I am glad to have found this little corner of the world wide web.
I was born 4/22/70 and have been a baseball fan my whole life.
I have attended tons of games at Dodger Stadium but my first love will always be Anaheim Stadium/Edison Field/Angel Stadium of Anaheim. My story is I'm sure like so many others. It was 1975 and my dad wanted to take me to see the Angels take on the 3 time defending World Series Champion Oakland A's. I can still remember walking hand in hand with my parents at age 5 from the top deck at the Big A, walking thru the entrance and coming out to see the massive green field, the perfectly kept dirt on the infield, the massive "A" scoreboard in left-center field. Thanks to baseball-reference.com I was able to track down the date and box score of that first game...my first game in 1975...I was hooked.
I have seen games at Safeco, AT&T, the Oakland Coliseum in '83 and the disaster that it is currently in 2010....I've seen games at San Diego Stadium/Jack Murphy Stadium, Petco Park, The Ballpark at Arlington, Shea, Yankee Stadium II, and Fenway. Took the tour of Wrigley and wandered around Miller Park a couple of seasons back when it looked like the Brewers could get to the Series.
Rode in the parking lot of Royal Stadium when I was 10...could see Chase Park from the freeway back in '03...flew over the Astrodome when I was a kid,,,but these don't really count..at least not to me.
Planning to visit my friend in Denver in July of '13...and to see Coors Field. Might be going to a wedding in September in St. Louis...Cards are home that weekend!
Have seen spring games in Palm Springs..including the last game the Angels played there in 1992...Peoria and Tempe...took my own tour of the Phoenix ballparks in spring of '03...even ended up having a brief conversation with Billy Beane while trying to get some pics of Phoenix Municipal. On that same trip, I was fortunate enough to see HoHoKam in Mesa, Maryvale Park, Scottsdale Stadium, Surprise Stadium.
As a SoCal kid, I knew nothing about minor league baseball until the Cal League expanded to Rancho Cucamonga...Seeing a game at the Epicenter reminded me of the first game I ever went to as a kid....absolutely charming. Since then, I have seen games all over the Cal League...Lake Elsinore, San Bernardino, Adelanto, Lancaster...even got on the field in San Jose one day when there was no game. I even convinced my wife on our honeymoon in Vegas to stop at Cashman Field so I could take a look. And when visiting her parents in New Hampshire, we stopped to see the stadium where the Fisher Cats play.
Baseball , I suppose, will always in someways bring me back to those happy days of childhood where there were no problems, no bills to pay, etc. I guess when I'm at the ballpark, I feel safe...I feel like I have come home.
And even though some have said "You Can't Go Home Again", I do everytime I step inside a ballpark.
Home Sweet Home.