Baseball Stadium · Northshore · 115 Federal St (at General Robinson St), Pittsburgh, PA
ESPN: PNC has delicious grub (Primanti Bro’s, do it) & extraordinary views of the ‘burgh along the third base line. Lloyd McClendon probably ripped out first base in ‘01 to have a souvenir of this place.
Baseball Stadium · Central Business District · 100 Joe Nuxhall Way (at Mehring Way), Cincinnati, OH
ESPN: The Skyline Chili Dog is a must, but if you want to do WORK, there are funnel fries. That is, funnel cake in French fry form. Put one under your nose, & you’ll have a mustache akin to Mr. Redlegs.
Baseball Stadium · Armour Square · 333 W 35th St (at Wentworth Ave), Chicago, IL
ESPN: There are 2 blue seats left here, both from Game 2 of the ‘05 World Series. In left, the spot of Paul Konerko’s 7th-inning grand slam. In right-center, the mark of Scott Podsednik’s walk-off homer.
Baseball Stadium · Navy Yard · 1500 S Capitol St SE (btwn N St SE & Potomac Ave SE), Washington, D.C.
ESPN: The Presidents Race takes place in the middle of the 4th & features Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Roosevelt. Don’t pledge your allegiance to Teddy. He hasn’t won since the race’s inception in ’06.
Baseball Stadium · The Stadiums · 333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD
ESPN: There are two orange seats here. In right-center, the landing spot of Eddie Murray’s 500th home run. In left, the honorary mark of Cal Ripken Jr.’s 278th HR ball, the record breaker for shortstops.
Baseball Stadium · South Philadelphia East · 1 Citizens Bank Way (at Pattison St), Philadelphia, PA
ESPN: Go to the McNally's stand in left field, home of Mike Schmidt’s sandwich namesake: The Schmitter. Sliced steak topped with tomatoes, fried onions, layers of cheese, special sauce, and grilled salami.
Baseball Stadium · Flushing Meadows-Corona Park · 12301 Roosevelt Ave (at 126th St), Flushing, NY
ESPN: While everyone makes a beeline for Shake Shack, outsmart the crowd and head to Box Frites. They’ll serve you faster than a Doc Gooden heater, and you’ll have a smorgasbord of dipping sauces. Amazin’!
Baseball Stadium · North Loop · 1 Twins Way (btwn N 5th & N 7th St.), Minneapolis, MN
ESPN: The admissions gates here are numbered according to Twins legends. LF is #6 (Oliva), CF is #3 (Killebrew), RF is #29 (Carew), Target Plaza (also in RF) is #34 (Puckett), and home plate is #14 (Hrbek).
Baseball Stadium · Truman Sports Complex · 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, MO
ESPN: On 7/11/90, Bo Jackson made his famous “wall run” catch in left center. Bo caught the ball, then ran on the wall sideways like Keanu in “The Matrix”. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a catch half as good.
Baseball Stadium · East Village · 100 Park Blvd (at Tony Gwynn Dr), San Diego, CA
ESPN: The first ever game ever at PETCO featured Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn…but not the Padres. As manager of San Diego State’s baseball team, Gwynn led the Aztecs to a W over the Houston Cougars on 3/11/04.
Baseball Stadium · Platinum Triangle · 2000 E Gene Autry Way (at State College Blvd), Anaheim, CA
ESPN: If the Halos are winning late in the game, don’t expect to see a primate. The Rally Monkey only appears on the stadium’s video screens if Anaheim heads into the 7th tied or trailing by 3 runs or less.
Baseball Stadium · Elysian Park · 1000 Elysian Park Ave (at Stadium Way), Los Angeles, CA
ESPN: Try a Doyer Dog (read: “Doyer Dog”, not “Dodger Dog”). This behemoth boasts chili, cheese, tomatoes, onions & jalepenos over a hot dog base. Finish one, then give a Kirk Gibson fist pump to celebrate.
ESPN: Remember when a swarm of insects lifted the Tribe to a playoff win on in ‘07? How ‘bout when a seagull gave Shin-Soo Choo a game-winning RBI in ‘09? Yup, the critters help the home team at the Prog.