july3homespunweb.jpgRISMEDIA, July 3, 2008-Semiprofessional baseball started in the U.S. in the 1860s and over the years has grown into America’s favorite pastime. With the 2008 season in full swing, now is the perfect time to root for your favorite team.

Turner Field

Since it opened in 1997, the “Home of the Braves” has become an Atlanta landmark as well as the standard for baseball park design. In addition to hosting games throughout the season, tours of Turner Field are offered year-round. Tours begin in the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, which features more than 600 Braves artifacts and photographs that tell the history of the team. Baseball fans are then guided through the broadcast booth, the luxury suite, the press box and the dugout. Visit http://braves.mlb.com to plan your trip.

Fenway Park

Named for the area of Boston in which the ballpark is located, Fenway Park is the home of the Boston Red Sox. Fenway celebrated its opening day in 1912 and saw its biggest crowd for a doubleheader against the Yankees in 1935. The ballpark features one of the last hand-operated scoreboards in Major League Baseball, which uses green and red lights to signal balls, strikes and outs. For more information, visit http://boston.redsox.mlb.com.

Yankee Stadium

One of the most famous sports venues in the U.S., Yankee Stadium has hosted games since 1923 and was formerly the home of the New York Giants football team as well as host to dozens of boxing’s most famous fights. Fans will soon find themselves cheering on the Yankees in a new ballpark that is set to open in 2009. Built to resemble the exterior of the original Yankee Stadium and an interior with a modern ballpark, each
seat will have a view of home plate. For more information on the Yankees’ new home, visit http://newyork.-yankees.mlb.com.

Chase Field

Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has become one of baseball’s most recognizable landmarks within just a few seasons. Since the air-conditioned facility, complete with a retractable roof, first opened in 1998, fans have had the opportunity to watch the Diamondbacks without worrying about Phoenix’s summer heat or monsoon storms. More than 80% of the seats at the baseball-only facility are inside the foul polls, and there is no upper deck around the outfield, giving fans a clear view of the field. Visit http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com for more information.

Progressive Field

Professional baseball is one of Cleveland’s oldest traditions, dating back to 1869. Both the Cleveland Indians and the city of Cleveland itself are working, living examples of the power of teamwork, conviction and dedication. Home to the world’s largest baseball video screen, fans are able to watch live video and replays. Progressive Field offers a fan-friendly facility featuring an intimate environment. Visit http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com to learn more.