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Little Cubs Field - Freeport, Illinois

If you are ever in the Freeport, Illinois area make sure to stop by and take in Little Cubs Field, a scale version of Wrigley Field used for youth baseball games.

It is open to the public so you can also participate in some epic Wiffle Ball action.  I felt 10 years old again!  Check out some photos here: …

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on May 7, 2018 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Preseason Tour of Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas

I was in Dallas for business before the season started and got to take a tour of Globe Life Park.

Here is my photo diary: LINK

Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on June 21, 2017 at 8:36am — No Comments

Harry Pohlman Field - Beloit, WI

Here are some pictures of my recent trip to see the Beloit Snappers, Single A affiliate of the Oakland A's.

Pohlman Field

Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on May 18, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments

Photo Diary from Wrigley Field Home Opener 2017

Cold and blustery night.  Ridiculous weather delays.  Got little sleep.  Totally worth it.  

PHOTO DIARY

Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on April 13, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Here's a quirky thing I started doing at the ballgames I go to...

My son and I always compete to see how many triple peanuts we can get out of a bag at the games we go to.  There was a game I went to without him so I took a photo of my triple to send him in the name of good-natured taunting.  

Here is a collection of my triples since that time - hope you enjoy! 

Triples Gallery

Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on November 8, 2016 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

All Time Ballpark Rankings through 2014

As I sat down to do this, I thought (1) this would be easier and (2) I would have much more objective reasons for slotting each ballpark.

What I found out, and surmise may be true with most people, is that the ranking is really just a personal opinion on the totality of the circumstances surrounding the game(s) witnessed in the park, the historical significance of the park, the people who were at the game with me and, increasingly, how good the food and beer choices are.

Here's…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on October 15, 2014 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

How I Became a Corporate Sell Out at Miller Park



I guess this is what it feels like to sell out. I vowed I would never let this happen, but it did. I was in the Milwaukee area for work and had the opportunity to attend the Brewers/Mets game from the Dew Deck at Miller Park. And I wore slacks to the ballgame. …

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on July 28, 2014 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

Our 2014 SoCal Baseball Trip

We just returned from a family trip to Southern California that included visits to Disneyland, Hollywood, Sequoia National Park, the San Diego Zoo and, of course, ballparks!

Angels Stadium

On Tuesday, July 8th, we attended the Angels and Blue Jays game at Angel Stadium. Upon entering at the main gate, the two massive Angels hats are even bigger in person than they look. We loved the fact that there was the MLB…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on July 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Handheld Ballparks: The Electronic Baseball Game Experience

If you are anything like me and of a certain age, you probably owned or played several of the various handheld electronic baseball games that were sold in the late 1970s and throughout the 1990s.  There was always something terribly appealing about holding a ballpark in your hands - imaging that the red flashing lights were actual ballplayers and that you were…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on June 26, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

Curtis Granderson Stadium at University of Illinois-Chicago Construction Photos

Curtis Granderson is a three-time American League All-Star and has signed a huge contract with the Mets that will pay him $60 million over the next four years.

Granderson played baseball for three years at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) from 2000 through 2002.  He had a monster year in 2002, hitting .483 (second in the nation) on 100 hits and scoring 76 runs, all still school season records.  He is also still the career leader for UIC in runs scored with 178 and 10th on the…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on March 17, 2014 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

2014 Baseball Trip - Part II

We are considering making the trek to Cooperstown for the induction weekend at the end of July and catching a Buffalo Bisons game along the way.

I have been to the Hall of Fame and Cooperstown before but never for the induction weekend. It already looks like the hotels in the area are booked so any advice on where to stay?

Any advice on the induction day itself? How early should we plan to get there in order to have a chance of seeing the stage and hearing the…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on January 21, 2014 at 2:26pm — 3 Comments

2014 Baseball Trip - Part I

I think we have decided to take a trip to the Los Angeles area in mid June and it looks to work out that we will be able to see the Dodgers at the beginning of the week and the Angels at the end of the week.

I have a couple of questions for anyone that lives in the area or is in the know:

1. Is there tailgating allowed in the parking lots at either stadium?

2. It looks like we may be staying in the Pasadena area - any recommendations for family-friendly…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on January 21, 2014 at 2:18pm — 6 Comments

Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience - 6/2/13

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to take in a number of Cubs games from several of the rooftops that line Waveland to the north and Sheffield to the east, but it has been probably 10 years or more since the last time I had done so. In the late 1990s, the rooftops were businesses but not terribly sophisticated. They served canned beer from tubs of ice, had a couple of Weber grills used to prepare burgers and hot dogs and the seating was a set or two of rickety…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on September 19, 2013 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

2013 Mini Baseball Trip to Indianapolis

From Chicago, Indianapolis is the nearest AAA team and about a 3 hour drive. The first week the kids were off of school provided us the opportunity to drive in for an afternoon game against the Durham Bulls and be home before dark.

Victory Field was a beautiful park with a great view of the city skyline beyond the outfield. Our ticket agent for the day of game sales set us up with some seats in the shade on the third base side of home plate.…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on September 19, 2013 at 5:53am — No Comments

Our 2013 Baseball Trip to Washington and Baltimore

Our 2013 baseball trip took us to Washington to see the Nationals and Baltimore to see the Orioles.

We enjoyed a couple of beautiful days in Washington and on our first morning did a walking tour to see the White House, National Mall and to visit the Air and Space Museum on the Smithsonian campus. Unfortunately, some idiots had thrown paint all over the Lincoln Memorial and it was closed for cleaning the morning we visited so we were not able to get very close to Lincoln’s statue. We…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on September 19, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

2013 Trip Planned - Washington and Baltimore

This year our trip is to see the Nats v. Mets at Nationals Park and Orioles v. Red Sox at Camden Yards.

A couple of years ago I don't think I would have been too excited to see the Orioles or Nationals but if they are as good as last year, this should be a good trip. I have already been to Camden Yards and got to see Eddie Murray hit his 501st home run. I can't wait to get back and show my kids - I absolutely loved the ballpark experience there.  I think the boys will love the Babe…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on April 2, 2013 at 6:17am — 4 Comments

Half Way There!

With a visit to Great American Ballpark this past weekend I am officially at 15 current parks and halfway to 30. I even saw my first AAA game in Columbus on Thursday night.

I guess I was a chaser even before I knew that's what it is.…

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Added by John (20 current MLB/11 old MLB) on August 22, 2012 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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