BALLPARK

Paul Thomas Sr. Field, Wenatchee, WA

FINAL SCORE

Elks 5, AppleSox 0

Home teams are now 8-8 (1 rainout) in my games.

HOW I GOT THERE

Rode into the city on the Empire Builder train heading west. I had to drive to the game, since there was no public transportation available to and from the stadium

WHERE I SAT

We sat in the bleachers section, which is open seating. We were about two rows up in the section, with five rows of assigned seating in front of us.

WHAT I ATE

Of course I had to get my standard hot dog, and after my time in Chicago I was convinced I should stick with the traditional toppings. I also had Tim’s Chips, which are apparently a regional brand of chips but holy cow I was not expecting them to be so good. The stadium features cider on tap as well.

MEMORABLE GAME MOMENTS

I’m going to cheat a little here: although the AppleSox weren’t able to get much going on the game that I visited, I was able to interview the slugger who had knocked out two grand slams the day before, who was a fantastic player to talk to.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BALLPARK

The views. It’s hard to beat the sunset we watched from the third-base line, and I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the outfielders to pay attention when the distracting vista of mountains, trees, and clouds is right there in front of them.

WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

Although some have asked for it, there is not yet service from the surprisingly robust Link Transit bus system to the stadium, at least during normal game hours. It would be nice if there was at least a shuttle from the stadium to city center following the end of the game.

UP NEXT

Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver, BC

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