Well, now that I have had a week to recover from the trip, I thought I would sit down and write my final thoughts on the experience. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to take this great trip with my dad before I go off to college, later this month. Obviously, a lot of things are going to change once that happens, so it was nice to be able to spend some quality time with my dad before all of that change comes about.
All of the ballparks were pretty incredible and I enjoyed seeing all of them, but here are my top 3 from the trip:
1. Fenway Park (Boston, MA)
2. Yankee Stadium (New York, NY)
3. Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI)
Fenway and Yankee Stadium are two classic old parks and it was definitely a treat to get to visit them. Miller Park was definitely the best of the “new parks.” As you can see from the pictures, it was very cool looking and modernized with a retractable roof.
My vote for the best video/scoreboard setup has to go to the Rogers Centre in Toronto. They had a huge screen for showing replays, lineups and the scoreboard. Although that’s nice, the thing that really got me there were the LCD screens on the outfield wall showing scores from along the league. They had alll of the scores, how many outs there were, who was up to bat, and even showed the base runners. I really enjoyed getting the occasional glimpse at the White Sox score on those screens.
Alright, now on to what everyone is really here for, the food reviews. The best out-of-ballpark food goes to Pat’s Steaks in South Philly. Pat’s is the originator of the Philly Cheese Steak and the Cheez Whiz filled sandwich did not dissappoint.
The award for the WORST hot dog goes to Fenway Park. That’s right, one of the oldest stadiums in the country has THE worst hot dog that we had. The Fenway Frank was grey and really didn’t have that much flavor. With that said, on to the last food award!
Finally, my award for the best hot dog on the tour was a tie between the dog at Jacob’s Field in Cleveland and the Nathan’s hot dog at Yankee Stadium. Jacob’s Field had some incredible “Stadium Mustard” that really made the hot dog.
Thank you to everyone for reading the site all this time and putting up with our ramblings and attempts at humor.Â I am going to try to get some videos from the trip up here that I took along the way, so stay tuned for that.
Most of all, thank you to my dad for taking this trip with me. It is something that we have both wanted to do for a long time and it was great to finally get to go on “The Baseball Tour.”