I’m slowly working my way through all of the Major League Baseball ballparks in the country. So far I’ve been to a third of them*; I added my tenth last night when I went to see the Red Sox (my most favorite team ever) play Kansas City at the K. Having now been to both of the Missouri ballparks, I can confidently say that, while I love the roofdeck at Busch Stadium, I like the overall coziness of Kauffman much better. I think I also might have preferred the Cardinals’ old stadium to their current one.
Anyway, the game itself was excellent–it was a matchup of Zack Greinke and Josh Beckett, which is in itself fantastic. The game itself was pretty competitive for the first few innings, until the old guard of the Sox (Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell) decided they might as well make the most of their limitd playing time and hit some home runs. Once Greinke was taken out of the game, it was over for the Royals. A huge thank-you must go out to Laura Herring and her friends who were also at the game for not giving this Red Sox fan a hard time about her team loyalties!
We were in the nosebleed section, and my 70-300mm can only do so much from that range, but I tried to make a few photos anyway:
*I am doing much better in my parallel quest to go to all the NPB parks in Japan. I’ve been to six, with six more to go.
Zack Greinke. He was on my first and only fantasy baseball team five years ago.
Jacoby Ellsbury all alone in the outfield
There was a hot dog race. Ketchup won. He’s so jaunty!
People started leaving in the seventh. Boooo.
Laura’s boyfriend kept score the whole game.
I have NEVER seen the opposing team’s gear for sale in an MLB team store. They do that everywhere in Japan, but here it seems kind of weird.