Fan Follow Friday puts the spotlight weekly on one of my readers, as they share their favorite ballparks and baseball memories. Hope you enjoy hearing their stories!! This week we catch up with Mateo Fisher, a Twins fan… from the Bronx:
Name: Mateo Fischer
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Favorite Team: Minnesota Twins
Blog/Website: Observing Baseball
How did you get into baseball?
I really don’t know looking back on it. Both of my parents grew up as athletic people, but only my father was a fan of one of the four major American professional sports and that was hockey. I never really liked Little League since I was a pitcher who was always playing the field. I think just through watching it on my own I fell in love with the game. And interestingly enough, my parents and then later my Colombian step-father became baseball fans through my excessive fandom. So while I don’t realize how I got into baseball, it is the journey since then that has really been remarkable.
Favorite Ballparks (and why):
Oriole Park at Camden Yards- It’s just in my opinion the best experience for a baseball stadium of the ones I have experienced firsthand in the Major Leagues. It is such for a large variety of reason, but not the least of which is the amazing people who regularly inhabit the stadium. If you ever get a chance, show up before the gates open and just talk to people and the ushers there.
Least favorite Ballparks (and why):
Citi Field- As a Sports Management major, I get that teams have to make money and that advertisements can be a significant part of the revenue generation, but with the amount of marketing that the Mets do in their stadium, you could forget that it also serves part time as a baseball stadium.
Top ballpark memory (and why):
Right after I came to the University of Minnesota I started going to a couple Twins games. I do a thing called ball hawking, which for those who don’t know means I try to snag baseballs at the games I go to. Well in about my fourth game there, I brought one of my new college friends along to the game and in the bottom of the ninth with the Twins down one, Trevor Plouffe hit a home run and tied the game and I got the ball. It was great in one sense because I got my first home run ever, which was an obvious goal of mine for years at that point, and in another sense, because it did tie the game for my favorite team and sent it into extra innings where they would then win.
Advice for fans visiting your home ballpark (how to have in your opinion an authentic experience):
Well, I don’t know what my “home” ballpark would be, but if we’re going off of Target Field, I would just say explore it as much as you can. The thing is full of “Minnesota flavor” that flows from all of its levels. I don’t know if there’s an “iconic” section to sit in, but there certainly are trademark Minnesotan foods to be eaten throughout the ballpark, and many homages to the state.
****Would you like to be my next Fan Follow Friday?? Just email your responses to the bold questions and a couple of pictures to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t worry you don’t have to be a baseball blogger, just a baseball fan!!!
Past Fan #FF:
3/21/14 Bryan Mapes, Atlanta Braves
3/28/14 A.J. Martelli, New York Yankees