Homer Odyssey

The word "Geek" is in the very title of our organization, and among the main tenets of being a Geek is, in it's varying forms, THE CHECKLIST. Whether your list is going back to watch every movie of a great director you just discovered or getting your hands on all the coveted collectibles that Santa forgot to bring during your youth- no element of Geekdom is more cathartic than checking items off those lists.
As the Pokemon crowd might say, "Gotta Catch 'Em All!".

I have several Geek Checklists that would best be whittled down by digging through bins and boxes at comic conventions, but one that doesn't involve adding treasures to my nerd cave is my goal to eventually see a game at every stadium in Major League Baseball.
Now there's a fair chance you just thought "Hold up, what's with the sports talky business? That ain't Geeky!", but that's where you'd be wrong. At the end of the day, rattling off fun-facts memorized from the back of baseball cards as a kid and naming everything Superman keeps in the Fortress of Solitude are flexing the same Geek muscles. Once you've sat next to someone listening to play-by-play of the very game they’re at while filling out a scorecard with the seriousness of a tax accountant, you’ve seen firsthand that Geekiness has many forms.

As a friend and I were recently going back and forth listing off MLB Stadiums we'd gotten to visit, I surprised even myself when I realized I'd never taken the time to formally list these conquests. Given that the count started way back when I was just a tike (I'm told I was at my first game before I hit 24 months), I had a decent excuse, but it was time to remove the mystery and through process of elimination, have a “Possible Destinations” list prepared for the subsequent time my wife asked me where I thought we should take our next vacation. 

After racking my brain and conferring with the man who brought me to many Cathedrals of the game before I could drive myself (Thanks, Pop), the list of Major League Stadiums I’ve gotten to attend games at are as follows:

American League

Baltimore Orioles - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Baltimore Orioles - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Houston Astros - Minute Maid Park (The Astros’ current home, though when it first opened they were in the National League)

Houston Astros - Minute Maid Park (The Astros’ current home, though when it first opened they were in the National League)

Kansas City Royals - Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City Royals - Kauffman Stadium

Los Angeles Angels - Angels Stadium of Anaheim

Los Angeles Angels - Angels Stadium of Anaheim

New York Yankees - Old Yankee Stadium (*defunct)

New York Yankees - Old Yankee Stadium (*defunct)

New York Yankees - New Yankee Stadium

New York Yankees - New Yankee Stadium

Texas Rangers - Arlington Stadium (*defunct)

Texas Rangers - Arlington Stadium (*defunct)

Texas Rangers - Globe Life Park

Texas Rangers - Globe Life Park

National League

Chicago Cubs - Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs - Wrigley Field

Cincinnati Reds - Riverfront Stadium (*defunct)

Cincinnati Reds - Riverfront Stadium (*defunct)

Colorado Rockies - Coors Field

Colorado Rockies - Coors Field

Houston Astros - The Astrodome (*defunct, The Astros made it on both lists but were a National League team throughout their tenure at The Astrodome)

Houston Astros - The Astrodome (*defunct, The Astros made it on both lists but were a National League team throughout their tenure at The Astrodome)

Los Angeles Dodgers - Dodger Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers - Dodger Stadium

Milwaukee Brewers - Miller Park

Milwaukee Brewers - Miller Park

New York Mets - Shea Stadium (*defunct)

New York Mets - Shea Stadium (*defunct)

Pittsburgh Pirates - PNC Park

Pittsburgh Pirates - PNC Park

San Francisco Giants - Oracle Park

San Francisco Giants - Oracle Park

St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Memorial Stadium (*defunct)

St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Memorial Stadium (*defunct)

St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium III

St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium III

**Atlanta Braves - Turner Field Stadium (*defunct) ( I toured Turner Field but didn't actually get to see a game there, so while a noteworthy memory, I don’t count this one toward my final tally.)

**Atlanta Braves - Turner Field Stadium (*defunct)
( I toured Turner Field but didn't actually get to see a game there, so while a noteworthy memory, I don’t count this one toward my final tally.)

So for those of you playing at home, that's an official total of 19.
6 Defunct, 13 Current.
Almost half of the 30 active stadiums - not too shabby for someone under 40!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go brainstorm how to convince my wife we should ever use PTO days to go to Cleveland.

Happy Opening Day, Geeks!

Posted on March 27, 2019 .