One of my claims to fame is that I’ve been to a Major League Baseball game in roughly half of the cities* that have a MLB franchise. I can tell you that the hot dogs at Fenway are the best, the parking at Wrigley is the worst, and the fried calamari in San Francisco is better than any I’ve had at any restaurant before or since.
*Orioles, Dodgers, Angels, Padres, White Sox, Tigers, Cubs, Twins, Pirates, Mets, Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, Mariners, and Giants in case you’re wondering. JunkieGirl has been to most of those with me.
Pittsburgh has the best stadium, but watching the roof close in Seattle is to witness an engineering marvel. The White Sox built a new stadium just over a decade ago, and it’s still a crappy stadium in a crappy part of town—if I were a fan of the south siders, I’d be pissed. Sitting in the cheap seats at the old Yankee stadium and cheering for the visitors as they won was a moment I will always cherish.
The worst fans are in Philly. New York fans are known for being harsh, but the Philly fans are like the New York fans fueled by decades and decades of frustration suffering inept teams (the 2008 World Series notwithstanding, that championship being somewhat of an aberration). If the opponents hit a home run, expect the ball to be thrown back. You may not want to touch it afterwards, either. They’re cruel to opponents, opponents’ fans, their own team, and even each other.
Spilling beer, cursing, and whatever else are de rigueur in a lot of parks. Max Hall may hate you for it, but it’s part of the experience at many venues. For better or for worse. Apparently one Philly fan, however, felt like he needed to take the disgustingness to a whole new level when he induced himself to vomit on another fan. And not just any fan, but an eleven-year-old girl.
The father showed incomprehensible restraint throughout, knowing that if he got arrested, his girls would be left alone. But any cop who arrested the dad rather than holding the puker so the dad could hit him should be suspended. Without pay.