TEAM ::: FRISCO ROUGH RIDERS
LOCATION ::: FRISCO,
MY FIRST VISIT ::: AUGUST 26, 2008
OPPONENT ::: CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS
LEVEL ::: TEXAS LEAGUE 'AA'
BALLFIELD ::: A+
SCOREBOARD ::: B-
FACILITIES ::: B
MASCOT ::: A
MY TAKE ON THE PARK
As I sat in this great Texas league ballpark all I could think
of is "What a place!"
They did not use the standard mold of what a 2000 era ballpark should look like and also took some
chances. Did they all work? maybe not but Dr. Pepper Ballpark is definitely an original and a refreshing change. Add to that
the Frisco RoughRiders know what they are doing and make the total ballpark experience perfect for all fans.
I will start with one of the few concerns I had about the place,
parking. There seems to be ample parking for all but the spaces around the entrance to the park are reserved for "regulars"
so the rest of us need to find a spot. Located across the street from the outfield are hotels and a mall. The Mall provides
free parking but I did not see ballpark parking signs, if you've ever parked in a shopping center and not gone into the stores
generally you know what happens, the car is towed. Fortunately the car was there at the end of the night putting Dr. Pepper
Ballpark right to the top of my list of ballparks.
Walking into the park is a wonderful experience, there are RoughRider
staff at the entrance to greet you and direct you to where eve you need to go. Customer Service is stressed here in Frisco.
A huge dark green seating bowl surrounds a lush green field, quite a shock to me considering the Texas heat. This field is
definitely major league quality.
The backdrop to this field, either way, is something to see.
Standing at home plate looking out beyond Center Field stands an Embassy Suites, that looks ok. Standing at any point in this
park and looking behind home plate, well, that Wild West structure looks fantastic. Words cannot describe just how great this
looks. As much as the parent Rangers have going on in the outfield, Frisco has behind the Home Plate seating section.
night the way the lights hit it just give it that much extra appeal.
For all the glamour of this park they must not handle the game
well. I was wrong there too. So much attention is paid to the game here you never forget why you came out in the first place.
The Scoreboard is very quick and if there was a complaint, maybe they could have used the video board a little more.
Where they may have went a little far with ideas but they took
a chance, the bullpens are in the seating bowl, not on the field. It is a nice touch in theory but I think you could have
gotten more seats in. And judging by attendance and not by my pictures, they could use more seats. In many ways, the fact
the ticket prices here are some of the highest I've seen, this park could be considered what some would call a Gold
Bullpens in the stands, attention to detail, and an amazing backdrop.
All await you on a trip to see the RoughRiders. The gift shop in left field is quite large, the only soft drinks served here
are RC & Dr. Pepper, and along with Shiner Beer this is the first park I've ever been to where hard liquor was served
in the stands.
On a list of ballparks to travel to I have to say that even with
the higher ticket prices and the 5 minute walk from the car to the game, this place is definitely worth a spot on the top
of the list.
If coming to Texas however, be aware of the tolls on the
Expressways, I love the manned lanes where you hand the toll attendant a $1 and they toss the coins into the bucket.
THE LINE UPS
Corpus Christi Hooks Manager :::
55 Luis Pujols
Frisco Rough Riders Manager :::
44 Scott Little
CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS
7 Drew Sutton 2b
4 Johnny Ash 3b
9 Eli Iore
24 Ole Sheldon 1b
32 Brian Boguesvk cf
10 Mitch Einertson dh
13 Billy Hart lf
8 Lou Santangelo c
11 Casey Hudspeth p / WP
16 Christopher Blazek S
FRISCO ROUGH RIDERS
5 Julio Borbon cf
17 Elvis Andrus ss
4 Dustin Majewski rf
27 Chad Tracy dh
9 JohnnyWhittleman 3b
24 Steve Murphy lf
3 Emerson Frostad
20 Thomas Berkery 1b
35 Michael Schlact p / LP
HOOKS 300 003 000
6 12 0
RIDERS 000 022 100 5 10
TIME ::: 2:56
ATTENDANCE ::: 5,126
WEATHER ::: 91
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