The New York Yankees. The Los Angeles Angels. The Houston Astros. Other than the fact they’re professional baseball teams around the country, they don’t have much in common. But for Andrew Jordan, a Wartburg baseball player, those stadiums and nine more all share one quality: he’s watched a game at each one.
Out of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums in the country, Jordan’s been to 12. His goal, which he started planning for when he was 15, is to visit all 30 by the time he turns 30 years old.
“The idea just came from being a big fan of baseball. Growing up, my family had season tickets for the Twins, so we would go to a lot of Twins games,” he said. “A good friend of mine and his dad are going to all the ballparks, so we also kind of got the idea from them.”
So far, Jordan and his dad have been to the stadiums for the following teams: New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox.
To remember every stadium, Jordan makes sure to always get a pop or beer, because he collects the cups they come in. They all feature the team’s name and logo.
In a few weeks, Jordan and his dad will head out to the West coast to visit three more stadiums: the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
“I’ve already been to the Angels stadium, but we’re going again because the Twins happen to be playing out there. So it was perfect timing for that,” he said.
Jordan said out of the 12 ballparks he’s visited, there are definitely some at the bottom and top of his list. When he ranks them in his head, he bases it off of things like the atmosphere in the stadium and the area surrounding it.
He said some things he takes into consideration are how clean the stadium is and if they have things that reflect the history of the team, like statues or pictures.
His favorite, so far, is the New York Mets’ Citi Field in New York City. Part of the reason is because his parents grew up in the city, so they were born fans. But the other reasons are all baseball.
“We sat behind home plate and you go out to the concession area. It’s this huge open area with all these shops and then you have the New York City skyline,” he said. “So to me, that was just the coolest part.”
The stadiums with Jordan’s lowest rankings are the White Sox’s Guaranteed Rate Field and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Field. He said even though a lot of his friends love Miller Field, it just didn’t impress him. The White Sox are a little more personal.
“I just can’t stand the White Sox,” he said as he laughed.
With 18 more stadiums to go and his graduation approaching, Jordan said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his dad.
He said they consider their outings as a guys’ night out and Jordan is grateful for those bonding moments they get to share. His dad introduced him to baseball and coached him up until high school.
“Just going to different ballparks and experiencing that with him,” he said. “It’s pretty special since he’s the one who brought me the love of the game.”