So I gathered this much from Monday's conversation.
Connolly's is old school.
As much as you guys like Brian Roberts -- and I have heard your discontent whenever I say the Orioles should trade him if they can get the right package back – apparently he is no Al Bumbry.
I thought our discussion about the best No. 1 in Orioles history would be a little more divided. But the majority of you chose the Bee over B-Rob. Although several of you said if Roberts stays in an Orioles uniform for five or more years, he could make a serious run at Bumbry's status as the No. 1 player who wore the Orioles' No. 1.
I like the idea of arguing uniform numbers, and I'll get back to it this week probably. But I didn't want Tuesday to pass without a discussion of ballparks.
The Orioles play their next three games at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and it's one of the few historic parks still remaining. One of the bonuses of my job is that over the past eight years, I have been to 26 of the current 30 stadiums. And the ones I am missing – with the exception of Dodger Stadium – are fairly incidental.
Because it's my office in the summer, it's hard for me to pick a park better than Camden Yards. You can say what you want about the on-field product over the past decade, but the park is magnificent. And has stayed that way even though it is in its 17th season. I was talking to a Houston Astros official last week, and he was marveling at just how nice Oriole Park is – and has remained.
As far as the newer parks are concerned, my favorites are probably in San Francisco, San Diego and Pittsburgh, maybe in that order. But I am a sucker for baseball history, and Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Wrigley really are special, despite their obvious signs of age.
I've had the opportunity to see the ivy up close and to be inside, and above, the Green Monster, but if I had to pick just one stadium to go to as a fan, I have to say, gulp, it's Yankee Stadium. There is just something about the place, from Monument Park to the interlocking NY on the field. At any given time, you can run into Reggie Jackson or Yogi Berra or other sports immortals.
The place just oozes baseball. And it is in its last year, so maybe there's some nostalgia surrounding my pick, too (although it's the last year of Shea, and they can't blow that one up fast enough for me). Now, Yankee Stadium is one of the worst places to work for a visiting journalist (inconvenient location, cramped press box, few amenities, small visiting clubhouse, although not as tiny as Fenway's or Wrigley's). But it is tough to beat for a baseball experience.
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