Baseball is back. From Fenway Park and new Yankee Stadium on the east coast to Safeco Field and PETCO Park on the west coast, the scent of brats, dogs, barbecue and beer begins filling stadiums in earnest today.
Some of my fondest memories growing up were the many nights I spent with my family in old Comiskey Park on Chicago’s South Side: The exploding scoreboard, the incredible food and the way the park shook when the White Sox were doing something great are as vivid now as they were 40 years ago. Back then the Sox weren’t all that good but it didn’t matter. They were our White Sox. My White Sox. And although I’ve lived in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and here in Minneapolis, my love-affair with the Sox remains intact.
So as “PLAY BALL” rings out across the country, here are four of my favorite ballparks. One is old, the others are new. They sit in neighborhoods and they are hard by water. They are intimate and they are grand. Each one is unique from every other, but all of them are baseball through-and-through. And fittingly, the architecture of each ballpark is completely in sync with the city it lives in.
Here’s a General Admission seat, courtesy of Blog Harbor, for Fenway Park (Boston), AT&T Park (San Francisco), PNC Park (Pittsburgh) and PETCO Park (San Diego).
About the Author: Christopher Gabriel is the host of the cleverly named Christopher Gabriel Program on AM 970 WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota. You can hear him weekdays from 9 to Noon. As a writer and humorist, his work has been been published online by the Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters and publications within the Sun-Times News Group.