UPDATE (July 28, 2014): Since this story was originally published, blogger Tom Lohr has finished his tour of the Major League ballparks. Camden Yards got the only perfect score. Lohr has also started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of a book he wants to write about his journey.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — It’s every warm blooded, baseball-loving, hot dog-craving American’s dream trip.
Tom Lohr, a 52-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is traveling to every Major League Baseball stadium in the United States, chronicling his adventure on a blog, ranking each park’s facilities and, of course, reviewing their hot dogs.
In a post published Wednesday, Lohr gave Baltimore’s Camden Yards a perfect score (60), making it the best-ranked park he’s visited so far (with seven parks to go).
Some choice quotes about the Yard from Lohr’s review of the Yard:
“We all owe the Baltimore Orioles our gratitude. While many teams were content on playing in the multi-purpose concrete monstrosities known as “cookie cutter” ballparks, Baltimore decided to raze old Memorial Stadium and build a baseball-only ballpark. They did it in a retro-style that paid tribute to the ballparks of yore but with modern amenities.”
“Orioles park was built in 1992. Hard to believe it is fast approaching its silver anniversary. The team has done a marvelous job of keeping it in tip-top shape and it should have no problem making it to its golden celebration.”
“The organization was nice enough to let me interview Executive Chef Josh Distenfield. He is responsible for creating some of the great dogs available and for keeping the quality of the regular dog high. Even more impressive, especially to me as an environmentalist, is that Josh has won a recent award for sustainability. He keeps all of his suppliers local and operations green.”
While Lohr reviewed the park’s most basic, no-frills, Esskay brand hot dog, he liked the fact that the park also has plenty of specialty dogs, including one topped with crab mac and cheese.
While he was in the area, Lohr also visited Nationals Park. He gave it a score of 55 — 26.5 points out of 30 for the dog, and 28.5 out of 30 for the park itself.