AÂ recent Sports Illustrated survey of baseball fans nationwide ranked the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park the second-best baseball stadium in the nation, in terms of home-fan satisfaction:
Now Griff would rank MP at #1, given that theÂ top spot went to Progressive Park in Cleveland, which is not so progressive as to actually have builtÂ a retractable dome for their often-cold-and-rainy city:
As Brewer’s radio announcer Jim Powell points out on his blog, the Indians actually had to vacate PP (ha!) last April due to snowy weather. And where did they go to play 3 games against the Angels? Miller-f*ing-Park!
Now apparently home fans in Cleveland are slightly more satisfied with their home ballpark than areÂ Milwaukee fans, and it appears that this may have something to do with the fact that they serve chicken and waffles (hopefully not together) at PP. Of course, they’re going to be freezing their wet asses off whileÂ eating their oh-so-deliciousÂ soul food.
However, MP took the trophy for food. I mean, five different kinds of Klements sausage + secret stadium sauce?
Cmon! Get those rain-soaked soggyÂ waffles outta my face!
Cleveland fans should remember that the retractable dome not only saved their asses last year, but may do so again in the future. While I was not always a big fan of the RD, I think it really is a must-have for Midwestern ballparks in the new millennium. Since the US hasn’t done anything much to stop climate change, the weather during the spring season sucks ass and will only get worse – andÂ baseball stadiums need to be able to deal with that kind of weather. Now Griff has done her share of freezing her ass off during hour-long rain delays at County Stadium because she had lower level box seats and wouldn’t move up to sheltered (non-box-seat) ground…but it blows. And for those of us who now have to travel long distances to see our team play, it really bites to see games get rained out.
So here’s to Miller Park – in my opinion, El Estadio Numero Uno for baseball!
Oh, and speaking of domes, Gooch will like this one from Jim Powell: “I also found it funny that Cardinals’ fans overrate their new stadium and underrate their team.” But we all know that Bro Taguchi does just the opposite, so let’s give him a few props while we’re at it.