Our Ballpark Progress
In 2007, my son and I made our first ballpark road trip. We saw the Padres play the Cardinals at Busch Stadium (Ballpark #2 – Petco Park holds the #1 spot). We were hooked. We knew then and there that we must go on a quest to visit every ballpark in Major League Baseball. It has been more challenging than expected but fun nonetheless.
In 2008, we marked off 3: Angel Stadium (Ballpark #3), Twins at the Metrodome (Ballpark #4 … yes, now we must go back for Target Field), and Dodger Stadium (#5).
In 2009, 2 more off the list: Coors Field (Ballpark #6) and Oriole Park at Camden Yard (Ballpark #7).
In 2010, we visited Chase Field (Ballpark #8) for the first time. Returned in 2011 for the All-Star Game and 2013 for the World Baseball Classic.
2011 was a big ballpark year for us – 7: Comerica Park (Ballpark #9), Progressive Field (Ballpark #10), Minute Maid Park (Ballpark #11), Rangers Ballpark (Ballpark #12), AT&T Park (Ballpark #13), O.co Coliseum (Ballpark #14), and Safeco Field (Ballpark #15). Whew! Hit the half-way mark!
Only 1 in 2012: Kauffman Stadium (Ballpark #16).
Upcoming New York Ballparks
Can’t say what all in is store for us in 2013 but do know we have two games/ballparks scheduled as we head to New York City on Friday!
Saturday, May 4, 2013 we will be at Yankee Stadium (Ballpark #17) to see the Yankee’s host the Oakland A’s at a 1:05 PM game. We will be sitting in the Jim Beam Suite 320A. We were disappointed to learn that there are no ballpark tours available because it is a day game but we plan to arrive when the gates first open.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 we will be at Citi Field (Ballpark #18) to see the Mets host the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 PM. We will be sitting in the Delta Silver 19 section. Again disappointed to not be able to do a ballpark tour because they are sold out until after the All-Star game! But again, we will arrive when the gates first open and take it all in as much as possible!
We are very excited about this upcoming trip and look forward to sharing it with you. Please post comments if you have suggestions for while we are at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.
FINALLY! I think the San Diego Padres have the last possible Home Opener for the 2013 MLB Season. I know how ready I am for my team to be home and I can only imagine how ready the team is! They left for Spring Training in late February – traveled to San Antonio to play the Rangers in the Alamodome Mar 30-31. The Padres then flew to New York to play the Mets for their home opener Apr 1-4. Next they flew to Colorado to play the Rockies in their home opener Apr 5-7. Whew! It has been a rough opening thus far (1W/5L) and I’m extremely hopeful that being HOME is exactly what we need to change that around.
My tickets are in hand.
My backpack is packed.
My Padres hat is loaded with pins but with room for an Opening Day 2013 pin to be added.
My toes got a pedi in Padres blue and decorated with baseball stitches.
Of course, my HEART is always with MY Padres I look forward to cheering them onward all season!
For some reason, UPS made this an extra-long wait and sent my tickets on quite a vacation before arriving on my doorstep. I received the notice on Mar 28 that they had been shipped and started tracking their progress. Now I’ve worked in distribution and logistics in my past – and I understand the concept of hubs and how that may cause items to seemingly go further away before coming back to the final destination – but this was just crazy! Honolulu? Really? Maybe I should start traveling with the season tickets 🙂
Nevertheless – they finally arrived! I don’t know about you but I am like a kid on Christmas morning when my box arrives with my baseball season tickets. Sure, I could access them online. Absolutely, I already know who we will be playing and when – it’s already in my Outlook calendar. But there is something special about holding them in your hand … finding out the design … seeing which players are featured. And you never know what else might be in the box. Woo hoo!
Here is the box … isn’t it beautiful! Love the gold embossed SD Padres logo. The 4-color photos that line each side are a nice touch this year.
Not only are the tickets inside but also the brand new “Membership” cards. Your game package determines whether you are Black, Platinum, Gold, or Blue … I have a full season in Toyota Terrace and that makes me “Platinum.” We were then able to select from Family, Business, Social, or Fanatic … I selected Fanatic … shocking, I know! Each level of membership comes with added benefits and special activities. If you want to get season tickets, I highly recommend Hayley Hallam – she always hits a homerun with her customer service!!
Featured on this year’s tickets:
The Skipper, Buddy Black
Yonder Alonso, Chase Headley, and Mark Kotsay
Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin, and Cameron Maybin
Huston Street, Clayton Richard, and Edison Volquez
The Padres as remind us that they are a Team for the Military!
81 home games to look forward to! In addition to our NL West Division rivals and playing the NL teams, we will have interleague play with Mariners, Blue Jays, Orioles, and for the first time at Petco Park – the Yankees.
Hello Baseball Fans!
In San Diego, we had our Members (aka Season Ticket Holders) Meeting on January 24 and that was the last time I was at Petco Park. I don’t know about you …. but I simply LOVE being at the ballpark! There is just something about it … even when there isn’t a game. And when you have the opportunity to walk on the field and sit in the dugout – well, it’s just fun!
Tonight is the 15th Annual Padres Awards Dinner and I will be attending. Last year it was held on the Petco Park Diamond (and was fabulous) but this year it is back in The Hall of Champions at Balboa Park … and likely just as well since we have been having intermittent rain today. I so look forward to talking with players, the coaching staff, the leadership team, and the media that we’ve come to know and love through the years. Look for tweets tonight throughout the event.
Tomorrow is the 2013 Fan Fest! It will be rise and shine and get to Petco Park by 8 AM. The Padres have many activities planned and I look forward to sharing it with you.
The bottom line is … baseball is back … pitchers and catchers report next week. Gotta love it!
The Baseball PHD