Fenway, Yankee Stadium among worst ballparks in terms of value

Fenway Park. National treasure or the world's biggest ripoff?

Where else in the world can you buy a $90 ticket, sit with your head turned 57 degrees to the left, pay $8.50 for a watered down beer and $4 for a hot dog?

Yup, you guessed it. The right field grandstands at Fenway Park, America’s Most Beloved ballpark.
Make no mistake, Fenway is a must-visit venue for any baseball fan. Even if you’re just a sports fan who considers baseball their third or fourth sport (which is a lot of people in this football-crazed country of ours), you have to go to Fenway at least once in your life. Along with Wrigley Field, Madison Square Garden and Lambeau Field, Fenway is one of those few pro sports destinations left.

But in terms of sheer value, Fenway, which celebrates its 100th anniversary Friday, has to rank at or near the bottom of any list.
 
A look at some other places around the Majors that give architects and penny-pinchers the runs:

The Oakland Coliseum – A’s
Nostalgia: 3. If you’re a Jose Canseco fan, which I am (what, you’re not?), you avoid getting a zero. Plus Rickey Henderson played here. In other words, you can talk yourself into liking this place.
Eye test: 1. Foul territory. Acres and acres of foul territory.
Team: 3. The A’s and Raiders play here. The Raiders have been one of sports biggest laughingstocks for the past decade. They made a watchable movie about the A’s. But when you come right down to it, Columbia Pictures made millions on a team that made it to the ALCS a couple times. Who would play Twins GM Terry Ryan? My vote is for the guy that played Mr. Kruger from Seinfeld … or maybe not.

The point is, in today’s world, no team should have to share it’s baseball field with a football team. Mickey Mouse all the way around.

Tropicana Field – Rays
Nostalgia: 2. Can you believe this dump hosted a Final four?
Eye test: 1. Raise your hand if you like concrete.
Team: 3. They’ve been fun as of late. But those ugly Wade Boggs/Canseco years weren’t all that long ago.

Yankee Stadium – Yankees
Nostalgia: 4. The plaques, the jerseys, the colors, everything’s there. But in terms of aura, the place doesn’t come close to the old yard.
Eye test: 7. Looks like a decent enough place, as long as you avoid looking at all those empty big money seats up front.
Team: 9. Love them or hate them, they’re still one of the marquee teams in all of sport.

Petco Park – Padres
Nostalgia: 1. Ah, remember the glory days when Mike Cameron roamed center?
Eye test: 7. Has that new ballpark feel and has all the amenities but it feels almost “too new” without any old time baseball flair.
Team: 2. Consistently horrid. Oh, and if you’re a fan of 1-0 games that take 14 innings to complete, this is the park for you. The ultimate pitcher’s park.

Harry Carey against the world, babay!

So everyone’s talking about this supposedly awesome holographic Tupac performance at Coachella over the weekend.

Frankly, I don’t get it. It’s a fake Tupac. That’s clear as day. A bunch of technology geeks probably came up with this in 20 minutes after they got blasted off a couple of Fuzzy Navels last Friday.
I hate when technology messes with something as cool as Tupac’s perceived immortality. If Tupac came back tomorrow, I wouldn’t even care anymore. And I loved Tupac once upon a time. Let this be a lesson: all technology is not good.

With that said, CBSSports.com offered up the idea today of bringing Harry Carey back to life to sing at Wrigley. Yawn.


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