i went back and looked and was surprised to find that i only attended two games in 2017, two in 2018, and three in 2019. interestingly enough, both games in 2017 were at new-to-me stadiums, as were two of the three in 2019. i assure you, i am not tired of target field. things just get busy and i didn't make much time to get to the local ballpark those years (although i did see three games there during this timeframe).
anyway, this is going to be a post to document my visits to those three new-to-me stadiums, along with the cards i have in my collection representing them.
on july 31, 2017, i went to a game at the oakland-alameda county coliseum (aka a bunch of other names over the years). they were facing the giants that night, which was great because the crowd was in to the game from the get go. unfortunately, we were a little frazzled from our drive up the coast and i didn't really take any photos. i have this 2019 topps card in my collection
the other new stadium i attended in 2017 was nationals park, which i first wrote about here.
in 2019, i was in cincinnati for work in early april and walked over to great american ballpark to see the marlins take on the reds. here's the card representing that stadium in my collection:
i like the fact that this card was issued the same year that i visited the stadium. for some reason, the a's ticket is still in my digital wallet, but the nationals ticket was not when i went looking for it a couple of years ago. by that time, the reds stub was degraded into this:
here's the first pitch from luis castillo:
here's kemp after his third inning single
the other new stadium i took in during the 2019 season was chase field in phoenix. i scheduled a stop-over on my way back from the west coast to catch the diamondbacks at home. they played the phillies that night, and i was thankful for the closed roof given the heat. i met daniel from it's like having my own card shop after the game - always fun to meet a fellow blogger. i also have a 2019 topps card in my collection for this stadium:
and i have the same ticket stub issue, too:
here's a photo from bryce harper's at bat in the first inning
i found it funny that they ran a "beat la" ad during the game to promote an upcoming series against the dodgers
finally, i wasn't wearing a dodger hat, but the mascot gave me what i felt was the stinkeye anyway:
i am always excited to get to a new-to-me stadium, and i'm now down to nine stadiums that i have yet to see a major league game in. i had hoped to get to a couple in 2020, but that obviously didn't happen. fortunately, fans are back in stadiums now, and i am planning to cross at least one of those nine ballparks off my list yet this year. stay tuned!