Somebody please tear down Tropicana Field already

Fans watch the Tampa Bay Rays play the Philadelphia Phillies at Tropicana Field during game one of the World Series in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 22, 2008. (UPI Photo/David Mills) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

I don’t care if it turns it into a parking lot, an ice cream stand, or a tampon factory, but can someone please put Tropicana Field out of its misery?

Yesterday, during the top of 9th of Tampa and Minnesota’s tied 6-6 game, the Twins’ Jason Kubel hit a towering popup that would have likely been caught if the Rays played in a normal stadium. Instead, the ball hit the catwalk some 190 feet above the infield and dropped for a single.

The final result: Twins 8, Rays 6.

Before some know-it-all points this out, yes, I’m well aware that one moment in any sporting event determines the outcome of a game. Tampa could have been leading 6-3, 6-0 or 16-0 and Kubel’s popup would have relegated to a highlight for future blooper reels.

But it wasn’t 6-3, 6-0 or 16-0 – it was 6-6 and the Rays could have gotten out of the inning had the ball not hit the catwalk. Not to be overly dramatic here, but the catwalk could have cost the Rays a win in the middle of a pennant race.

No offense to the fine folks that poured time, money and effort into building Tropicana Field, but it is by far the worst ballpark in America. Some seats are obstructed by foul balls, the lightening is too dim and did I mention it’s a freaking dome? A dome in Tampa, Florida? I know it rains a lot out there, but the showers don’t last very long – at least not long enough for some genius to say, “Hey, here’s an idea – let’s build a dome!”

Tear the thing down.

(Watch the video of the play here.)

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