If you watched either of this week's Brewers/Blue Jays games (or the weekend series that preceded it), you likely know that it had been a while since the Brewers had played a game in Canada. The Crew hadn't visited the Rogers Centre in Toronto since June of 2005, over nine years ago.
Interleague play gives us an opportunity to see the Brewers play in American League stadiums...but not all of them. Even with this week's series in Toronto in the books, there are still five AL parks the Brewers haven't visited this decade:
5) Comerica Park, Detroit. Last visited on June 21, 2009
A couple of weeks ago we quietly passed the anniversary of the Brewers' last game in Detroit, a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Prince Fielder was still a Brewer at this point, years before he signed with Detroit as a free agent, was traded to Texas and developed a neck injury that has him out for the season. Four Brewers starters from this game (Craig Counsell, Frank Catalanotto, Mike Cameron and Jason Kendall) have since retired. This game was played back when Mat Gamel was still a top prospect.
4) Progressive Field, Cleveland. Last visited on June 17, 2009
A few days before the aforementioned trip to Detroit, the Brewers beat the Indians 9-8 in eleven innings in their last visit to Cleveland. Bill Hall started this game at third base and homered for the final time as a Brewer. None of the five pitchers to appear for the Brewers in this game (Jeff Suppan, Seth McClung, Trevor Hoffman, Mark DiFelice and Mitch Stetter) are playing baseball for an affiliated team this season.
3) Tropicana Field, Tampa (St. Petersburg). Last visited on June 15, 2005
The Rays were still known as the Devil Rays and were several years away from escaping the cellar in the American League East when the Brewers last came to their awful indoor home nine years ago. The Devil Rays won that final meeting 5-3, tagging Brewers starter Victor Santos for five runs on eight hits over six innings. Rickie Weeks and Lyle Overbay are active Brewers who played in this game, going a combined 0-for-7 with a walk. Hideo Nomo pitched in this game for Tampa Bay.
This long streak is scheduled to end when the Brewers visit the Trop on July 28-30.
2) Camden Yards, Baltimore. Last visited on June 15, 2003
Here's a fun fact to put this in perspective: The Brewers went to Olympic Stadium in Montreal for the final time in August of 2003. The Expos have been out of Montreal for a decade but the Brewers have been there since their last visit to Baltimore.
The Orioles won this game 5-4 on pair of home runs off Ben Sheets. None of the 14 Brewers who appeared in this game are still active baseball players. The only Oriole from this game to appear in the majors in 2014 is Brian Roberts. 2003 was his first full MLB season.
1) O.co Coliseum, Oakland. Last visited on June 12, 2002
I don't think anyone is sad to have missed a decade of potential trips to Oakland. This ballpark was still known as Network Associates Coliseum when the Brewers last visited 12 years ago, and didn't have the sewage backup issues that plagued the facility during the A's playoff run a year ago.
The A's crushed the Brewers 8-0 in the Crew's last game at this facility behind a nine-hit shutout from Mark Mulder. Two A's who appeared in this game are still active big leaguers: Eric Chavez and Mark Ellis. Miguel Tejada was in the middle of his MVP season during this game. He's 40 years old now and last played in the minors for the Marlins. Mark Loretta played in this game during his final season as a Brewer.
All told, if you were going to pick a group of five AL ballparks to skip out on for a while, you could do worse than this group. With the possible exception of Camden Yards, it doesn't seem like the Brewers are missing much here. What do you think? Are there any parks on this list you'd be excited to go see?