I am sure that almost everyone has made some sort of Bucket List over the years in their head. You know, that list of “things to do before I die”- all the great adventures you want to take in your fantasy life. Well, Ryan and I talk about our Bucket List all the time, so we decided to start writing it down and trying to make little things happen to achieve it. There are some downsides to living our baseball life (like picking up and moving a minimum of three times a year), but one of the upsides is access to travel around the country, and maybe the world. So while many of our Bucket List additions are joint decisions, others are purely selfish. This one I’m about to share is purely selfish.
I want to visit all of the major league ballparks in the United States that Ryan plays at before his career is over. My giving back for this Bucket List addition is to write about the differences in stadiums as part of their local culture (Anthropology nerd alert!). For example, every stadium serves local foods and every stadium has “their song” that’s usually repeated every game. There’s no way that these songs are chosen at random, so I am going to try and find the cultural relevance behind the stadium’s choice. I was able to visit three ballparks last year, but I decided to start over with my Bucket List so that I could enjoy the scenery with a more academic eye. For the remainder of the season, I plan to visit Fenway Park in Boston (duh), Yankee Stadium in New York (this weekend!), and Camden Yards in Baltimore at the end of September! After the trips I’ll post about my findings. So that we can all keep track of my progress, here is the list of stadiums divided among their leagues.
Click on the crossed out stadium to see what I found and ate along the way!
The American League
Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox
- Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers Kansas City Royals
- Los Angeles Angels
- Minnesota Twins
New York Yankees
- Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays
- Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays
The National League
- Arizona Diamondbacks
Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs
- Cincinnati Reds
- Houston Astros
- Los Angeles Dodgers
Miami Marlins Milwaukee Brewers New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Pittsburgh Pirates
- San Diego Padres
- San Francisco Giants
St Louis Cardinals Washington Nationals