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Delta is sponsoring free rides to Mets and Yankees games this season, but they’re not doing it with their airplanes. The airline is teaming up with New York Water Taxi to offer complimentary transportation to Citi Field and Yankee Stadium for all home games. The Delta Baseball Water Taxi started this week, and it will run throughout the season.
The taxi leaves from Pier 11 at Wall Street at different times depending on when the games begins, and they even guarantee an on-time arrival 30 minutes before the opening pitch. However, that does mean you’ll probably miss batting practice. Baseball fans are welcome to overindulge on snacks and beer on the top deck of the taxi, and Delta is also stocking the boat with “Fly Ball” cocktails.
Major league baseball has only one new stadium opening this year, so we’ve focused a little attention on some of the new ballpark offerings in the minor leagues. The tickets are cheaper, the promotions are more ridiculous, and if they’re feeling generous there’s usually a dollar-per-beer night rather than a dollar-per-hot dog night.
Here’s our picks for three stadiums where the seats and sod are still fresh:
· BB&T Ballpark
The Winston-Salem Dash have opened the season at their new home, and they have plenty of options dedicated to fun. If your kids are stir-crazy before the seventh inning stretch, swing by the specially designed kids zone. It’s 12,000 square feet of bounce houses and slides. There’s even a refurbished carousel—all they’re missing is a roller coaster. For the more serious fans or serious spenders, the stadium offers Dugout Suites. It’s $600 per game, but the suites are practically inside the home team’s dugout. Fans actually enter the suites through the same tunnel as the players, so you know it’s close. The stadium was supposed to open last year, so we’ll just assume that the delay was due to the installation of more cool stuff.
In case you missed it, major league baseball has been getting ready for the 2010 season in both Florida and in Arizona, and after all that practice it’s almost time to get the season officially underway.
We’re big fans of ballparks around the country, and this year there’s one that’s getting us particularity excited. The new home to the Minnesota Twins—Target Field—is set to hold its first major league game this month. It’s also the first time Minnesota fans will be sitting outside to watch a game after years of being trapped inside a dome.
The Twins will first set foot on the stadium’s fresh grass this weekend, but it's only for exhibition games. The St. Louis Cardinals will be in town to check out the new stadium for themselves, but they’ll also be getting a couple last practice games in on April 2 and 3. There will be all kinds of special stuff to commemorate opening weekend, including the unveiling of bronze statues dedicated to Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew. To see some real games where the outcomes matter a little more, you’ll need to stick around and wait until April 12 when the Twins host the Red Sox.
Somehow it’s already March, and we’re excited to talk about baseball spring training travel. We've already discussed the excellent options in Florida, but the teams in Arizona are a worthy competitor to the Sunshine State's group. The only downer is that there aren’t too many beaches in and around Phoenix, but there’s always cacti! Here’s the deal on a few teams, where they play, and what they offer.
· Chicago White Sox
President Obama has a lot on his plate right now, so we’re thinking that he won’t be taking Air Force One out to see any Chicago White Sox games this spring. Regardless of how much you have going on at work, you can always call out sick and head to Glendale. Here the the White Sox work out the winter kinks at Camelback Ranch—it’s also the spring home to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Spring must be right around the corner, because pitchers and catchers have already reported to the Sunshine State. They’re loosening up in time for next week when the first spring training games in the Grapefruit League are scheduled to begin. It’s time to book some cheap airfare and head down to Florida to get out of the snow and celebrate the national pastime. Here’s the scoop on a few teams, where they play, and what they offer.
· New York Yankees
The Yankees begin to defend their title by kicking off their practice schedule next week. Just like their real home in the Bronx, things are expensive if you’re thinking about dropping by Tampa to check them out. The cheap seats start at $17 in the outfield, but seeing Derek Jeter in person is priceless—that’s at least what the ladies tell us.
It's World Series time and things are all tied up at one game a piece after two nights of great pitching for both the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. Now the players and fans are driving down the Jersey Turnpike to get ready for game three between the Yankees and Phillies on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Loving you just as much we do baseball, we've put together some ideas for ways to stay entertained throughout your baseball-filled evening. Again, feel free to ignore all this advice below if you'd rather just watch the game. After all, that's what you paid for.
· Before The Game
The Phillies newish stadium is located in the middle of a huge parking lot that is shared by the city's other sports teams—so we’re thinking that most fans are going to drive to the game. Standard parking is $12 per car, but we’re a little suspicious that they could increase the charge since it is the World Series. Public transportation is available through SEPTA, but the workers might go on strike this weekend—so a car could be pretty handy. If you want some trains, the Broad Street Line is the best bet, just peep the schedule right here.
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After several years out of the big game spotlight, the New York Yankees have returned to the World Series. This year is even a bigger deal since they’re proud to debut their new home. Whether you like the Yankees or the Phillies we wanted to give you the run down on what to expect at each stadium before, during, and after the game. Of course, feel free to ignore all this advice below if you'd rather just watch the game. After all, that's what you paid for.
· Before The Game
We’ve already told Big Apple natives the best way to reach the new Yankee Stadium, but we realize that loads of fans are coming in from the suburbs. Fans that are located within the Metro North service area will be happy to know that extra trains will be running directly to the stadium each night the game is in town. Just follow the schedule that’s most convenient to your neighborhood—there’s usually no need to connect through Grand Central. However, those stuck with NJ Transit will probably need to change trains.
Now that you’ve arrived you’ll need something to do, but forget about bringing your own pregame beverage—the city’s finest will be out in full force. So just head around the corner and down a few with your fellow fans at Stan’s Sports Bar. You’re not going for the service, but the atmosphere will certainly prepare you for a night of cheering. After you’ve entered the stadium, but before taking your seat, swing by Monument Park. Pay your respects to Yankee legends, but please, don’t get emotional, it’s just a game.
Whether or not you're planning one of those tour-the-USA's-major-league-ballparks vacations, perhaps you'll want to add St. Louis' Busch Stadium onto your Midwest road-trip now that President Obama has taken the mound.
That's right, last night during the All-Star game, Barack dressed down in jeans and a Chicago White Sox jacketsyay for repping his home teamand threw the ceremonial first pitch to Albert Pujols of the Cardinals. Although he had warmed up on the White House lawn this weekend and was accompanied to St. Louis on Air Force One with Willie Mays, Obama said of his pitch: "Now, there was no clock on it, I don't know how fast it went - but if it exceeded 30 miles per hour, I'd be surprised, but it did clear the plate."
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If you were busy watching last night’s Home Run Derby, the contest to see which big leaguer was able hit the most dingers, then tonight you'll be similarly glued to the tube when the All-Stars try to impress their fellow players and fans. This year, however, we say give some love for the AAA All-Stars. They are trying their best to make the jump to the majors, so their game will be even better because they want it so badly. Also, their team nicknames are far more amusing than those in the majorsIsotopes, anyone?
The 2009 Cricket Wireless AAA All-Star Game will be held in Portland at PGE Park tomorrow night, July 15. Future stars from the International League and Pacific Cost League will face off against one another in a friendly little competition. Many current big leaguers were all-stars during their time in the minors, so make sure you stay after the game to score some autographs to sell on eBay.
The Major League Baseball season is almost half over, and fans are already flocking to St. Louis to take in this year’s All-Star Game at Busch Stadium. Since we’ll be following the pennant races before long, we thought it was only natural to start looking forward to the 2010 season. That’s because outdoor baseball will return to Minnesota for the first time since 1981, as the Metrodome closes and Target Field opens.
Last month, the final beam was put in place on the Minnesota Twins’ new home, and the project is on schedule and under budget. Now if it can stay that way, we’ll be in cheap seats in the Budweiser Roof Deck in no time.
Baseball fans in Albuquerque are in store for more excitement tonight than the usual t-shirt cannons or wacky mascot antics. Manny Ramirez, of steroid-suspension fame, is making his first rehabilitation appearance tonight for the Isotopes. We’re thinking that a capacity crowd of over 13,000 will be on hand to catch a glimpse of the MLB star, and maybe even cheer him on.
Even if you don’t get to see Manny tonight, the park and its team have a lot to offer. After all, they are the AAA affiliate of the LA Dodgers, so the stadium obviously needs to be pretty close to what one would expect from a big league experience. Isotopes Park was designed by HOK Sport, the go-to guys for stadium construction, so the place does not disappoint.
In keeping with our tradition of visiting a ballpark on our trips to big cities, we caught a Yankee game at the new Yankee Stadium the other night. As the innings progressed we thought either the Yankees were a powerful hitting team or else the MLB has some more performance enhancement drug testing to do. (The Yanks had four home runs, Tampa Bay had one.)
But we're not the first ones to wonder if there are more home runs than usual (So far there's been 105.) Most people have even speculated that there was a wind tunnel over right field which was causing the balls to fly outta the park (or really, into the stands.) But Accuweather.com has smacked down any talk of a wind tunnel, saying the ball park is actually shorter in some spots.
"The wall structure is slightly different than the old park," AccuWeather said. "The main difference involves curvature. The gentle curve from right field to center field seen in original Yankee Stadium has largely been eliminated at the new stadium. This is due in large part to the presence of a manual scoreboard embedded within the wall. Losing this curvature has resulted in a right field that is shorter by four-to-five feet on average, but up to nine feet in spots.
The Yankees of course insist that the new ball park dimensions are exactly the same as the old. Maybe people just hit better in a new park. Either way, attending a game here should guarantee you some home run action.