwartz (66)'s blog post Cuba!
"Interestingly Craig, I have been to Cuba; actually the infamous Guantanamo Naval Station! On a two week Naval Reserve cruise in 1965, we put into Gitmo for a few days. It was mid-summer, and the place was hotter than Hades. This of course was long…"
Feb 25, 2015
Jack (6) commented on michael schwartz (66)'s blog post Yankee Stadium-1957
"Yeah keep posting Michael! Thanks for sharing."
Feb 24, 2015
Craig (15) commented on michael schwartz (66)'s blog post Cuba!
"That would be cool. Have you been to Cuba before? Their ballpark looks massive!"
Feb 24, 2015
michael schwartz (66) replied to Dave (20+5)'s discussion When to Count a Park
"An example of how the "rules" can be flexible: I took my dad, then in his eighties, to see a game in old Tiger Stadium. The place was packed with Blue Jay fans who drove over from Canada. Those were the days when they used to sell out…"
Jan 29, 2015
michael schwartz (66) replied to Dave (20+5)'s discussion When to Count a Park
"My personal criteria that I have used since 1950: 1. Game must count. Exhibitions do not. Post-season, yes. All Star Game, definite maybe. 2. Game must become "official,' by playing 4 1/2 or five innings as appropriate. I have victimized…"
Jan 28, 2015
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michael schwartz (66) replied to Juan G. Ruiz's discussion 2015 Ballpark Trip - 4 Potential Choices
"IMO, St. Louis is the best baseball town in America. K.C. has a very nice older ballpark, plus terrific BBQ, the Negro Baseball Leagues Museum and a museum of jazz next door. All your choices will be fun, but the SL/KC pair is special."
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Cuba!

Hey Chasers---I'm psyched to see the Marlins vs. Rays at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana! The place holds 55,000 and no doubt would sell out in a heartbeat for a major league game. It might happen sooner than we think. A good Cuban cigar would be a treat, too.See More
Dec 19, 2014
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Cuba!

Hey Chasers---I'm psyched to see the Marlins vs. Rays at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana! The place holds 55,000 and no doubt would sell out in a heartbeat for a major league game. It might happen sooner than we think. A good Cuban cigar would be a treat, too.See More
Dec 19, 2014
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Is it a life goal to see all 30 Major League Ballparks?
Yes
How many current MLB ballparks have you visited?
Seen them all
What is your hometown ballpark?
Yankee Stadium
What is your favorite ballpark?
Pre-1970s renovation Yankee Stadium

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Cuba!

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

Hey Chasers---I'm psyched to see the Marlins vs. Rays at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana! The place holds 55,000 and no doubt would sell out in a heartbeat for a major league game. It might happen sooner than we think. A good Cuban cigar would be a treat, too.

Yankee Stadium-1957

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:34pm 1 Comment

This is the scorecard cover from August 8,1957, Washington Senators at New York Yankees. The Nats won the game 6-1, before a throng of 9108. Mickey Mantle batted third and Yogi Berra batted cleanup, but the only homer hit that day was by the light-hitting Eddie Yost (the "walking man") of the Nats. I'll periodically be posting scorecard covers from other games I attended in different ballparks if there is any interest amongst the group.…

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Day Trip to Houston From NJ

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Traveled to Houston yesterday to see the Yankees and Astros play their final game of the season. As usual used airline miles to make the trip in one day to avoid the hassles of baggage and overnight stays. Left Newark at 5:20 AM, was in Houston before 8, rented a car, and spent the morning visiting geographic highpoints (another hobby) in the area, Houston's highest natural elevation being an oxygen-deprived 280+ feet!

The game itself was 14 innings of mostly bad baseball between two…

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Day Trip to Marlins Park

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 7:30am 2 Comments

Had a successful trip to Marlins Park yesterday and got my ballpark total up to 66, where it's likely to stay for some time until the A's build a new park or MLB schedules more games in foreign venues.

Flew out of Newark at 6AM, landed in Miami (MIA) at 9. Had some chow, killed time with a book until 10:30, then headed for the ballpark. From MIA, look for signs for the MIA Mover and Metrorail. In most cases you will take an elevator up to level three, then follow signs to the MIA…

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Tokyo Trip

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 2:30pm 5 Comments

Just returned from my trip to see the A's vs. M's at the Tokyo Dome.  Flew out of Newark late morning on Tuesday, arrived Tokyo after 14-hour flight the next afternoon without seeing a night.  Checked into a hotel near the Narita Airport and immediately headed for Tokyo, some 40 miles away, by train(s). Getting off the train and walking to the Dome with the excited baseball crowd felt completely familiar, except that everyone was Japanese and the sign on the ballpark read, "TOKYO…

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At 11:15pm on March 2, 2013, Brendan W. said…

Hi Michael, you made a comment on my profile in January. I hadn't been on here in a long time. I'm updating you to tell you that I've seen 2 parks that have closed down (Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium,) my dad has seen games at the Polo Grounds (when the '62 Mets played there, he said it was a comedy show.) He's actually a Yankees Fan, who grew up right near the Bronx. I'm pretty sure he never saw a game at Ebbets as he was probably too young to remember. I bet my grandfather did though.

This year for Christmas I got a 4-pack, letting me go to four games at Citi Field. In addition I got a ticket as a gift for Christmas, another that is a part of a fundraiser-bus trip to Citi Field, and another for my birthday that is to Opening Day! I also got money saved up that will allow me to see parks like Progressive Field, Nationals Park, PNC Park, and Possibly CBP Again.

I know what you mean about seeing the old parks. I'm very thankful that I saw games at Old Yankee and many at Shea. When Citi Field opened, I never realized how much I'd miss Shea Stadium. I think everyone has an attachment to the team, stadium, and players that they first discovered there love for baseball in. It's funny, I never thought of Shea Stadium as a dump. I thought of it as the greatest place in the world. Back in 2006, I never compared stadiums. I always just thought of them as places that baseball was played with slight differences. I hope the Mets can make Citi Field more home-like to their fans. They haven't contended since their last year at Shea (I attended the 3rd and 2nd to last games at Shea Stadium.)

At 6:30am on August 31, 2009, Brenda (13new4old MLB/10MiLB) said…
Hi Michael:

Can't wait to read more of you blogs about games and ballparks you've seen. My hometown ballpark is Yankee Stadium, too, although I didn't get to see the pre-70's version.
At 7:46am on July 10, 2009, Craig (15) said…
Hey Michael- welcome to Ballpark Chasers! Glad you found us!
 
 
 

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