The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums

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Globe Pequot, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 531 pages
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The "Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip" is a comprehensive guide to all the diverse and fascinating major league baseball ballparks throughout the country by two entertaining young writers whose love for the game of baseball and the game of life overflows from every page. Josh Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell's approach to skillfully planning and fully appreciating a road-trip, or just a visit to a single park, is funny and irreverent and loaded with information designed to make the most of the experience.
Part travel manual, part ballpark atlas, part baseball history book, part restaurant and city guide, and, not least, part epic narrative, The "Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip" encompasses all the essential elements of a full-blown baseball road-trip. Included are ticket and travel information, a detailed guide to the best and worst seats in each park, folklore and statistics on each park, a hilarious rating of each park's trademark foods, and profiles of nearby sports bars and baseball attractions, all within a lively narrative that reminds us that baseball is the ultimate metaphor for all the important things in life.
  

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This book is a definintive reference for traveling to various baseball stadiums. The only bad part is it's now a few years old and some new stadiums have come and old stadiums have gone. The authors ... Read full review

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In terms of the review for bars in Detroit the write-up was severely lacking. The comment about the Lindell A.C.(closed in 2002) not even being the oldest sports bar in Detroit showed the author didn't do his homework. The author incorrectly wrote the Hockeytown Cafe was possibly established in 1926 and therefore the Lindell's claims were bogus. The term "Hockeytown" is a Detroit Red Wings marketing campaign started in the late 1990's . The Detroit Hockey Club known as the Red Wings since the late 1920's was established in 1926. Obviously, the author didn't take the time to determine that issue.
The Lindell A.C. was a real sports bar and started as such because jocks were forbidden from drinking in hotel bars for years. The managers drank in the hotel bars where the teams stayed. The players needed to find somewhere else to drink. The Lindell A.C. as a sports bar began because Billy Martin (New York Yankees 2nd basemen) brought Jimmy Butsicaris (bar owner) game used baseball bats. They didn't install dart boards and start calling themselves a sports bar.
The comment about why in the world would the Lindell have a Rod Carew uniform because he had no connection to Detroit proved how lacking this section was. Rod use to hang out at the Lindell after games and provided Jimmy with a uniform. Many athletes who spent time there did the same thing because the Lindell was their favorite bar in Detroit. The Lindell was a destination for visiting players as well, from Mickey Mantle to Wilt Chamberlin. Not exactly difficult to figure out. Also, name me a sports bar before Lindell A.C. Toots Shor in New York ?...not a sports bar even though many jocks frequented the place. Duke Zeibert's in Washington D.C. ? Not really a sports bar.
Here are a couple of links about the Lindell A.C. if anyone is interested. This place had quite a run.
http://d-townballer.blogspot.com/2007/01/not-really-problems-opportunities.html
http://blog.detroitathletic.com/2009/07/27/remembering-detroit%E2%80%99s-original-sports-bar-the-lindell-ac/
 

Contents

BOSTON RED SOX Fenway Park
3
NEW YORK METS Shea Stadium
21
NEW YORK YANKEES Yankee Stadium
34
TORONTO BLUE JAYS SkyDome
53
MONTREAL EXPOS Olympic Stadium
69
BALTIMORE ORIOLES Oriole Park at Camden Yards
86
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES Citizens Bank Park
101
ATLANTA BRAVES Turner Field
116
CHICAGO WHITE SOX US Cellular Field
283
MILWAUKEE BREWERS Miller Park
301
MINNESOTA TWINS The Metrodomo
318
HOUSTON ASTROS Minute Maid Park
334
TEXAS RANGERS The Ballpark at Arlington
350
COLORADO ROCKIES Coors Field
368
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS Bank One Ballpark
385
SAN DIEGO PADRES Petco Park
401

TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS TYopicana Field
134
FLORIDA MARLINS Pro Player Stadium
151
ST LOUIS CARDINALS Busch Stadium
165
KANSAS CITY ROYALS Kauffman Stadium
183
CINCINNATI REDS Great American Ballpark
197
PITTSBURGH PIRATES PNC Park
213
CLEVELAND INDIANS Jacobs Field
233
DETROIT TIGERS Comerica Park
251
CHICAGO CUBS Wrigley Field
266
ANAHEIM ANGELS Angel Stadium of Anaheim
417
LOS ANGELES DODGERS Dodger Stadium
434
SEATTLE MARINERS Safeco Field
454
OAKLAND ATHLETICS Network Associates Coliseum
473
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Pacific Bell Park
490
Planning Your Trips
511
Selected Bibliography
527
Acknowledgments
529
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About the author (2004)

Josh Pahigian swore off baseball for the first time at age 12 when the ball went through Buckner's legs. He rejoined Red Sox Nation the following March when the Red Sox won their first Spring Training game. Josh has published short stories in a number of literary journals and has written for several newspapers. Currently he covers collegiate and high school sports for the Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine. He holds degrees from the College of the Holy Cross and Emerson College.

Kevin O'Connell was born into the baseball abyss that was the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest of the 1960s. He supported the San Francisco Giants as a youngster and then the hapless expansion Seattle Mariners. His conversion was finalized when Edgar Martinez arrived in Seattle. Kevin graduated from Gonzaga University and is an avid fan of college basketball as well as baseball. He holds a graduate degree from Emerson College.

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