Intimate, distinctive, charming. Is this park really in Pittsburgh?
For the next 24 hours, PNC Park will be home to the stars. It boasts one of the best city views of any big-league park. My only criticism is of a professional nature - I think you can see West Virginia from the press box.
The ballparks I've visited and my impressions (in no particular order):
1) Wrigley Field - no less great than the neighborhood which surrounds it.
2) Fenway Park - claustrophobic charm.
3) Yankee Stadium - Ruth's house is awe-inspiring.
4) Camden Yards - favorite of the new era.
5) PNC Park - love it.
6) Comerica Park - Like PNC, it has charm. Unlike PNC, it now has a good team.
7) AT&T Park - the Bay setting is beautiful, but please stop changing its name.
8) Busch Stadium - every home game's a holiday in St. Louis - not just Opening Day.
9) Veteran's Stadium - where I had my first-ever $6 beer. Seems so long ago.
10) Jacobs Field - It's in Cleveland. Can I still admit I like it?
11) Great American Ball Park - Would be much better without mascots, cheerleaders and a scoreboard that tells fans when to cheer. Best "natural" view.
12) Coors Field - surrounding neighborhood rivals Wrigleyville. Great mountain views.
13) Tropicana Field - is that artifical turf, or shag carpeting?
14) Metrodome - glad they're getting a new one. Is it too late to reconsider a roof?
15) Miller Park - like it's predecessor, County Stadium, a beer drinker's paradise.
16) Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field - without the Big Red Machine; dormant.
17) Skydome - lids on the beer to prevent spills. Ultra polite. Oh Canada!
18) Old Comiskey - like its South Side roots - rustic, rough.
19) New Comiskey - much better post-renovations.
20) Safeco Field - one of baseball's most underrated ballparks. I was pleasantly surprised.