One of my life goals is to go to every Major League Baseball ballpark and yesterday, despite being a Braves fan for almost two decades, I made my first trip to Turner Field in Atlanta. I saw the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town and the Braves complete their sweep of them. It was a rainy day, the game was supposed to start at 1:35 but was delayed until 3:15, then was delayed by 30 minutes more in the bottom of the 6th with more rain. Thankfully, the game was completed and I was able to witness an awesome comeback in the bottom of the 8th and a save by Craig Kimbrel. I attempted to keep score but the rain prevented me from doing so.
As for the park itself I thought it was a nice one, not the best but I will get to my ranking in a second. Our seats were in left field and from what I could tell there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. I had an up close view of Justin Upton do his job and while there were a view balls hit by him he made a couple of good plays as well. The main attraction that I really liked is the Braves museum, it houses a couple of really nice displays on the history of the Braves franchise from their beginnings in Boston to their move to Milwaukee and finally their move to Atlanta. One interesting thing I learned is that Milwaukee set the horrible precedent of building the first completely publicly funded baseball stadium, it seems fitting that the Braves moved away on them. The only major thing I didn’t like about the stadium is that once you leave your seat it is impossible to see the field. The main concourse circling the field is completely closed off in almost every way, you can’t leave your seat and try to see things from the line at the concession stand.
My visit to Turner Field makes the list of ballparks I’ve visited grow to 5. My ranking of those 5 is:
- Coor’s Field in Denver, Colorado, why? You can’t really beat views of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains when you look out beyond the outfield.
- Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, why? Great downtown location with views of the skycrapers around you, the main concourse is mostly open and statues of Tigers greats are right behind right center field and prominently featured, unlike at Turner field.
- Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, why? The first major league game I saw was there and the small dimensions of the park make the game more intimate as you sit right on top of the action.
- Turner Field in Atlanta Georgia, why? The main concourse being completely closed and statues of Braves greats being relegated to outside the park really knocks it down a peg or two. Still, it is a good park to watch a game.
- Nationals Park in Washington D.C., why? Of the five stadiums I’ve been to this is the most nondescript and it is hard for me to even remember anything notable about it.
The view from my seat in left field, a panorama shot…