As soon as October rolls around, you can bet that the Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing — pun totally intended! Let's head out to the old ballpark to learn about…ballparks!

Ballparks are the homes of special memories for many people. Whether it's a sandlot or a local little league ballpark, many children form their first friendships during informal games with their neighborhood pals.

Many small towns around the United States feature minor league ballparks that are home to teams full of up-and-coming players hoping to one day play in the big leagues. These small ballparks hold a special place in their communities, as they bring folks together to socialize and support their local team.

Of course, there's nothing quite like watching a Major League Baseball game at a big league ballpark. From the crowds and food to the big screens and excitement of the game, there's just something magical about a day at the ballpark.

By the time the seventh-inning stretch rolls around and you hear the opening notes of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game," you jump to your feet and sing along to the lyrics of its famous chorus:

Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd; Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don't win, it's a shame. For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out, At the old ball game.

Today's big league ballparks offer much more than just peanuts and Cracker Jack. In addition to hot dogs, popcorn and sodas, many modern ballparks offer all sorts of food choices, including pizza, nachos, sandwiches, and even gourmet meals at enclosed restaurants.

As the size of big league ballparks has increased over the years, fans that sit farther away from the playing field can still catch all of the action on big screen televisions located around the ballpark. These televisions show instant replays and display all sorts of interesting statistics throughout the game.

Although ballparks have changed with the times over the years, many people treasure their memories of the old-time ballparks. Designers of modern ballparks have tried hard to make new stadiums look and feel like the ballparks from the old days, while still featuring all of the modern conveniences people enjoy today.

If you get the chance to attend a Major League Baseball game, do it! Here are a few unique ballparks with features you might want to check out:

  • Boston's Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox) features the 37-foot-tall “Green Monster" — a wall in left field that robs many batters of what would be a home run in many other ballparks.
  • Kauffman Stadium (home of the Kansas City Royals) features a 322-foot fountain and waterfall called the Water Spectacular. It also boasts the largest video board of any big league ballpark.
  • Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) has air conditioning and a pool in the outfield that can be rented by spectators—both of which are popular features in the hot Phoenix climate!

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