This year, though, there is at least one thing I'd like to follow through on.
That would be finishing the Big League Stew Big Ballpark Review that we started last June and abandoned some time last August. I won't get into too many of the reasons for the negligence past saying that the pennant races heated up and I grew tired of bugging people to say nice things about the Metrodome and Oakland Coliseum. (Hint, hint. OakTown and Twin City folks.)
But after getting more than a few comments and emails saying they'd like to see the BBR jumpstarted, it's time to make another run at completing the reader-generated informative series. We've done 13 parks to date and, to be completely honest, those were the 13 parks that drew 98 percent of the original responses. Our current stadium data bank is awfully empty and to run down all 30, we're going to need a big push from you.
Remember: The great thing about this series was that it was conceived as an insider's guide for the out-of-town fan. Our contributors gave us exactly that. Our first crop provided tips and tricks the travel guides don't bother to cover. They pointed out restaurants, areas of town and ballpark traditions that non-locals might not otherwise know about. Even if you didn't have plans to visit that ballpark soon, they were a hell of a lot of fun to read.
Here are the 16 parks (not counting either new NY stadium) that still need review:
Turner Field, Dolphin Stadium, Nationals Park, Great American Ballpark, Minute Maid Park, Chase Field, Coors Field, Petco Park, Tropicana Field, U.S. Cellular Field, Kauffman Stadium, Metrodome, Angels Stadium, Oakland Coliseum, Safeco Field and The Ballpark in Arlington
For those of you with plans to submit, please email your submissions to email@example.com. Also, please try to hit each of the following areas when writing your tips 'n tricks: 1) How to get there, 2) What to do before and after the game (bars, restaurants, touristy sites, etc.), 3) What one should eat in the ballpark, 4) Where one should sit in the ballpark, and 5) What makes your ballpark a special experience.
If you need more guidance — or just want to get a head start on your summer road trip plans — check out any of our 13 great previous Big Ballpark Reviews: