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Marqhead
07-19-2010, 03:54 PM
This Thursday some friends and I will be journeying to four ballparks on the first major part of our quest to see the all of the stadiums and arenas of the four major professional sports. We are all baseball fans first, so we are all especially excited about this portion of the stadiums.

So here's the layout, basically a game in each park and a night in each town, except for Sunday when we'll be trekking back to Chicago. We have a few ideas of what we want to do around the towns, but of course any input would be helpful. We have no plans to do anything touristy, it's 5 guys in their mid twenties so we're thinking good food joints (nothing fancy) and bars.

Any input as to what to see or eat in the stadiums is also very welcome.

Thursday
Cincinnati vs Washington
Food: Skyline Chili -- may seem cliche, but I want to eat there at some point in my life

Friday
Pittsburgh vs San Diego --We shelled out more for some awesome seats for this game because PNC is supposed to be one of the nicest stadiums, and they were dirt cheap. I'm very excited for Pittsburgh.
Food: Primanti's -- I read about this place everywhere when someone mentions Pittsburgh. Also, our hotel is right next to the park, are there any good bars in the area?

Saturday
Cleveland vs Tampa Bay
Food: ??? We have no idea what to do in Cleveland. Should I wear a LeBron jersey?

Sunday
Detroit vs Toronto
Food: I know all about coney dogs, and I've heard of a few decent pizza places but we haven't picked a spot yet. I need something close to the park because we are getting there in the morning and leaving for Chicago directly after the game.

This should be a fun trip with some very cool stadiums, I can't wait for the weekend. Thanks for any input, here's to some good baseball, and good weather! :gulp:

Go Sox!

delben91
07-19-2010, 03:59 PM
Detroit Beer Company (http://www.detroitbeerco.com/) is about 3 blocks from Comerica. Quality beer, solid food.

SOXfnNlansing
07-19-2010, 04:00 PM
Oh to be in my 20s again with the money I have now:whiner:. Hope you guys have a great weekend. Maybe you can give a report on how the parks are in person when you get back.

eriqjaffe
07-19-2010, 04:01 PM
solid food.A ringing endorsement if ever there was one! :tongue:

Marqhead
07-19-2010, 04:07 PM
Detroit Beer Company (http://www.detroitbeerco.com/) is about 3 blocks from Comerica. Quality beer, solid food.

This place looks perfect! It's definitely now an option, thanks.

Oh to be in my 20s again with the money I have now:whiner:. Hope you guys have a great weekend. Maybe you can give a report on how the parks are in person when you get back.

Yeah I figure this is only going to get harder and harder as we get older, so I'm happy we could free up a 4 day trip this summer.

I'll be taking a ton of pictures, hopefully I'll be able to spend a good amount of time in each stadium walking around.

MeteorsSox4367
07-19-2010, 04:25 PM
In Pittsburgh, walk across the Clemente Bridge from downtown to PNC Park. Awesome view and the fact that it's named for Clemente is even better. Also check out the Manny Sanguillen concession stand in right field. When I was there, Sanguillen was there signing autographs. Very cool.

Also check out Maz's wall on the Pitt campus. If you like baseball history, it's well worth seeing.

Giv20
07-19-2010, 05:42 PM
I've been to all four ballparks and here's a little help.

Pittsburgh - Finnigan's Wake and Mullen's a couple of bars near PNC.
Go to Carson St. across the river for a large selection of
bars and clubs

Cleveland - Boneyard has a large selection of beers but I recommend
Nick's Sports Corner. Not fancy but real cheap prices on
drinks. Afterwards head to the warehouse area for bars
and clubs. The flats is not what it use to be.

Cincinnati - There's a couple of places near GAP but farther down by
where the Bengals play more selection like Tina's and Head
First Sports Cafe. Kentucky side across river is a popular
area for nightlife.

Detroit - Cheli's Chili Bar and Hockeytown are near Comerica. I was there
just for the Sox game and drove home afterwards so I'm not sure
where to head postgame.

Hope this helps, have fun and hoist a couple for me.

Marqhead
07-19-2010, 05:54 PM
Giv20, thanks for the recommendations, I'll be sure to look into a few of those.

doublem23
07-19-2010, 07:02 PM
Food: ??? We have no idea what to do in Cleveland. Should I wear a LeBron jersey?


Only if it's a LeBron Heat jersey

Stormin' Norm
07-20-2010, 11:43 AM
Ugh, don't do Skyline or Gold Star in Cincinnati. Montgomery Inn is where it's at. Order the Saratoga chips and a slab of ribs. Trust me, you will thank me later.

In Cleveland the Great Lakes Brewery is up the road from the field, or the Rock Bottom Brewery is a little further down town.

WhiteSoxFTW
07-20-2010, 12:07 PM
This trip sounds amazing. I hope you have a great time!

Oblong
07-20-2010, 12:27 PM
For your Detroit stop.....

http://www.slowsbarbq.com/

I cannot stress enough how awesome that place is. It's a few miles from the stadium but it's close to I 94, like just a few blocks. It's down the street from the old Tiger Stadium site, which if you haven't been here in awhile, will look weird because it's just a field with grass on it.

Detroit Beer Co. is also good.

Marqhead
07-20-2010, 12:31 PM
For your Detroit stop.....

http://www.slowsbarbq.com/

I cannot stress enough how awesome that place is. It's a few miles from the stadium but it's close to I 94, like just a few blocks. It's down the street from the old Tiger Stadium site, which if you haven't been here in awhile, will look weird because it's just a field with grass on it.

Detroit Beer Co. is also good.

I have actually heard excellent things about Slows. I'm hoping we'll have time for a quick stop somewhere, but we might not due to time. This is on the list of possibilities.

Thanks.

StillMissOzzie
07-20-2010, 06:41 PM
Oh to be in my 20s again with the money I have now:whiner:. Hope you guys have a great weekend. Maybe you can give a report on how the parks are in person when you get back.

QFT

This sounds like a great trip. Wish I could join you!

SMO
:gulp:

Harry Potter
07-20-2010, 07:08 PM
Friday
Pittsburgh vs San Diego --We shelled out more for some awesome seats for this game because PNC is supposed to be one of the nicest stadiums, and they were dirt cheap. I'm very excited for Pittsburgh.
Food: Primanti's -- I read about this place everywhere when someone mentions Pittsburgh. Also, our hotel is right next to the park, are there any good bars in the area?


Pittsburgh - Finnigan's Wake and Mullen's a couple of bars near PNC.
Go to Carson St. across the river for a large selection of
bars and clubs

I went to PNC for the first time this summer (during the Sox/Pirates series in June). I would definitely suggest trying Primanti's. One of their sandwiches and a cold Iron City or Yuengling really hit the spot.

Carson Street has a huge selection of bars/clubs. It's a cab ride away but well worth it. If you make it over there, I highly recommend trying Fat Head's. http://www.fatheads.com/ They have roughly 40 beers on tap and a huge food menu. The buffalo wings at Fat Head's were one of the best I've ever head (recommend the original or the spicy parm flavors)

If you have time, I'd also suggest checking out the PNC ballpark tour. $7 and worth every penny.

I was able to knock off PNC Park, Citizens Bank, Nationals Stadium, and Target Field this summer so I know the excitement you have. Have fun on your trip! :cool:

Marqhead
07-25-2010, 11:20 PM
What a trip! So much baseball in such a small amount of time, I'll try to give a quick recap but I'm sure I'll leave some stuff out.

1200 miles in 4 days, quite a haul. We were lucky that there was no rain, but the weather was brutally hot.

Quick ranking of the stadiums in my opinion:
1. PNC Park, Pittsburgh
2. Comerica Park, Detroit
3. Progressive Field, Cleveland
4. Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati

The first three games we saw weren't particularly entertaining, but it wasn't a big deal because we were mostly soaking in the first time stadium experience at each place. Watching Detroit lose on a HR with 2 outs in the top of the 9th was the baseball highlight. Home teams were 0-4 on our trip. :o:

Cincinnati:
Easily over 100 degrees the entire game and we were directly in the sun all afternoon. Add on the part where Volquez got shelled and it was a long afternoon. Lots of sunburn and sweat to go around. We didn't get a chance to get to anywhere popular to eat but we had a nice drive around the Cincy suburbs in search of food. (I wanted to get to Montgomery Inn but it didn't happen, we ended up at some dive. :redneck)

Great American Ballpark:
Pros: Nicely situated on the Ohio River, excellent scoreboard, cool entrance complex
Cons: I thought the park was a little bland, but it's still a nice facility

Pittsburgh:
Easily the high point of the trip. It was also 100 degrees for a night game, no sun made it much more tolerable. The complex they have by the stadium is great for a road trip. Our hotel was 1/2 a block from the stadium entrance, right across the street from the bars and a short cab ride from the casino (which is quite nice). Everyone we met in the city was incredibly friendly, maybe it was just good luck. Primanti's is overrated, glad we still tried it though. Pittsburgh was so much fun, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

PNC Park:
Pros: Incredibly scenic view on the Allegheny, great looking park, nice scoreboard, delicious Yuengling beer, $31 seats 15 rows behind home plate didn't hurt this park's rating
Cons: The Pirates are terrible at baseball. Milledge fell down while trying to catch a routine fly ball in LF, the comments from Pirates fans "that's just Pirates baseball."

Cleveland:
Checked out the Rock and Roll HOF, definitely worth the 1-2 hour tour. It was once again over 90 degrees for a night game. Didn't do much else after the game, we were exhausted.

Progressive Field:
Pros: Huge scoreboard, very wide concourse areas, unique seating layout with lots of sections, located a short walk from some cool bar areas, Shin Soo Choo parody pictures after a hit were hilarious, drum guy trying to start the 8th inning rally
Cons: The stadium is almost too big, especially now that no one goes to the games, drum guy trying to start the 8th inning rally, the stadium is in Cleveland :cool:

Detroit:
The final stop on the trip. It was the coolest day of the trip, around 80 at game time but probably over 90 with the sun. I really liked the seats we had for this game, especially at the price we paid. Didn't get a chance to hit up Cheli's Chili, Hockeytown or Slow's, maybe next time.

Comerica Park:
Pros: Hard to explain but I just really liked the look of Comerica, lots of Tigers history information around the park, delicious Labatt Blue, Hebrew National dogs but no onions :(:, watching the Tigers lose
Cons: Very compact walkways especially with a big crowd, score board is a little out of date and could use a bigger video screen

That's my trip in a few paragraphs. 4 great stadiums made for a great trip. I'll try and post some pictures. I can't wait to plan my next one!

Marqhead
07-25-2010, 11:32 PM
Great American Ballpark
1. View from the lower seats
2. Scoreboard
3. View from our seats, upper deck

Marqhead
07-25-2010, 11:38 PM
PNC Park
1. View of the city and river from the park
2. Pirates starter Paul Maholm
3. San Diego Starter Kevin Correia
4. View at night from our seats
5. DJ Carrasco is in the game!

Marqhead
07-25-2010, 11:41 PM
Progressive Field
1. Sporting the Sox shirt at the Rock and Roll HOF
2. Scoreboard
3. View from our seats
4. Rays starter David Price
5. Indians starter Mitch Talbot

Marqhead
07-25-2010, 11:45 PM
Comerica Park
1. View from our seats
2. With DeWayne Wise leading off, there's no way the Jays can lose
3. Scoreboard
4. Jays starter Brett Cecil
5. Tigers starter Armando Galarraga

StillMissOzzie
07-26-2010, 12:17 AM
What a trip! So much baseball in such a small amount of time, I'll try to give a quick recap but I'm sure I'll leave some stuff out.

1200 miles in 4 days, quite a haul. We were lucky that there was no rain, but the weather was brutally hot.


The first three games we saw weren't particularly entertaining, but it wasn't a big deal because we were mostly soaking in the first time stadium experience at each place. Watching Detroit lose on a HR with 2 outs in the top of the 9th was the baseball highlight. Home teams were 0-4 on our trip. :o:


It's been brutally hot here, too, at least you got to see some games.
As for your home team record, get your ass up to Target Field and back to Comerica, NOW!

SMO
:gulp:

soxfanreggie
07-27-2010, 12:10 AM
Sounds like an amazing trip. Once I get back to IL, I'll be going to see the Sox play the Royals out in KC. I'd also like to get out to where you were and look to follow it with some games in the NE the following summer.

RhubarbStew
07-27-2010, 12:20 AM
My girlfriend and I returned today from a similar trip, though abbreviated. Progressive Field for the Indians and Rays on Friday night. (massive downpours, rain shortened win for the Indians) Sunday day game in PNC, for the Padres and Pirates. Both cities were cooler than I expected. PNC was the best ballpark I've ever been in.

GoGoCrede
07-27-2010, 12:23 AM
Got room for one more? :D:

roylestillman
07-27-2010, 12:34 AM
Congrats on the trip. Twenty years ago a friend and I did 11 games in 11 different parks in 12 days all by car and damn near killed ourselves (on the "free" day we made it to Cooperstown and proud to say one of the stops was not Wrigley.) To this day it ranks as the vacation of a lifetime. Odd thing is that of the parks on that trip, only one, Fenway, is still in use.

Marqhead
07-27-2010, 12:44 AM
It's been brutally hot here, too, at least you got to see some games.
As for your home team record, get your ass up to Target Field and back to Comerica, NOW!

SMO
:gulp:

Three of the guys I went with were Twins fans, so it was fun having us all root against the Tigers. I'm sure the people in our section weren't too pleased, though there were also some Jays fans.

Target Field is on the list! Possibly later this summer...

Sounds like an amazing trip. Once I get back to IL, I'll be going to see the Sox play the Royals out in KC. I'd also like to get out to where you were and look to follow it with some games in the NE the following summer.

I'd like to get down to St. Louis and KC soon. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who loves baseball. Travel really wasn't too bad.

My girlfriend and I returned today from a similar trip, though abbreviated. Progressive Field for the Indians and Rays on Friday night. (massive downpours, rain shortened win for the Indians) Sunday day game in PNC, for the Padres and Pirates. Both cities were cooler than I expected. PNC was the best ballpark I've ever been in.

The Tigers game rained out on Friday, but we missed all the rain. We definitely lucked out in that department. The Sunday game actually became the double header, though we didn't stay.

PNC is also the best park I've ever been in.

Got room for one more? :D:

I'll be planning next year's trip as soon as the schedule comes out. We are thinking east coast possibly....

Congrats on the trip. Twenty years ago a friend and I did 11 games in 11 different parks in 12 days all by car and damn near killed ourselves (on the "free" day we made it to Cooperstown and proud to say one of the stops was not Wrigley.) To this day it ranks as the vacation of a lifetime. Odd thing is that of the parks on that trip, only one, Fenway, is still in use.

That good sir is incredible. I was gassed from 4 days, I can't imagine 11. But that's one hell of a feat and I definitely believe you when you say it was the trip of a life time.

I'd like to get out to Cooperstown soon, it's gotta be a must see for any baseball fan.