My Next Destination– Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú- Mexico City – April 18, 2020
City – San Francisco
Ballpark – PNC Park
Food – Petco Park
Fans – Kauffman Stadium
Game – Walk off win at Safeco Field OR Near no-hitter in Tampa Bay OR Zito vs Hudson in Oakland OR ?
Home Team Record on my trip = 18-12
OVERALL RATINGS RECAP
The A+’s – PNC Park, AT&T Park, Petco Park
The A’s – Fenway Park, Kauffman Stadium, Oriole Park
The B+’s – Safeco Field, Coors Field, Minute Maid Park, Busch Stadium, Marlins Park, Progessive Park, Comerica Park,,Wrigley Field
The B’s – Yankee Stadium, Chase Field, Target Field, Nationals Park, Great American Ballpark, Citizens Bank Ballpark, Citi Field, Dodger Stadium
The C’s – Globe Life Stadium, Angel Stadium, Miller Park, Turner Field, Rogers Centre, US Cellular Field
The C-‘s – Tropicana Field
The D’s – O.Co (Oakland)
Attending a live MLB game is not the cheapest day out, but by comparison, if you consider the value, I’ll argue you get more of your money’s worth than for a movie these days..
I thought people might be interested to see difference in price from park to park. The seat quality for baseball was more or less the same – between home and 1st/3rd within the first 15-20 rows
It’s not apples-apples since some were 2015 and others 2016. Also variable pricing based on day of week and opponent. But the key difference is the avg price I paid for a baseball ticket vs a football ticket. And the variance between the highest to lowest price baseball tickets vs the same for football.
For baseball, the avg price was $98 with the high/low range being $170/$58.
For football, the avg price was $262 with the high/low being $420/$119.
I should point out that that average and range would be even much higher if I didn’t settle for an upper tier nose bleed seat for the Patriots opener. I paid $420 for the top of the frigging stadium! Seats down low mid-field were going for over $2,000. For a football game!
Likewise – Hotel prices in popular football cities tend to soar and sell out quickly on game days. For example, for Green Bay opening day 2017, for a lousy Quality Inn 1.5 miles away from Lambeau, the cost was $240 a night! For some of the mid-west , mid-season, mid-week baseball games, I stood at 4 and 5 star hotels for less than half that.
Baseball may be expensive, but football is ridiculous.
I was born and raised in NJ and have bounced around the state a bit, but have lived here all my life. I grew up a Met fan but have grown to love the Yankees as much. I was lucky enough to have a job that afforded me a lot of international travel but was there was still a lot of the US that I’ve never seen.
Now that I’m nearing retirement, my focus is shifting to my bucket list.
There is plenty on that list, but one that I was really eager to do was these baseball trips as it combines two of my favorite things , baseball and travelling (and food and beer,etc.)
The title of this site , My 7th Inning Stretch, is kind of a metaphor.
Yeah, it’s about my baseball roadtrips – but it’s also about being a man of a ‘certain age’. In a baseball game, the middle of the 7th is a point where most of the game is over – so you get out of your seat to stretch, sing and maybe reflect on what’s happened in the game so far and what you’d like to see happen the rest of the way. Although it’s almost over – some really good things may still be yet to come. Maybe the best moments of the game still haven’t happened yet.
So, I am stretching and reflecting like so many other guys my age. There are a number of things I am learning or hope to learn or am doing or hope to do.
And I feel this is a good a point as any to pursue these things. It is certainly never too late to learn and do new things. Even if it is the middle of the 7th inning.