• ballparks,  Tennessee

    My night with the Chattanooga Lookouts – Aug. 1, 2014

    Like a lot of stadiums around the Southeast, AT&T Field is one that I visited many years before I started blogging about my stadium visits.  I first visited what was called BellSouth Park in 2002, but my history of visiting stadiums in Chattanooga dates to 1993 when I saw the Lookouts play at Engel Stadium. Chattanooga is about 90 minutes from where I grew up in metro Atlanta, which is why one of my first visits to a Minor League Baseball stadium was a Lookouts game.  I made this trip because I wanted to write about a nearby stadium, and I’m slowly, but surely working to attending a game at all the…

  • Alabama,  ballparks

    My night with the Birmingham Barons – May 2, 2014

    After playing in the suburbs for 25 years, the Birmingham Barons moved back to downtown Birmingham in 2013 when Regions Field opened.  I didn’t get to visit Regions Field during its inaugural season, but I put it high on the priority list for 2014.  It was also much easier to accomplish now that I live just an hour away.  A few days ago, I made the trek to Birmingham for my first visit. The most unique aspect of the stadium is the steel facade that spells out “BIRMINGHAM.”  I walked past this as I approached the stadium, and made sure to get a picture. The stadium has three entrances, but…

  • ballparks,  Mississippi

    My night with the Mississippi Braves – Aug. 9, 2012

    The last affiliated Minor League team in Jackson, Miss., left after the 1999 season.  While the city had some independent-league teams, residents did not get the opportunity to see affiliated ball until 2005 when the Greenville (S.C.) Braves relocated to the suburb of Pearl. The renamed Mississippi Braves opened Trustmark Park on the eastern outskirts of Jackson.  Friends have told me that there was almost nothing around the stadium when it opened, so the presence of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World means that development has grown up around the stadium.  Unfortunately, the stadium blends into the surrounding when you pass by it on I-20.  In fact, I didn’t realize…

  • Alabama,  ballparks

    My night with the Montgomery Biscuits – Aug. 8, 2012

    On my way back to Stillwater, Okla., for the school year I took a scenic route to watch some baseball games and see some sights. After seeing some National Park Service sites in Tuskegee, Ala., my first baseball game was a Montgomery Biscuits game at Riverwalk Stadium. The ballpark is built into a former railroad building, which is clear from the signage at the corner of Coosa and Tallapoosa streets. The building still bears decorative signage dating from 1898 as home of the Western Railway of Alabama. The view from home plate does not provide fans with a spectacular view.  There is a nice scoreboard in left center and fans…

  • Alabama,  ballparks

    My night with the Birmingham Barons – July 21, 2012

    For the first time in 19 years I went to a minor league baseball game in Hoover, Ala., and saw the Birmingham Barons host the Montgomery Biscuits.  My first visit to the stadium now known as Regions Park came in August 1993 with my dad, and sadly I don’t recall many details from that visit to the park.  Except for some souvenirs I have little recollection about the game.  However, I made sure to document my most recent visit to the stadium previously known as Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. I got great seats on the day of the game right behind home plate an hour before first pitch.  I don’t know if…