Here’s a great read courtesy of Dan Lindsey’s “Diamond Baseball Tours” Facebook page and reprinted from the New York Times “Five Thirty Eight” Column by Nate Silver. My home park is AT&T in San Francisco and it’s without a doubt one of the very best.
However, I can understand the PNC Pittsburgh #1 ranking. I was there in 2010 and the first clue was the accessible parking. We were on a tour bus and the bus parked less than a 5 minute walk away from the main entrance. Ordinary tour buses dropped us off and then we walked a marathon to get back to the bus, if we could even find it! Second great thing about the park was the food. “Primanti Bros.” may sound familiar. They’re on a “100 Things To Do Before you die” list. It’s a beautiful park with friendly staff.
The #2 Ranking to Boston’s Fenway Park is also understandable. I’ve been there twice and both times it was an emotional experience. Probably the park’s history, and I don’t know why, but the “Sweet Caroline” and “MTA” songs that were played both times brought the house down with everyone singing at the top of their lungs. I can’t explain it ~ neither song has anything to do with baseball. It’s just one of those things. It’s an old and beautiful wooden park with a lot of class and truly devoted fans, where they still post the daily baseball scores on a wooden board by hand.
So it was easy to acquiesce those two parks to my beloved AT&T. Good read and a great job Nate Silver, bringing us right up to the 2012 playoffs.