Friday, July 25, 2014
There is baseball beyond St. Louis
Tropicana Field has been called a doom and gloom baseball stadium because it is a dome with AstroTurf. (Click to enlarge.)
I am back in Florida and Thursday I decided to check the baseball schedule for the Tampa Bay Rays, about 90 miles from where I live. Surprise! On Friday they were not only at home and playing the Boston Red Sox, my favorite American League Team (along with Oakland), but Jon Lester was pitching against David Price -- it doesn't get much better than that. Tonight (Friday) I decided to go.
Although I would have rather been outside, I found that it wasn't doom and gloom at all. The stadium has been refurbished several times and looks to be in good shape. There are other domes for baseball, but they all have retractable roofs (Phoenix, Toronto, Houston, Minneapolis, Seattle and Miami). Attendance was about 23,000 and the Rays won 6-4.
I was surprised to see so many Red Sox fans all decked out in baseball gear -- ballcaps, jerseys, etc. They call the fans The Red Sox Nation, and they do love and support their team.
You can read what USA Today said about "The Trop," as it is called, if you click here.