Yesterday, I was on Day 2 of my road trip. After experiencing a pretty hot night at Round Rock the night before, I was expecting it to be very similar in Arlington. Well, I was 100 percent wrong. I showed up at 5:15 just on time for BP. As I always do, I head for Left Field. BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. The sun is right in your face. You sit there and even if a ball comes near you, it is hard to see. Combine the 110+ heat index, with the fact the Yankees hit a combined 6 balls to LF for 1 hour, I was not to happy. I spent an hour in the sun, boiling. (Side Note: A women walked in to LF from a tunnel, and ball hit her right on the head. Don't know what happened but it made me cringe. (and others)). Anyway, that was just the beginning of the misery. Then I had to wait 30 minutes for the game to start. Thankfully, my seats were in the shade (all the way up).
It was 100 Degrees by gametime. The heat was unbearable and so was there PA announcer. He repeated himself hundreds of times. Makes too many announcements. For example: "Now the Starting Lineup for the Yankees. Batting first SS, Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter Shortstop. Batting 2 in RF Nick Swisher. Swisher Right Field. etc...this happened 18 times. Wait we are not done! Then when the pitcher and catcher go to warmup before the inning, the PA announcer assumes we didn't hear him the first time and announces who the battery mate and pitcher is.
Now let's get back to the game. I WILL NEVER GO TO AN AL GAME AGAIN. The game was 9 innings and took 4 hours. Mr. Washington chose to have about 3 pitching changes within the last 2 innings. Also, there were about 13 pickoff attempts (once there was 4 consecutive). The game was not so exciting for me, except the 4 Berkman AB's. He played pretty well going 1-3, 2b, BB.
What else is there to vent about? How about the set-up. The traffic is unbelievable getting to the game. It seems like around 30,000 of the ppl. in crowd live in Dallas which is around a 40 minute drive. Took me 1 hour to get to game. It was pretty easy to get into stadium. Set-up is ok. I dislike the exit layout. Fans from the top have to go on a spiral ramp (it's really a triangle ramp that spirals down). Fans have to take that, or take the staircase down. Takes 10 minutes to get out of there. The Parking around the stadium seems ok. Today, I might cry getting in and out of Cowgirls Stadium. Hopefully, not man people show up.
Anyway, after last night, I really really really appreciate Minute Maid Park. The roof, the parking lots, the ways to leave stadium, the decent prices, the nice stadium, the normal PA Announcer, the AC!!!!! Just a great park, and after last nights miserable game at Rangers Stadium, I LOVE MMP!
PS: You thought in Houston they say "Make Some Noise" way too much. Texas did it about 3 times an inning. (I believe on first AB of game they did it)