Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Camden Yards (Orioles). The warehouse contains offices and a club from which you can see into the stadium. Eutaw Street, between the warehouse and the ballpark, is closed to vehicular traffic, but is open to pedestrians (though one needs a ticket to get in on game day). The street is lined with restaurants and shops. As a fun fact, the B&O Warehouse was hit only once, by Ken Griffey Jr. during the 1993 Home Run Derby.
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Twins). The roof has been known to deflate on occasion during extreme weather conditions, such as heavy snow or large variations in air pressure. Twice in the stadium's history, a batted ball has gotten stuck in the roof, the most recent being Corey Koskie in 2004. More often, the ball will strike the roof or the hanging speakers, causing an inconvenient deflection. David Ortiz of the Red Sox once hit a would-be home run ball only to have it strike a speaker. He got a single out of it.
Shea Stadium (Mets). The apple was a beloved part of the stadium and will continue to be a part of the new CitiField when the Mets' new home opens in April 2009.
They all use FieldTurf. FieldTurf is an artificial playing surface that is used at these three parks. It was installed at Tropicana Field in 2000, at the HHH Metrodome in 2004, and also at the Rogers Centre in 2004. While they all have roofs, the roof at the Rogers Centre is retractable, while the others are not, thus making FieldTurf the only thing they have in common.
Wrigley Field (Cubs). Wrigley field was named in 1927 after William Wrigley and his gum company.
Busch Stadium was named after Anheuser-Busch (a beer company) in 1953.
Kauffman Stadium was named after pharmaceutical entrepreneur and founding owner Ewing Kauffman in 1993. Coors Field was named after Coors Brewing Company in 1995.
Minute Maid Park (Astros). The hill was named after Tal Smith, and the idea for it came from Crosley Field (home of the Cincinnati Reds until 1970). The idea for the flagpole on the hill was inspired in part by Tiger Stadium.
The Triangle. The farthest point from home plate is the vertex of The Triangle, which measures 420 feet from home plate. Because Fenway Park is so small, one of the only ways to hit a triple is if the batter can hit the ball so that it bounces off the walls in The Triangle. Because the walls are close to each other in this area, the ball ricochets quickly, often making it hard for the centerfielder to judge and field. The other choices: Williamsburg, the name given to the bullpens in right-center. Duffy's Cliff, a feature no longer in Fenway, but at one time was the little hill in left field. The Belly, the smooth curve of the wall near the Pesky Pole.
Yankee Stadium (Yankees). "The House that Ruth Built", which was built in 1923, will be demolished in 2009, and starting in 2009 they will be playing in the new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won both the opener and closer in Yankee Stadium (as well as 26 World Series), however, they failed to make it to the playoffs in their final season in 2008.
Wrigley Field (Cubs). The ivy has been in Wrigley Field since 1937. The park however, was built in 1914, making it the second-oldest baseball stadium ever (behind Fenway Park).