Just 100 hours later and our jam-packed Seattle trip has come to a close. As we did with our East Coast swing last year, it’s time for us to share with you the highs and lows of our trip and educate you on both the city of Seattle and Safeco Field, as we critically evaluate our experiences the past few days (sort of our Siskel and Ebert moment, if you will). The format of this trip (one city and multiple visits to one ballpark over the course of 4+ days) proved quite different than the city/ballpark hopping style of last year’s trip, but the biggest positive of this style, is that a much more thorough familiarity with the city and ballpark was available to us. So, here goes…the Seattle/Safeco wrap.
Sorry about the mid-trip hiatus; we hit Rock Bottom, literally. It didn’t feel like we had anything blog-worthy, but after some feedback from our loyal readers, we hear you, we affirm our commitment to you, and we apologize. Day 3 (Saturday) of the Seattle trip started with a much anticipated Safeco Field tour. We knew from our experience the night before at the game that the ballpark was awesome and we anticipated seeing even more behind the scenes at the tour. But we were about to find out that the ballpark tour, and the rest of the day as a matter of fact, was underwhelming.
Safeco Field…the jewel within the jewel that is the Emerald City, Seattle. That’s for you, Gregg. Seriously though, after just one poorly-attended and not-so-thrilling game, we are still ready to rank Safeco Field as one of the premiere ballparks in the country. If we have to nitpick, there are just two knocks against it: the surrounding neighborhood is nothing special (though it’s just south of downtown), and the ticket prices are far higher than they need or should be. Otherwise, “The Safe” as we like to call it (as of the writing of this post) has it all going on: stellar views, superb multimedia, engaged fans, solid food, nice staff, and a facility that is unquestionably a ballpark for baseball.
Day 2 in Seattle and don’t worry, I will refrain from using the phrase ‘Emerald City’ anymore. Brent has filled up our ‘Emerald City’ quota by saying ‘Emerald City’ every time he meant to say Seattle, so no more ‘Emerald City’ nonsense! After repaying some of the sleep debt we all incurred on day 1, the first thing on our docket was lunch at the Space Needle.
The crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle herself, officially welcomed us SoCal folk with open arms today! Day one of this trip to the Emerald City did not include any baseball games (don’t worry, each of the next three days will), but there is no shortage of experiences to share from this day: Exploration Day! Traffic worse than LA at rush hour, teens jumping off of 30 foot bridges into slow moving rivers below, and an amazing gem known as the Snoqualmie Falls were just a few of the many surprises that filled our first day in Seattle!
It’s that time of year when Gregg and Brent hit the road to catch the boys of summer on fields all across the country. This summer, the “BaseballOnTheRoad” boys will be heading to the grand jewel of the Northwest, the Emerald City herself, the place where the sun literally does not shine: Seattle, Washington! Our trip will begin on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:30 AM, and will conclude on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM. Nothing but good times, ballpark food, baseball action, and Seattle in all its glory will be found in between!
Looking back, there is just so much that we saw and experienced on this 8-day journey to the Northeast that we feel the need to try and consolidate the ups, downs, cheers, and jeers for each city and each stadium. Plus, we know that people (at least the ones who care and even remember that we were out of town) are going to ask the go-to question, “which was your favorite city and ballpark?”
Thus, below we have narrowed down our countless experiences to one cheer, one jeer, and one honorable mention per city. And below those, for those of you who like lists, we’ll list the best from each stadium, and then the ballparks and cities are ranked in terms of our overall enjoyment (and we are in complete agreement). Enjoy!