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TOYS AND GAMES: And Houston Makes 44

Funny thing about the city of Houston, I’ve been there countless times because my company had an arrangement with Continental (now United) and Houston served as a hub. Because of that, I know people who work in the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport and I know my way around the place well, I’ve just never been outside its doors.

800px-Minute_Maid_Park_2010 “Minute Maid Park 2010” by Delaywaves

For some reason, every time the Rays have played a series in Houston, I have not been scheduled for that trip. Monday that will change when I head to Minute Maid Park and “Space City” to cover a four-game series between the Rays and Astros.

Heading to a new yard piqued my curiosity about the number of ballparks I’ve been to during my days writing about baseball and how many of the current parks I have not been to. After looking at the baseball standings to make sure I didn’t miss any teams, I figured out that I’ve been to 43 major league parks. That list included two stadiums for the Yankees, Twins, Tigers, Indians, Mariners, Rockies, Padres, Brewers, Reds, Pirates, Cardinals, Marlins, Phillies, Braves, and Mets. Also included on the list is the Expos — now the Nationals after the team moved to Washington D.C. from Montreal.

San Francisco’s AT&T Park is the only other one of the current parks I have not been to.

What does that all mean? Mostly that I’m an old goat. But it’s been fun.

Finally, the question I’m asked a lot: What is your favorite park?

I have to go with Safeco Park in Seattle. The place is beautiful, so is the city, and it’s usually cool in Seattle, providing a nice escape from Tampa’s summer heat.

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