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2014-05-07 12:05:45 PM
Start in Toronto on the 23rd of May and it's only 22k miles.

I need to see about a month off work.
 
2014-05-07 12:18:52 PM
With my luck, 1/2 the games would get rained out, including at least 1 dome game due to hurricane.
 
2014-05-07 12:30:16 PM
Start with the Cubs, and it's the Traveling Failsman algorithm.
 
2014-05-07 01:56:52 PM
I have a metric shiatload of PTO. Too bad I'm broke. I'll have to wait until after I win the Powerball jackpot
 
2014-05-07 03:17:15 PM
I was with it until it recommended I drive from Miami to San Diego in 1.5 days
 
2014-05-07 03:34:31 PM
750 miles is pretty much my upper limit for driving by myself, which I did WAY too many times in college.

I just picked a path that start with the next Cubs home game and it had two 2,000+ mile drives (Detroit to Los Angeles, and Seattle to Houston), as well as 7 other 750+ mile drives.

On the bright side, my itinerary took me to 4 Orioles and 4 Tigers games (my two favorite teams), and nicely ended at a White Sox home game so I didn't have to drive all the way back to Chicago when it was all done.
 
2014-05-07 03:34:56 PM
Wow. Four baseball threads. So, I feel ok jacking this one.

The most exciting team in the MLB is...the Colorado Rockies.

They are crushing the ball. Too much fun to watch.

Doesn't matter that they will faceplant in August, if not sooner. Doesn't matter their pitching isn't 'good enough'. Right now, they are the most entertaining team in baseball. I will enjoy it while it lasts.
 
2014-05-07 03:37:12 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: Wow. Four baseball threads. So, I feel ok jacking this one.

The most exciting team in the MLB is...the Colorado Rockies.

They are crushing the ball. Too much fun to watch.

Doesn't matter that they will faceplant in August, if not sooner. Doesn't matter their pitching isn't 'good enough'. Right now, they are the most entertaining team in baseball. I will enjoy it while it lasts.


They'll crash when tulo's back gives out from CARRYING MY FANTASY TEAM
 
2014-05-07 03:39:09 PM
I got it down below 20k by starting in Cincinnati.
 
2014-05-07 03:39:52 PM
Also, my friends are trying to plan 5 in four

Pittsburgh, Twins, brewers, then both chicagos in one day


I would do the thirty if I won the powerball. Like the moment I could
 
2014-05-07 03:41:29 PM
Unrelated: I *JUST* realized the Cubs and White Sox are playing each other this week.  Back when I was in college (~15 years ago), this would've been the subject of weeks of trash talk.

Now, thanks to the Blackhawks, I haven't heard anyone even mention it around here.
 
2014-05-07 03:43:45 PM
If I were rich, I would take several summers and go to all 30 MLB parks, and at least a few dozen minor league parks while also visiting various landmarks, breweries and dive restaurants.  It would be awesome.

I would love to have an algorithm like this to help me plan the trip to take into account A) having the entire season, B) wanting to add additional destinations, and C) making as many stops with certain teams as possible.
 
2014-05-07 03:43:58 PM

thecpt: Ow! That was my feelings!: Wow. Four baseball threads. So, I feel ok jacking this one.

The most exciting team in the MLB is...the Colorado Rockies.

They are crushing the ball. Too much fun to watch.

Doesn't matter that they will faceplant in August, if not sooner. Doesn't matter their pitching isn't 'good enough'. Right now, they are the most entertaining team in baseball. I will enjoy it while it lasts.

They'll crash when tulo's back gives out from CARRYING MY FANTASY TEAM


Heh. It's not just Tulo, the Rockies have 3 of the top shiatters in the NL, and none of them are named Cargo. Looks like the finally found a 3rd baseman in Arenado. I know it's smoke and mirrors, but damn they are fun to watch right now.
 
2014-05-07 03:45:02 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: 3 of the top shiatters in the NL


Well played, filter. Well played.
 
2014-05-07 03:47:38 PM
Why would I want to do that?
30 weeks? Cure. 30 Days? No thanks.
 
2014-05-07 03:52:03 PM
Starting in San Diego on August 30 yields two legs of over 2300 miles. At least I get two driving days each time.
 
2014-05-07 03:52:39 PM

idesofmarch: If I were rich, I would take several summers and go to all 30 MLB parks, and at least a few dozen minor league parks while also visiting various landmarks, breweries and dive restaurants.  It would be awesome.

I would love to have an algorithm like this to help me plan the trip to take into account A) having the entire season, B) wanting to add additional destinations, and C) making as many stops with certain teams as possible.


Yeah this seems like the better plan.  I've thought about the ballpark road trip but I know I'd get severely bored driving across the great plains by myself.  A better plan is to pick a time when a team you like is visiting 3-4 cities near each other and hitting all of those.

A couple of years ago, I'd plotted out a trip that let me see the Orioles in San Diego, gave me a couple of days to drive up the PCH while the O's were in Seattle, and then let me see them play at the Giants ballpark.  It didn't happen, but that sounds way better than trying to leave a stadium at 10pm to show up at another one the next day at 1.
 
2014-05-07 03:54:09 PM
I have been to-

Shea
Yankee
Jack Murphy
Petco
Anaheim
Arizona
San Francisco
Milwaukee
Wrigley

In my lifetime.
 
2014-05-07 03:56:42 PM

W.C.fields forever: I have been to-

[a small number of parks]

In my lifetime.


San Diego-Jack Murphy-Qualcomm (San Diego)
Petco (San Diego)
Dodger Stadium (LA)
Angels Stadium (Anaheim)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
Coors Field (Denver)
Whatever They Call It Now Ballpark (Phoenix)
Turner Field (Atlanta)
Memorial Stadium (Balmer)
Orioles Park (Balmer)
Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
Three Rivers (Pittsburgh)
PNC Park (Pittsubrgh)
Shea (New York)
CitiField (New York)
Fenway (Boston)
Royals Stadium (Kansas City)
Wrigley (Chicago)
RFK (Washington)
Nationals Park (Washington)
 
2014-05-07 03:59:41 PM

balki1867: Yeah this seems like the better plan. I've thought about the ballpark road trip but I know I'd get severely bored driving across the great plains by myself. A better plan is to pick a time when a team you like is visiting 3-4 cities near each other and hitting all of those.


Exactly - following your team on one of their road trips would be phenomenal.  Plus you get to see lots of great places in between (assuming you go to one game at each place).

I should also add that I'd love to go to the more southern areas as early in the season as possible, before it starts getting too hot, then hit up the north any time after.  I hate the heat, but I still want to visit a few in places that would normally make me melt (Las Vegas 51s comes to mind).

Also, make that 29 ballparks - fark Arizona, I can skip them.  I've already been to the Grand Canyon, so there's no good reason to ever set foot in that state again.
 
2014-05-07 04:06:05 PM

Wellon Dowd: W.C.fields forever: I have been to-

[a small number of parks]

In my lifetime.

San Diego-Jack Murphy-Qualcomm (San Diego)
Petco (San Diego)
Dodger Stadium (LA)
Angels Stadium (Anaheim)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
Coors Field (Denver)
Whatever They Call It Now Ballpark (Phoenix)
Turner Field (Atlanta)
Memorial Stadium (Balmer)
Orioles Park (Balmer)
Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
Three Rivers (Pittsburgh)
PNC Park (Pittsubrgh)
Shea (New York)
CitiField (New York)
Fenway (Boston)
Royals Stadium (Kansas City)
Wrigley (Chicago)
RFK (Washington)
Nationals Park (Washington)


Which is your favorite?
 
2014-05-07 04:07:20 PM

idesofmarch: fark Arizona, I can skip them.


But then you'll miss the thrill of watching a game while having air-conditioned air blown on the back of your neck, all accompanied by the aroma of swimming pool chemicals.
 
2014-05-07 04:07:55 PM

W.C.fields forever: Which is your favorite?


PNC Park.
 
2014-05-07 04:10:05 PM

Wellon Dowd: W.C.fields forever: Which is your favorite?

PNC Park.


Least favorite? Please share any stories about such.
 
2014-05-07 04:14:02 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: Wellon Dowd: W.C.fields forever: Which is your favorite?

PNC Park.

Least favorite? Please share any stories about such.


I know I'll get hammered for this: Fenway. Just because something is old doesn't make it special. The seats were uncomfortable to the point that I couldn't enjoy the game. And it smelled of urine.
 
2014-05-07 04:15:12 PM
(Warning: Some segments will show a path that goes over water. Please do not drive in the ocean.)

Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.
 
2014-05-07 04:27:58 PM
Interesting stat posted in local paper recently.....the Snakes' barn, built lo these 16 years ago, is already the 5th oldest NL park.  how crazy is that?  if it were a person, it wouldn't be legal to bone, but it is the 5th oldest park.  wow.

Wrigley
Los Doyers
Atlanta (1996, but also going away soon)
Rockies (1993)
Emmm......I guess us?

Been too list:
1. Angels
2. Los Doyers
3. Jack Murphy
4. Snakes
5. Old Busch (or as I call it, "Your Mom Stadium")
6. OPACY
7. Original Yankee Stadium
 
2014-05-07 04:33:29 PM
I have been to (In order of preference)

1.  PNC (Pittsburgh)
2.  Camden Yards (Baltimore)
3.  Jacob's Field (Cleveland)   Cheapest beer and novelty prices
4.  Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
5.  Nationals Park (Washington)
6.  Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
7.  RFK (Washington)
8.  Rogers Centre (Toronto)

I have also been to Veteran's Stadium and Three Rivers, but I was young and can't remember enough to rank them.

Roger's Stadium was the only stadium I went to where ushers made sure you didn't leave or come back to your seats while an inning was in progress.
 
2014-05-07 04:37:40 PM

bark_atda_moon: Roger's Stadium was the only stadium I went to where ushers made sure you didn't leave or come back to your seats while an inning was in progress.


Why would they do that?  Do they think it's a tennis match or something?

Also, Roger's Stadium is an incredibly dull name if you know it used to be the SKYDOME.  That's WAY better.
 
2014-05-07 04:38:52 PM

bark_atda_moon: ger's Stadium was the only stadium I went to where ushers made sure you didn't leave or come back to your seats while an inning was in progress.



Snakes does that but only for field level seating.  midlevel to upper deck no1curr.

i don't know if in fact the lower bowl seats are pakced closer but they sure feel like it.  the upper deck obviously the view isn't as good but you arent' rubbing arms with a stranger.
 
2014-05-07 04:40:21 PM

idesofmarch: bark_atda_moon: Roger's Stadium was the only stadium I went to where ushers made sure you didn't leave or come back to your seats while an inning was in progress.

Why would they do that?  Do they think it's a tennis match or something?


I saw that behavior in Phoenix
 
2014-05-07 04:42:52 PM

idesofmarch: bark_atda_moon: Roger's Stadium was the only stadium I went to where ushers made sure you didn't leave or come back to your seats while an inning was in progress.

Why would they do that?  Do they think it's a tennis match or something?

Also, Roger's Stadium is an incredibly dull name if you know it used to be the SKYDOME.  That's WAY better.


Wow, I thought all stadiums did that. They are militant about it in Rogers Centre. You can leave your seats anytime but you will be shot if you try to get back during an inning.  It's about disturbing your row while the game is in progress.
 
2014-05-07 04:46:06 PM

idesofmarch: bark_atda_moon: Roger's Stadium was the only stadium I went to where ushers made sure you didn't leave or come back to your seats while an inning was in progress.

Why would they do that?  Do they think it's a tennis match or something?

Also, Roger's Stadium is an incredibly dull name if you know it used to be the SKYDOME.  That's WAY better.


I have no idea.  I asked the usher and she said it was to prevent people from blocking the view of the game.  I told her that I have never seen this done anywhere else including NFL stadiums and she said something along the lines of, "well this is how we operate in Canada".

Roger's Centre AKA the SKYDOME is probably a better place to watch football then baseball.  Most of the seats direct your view to centerfield (The 50 yard line for the Argonauts), so you have to twist your neck most of the game to see homeplate.
 
2014-05-07 04:50:17 PM

Decillion: You can leave your seats anytime but you will be shot if you try to get back during an inning. It's about disturbing your row while the game is in progress.


i think they only make you wait between batters, in phoenix.  i haven't sat lower bowl in a while but i don't think it is between innings.

i don't know if other stadia are a little sunk into the ground, but snakes is.  it still kinda trips me out a little to walk in the main field level entry, then see the field sunken below you.  wonder how far below ground level it is.
 
2014-05-07 04:51:38 PM

Wellon Dowd: W.C.fields forever: I have been to-

[a small number of parks]

In my lifetime.

San Diego-Jack Murphy-Qualcomm (San Diego)
Petco (San Diego)
Dodger Stadium (LA)
Angels Stadium (Anaheim)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
Coors Field (Denver)
Whatever They Call It Now Ballpark (Phoenix)
Turner Field (Atlanta)
Memorial Stadium (Balmer)
Orioles Park (Balmer)
Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
Three Rivers (Pittsburgh)
PNC Park (Pittsubrgh)
Shea (New York)
CitiField (New York)
Fenway (Boston)
Royals Stadium (Kansas City)
Wrigley (Chicago)
RFK (Washington)
Nationals Park (Washington)


For me it's been all of AL Central plus Wrigley, Bush 2,3

/ Btw it's Kauffman not Royals stadium
 
2014-05-07 04:53:17 PM
Just in case you don't make it out alive, what should be your last stop? Detroit? U.S. Cellular? St. Louis?
 
2014-05-07 04:53:32 PM

bark_atda_moon: Most of the seats direct your view to centerfield (The 50 yard line for the Argonauts), so you have to twist your neck most of the game to see homeplate.



if i recall correctly, Snakes' was one of the first (if not the first) to slightly angle each seat towards the field.  there was some kind of construction quirk about that; "every other stadium aligns seats on a 90-degree angle towards the field of play, here, we very slightly rotated the LF and RF seats inwards towards the action, giving each patron a 'head on' view of the field...."
 
2014-05-07 04:55:08 PM
My list that I've been to:

Tiger Stadium (RIP)
Oriole Park
Oakland Coliseum
Whatever-the-phone-company-is-calling-themselves-this-week Park in SF
Dodger Stadium
 
2014-05-07 04:58:04 PM
My list is rather plain:

Riverfront
Milwaukee County Stadium
Fulton County Stadium
Turner Field
Great American Ballpark
Wrigley
 
2014-05-07 05:00:10 PM

buckeyebrain: Whatever-the-phone-company-is-calling-themselves-this-week Park in SF


Kinda odd for me that as many times as I've been to SFO (oh yeah, add Candlestick to my list), I've not been there.  Either i go during MLB offseason, or the Giants arent home, but maybe 3-4 times i've had other plans.  the last time i was in SFO I had a concert at the Berkeley Greek Theatre, but it was a day game.  When I boared the Embarcadero BART, there were literally hundreds of people weargin SF orange, boarding buses to the stadium.

and same for Wrigley;  Cubs were off the day I had availablet to see a game.  still went by the ballpark though.  pretty cool.  even if the team sucks ass.

CSB: the guy i was staying with lived so close to Wrigley, when he watches games on TV, he will hear the crowd roar before he sees the action due to the 7 second delay.
 
2014-05-07 05:01:49 PM

thecpt: Also, my friends are trying to plan 5 in four

Pittsburgh, Twins, brewers, then both chicagos in one day


I would do the thirty if I won the powerball. Like the moment I could


This.  I've been inside four current and two former parks, and driven by a couple more, but this would be a complete dream trip.  I'd just make sure it took two months minimum, if not three, if I hit Powerball.

\Been to games in Fenway, old Yankee and Sun Life Stadium, toured Petco, been in the gift shops a CBP and Camden.  Also driven by Shea and Nationals Park, and literally walked around PNC one night
 
2014-05-07 05:06:30 PM

rickythepenguin: bark_atda_moon: Most of the seats direct your view to centerfield (The 50 yard line for the Argonauts), so you have to twist your neck most of the game to see homeplate.


if i recall correctly, Snakes' was one of the first (if not the first) to slightly angle each seat towards the field.  there was some kind of construction quirk about that; "every other stadium aligns seats on a 90-degree angle towards the field of play, here, we very slightly rotated the LF and RF seats inwards towards the action, giving each patron a 'head on' view of the field...."


That is cool if true.  I'll make it out there one of these days.

The worst seats in Camden Yards require you to turn your head ~50 degrees to see home plate.  They are located between 3rd base and the foul pole.  In Toronto if you are sitting at either 1st or 3rd base you have to turn your head almost 90 degrees to see home.
 
2014-05-07 05:08:36 PM

Wellon Dowd: Ow! That was my feelings!: Wellon Dowd: W.C.fields forever: Which is your favorite?

PNC Park.

Least favorite? Please share any stories about such.

I know I'll get hammered for this: Fenway. Just because something is old doesn't make it special. The seats were uncomfortable to the point that I couldn't enjoy the game. And it smelled of urine.


I'm going to heartily agree. Sure it's cool because it's Fenway and it has the Green Monster, but the layout is horrible, the seats are small and even for a ballpark everything is overpriced. Our seats were okay in terms of being able to see the field, the biggest problem was the heat. We were under an awning that had some concession stands behind us, it was like 90 degrees with 98% humidity and combined with the heat from the concessions stand I my buddy and I couldn't suck down enough $12 Narragansetts to not be entirely soaked through with sweat. It was the most miserable I've ever been at a sporting event in terms of weather.
 
2014-05-07 05:10:19 PM
I gave it Miller Park as a starter and Friday's game against the Yankees as Game 1.

Apparently, after that I should be driving to San Diego for Game 2 on Sunday, and then the next day I'm supposed to be in Seattle. I am also supposed to make a next-day trip from Kansas City to Washington, a same-day trip from Cleveland to Pittsburgh, a there-and-back across the Appalachians from Pittsburgh to Atlanta to Detroit, and a stretch that goes New York-St. Louis-Miami-Houston-Tampa Bay-Texas-Cincinnati-Cubs to close it out.

This thing wants me dead.
 
2014-05-07 05:12:30 PM

bark_atda_moon: That is cool if true. I'll make it out there one of these days.



it is a pretty cool little park; the light rail goes right by it so i'd take that to avoid parking fees.

yeah, i think that was one of the first stadia in sports, period, to do that.  it isn't a whole lot mind you but it isn't that straight 90-degree grid where, as you note, you have to crane your neck.  just enough to be comfortable.

every game i go to (with the kids at least) by about the 3rd inning, they start crying about the paly area, so i end up watching the game on the HD screens at the play area.  ha.  then when something happens i run over to the rail to see live action.

snakes are just so farking bad this year.  home record is something like 3-16 or some shiat. just eating plates of dick.
 
2014-05-07 05:15:33 PM

Communist_Manifesto: It was the most miserable I've ever been at a sporting event in terms of weather.



mine would be a early 00's Caridnals and either Ravens, possibly chiefs game @ Sun Devil.  It was one of those days wehre even in October, it was like, 105.  literally.  just farking ROASTING.  We were on the metal seats, no breeze.  so while a "dry heat", with no wind, you just broiled in your own sweat.  Place holds about 74,000, there were only about 20-25K, and 80% were the other team's fans.  Somehwere in the 3rd quarter with us getting destroyed, by boy and i left due to (a) bad football, (b) farking just roasting in the sun, and (c) baseball playoffs.  we retreated to a neaby air conditioned bar and started throwing down suds.
 
2014-05-07 05:16:50 PM

balki1867: Unrelated: I *JUST* realized the Cubs and White Sox are playing each other this week.  Back when I was in college (~15 years ago), this would've been the subject of weeks of trash talk.

Now, thanks to the Blackhawks interleague play, I haven't heard anyone even mention it around here.


It used to be an event. Now that it happens six (right?) times a year, people get less excited about it. There's mild trash talk, but not like it used to be. I turned on the game the other night to see Sox, and I didn't even know they were going against the Cubs.

/Sox won in 12, and I even watched the extra innings instead of playing Borderlands
 
2014-05-07 06:05:55 PM
I'd like a cost calculator built into this.
 
2014-05-07 06:56:31 PM

skrame: balki1867: Unrelated: I *JUST* realized the Cubs and White Sox are playing each other this week.  Back when I was in college (~15 years ago), this would've been the subject of weeks of trash talk.

Now, thanks to the Blackhawks interleague play, I haven't heard anyone even mention it around here.

It used to be an event. Now that it happens six (right?) times a year, people get less excited about it. There's mild trash talk, but not like it used to be. I turned on the game the other night to see Sox, and I didn't even know they were going against the Cubs.

/Sox won in 12, and I even watched the extra innings instead of playing Borderlands


Interleague play (*spits*) is a constant thing now.  MLB, in their infinte wisdom, moved the Astros to the AL so that each league would have 15 teams, meaning SOMEBODY has to do Interleague every series.
 
2014-05-07 08:15:28 PM
It gave me a day/night doubleheader. Afternoon in Anaheim, night in Chavez Ravine. But that was followed by an off day so I could drive to Chicago.
 
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