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Our Journey finally brought us to San Francisco and AT&T park.  The city by the bay was a gracious host of The Great Baseball Stadium Journey. AT&T park opened April 11, 2000 and with its stunning views of the bay does not lack in aesthetic charm. It was designed with an old time feel with brick encompassing much of the exterior architecture. Blending seamlessly into the waterfront AT&T park feels like a piece of the city. With this comes some neat ways to get to and enter the ballpark. Public transportation options include the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), metro, trolley cars and even the ferry. The ferry was one of the most unique ways I've encountered to get to a game. Getting to the stadium was hassle free with so many options and navigating the crowds were not a problem. Though be aware the metro and other options can get crowded.

With the dishonor of being one of the worst teams in baseball at 45-53 the Phillies are deep into rebuilding mode. Finding themselves in the gutter yet again this season the Phillies have come a long way from their World Series championship teams in the late 2000's. Ranking 28th of 30 teams in hitting and 14th of 30 in pitching, have led to misery for fans. The most surprising thing has been the flip flop of positioning. Citizens Bank Park has been a notorious hitter friendly park yet the Phils rank second to last in the aforementioned hitting category.  Unfortunately for fans they're use to this type of losing and have found ways to keep things entertaining. When the Philly Phanatic is the best part of most games it does not bode well for the team on the field. 

The All Star break gives players a respite from a grueling season and the defending National League champions the New York Mets could definitely use the break. Ravaged by injuries the Mets will use the break to get some players healthy and make a late season push. They currently find themselves tied with the Miami Marlins for second place in the NL East at 47-41, trailing the Washington Nationals (54-36). Second place is not where fans and the team expected to be after a trip to the World Series last year. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was a gracious first stop on our journey to see all 30 baseball stadiums in the next two years aka "The Great Baseball Stadium Journey". PNC Park home of the Pirates with its majestic views and thriving nightlife surrounding the ball park area make it a premiere spot for entertainment. Though PNC park holds only about 38,000 fans this intimate setting lends to great baseball game atmosphere. You never feel far from the action, and no matter where you sit you have a great view. Though the best seats are facing the outfield gazing upon the Allegheny river as pictured below. If baseball isn't your thing make sure to check out our other article series in "The Great Baseball Stadium Journey". We have a link below to "One thing you must do in each city" with "One thing you must eat in each city" coming later tonight. 

After three back to back post season appearances the Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot expectations going into this year, which they have not been living up to. The Pirates needed to atone for last years early exit in the playoffs to the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card round. Star players are not performing like star players (Andrew McCutchen .239, Francisco Liriano 4-8 5.33) and the little bit of luck needed in a long baseball season have not been happening for them. The Pirates have not advanced to the next round in the post season since 2013. The most disappointing was the previously stated loss to the Cubs. Pitching has really let the Pirates down this year ranking in the bottom half of the league.

After a slow start to the season the Los Angeles Dodgers (41-33) have turned things around and if the season were to end today they’d be one of the two wild card teams for the National League. The Dodgers are riding a hot streak  8-2 in the last 10 games having won 6 in a row going into Pittsburgh. Though the San Francisco Giants (47-27) are 9-1 in the last 10 games winners of their last three. Thus the Dodgers still trail the Giants in the NL west by 6 games. It is an "even numbered year" so if history repeats itself the Giants will win it all. 

With the All Star Game fast approaching it’s time to shift our reviews from “Quarter Season” to “Mid Season” At the start of the season there was hope for Yankees fans. The addition of a couple new players and the resurgence of Alex Rodriguez bode well for the 2016 season. Many pundits had them winning the AL East. But as the beginning of July approaches the Yankees find themselves (35-36) 6 games back in the AL East trailing the first place Baltimore Orioles followed by the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

Starting June 25th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Dinosaur Spaceship will embark on an epic quest to see all 30 major league baseball stadiums in the next couple years. We'll share our thoughts of the overall stadium experience along with companion articles. Our companion articles will be split into two segments. "One thing to do in each baseball city" and the other "One thing you must eat in each city". 

If the trends are to be believed even numbered years are the San Francisco Giants years to win it all. Since 2010 the Giants have won it all every other year. After a rocky start the Giants are back on top the National League West leading by 5 games after taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend. The Giants are doing it again this year with their typical formula of outstanding pitching (3.55 5th overall) and solid defense (.988 Fielding Percentage 3rd overall). The Giants always seem to struggle with offense and are not different this year ranking 16th of 30 teams. Yet somehow they always find a way to get the job done.  Though this year there are some serious contenders in the National League.