Looks like my buddy Floyd Sullivan at ChicagoNow, author of the endearing and humorous fan essay "Waiting For The Cubs" (see my review of that book here), has written a new book about the old Comiskey Park.
Well, I guess you can just call it "Comiskey Park" now, since the "New Comiskey Park" is now called "U.S. Cellular Field".
In two recent ballpark outings, in Boston and Baltimore, I have learned that not only has the price of parking at a ballgame escalated, but also that the price is higher for high demand games these days.
Thankfully in Boston I always know better than to drive to Fenway Park; I know traffic in Kenmore Square on game day and parking prices are going to be insane. This last visit was no exception, but even I was surprised at what some lots almost a half mile away from the ballpark were charging. ... Continue reading...
I have been keeping up with interest on the ongoing saga that is the Cubs vs. Wrigley Rooftop owners. The latest story, other than the Rooftop owners offering a “two sign” concession to the Cubs, is that the recent Rooftop defamation lawsuit against a local sports consultant was thrown out of court.
When you get a suit thrown out of court that quickly, you’ve probably put up a weak argument. At least, that’s the perception.
Joe Mock at the Rickwood Classic in Birmingham, Alabama
Fans whose yearly vacations revolve around a baseball road trip probably know the name Joe Mock. If they don’t, they should.
Mock is the author and webmaster at Baseballparks.com, the premier website for baseball roadtrippers. He is also the author of 2001’s "Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide", a delightfully illustrated book about the 30 MLB parks in use at the time. He regularly contributes to USA Today’s Sports Weekly about the North Amer... Continue reading...
It’s pretty cool to park in Lot S at Citizens Bank Park, even if there isn’t a ballgame going on.
Lot S is the Media Lot, and yes, expert that I am on all things Citizens Bank Park, I didn’t know that either.
Thanks to Ken Dunek and JerseyMan Magazine, and to the kindness of the Philadelphia Phillies, I was invited to a Phillies 2014 Media Event, where the Phillies and the nice Aramark folks tell hungry newspeople what’s new at the ballpark this year. Oh, and to share hot dogs with chee... Continue reading...
Few things were funnier than my father’s occasional profanity-laden philosophy.
Before baseball's last collective bargaining agreement, I asked him if he would quit watching if the players went on strike again. Like everyone else, he was angry as hell about 1994 and once said to me that he wouldn't care if he never saw another millionaire play baseball again.
But this time he said, "You know Kurt, I've been thinking about that. In life you have to give up ****. I gave up smoking, I gave up d... Continue reading...
Recently I received an e-mail from the nice folks at StubHub, informing me that the ticket resale giant now features “all-in” pricing, meaning that the price you see listed on the screen is the actual price that you’ll pay for the ticket.
In their page describing the format, StubHub compares the ticket pricing structure to “a well-known competitor” that adds a couple of fees to the original price of the ticket, so that the consumer ends up paying $72 for a $54 ticket.
Recently it was announced
that all of the MLB venues will be requiring fans to go through security
screenings to get into the ballpark starting in 2015. Fans must either walk
through a magnetometer or have someone use a wand on them.
My first thought, which would
surprise no one who knows me, is the scene from the movie “The Naked Gun”.
Leslie Nielsen is attempting to provide security for the queen, and at one
point takes one of the metal wands and noisily and forcefully runs it all over
As I write this, my friend Paul Swaney at Stadium Journey is preparing for an interview with the Wall Street Journal. (Here is the link.) The subject? Why New York City hasn’t been able to turn out a great stadium.
Perhaps the folks at WSJ don’t think as highly of Citi Field as they might of, say, PNC Park in Pittsburgh or AT&T Park in San Francisco. I’m not sure exactly how the subject came up, but it raises an interesting point.
my not often paralleled ballpark geekdom, most people are surprised to learn
that there are still ten existing major league ballparks that I have not yet
visited. Yes, I can tell you all about the tailgating in Milwaukee or the
obstructed views in Boston or the game day scene in Wrigleyville, but I still
cannot yet share with you how AT&T Park and Safeco Field compare to the
Eric Kabakoff can. He’s been visiting different ballparks now for four decades,
and he’s see...