Stadium Name: Chase Field
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Stadium Rating: B-
First Game: June 18, 2012 – Arizona Diamondbacks – 7, Seattle Mariners – 1
The summer before I started at the greatest university in the world, my family and I took a week trip out to sunny Phoenix, Arizona in June of 2012. Per usual, I wanted to go out of the way to go to a game, and made sure that we got good seats to do so at my eight park.
This actually was the last new park I went to before moving out to Colorado, but I remember it more vividly because of the game itself.
Sometimes in baseball, amazing things happen on ordinary days. It’s part of why I love the game. Any day can be one for the history books – whether it’s a perfect game, a four-homer game, a no-hitter or something else.
On this day, it was the cycle. For those that aren’t as baseball-literate, a cycle is when a player hits for a single, double, triple and a home run all in the same game. This is a really, really rare feat, similar to one throwing a no-hitter.
For reference, by my (Wikipedia’s) count, there have been 311 cycles hit for in the history of baseball. This stats has been counted since 1882! That’s 135 years of baseball. 2,430 games are played in the regular season each year, and even though there hasn’t always been 30 teams, that is still a heck of a lot of baseball. Baseball reference puts it at 212,205. Two hundred and twelve thousand games, and only 311 cycles have been hit. Since you wanted me to put it in percentages, I’ll do that gladly. That’s 0.15%. One out of every 682 games played in the major leagues includes one where a cycle has been hit.
So, cheers to Aaron Hill, his cycle, and for making a baseball statistics nerd happy on this day. (For the reference, he hit another one 11 days later, but I won’t bore you with those stats).
On to the stadium.
Chase Field is a beautiful downtown ballpark in Phoenix. Notable features include the dirt between the batters boxes and pitching mound along with a hot tub in the right field stands. Sadly, it’s only for rent, and I don’t have that kind of money.
It’s a retractable roof stadium, gracefully, as Phoenix summers tend to get a little bit warm. Chase Field only loses to Miller Park because Miller is where I go with family. But as far as the park aesthetics and features, both have their advantages and disadvantages. I’ll usually like a park better without a retractable roof, but sometimes it just makes sense.
Chase Field is a great park, but nothing really stands out making me want to hop on a flight and go right back there. Right now I put it at #7 of the 9 I’ve been to, but that’s like saying Cookie Dough is the 7th best ice cream flavor. It’s great and I’ll always enjoy it.
Current Stadium Rankings:
- Wrigley Field
- PNC Park
- The Ballpark in Arlington
- Miller Park
- Chase Field
- Guaranteed Rate Field