If you offer it, they will come
We read with interest Christopher Smith's article about visiting major league ballparks ["A Fan's Field Trip," March 27]. My wife and I have attended at least one game in all of the major league parks in the United States and one in Canada, as well as returning when a new stadium was built to replace the old one, for a total of 35 ballparks.
The baseball, the stadiums and fans around the country are a joy to experience. An added pleasure is that it has taken us to many cities we might never have visited and enjoyed. Baseball has been very, very good to us.
Vince and Sandy Carollo
I enjoyed Smith's article on baseball tours and was glad to see that I wasn't the only one who enjoyed such trips. For the last 18 years, my co-commissioner Geoff and I have organized such a trip for 20 or so friends from all over the country (and this year London).
The Baseball Buddies Caravan visits spring training, alternating between Arizona and Florida. Unlike the trips in the article, our three-day, five-game jaunt usually costs each person $600, including transportation on a 45-passenger bus, tickets and accommodations.
Oh, and there's a $5 fine for whining.
Reynolds' tips bring smiles
I both enjoyed and appreciated Christopher Reynolds' fine "There's a Name for It: Fun" [March 20, Southern California Close-Ups]. He captured the rebirth of this older area of the city and highlighted the many attractions along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, Los Feliz and East Hollywood. I would wager many who read the story have never been to this area, opened up at the turn of the 20th century by the Pacific Electric west along Sunset to Hollywood Boulevard.
I am loving Reynolds' articles. My nieces (ages 12 and 13) are visiting in August, and I am adding many of his suggestions to my list of sites and things to do while they are here. Thank you for aiding my quest to send them back completely exhausted.
Add this one to Oakland plans
Thanks to Irene Lechowitzky for covering Oakland ["Oakland Renaissance," latimes.com/oakland). Great article. However, she left out Montclair Village, which is disappointing because this village works hard. We are doing our part to be a part of the renaissance and supporting Shop Local.