Every year, I would watch the World Series, and more years than not, they show these older female fans lamenting about how they’ve been fans their whole lives and never seen their team win a World Series. As a Red Sox fan, we’ve been spoiled this century with an amazing run of championships, but those interviews have stuck in my brain to remind me that you never know when the last World Series you see your team win is going to occur. With that attitude, I told Joel in 2018 that if the Red Sox made it to the World Series, we needed to do whatever it took to go to a game. Which at the time was no small feat- I was coaching volleyball, so I had a pretty limited time frame that it would work. Thankfully, the stars aligned and game 5 fell on a Sunday and in Los Angeles, which was a much easier trek for us from Montana.
One problem though- the Red Sox were a juggernaut, and we weren’t even sure that it was going to make it to game 5. We held off on booking a flight until we knew the game was actually going to happen. Red Sox won the first two games, and then came game 3. With conflicting feelings, we watching all 18 innings, and breathed a sigh of guilty joy when the Red Sox ultimately lost despite Nate Eovoldi’s mammoth effort. Immediately after the loss, we booked our flight to leave early Sunday morning and return not even 24 hours later and tried to wrap our heads around getting to see our favorite team play on the biggest stage!
At this point, I had only toured two of the historical staples in MLB- Fenway and Dodger Stadium. AT&T certainly doesn't have the same historical feel of those two, but it also doesn't try to. AT&T plays to its strengths, with a big one being technology. I have never been in a stadium so technologically advanced, and it kinda matches where the franchise is at- a modern powerhouse that seems to evolve and win every other year. As you can see in the picture above, they were getting ready to host a bowl game (football at a baseball stadium is definitely on my bucket list) so the tour wasn't what it normally is in the offseason, but it was cool to see the transformation in progress- they were literally working on the field while we were there!
As mentioned in the Kings @ Staples post, we were near Dodger Stadium in the morning. We were there because we went on a stadium tour. And by we, I mean me. Joel still wasn't feeling well, so he slept in the car in the parking lot while I did the tour. I had gone to a game alone before, so I wasn't really too worried about it, but I'll definitely be going on another tour when Joel can join me. The Dodgers give tours year round, and what you get to see is dependent on whether you're in season or out of season. Obviously you're not going to be able to get down on the field during a regular public tour in season. That's why I prefer out of season tours, but any time is a good time to explore the history of a ball field! Tickets were $20 per person, and the tour lasted about 90 minutes.
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.