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PNC Park (and Pittsburgh) is a Jewel

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Since opening, I regularly gasped at the views from PNC Park on television. After a weekend trip to Pittsburgh, I can unequivocally say, TV does not do PNC Park justice. From the moment you take a seat in the park’s upper bowl and see the Steel City’s skyline is breathtaking. It’s like seeing your favorite movie on the big screen for the very first time. No matter how many glowing reviews I read, or how many pictures I saw, nothing prepared me for the incredible view I enjoyed for what was otherwise a lousy game (spoiler alert: the Mets crushed the Pirates).

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To PNC Park We Go!

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PNC Park seems to always find itself near the top in annual lists of ballpark rankings. Even on television, you can see why. The home of the Pirates is an intimate park, nestled along the banks of the Allegheny River, with stunning views of downtown Pittsburgh. Aside from AT&T Park in San Francisco, few modern parks receive the rave views bestowed upon PNC.

After putting PNC near the top of my “must-see” lists, I’m beyond excited to trek to Pittsburgh over Memorial Day weekend for a game. Aside from a slew of Nationals games last year (including a game against the Braves where the heat index swelled to 115 degrees), I failed in my quest to get to a second MLB park. In an effort to remedy that, I’m taking advantage of the long weekend to see what Pittsburgh has to offer. .

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Bowie Baysox: MiLB in the DMV

Well, well. It’s been a few months since I’ve put any time in to the RFTHT blog. Moving, new jobs, and settling into a new (major) city will do that to you. With that said, I haven’t completed deprived myself of baseball, and after four games at Nationals Park (post coming soon), I finally caught some Minor League action yesterday.

The Bowie Baysox are nestled into the burbs, roughly 20 miles east from my humble abode. It was one of the longest adventures in the DMV so far, despite my nearly six months living in the DC area. For whatever reason, outside of the occasional Nats game, baseball has not happened at the frequency I would’ve liked it to. I set a goal of attending at least two minor league games and visiting three major league parks this season. Well, it’s August and I’ve seen exactly two parks.

Way to set goals, Joel…

Anyways! The Bowie Baysox are the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, playing in the Eastern League, (fun fact, every Baltimore affiliate,aside from their Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League teams, is in either Maryland or Virginia; quite convenient) and located just a few miles east of Washington and south of Baltimore. They play in Prince George’s Stadium, located in well, Prince George’s County, Maryland. Like many suburban minor league parks, the Baysox’s home is nestled in a comfortable suburban spot, behind shops, restaurants, and not far from the highway. Despite usual D.C. traffic, it wasn’t all that terrible driving from Northern Virginia to Bowie.

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Planning the Ultimate Minor League Baseball Road Trip: An Exercise in Patience

Love visiting Minor League Baseball parks throughout the country (well, mostly in the south). Great piece on how to plan a trip to the best MiLB parks in the country!

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Yesterday, new Ben’s Biz Blog contributor Ashley Marshall introduced himself via a Pac-Man inspired tour of the Minor League landscape. Today, he really goes the extra mile with this “ultimate” Minor League Road Trip itinerary. Please keep in mind, however, that this “ultimate” itinerary is entirely theoretical. Neither I (Ben’s Biz) or Ashley or anyone else will actually be doing it. For my 2015 road trip itineraries, click HERE

By Ashley Marshall/MiLB.com

Happy Opening Day, baseball fans. From Vancouver to West Palm Beach, San Jose to Winooski, Vt, the Minor Leagues bring baseball to millions of fans in thousands of communities.

Each year, there are 160 Minor League teams playing more than 8,000 games in 42 continental US states and one Canadian province across 14 leagues and six levels from Triple-A down to rookie ball. All this happens in a five-month, 152-day window from Opening Day on April…

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The beauty of the throwback: how a MiLB team bucked a trend and made a gem

The Jackonsville Suns' new road jersey is a classic that looks straight out of the Ebbets Field Flannel catalogue.

The Jackonsville Suns’ new road jersey is a classic that looks straight out of the Ebbets Field Flannel catalogue.

Out of all the major sports, baseball jerseys are probably the most normal sports jersey to wear around town. It might look a little strange to rock your 1995 Michael Jordan jersey made by Champion, but a baseball jersey is a nice, generally button down shirt, with embroidered logos, patches, etc.

With baseball season upon us, one of my greatest nerdy obsessions has returned: the love for baseball uniforms. They might seem a little dated (I mean, really, hats and polyester button down shirts, along with belts?), but baseball uniforms represent far more than the team on the field. They can represent an era in history, a strong memory you might have for a player or team who once wore a particular uniform, or you may simply appreciate the aesthetically pleasing look of a classic baseball jersey.  Continue reading

Additional thoughts on the Braves’ move

Just 3 short seasons left to enjoy the Ted

Just 3 short seasons left to enjoy the Ted

Throughout the day, I’ve stopped what I was doing to scroll through my Twitter feed, listen to Atlanta sports talk radio, and read through the endless number of news stories regarding the Braves’ stunning announcement that they are leaving the city of Atlanta and Turner Field for Cobb County. After nearly 9 hours, I believe I’ve started to process the decision and provide a few rational thoughts before my day comes to an end.

First of all, I’m not particularly thrilled with the Braves moving to the suburbs. While it brings the Braves closer to the fans that attend games on a regular basis, it puts them in the middle of endless sprawl with nothing aesthetically pleasing about the surrounding area. Sure, the Braves are promising a massive multi-use complex, which was completely lacking at Turner Field, but the new park won’t have the gorgeous Atlanta skyline in the background (a driving factor behind Turner Field’s lack of outfield lights), nor will they be anywhere close to downtown. The team points to Colorado, San Francisco, and Cincinnati as key examples of what they want for the new stadium and other developments. What those parks have in common that the new Braves’ park does not: they’re in the cities. Continue reading

Another hiatus finished

It’s hard running a blog more or less on your own. When life gets busy, it can be difficult to find the time to continue writing, but a very busy time in my life has just passed and I hope to continue writing on a more frequent basis through the rest of the season, into the playoffs, and of course into the offseason.

With that said, if you’re a lover of baseball, frequent games, or just have something to say about America’s pastime, please feel free to leave a comment and we can talk about you contributing to Root for the Home Team. There’s lots of baseball left to play and it’s going to take more than just one to talk about it.

Some upcoming topics I hope to have posts about in the coming week:

1. PEDs are back! (or did they ever leave?) and why Melky Cabrera made a fake website

2. Playoff races: why the one-game playoff doesn’t work

3. Hopefully coverage of some upcoming games (although additional touring looks unlikely for the remainder of 2012)