Saturday, August 10, 2013

Foul Pole

Took a little journey to Citizens Bank Park in Philly this past Tuesday evening. Don't be dismayed. This isn't what I was looking at for 9 innings. We had some great seats in a wonderful National League ballpark. I walked down a few steps to capture this unique piece of every stadium: the foul pole. This one is in right field. From here the wondrous green carpet and all the sights, smells and sounds could be taken in. Now, when your 'hometown team' spends its summer days toiling in a ballpark that was built in 1912, you become envious of fans that enjoy this beautiful diamond in Philadelphia, as well as fields in Baltimore and even Toronto. I've been in these three, and they all have accoutrements that that make me envy the fans that get to walk through their gates 81 times a season. Don't get me wrong, I truly love the old ballpark at Kenmore Square in Boston, but even for me 'The Green Monster', 'The Triangle' and 'Pesky's Pole' are no longer the drawing card that they once were. I say turn it into a museum; it's already a shrine. Then build one of these beauties right along side.
I can dream!
And that ain't foul!

15 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had a better view but I do appreciate this photo that includes this important part of the structure. I bet you'd like the Diamondback's stadium in Phoenix. You could get a group together and share the suite that includes a swimming pool. That's one way to stay cool on an Arizona summer day.

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    1. Wow! Bet it's worth the price of admission too.

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  2. Great journalism and great photo! Now I want to start looking for foul poles!

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  3. Nice shot! I've given up all professional sports, however, so I don't care if they play ball in a rock quarry! :)

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  4. 'Field of Dreams' comes to mind Birdman :))
    p.s. the Soup Nazi episode was so funny, I loved Seinfield!

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  5. I do not know much about baseball, but quite enough to understand a little of what you are saying!

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  6. interesting perspective...I suppose there's something to be said for new and improved stadiums...but I'm one of those that prefers the old and refurbished!!!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on MammothLakesDP!!!

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  7. I remember well the first pro ball game I went to and seeing the diamond glowing seemed like magic to me. And that was at our old Exhibition Park which was a horrible ballpark.

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  8. Another interesting post. Thanks! Brought back memories of my one and only time at the old downtown field where the Kansas City Royals played, back in 1969 or 1970--can't remember which. We sat pretty close to first base, and when my date told me that I could have anything I wanted, just ask, I said, "I'll take the first baseman." We didn't date for very long.

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  9. Had the pleasure of attending many baseball games in historic Wrigley Field in Chicago. Sometimes the Cubs even won a game causing joy in the whole city. The foul pole was a source of either joy or heart break depending on which side a ball flew. These historic fields are magic places.

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  10. but, but...what about hadlock field and the seadogs?????

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