So, Tim likes to eat chocolate ice cream at every park we visit, and he prefers it in a little baseball helmet. So far, we have collected at least one helmet from every stadium Tim has visited except for Camden Yards (where they do not offer ice cream helmets) and old Yankee Stadium (where we simply never even looked for one). Here are some pictures of our ice cream helmet collection:
Seattle Mariners – Safeco Field
($7.00 – real ice cream, five flavor selections including chocolate chip cookie dough, strawberry cheesecake, mint chocolate chip, double fudge brownie…and one other).
Cincinnati Reds – Great American Ball Park Philadelphia Phillies – Citizens Bank Park
$5.00 – chocolate, vanilla or twist
Soft serve, not real ice cream
sprinkle toppings available
Buy behind 3B where they give HUGE servings!
New York Mets – Citi Field (2009) New York Mets – Shea Stadium (2008)
($6.50 – soft serve ice cream – chocolate, vanilla or twist – sprinkles and chocolate fudge toppings available)
Cleveland Indians – Progressive Field Arizona Diamondbacks – Chase Field
– several flavors of real ice cream
Pittsburgh Pirates – PNC Park (2008) Washington Nationals – Nationals Park (2009)
($5.00 soft serve or real ice cream)
Boston Red Sox – Fenway Park (2009) New York Yankees – Yankee Stadium (2009)
-$5.50 – soft serve – oreo toppings in RF -$6.50 – soft serve – sprinkles in bleachers
Chicago Cubs – Wrigley Field (2009) Chicago White Sox – U.S. Cellular Field (2009)
Minnesota Twins – HHH Metrodome (2009) Blue Jays – Rogers Centre (2009)
– $4.50 (I think…cheapest I’ve seen) – $6.00 (Can. or U.S.)
– Soft serve ice cream – Soft serve ice cream
– sprinkles and chocolate sauce toppings – sprinkles or topping sauces
– Big Helmet: Cheese Fries ($6.50)
– Ice cream helmet – soft serve – hot fudge, strawberry, etc. toppings.
From the time we first tried to buy one in 2007 and continuing through 2009, the Orioles have not had ice cream helmets. Was was pretty frustrating because it was the only helmet we couldn’t get out of the 18 stadiums Tim and I visited during those years. Getting the O’s to offer ice cream helmets became a goal of mine. So I started a grass roots campaign in March 2010 and mere hours before the O’s 2010 home opener word came in from the O’s and the rest of the Project Baltimore team, the O’s had listened and would offer ice cream helmets in 2010.
We plan to get several more ice cream helmets this season — provided the stadiums have them. I will update this entry as more helmets are acquired.
We plan to seek out the following helmets in 2010: Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Atheletics, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, California Angels of Anaheim.
In the meantime, why doesn’t everyone write to the Orioles and urge them to start offering ice cream helmets. Camden Yards is the only stadium we have ever visited that does not offer ice cream helmets. In fact, in October 2009, we had to take matters into our own hands and “Bring Your Own Ice Cream Helmet” for the final game of the 2009 season:
Stats Last Updated: May 7, 2009
Well, its the weekend. So, its time for some baseball. I’m not talking week-day watch-the-mariners-religiously-on-tv baseball, i’m talking live-in-person baseball. Unfortunately, once again, its not the Mariners on tap for me and the boy this weekend. Instead, its the Padres vs. Phils at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. We have standing room tickets and plan to explore the entire park, and eat some ice cream in Phils helmets. It should be good.
Preparing for our second game of the season (and second stadium of the season), I thought i’d do a little tallying of Tim’s baseball stats thus far. Here we go:
Games By Stadium (this season):
- Safeco Field – 9 (5)
- Citizens Bank Park -8 (1)
- Camden Yards – 4 (1)
- PNC Park – 2
- Great American Ball Park – 1
- Shea Stadium – 1
- Progressive Field – 1
- Chase Field – 1
- (Old) Yankee Stadium – 1
- Citi Field – 1 (1)
We currently have tickets for games at Fenway Park (2), Citizens Bank (1), Camden Yards (1), HHH Metrodome (1), Wrigley Field (1), U.S. Cellular Field (1), Miller Park (1), and Nationals Park (1). Tomorrow, I will buy tickets to 2 more games at Citizens Bank Park. I have airplane tickets to Seattle, where I will buy tickets to 5 games at Safeco Field, and we will be back in Seattle for 2-3 games during the final week of the season. So, Safeco Field will be moving to No. 1 on this list shortly, where it belongs. (And, in defense of the current rankings, I note that we live 65 miles from Citizens Bank Park and roughly 2,800 miles from Safeco Field).
Games by Team (this season):
- Seattle Mariners – 12 (5)
- Philadelphia Phillies – 9 (1)
- Baltimore Orioles – 4 (1)
- New York Mets – 4 (1)
- Oakland Athletics – 3 (3)
- Cincinnati Reds – 3
- Texas Rangers – 2 (2)
- Minnesota Twins – 2
- Cleveland Indians – 2
- Pittsburgh Pirates – 2
- St. Louis Cardinals – 2
- Chicago Cubs – 1
- Chicago White Sox – 1
- Anaheim Angels of Anaheim – 1
- Tampa Bay Rays – 1 (1)
- Toronto Blue Jays – 1
- San Francisco Giants – 1
- Arizona Diamondbacks – 1
- Florida Marlins – 1
- Colorado Rockies – 1
- Washington Nationals – 2 (1)
- New York Yankees – 1
- San Diego Padres – 1 (1)
Tim has also seen the Brewers, Giants, Rockies and Blue Jays in Spring Training games, but I don’t count them.
We currently have tickets to see the Phils and Padres tomorrow, the Mariners (3), Red Sox (2), Yankees (1), Mets (1), Nationals (2), Pirates (1), Cubs (1), Astros (1), Orioles (1), Tigers (1), Brewers (1), Royals (1), White Sox (1), Twins (1), and Indians (1). Tomorrow, I will buy tickets to see the Phils play the Dodgers (1) and Braves (1). And, as mentioned, in May we will see 5 games in Seattle between the Mariners and Athletics (3) and Rangers (2). So, like Safeco Field, the Mariners will be moving to No. 1 on this list shortly, where they belong.
I will update this entry as we check off new teams and new stadiums. Stay tuned.
PS – While writing this blog, the Indians scored 14 runs against the Yankees in the second inning. HAHAHA…Excellent!
PPS – Here is a shot of the first pitch of Tim’s first MLB game. It is Gil Meche delivering a strike to Frank Catalanotto (Blue Jays) on September 12, 2006: