Monday, October 20, 2008

welcome to the big leagues!

we played a tournament this past weekend at one of the big league dreams locations. the idea behind it is that each baseball field is a replica of a major league ball park. so there's fenway, and wrigley and yankee stadium. it's a super cute idea and cool for the kids.

of course the first thing i fucking do when i'm there is look around and think "how can i get one of these built closer to where we live?" and then i usually start thinking in my head (or i say it out loud to anyone who will listen) ways that i could improve on the idea. i kind of feel like if you're going to spend the money to make replica ballparks, go a little more out of the way. instead of a painted brick wall with painted ivy- why not build a brick wall with real ivy? i know that sounds lame, but come on! bring it! make it even MORE awesome!!! and instead of having the entire outfield where all the detail of the replica ballpark lives, being a painted piece of wood.. i totally want rows of bleachers out there! i think that would be fun! but what the hell do i know? ha.. also, have i mentioned the shade issue? how there is virtually none? shade people. and misters. like the misters that spray water when you're in certain lines for rides at amusement parks. right. those.

angel stadium was the coolest though! it had a replica rock formation in the back and i thought that was awesome and totally added character to the field, which is probably why i wanted more actual real detail in the rest of the fields! anyway, i love the idea. i think it's neat. the kids think it's cool. and now i want one in my backyard.

polo grounds

wrigley field of dreams

angel stadium

yankee stadium

12 comments:

Cole said...

How cool is that?? I'd be happy just to get a girls soccer team around here lol The only sports here are boys basketball, football, and cheerleading.

texas math said...

I'm sure that is cool to play in those replica stadiums...I bet it'd cost too damn much to grow actual ivy and have a real brick wall...dunno if parents would be willing to fork over the cash for that!

Twenty Four At Heart said...

Both of my boys have been heavy into the travel ball scene and I've spent MANY weekends at Big League Dream parks. They're awesome and you're right - the kids get really fired up to play too!
Tomorrow I'm writing a post about an asshole who just told us our son is too "obsesssed" w/baseball - implying we are bad parents. He's such an ass. Got your comment on the SB post. Sorry to make you homesick. I love it there so much!

Mike said...

God, I live here in So Cal and haven't been to one of these. I need to go and bring my camera. I'm a baseball nut and this would be the ultimate, expect going to Spring Training...

daddy dan said...

We have one of these places by our house. The four fields point away from each other and the entire area between the four fields is covered, with a big restaurant/snack bar/bar in the middle. It's very nice. They also have adult softball leagues and tournaments, so the bar comes in handy.

Alison said...

How have I never heard of these? Where are they?

daddy dan said...

I know of two: one in Chino Hills and one in Palm Springs.

kristabella said...

That is awesome!

Real ivy is hard to keep up. Believe me, I know the Cubs groundskeeper.

Issas Crazy World said...

Dang, that's really cool though. The ones here suck compared to that.

zandor said...

That is really cool.

Joe said...

Okay, that just flat-out rocks. When I was a kid we used to build wiffle-ball stadiums that looked like big league parks. I would have killed to play at a place like the ones in your pics.

cat said...

my dad use to work at big leagues in Redding.....he helped paint and get one of those baseball fields ready (the paintings on the walls)........he loved every minute of it.