Last night, my friend Eric suggested that I design the ultimate stadium for collecting balls.
I’m not an architect, so forget the blueprints.
Instead, here’s my list of the greatest stadium features throughout the majors. If they could magically be combined into one ballpark, it would make one helluva ball-snagging experience…
–Wrigley Field’s Waveland Avenue beyond the left field wall
–SBC Park’s promenade and McCovey Cove in right
–Citizen Bank Park’s shallow outfield walls
–Coors Field’s thin air
–Fenway Park’s lax security
–PNC Park’s low railings and corner seats down the foul lines
–Jacobs Field’s “Standing Room Only” section down the LF line
–Camden Yard’s “Standing Room Only” section down the RF line
–Turner Field’s outfield seats and gap behind the wall
–Ameriquest Field’s grassy area in center field (for running after HR balls)
–Miller Park’s wide aisle in front of the press box (for foul balls)
–Shea Stadium’s protective screen (in which foul balls sometimes get stuck)
–Bank One Ballpark’s bullpens (for fishing out balls with the glove trick)
–Safeco Field’s retractable roof (so BP doesn’t get rained out)
–Dolphin Stadium’s rain (during the game to send wimpy fans running for cover)
–Tropicana Field’s attendance
–Rogers Centre’s apathetic fans
–Busch Stadium’s former AstroTurf
–Municipal Stadium’s seating capacity
Oh what fun that would be. I’d probably average 40 balls per game.