Ballgame ReviewsSBR2018

Game 18: Salem-Kizer Volcanoes vs. Vancouver Canadians

By July 1, 2018 No Comments

BALLPARK

Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver, BC

View from the top of the stands behind home plate

FINAL SCORE

Canadians 3, Volcanoes 2

Home teams are now 9-8 (1 rainout) in my games.

HOW I GOT THERE

I arrived in Vancouver via the Cascades Amtrak line, and got to the stadium by taking the Canada Line to King Edward station. From there, the stadium is about a fifteen minute walk, tucked into Queen Elizabeth Park. I left the stadium by taking the 3 Bus north, which has a stop about a ten minute walk away.

WHERE I SAT

Section R, Row 4, Seat 6.

View from my seat

WHAT I ATE

My second-ever poutine! Don’t tell the Blue Jays, but I think I liked this one better. It also had some green onions and more seasoning sprinkled on.

Delicious!

MEMORABLE GAME MOMENTS

At the end of the top of the 7th, catcher Christopher Bec made a terrific out at home, which the Salem-Keizer manager angrily protested to the umpire. The manager was thrown out at some point during the 7th inning stretch – baseball drama at its finest.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BALLPARK

This park has a surprising amount of history, and it was interesting to stroll through Nat Bailey Stadium’s mini-museum dedicated to the history of baseball in Vancouver. There’s also a ton of local pride since the Nat, as it’s called, is one of the only professionally affiliated ballparks in Canada. The game I visited was sold out – understandable, given it was Canada Day weekend – which made for a terrific atmosphere.

Excited fan enjoying the Canadians game one day before Canada Day

WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

The park is so tightly tucked away into the park that it can be hard to find if you’re not familiar with the area. It would have been nice to see more signage guiding me there.

At least these ducklings were a welcome sight on the way to the field

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Safeco Field, Seattle

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