ORIGINAL POST 9/24/12: The 2012 baseball season is almost over—the playoffs will start in a few weeks—so I thought I’d mark that with the stadiums that Em and I have been to since we decided to visit them all. So far, it’s only been 9 of 30…but progress is progress, as any Padre fan knows. Anyway:

#1. Photo on the left is from the Dodger-Cardinal playoff game in Oct. 2004. Right side is a game against Miami in June 2012. About the three billionth time I’d been to Chavez Ravine.

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#2. Angels played a late-season meaningless game against Detroit. About the five billionth time I’d been to the Big A.

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#3. Petco Park is a great ball yard. We went to all 3 games in this series vs. Atlanta & stayed in the Gaslamp. We’d done it the previous year as well. Super fun.

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#4. Giants vs. Arizona. Fantastic place to see a game. Another highlight of this day was going to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit at MOMA.

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#5. A’s played Texas. We were all wearing hats from other teams: Braves (Nick), BoSox (Lis), Padres (Em and I).

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#6. We caught two games in a series against the White Sox. Em wore her old-school trident M’s hat. Also saw the Avett Bros. & Inception.

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#7. Saw the DBacks win the west against SF with Em, Stacie and Jules. The next day we saw Oregon stomp Arizona in football down in Tucson.

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#8. The Nats are actually good this year. Steven Strasburg destroyed Miami. I was in town for the AEA web design conference.

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#9. Orioles lost to KC in a game nearly rained out. Em and I also had a debilitating adventure on the Maryland public transit system.

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We’ve also been to Fenway, in 2005, but it was October and the Red Sox didn’t make the playoffs that year. So naturally, we gotta go back…

UPDATE 7/5/14: Major updates to the DuBois Baseball Tour: we hit 4 stadiums recently: 1 in 2013 and 3 this year:

#10. Phillies beat Boston on back to back homers from Ryan Howard and rookie Domonic Brown. We were in town for the AIGA Leadership retreat.

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#11. Finally made it down the yellow brick road to Wrigley Field for Cubs vs. Nats, at the perfect time to do it: the stadium’s centennial! Everything was as it should be. Naturally, the Cubs lost.

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#12. Drove up to Miller Park in a goofy red rented Kia. Got an adult dose of Wisconsin hospitality. Ate lots of unhealthy food. Watched the Brewers lose to Colorado. Loved it anyway.

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#13. Superstition played hardball at “The Cell” – first attempt to see White Sox vs Angels (6/30) was rained out, and the second try was hobbled by crazy long ticket exchange lines. And yet we endured.

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UPDATE 7/16/15: For stadium #14 on the tour I returned to Denver with Em in tow and it was a blast, especially the part sandwiched between two Red Rocks concerts (Avett Brothers and Wilco): a stop at Coors Field to see the last-place Rockies sweep Atlanta, 11-3.

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UPDATE 7/31/16: For stadium #15, Em and I played tourist in Minneapolis for a few days, including two games of Twins vs Braves on 7/26 and 7/27 (with a thunderstorm in between). Our curse on the home team apparently continues, since Minnesota lost both games, but the tour itself is now halfway done! Check it out:

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Ain’t been unless you got a pin!

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