New on the site
Our in-depth review of wonderful Cubs Park is available for your reading pleasure. It contains 34 photos you won't find anywhere else! Coming up: reviews of the new ballparks opening this month in El Paso and Charlotte, and a look at Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration.
Now being printed
We've received word that the newest edition of The Baseball Travel Map is at the printers. Our shipment should be in our hands within a week, so we will start accepting orders shortly. The fully updated edition now includes independent league parks, for those of you who like that kind of baseball.
After games in Charleston and Morgantown, WV, I'm preparing for a weeklong trip to Birmingham, Gwinnett County, Atlanta, Chicago (for Wrigley's 100th birthday), Charlotte and Greenville. As always, you can check out where I've been here. FYI: I'll have an article in the April 23rd Sports Weekly on Wrigley Field's long history.
Peering into the future
Sports-architecture heavyweights Populous teamed up with Sports Illustrated to take a stab at imagining what urban ballparks will look like in 20 years. The result is a feature that looks at ways that the park will blend in with its city environment while providing fans what they want. Interesting piece. Art from Polulous and Sports Illustrated
Big League ballpark notes
When I was writing the 30-article series on MLB parks for Sports Weekly last year, interest in the stadiums' concessions was off the charts. Well, new for 2014: D-backs will feature an 18-inch corndog filled with bacon and cheese for $25 and at Comerica Park, there's the $7 Poutine Dog covered with cheese curds, fries and gravy ... It was the home of Major League Baseball for 28 seasons, but now the awful Metrodome (left) has been demolished. Few are sad ... Significant renovation of Wrigley Field was supposed to start in earnest this past offseason, but the Cubs have announced that it's been delayed ... The savage beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium in 2011 is one the most tragic ballpark stories in recent years. Now the two sub-humans who did the beating have been sentenced.
Now in stock: Edition 3 of the Touring The Majors® poster displaying all 30 MLB parks.