RedEye reporter Tracy Swartz is on a quest to visit all 30 major league ballparks before she turns 30. She crossed two off her list this past weekend at Ranger Park in Arlington (Texas) and Minute Maid Park in Houston. Here are her dispatches from both parks.
Houston 3, Colorado 2
For me, this will be the Summer of Sam. Houston, that is. The way my schedule works out, I will be seeing a lot of the Astros on the road as I attempt to visit the 10 baseball parks I have left before I turn 30 in August. I will probably be the only Astros supporter on the road since Houston fans have a tough time traveling ... to their own ballpark. The seats were virtually empty Sunday. And I don't blame fans. It was 80 degrees outside with no clouds in sight and the dome was up. No sun and no fun: It was family day at the ballpark. Now I know why they call it the “Juice Box”...
White Sox 4, Texas 3
Yes, it's true, everything is bigger in Texas: the stadiums, the flags, the hot dogs. Especially the hot dogs. If you love long pieces of meat topped with more meat and encased in a thick package, check out the 2-foot-long Boomstick, which weighs 1 pound and costs $26. A better name for it would be the “Boomsick.” My travel companion tackled this extraordinary piece of man-made meat, cradling it like a newborn, then stabbing it with a knife and fork. First he ate the dog, which is covered in chili and onions, then moved onto the thick, white bun. He got about halfway through before waving the white flag. Luckily, everyone's your friend when you have a Boomstick so other Sox fans bailed him out from the Meat Titanic. Everyone's a wiener.