2014 Season Re-cap

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Our first full season of our baseball stadium tour is complete. We saw 5 MLB stadiums plus a former MLB stadium. Our tour began at the end of March when we flew to Montreal to see the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Mets. Overall we had a great time in Montreal but the stadium was one of our least favorite.

In May we flew to Boston to see a game at the Legendary ballpark known as Fenway. My wife had been there before but I was completely new to Boston and can’t wait to back. Being early on in the season the weather was very cold which made us consider leaving early. Ultimately we stayed through the extra innings to see Oakland beat the defending champions.

In July we rented a car and drove to Detroit to see a game at Comerica Park. We both though Comerica was great and consider it to be an underrated ballpark. We were hoping to see David Price pitch for Tampa but missed him by a day. The home team lost again and we got soaking wet trying to find our car. Which made for an interesting car ride as we drove from Detroit to Sandusky, Ohio(Cedar Point) in the middle of the night.

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Nationals Park

The first weekend in August we flew to Washington where we were able to see two parks in one trip. We saw and loved Orioles Park in Camden Yard. Again the home team lost and we were beginning to think we were cursed. The next day we went and saw a day game at Nationals Park. It was a pitcher’s duel between Max Scherzer of the Nationals and Cole Hamels of the Philies. Ultimately the Nationals won which broke the losing streak for us. We saw the end of the game and hustled to the airport at fast as we could and just barely made our flight.

Near the end of August we flew to Florida to visit Orlando. While we were there we drove down to Tampa to see a game at Tropicana Field. We were glad to check it off but did not have a high regard for the stadium. I would say Tropicana Field is considered our least favorite stadium, as the very least it was the worst stadium we had visited up to this point.

The 2014 season gave us a great start to our tour. Instead of one trip we did small getaways about once a month. We saw the defending champs, a grand slam and almost got a foul ball in Detroit. Our favorite park visit so far is Baltimore with Washington in second. The 2015 season we took a different approach and visited another 5 parks but all in one trip. Next up we are going to the west coast and visiting all the California parks.

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Part 3: The Pre-Season

Olympique Stadium – Exhibition Game Jays vs Mets

March 29th, 2014. Blue Jays shut out the Mets 2-0.


Our journey across America to see all 30 current MLB stadiums continues in none other than non-America aka Canada where we visited a former MLB stadium but more importantly a former Olympic stadium. While not part of the official stadium 30 park tour it was a cool place to check out a pre-season game.

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Fun Fact: Montreal Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world.

Right away Olympique Stadium or “Big O” appears to be fairly dated. Other than the giant inclined tower (Montreal Tower) coming out of the base of the stadium the whole thing is a standard giant concrete donut.  The inside is much of the same, even the  vendors look like they haven’t updated their food pictures since the 1970s.

While we like to get to stadiums a couple hours before game time, this day we were running late a got there maybe 10 minutes before first pitch. And when we got there it looked like they had only recently opened the doors as there was an insane mass of people still trying to get to their seats through the one main entrance. We got through the doors as the national anthems were playing, grabbed beers and went looking for our seats. Now the problem with this stadium is that it is divided by odds and even sections. So when we entered and was looking for section 449(I don’t remember the actual section) we saw 408 and then 410 to our left so we figured numbers went up to our left. We got all the way to something like section 450 in far left field along with many other confused fans before we realized we were actually supposed to be in the exact opposite spot in right field. And there is no walkway crossing the outfield so we had to go around the entire stadium. In our defense the directions in the stadium are all in French, plus splitting odds and evens on opposite sides of a park is really nonsensical. For all you people reading this working in the numbering stadium section business please just number them 1,2,3,4,5 in order.

While we missed the top half of the first trying to find our seats the rest of the game was a lot of fun. Crowd was a mix of Toronto fans and Expos fans. There were a couple of times during the game the Montreal(ites?) started “let’s go expos” chants. I didn’t have the heart to tell those drunk fans the expos aren’t a thing anymore. The game ended with a Jay’s win because it was pre-season and it didn’t matter. There is only one exit from the stadium so it takes forever for 50,000 people to get out. And then there’s a subway station that is not designed to handle nearly enough people that it needs to. When we got to the station after the game it looked like a 30 minute line just to get in so we ended up walking.

 

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While we usually like to get some food at stadiums we visit we didn’t get a chance this particular time. Which is fine considering Montreal has some great food options so filling up on hotdogs and popcorn may not be the best idea. If you have never been to Montreal you’ll want to get some smoked meat sandwiches and some poutine at some point during your stay. For you Americans if you’ve never had good poutine or any poutine for that matter, it will change your life, proceed with caution.

While I liked visiting Olympique Stadium, it’s not really something I feel the need to do again. The stadium is not well designed for baseball and Montreal isn’t exactly a baseball town so unless you are a Jay’s fan wanting to see pre-season games you might be disappointed in the experience. If you do go you’ll likely enjoy the other aspects of the city which I visited a couple times since this trip.

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