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Which ballpark is No. 1 on my bucket list? Hint: It has ivy-covered outfield walls

“Take me out to the ball game” is my blog on major-league ballparks and the wonders of witnessing America’s favorite pastime up close.

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By Bobby Ross Jr.

I won’t bury the lede or attempt to keep you in suspense.

With Keaton, Brady, Kendall and Tamie outside Wrigley Field in 2006.
With Keaton, Brady, Kendall and Tamie outside Wrigley Field in 2006.

This is a no-brainer really: The legendary Wrigley Field — home of the Chicago Cubs — ranks No. 1 on my bucket list of a dozen major-league ballparks I’ve yet to experience.

The 101-year-old Wrigley — known for its ivy-covered outfield walls — was built in 1914 and ranks as MLB’s second-oldest ballpark after Boston’s Fenway Park.

In 2006, my family and I actually visited the outside of Wrigley and posed for a photo under the famous red sign. But the Cubs were out of town, and we did not get to see an actual game.

My full bucket list:

1. Wrigley Field, Chicago

2. PNC Park, Pittsburgh

3. Comerica Park, Detroit 

4. Petco Park, San Diego

5. Yankee Stadium, New York

6. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

7. Target Field, Minneapolis

8. Chase Field, Phoenix

9. Marlins Park, Miami

10. Rogers Centre, Toronto

11. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

12. Coliseum, Oakland

Earlier, I ranked the 18 major-league ballparks I have been blessed to experience, including “my starting nine” and “my bench players.”

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Your turn: Which ballparks are at the top of your bucket list? Tweet me @bobbyross.

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