You see L.A....

You see L.A....

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 22:24
...Only when the smog lifts. That was the joke back in the day, playing off the name UCLA. Actually, the air quality has been quite good here the last couple nights. It's been so good that you can actually see the San Gabriel Mountains out beyond center field. At dusk, they take on a purplish hue that's quite striking. On some nights, and days, when the air quality isn't so hot, those mountains are just a rumor. They tout this place as "baseball's most beautiful ballpark" out here. I'm sure Wrigley Field backers might have an issue with that. But the view is quite striking, so much so that looking out past center field you'd never know you're in L.A. That's a good or a bad thing, depending on your point of view. I prefer San Diego and San Francisco over L.A. in California. As far as ballpark views go on the road, I like these others in addition to Dodger Stadium: 1. PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Steel City has an beautiful skyline and the bridges crossing the Allegheny River form quite a site. 2. San Francisco, at whatever phone company the park is named after now. Sitting in the upper deck, you get a great view of the bay. One press box wag remarked once that looking out in one direction, "you get a great view...but it's of Oakland." Ouch. 3. Busch Stadium. You see the Arch and a few other neat structures along the river. But they'll probably wreck it by building high-rises on the site of the old stadium. 4. Coors Field. Head up to the Rock Pile seats in center, and now we're talking about a view of some real mountains.
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