Cubby answers your (not endorsed by the Cubs) Ballpark E-Guides questions!

40 pages about how to enjoy a ballpark? This is crazy! Do I really need ALL this info?

No, you don’t…but everything you do need to know, for your particular situation, is in a Ballpark E-Guide!

You could be traveling to see a ballpark for the first time. Or looking for better places to park at your home ballpark. Or bringing the kids, or going with friends or impressing a date. In each of those cases, you’ll want to know the best place to sit at the game, an ideal way to get to the ballpark, and what you’ll be eating at the game.

If I were taking a date to Miller Park, for example, I might find a nice restaurant with a shuttle for dinner first. But if I were bringing friends I’d want to be part of the tailgating party, so I’d park in the Miller lots and make my buddies spring for the parking and beer. If I were to bring the kids, I’d to park near Helfaer Field so they can play outside for a while. If I were alone, I’d just find a bar with cheap drinks and use a shuttle. And if I were coming from Chicago, I might use a Megabus.

Similarly for a Brewers game, with a date I’d go for club seats, with the kids I’d get Loge Box seats near the play area, with a group of friends I might go for one of the party areas if possible. If I’m just going cheap, I get a Uecker seat for $1.

And personally, I like knowing what’s on the extensive ballpark menus these days.

See, when I started doing this, I wasn’t sure what to include in each guide. So I asked myself, “What would I want to know?” And my answer was “everything”. I put every nugget of useful info I could find in each E-Guide. So there’s plenty in there for you, no matter how you choose to enjoy live baseball.

And that’s the best part about all of this detail. You can refer to the E-Guide again and again, every time you go to the ballpark, or you can put together the perfect plan for your visit, based on your budget and who you’re bringing along. Now that’s value…and they’re still just $4.99!

So with a Ballpark E-Guide, no, you don’t have to read the thing cover to cover. Don’t feel bad about skipping the premium seating section if you don’t plan on sitting there. Just find the bits that interest you…remember, the eBook features very helpful bookmarks!

Hope that helps. 🙂

Is it safe to purchase a Ballpark E-Guide from this site?

You actually won’t be buying from this site. Ballpark E-Guides are published by MagCloud, an excellent print-on-demand publisher. You can view their service here. I’ve bought many things from them and never had a problem. MagCloud accepts major credit cards and PayPal.

I will learn nothing about your personal or account information, since I do not deal with that part of it. They don’t even share e-mail addresses with me. Not that you wouldn’t be able to trust me, of course, but the transaction is handled through another site.

How do I purchase a Ballpark E-Guide?

Just click on “Buy It Now” button, decide whether you want a print and/or digital edition, and then enter your relevant information. MagCloud will send you the PDF right away; how fast you receive a print edition depends on the shipping speed you’ve chosen.

Can I read a Ballpark E-Guide on my smartphone/mobile device?

Anything that can read a PDF can read a Ballpark E-Guide. (I have a Motorola something-or-other phone and I can read one just fine on it.)

If you do plan on putting it on a smartphone, though, I highly recommend using the Adobe Reader app so you can navigate it easily. You can download the Adobe Reader app for free here.

Is there an app for this?

As of yet I don’t have the time or money to invest in creating an app. Maybe someday when this becomes hugely popular. But you can currently view the PDF on any device and it should be adequately readable, and as you can see this site is perfectly responsive on any device. Ballpark E-Guides eBooks are bookmarked so you can quickly scan to any sections of the E-Guide. If you have trouble with it, drop a line and let me know.

Have you really been to all of these ballparks?

Yes. And yes, I took all of the pictures…and I regularly deal with strange looks from team employees who wonder why I take pictures of menus at the food stands. But that’s okay…it’s all part of the job.

Why should I buy a Ballpark E-Guide?

If you are a baseball fan, I sympathize with the feeling you may have that tickets are too expensive, food is pricey and you don’t want to make a wrong decision, and getting to and from the game is an expensive hassle. I wrote these guides to help you or the baseball fan in your life save money, time, and aggravation so that you can simply enjoy a ballgame like any American should. Or if you have a baseball nut in your life (and who doesn’t?), a Ballpark E-Guide makes for a fantastic gift!

I have spent many hours researching to help you be armed with this knowledge. If you frequently go to games, it should pay for itself many times over.

Is everything in the Ballpark E-Guides 100% accurate?

I have tried my level best to ensure that all of the information contained in the Ballpark E-Guides is correct and up to date. However, the baseball world changes very quickly and frequently. Prices rise (of course), vendors come and go, and secrets eventually aren’t secrets anymore. And some of the information is opinion-based, which also changes with the wind.

If you find an inaccuracy in a Ballpark E-Guide and can verify it, please let me know so that I can keep them current. And thanks for doing your part for baseball fans everywhere! If you send me a verifiable correction within 30 days of your purchase, I will send you an updated digital edition of the E-Guide free of charge.

Why don’t you include prices of parking, tickets, etc. in Ballpark E-Guides?

For two reasons.

First, it is difficult to obtain this information. Prices for tickets are available, obviously, but pricing levels can be very complicated and so I have just tried to generalize them. The only hope for finding prices for food or parking, short of visiting the park and writing it all down, is if someone has provided such information on a blog or message board, which does not happen often.

Second, prices fluctuate so wildly in baseball that chances are that by the time you actually use a Ballpark E-Guide, it would be obsolete if it contained prices for everything. To actually list the prices of tickets, parking and concessions and to stay on top of the changes would be profoundly difficult and time-consuming. I need that time to write more Ballpark E-Guides!

Whenever possible, I have tried to inform you of what sort of things might be overpriced or a bargain; the “Tightwad Tips” in each guide are geared towards that. For example, I might say something relative about parking, like Lot X is cheaper than Lot Y, for example. I know it’s not as precise as it could be, but it is simply not practical at the moment to include all of the price information.

Do I need to be a hardcore baseball fan to want a Ballpark E-Guide?

Of course not. If you only go to one ballgame a year, a Ballpark E-Guide should be a big help. You’ll learn what the food offerings are without having to travel throughout the park, find a place to sit that meets your standards, and learn the best way to get there–definitely something you want to know when you visit a ballpark. You may be surprised at how many things you didn’t know that make attending a ballgame cheaper and easier…I certainly was.

If you aren’t a big baseball fan, chances are good you’re married to one or close to someone who is. A Ballpark E-Guide makes a terrific and very inexpensive gift for a baseball fan—certainly something you could include with tickets to a game…and you can keep the eBook for yourself if you want. I won’t mind.

Where does all of the information in Ballpark E-Guides come from?

From hours and hours of poring through team and public transportation websites, blogs, message boards, books, and reviews. Many hours. “Get a life” level hours. E-mailing teams and associated facilities and asking them about rumors I’ve heard. And of course, from my own experiences and observations visiting the ballpark in question.

Ballpark E-Guides are great! Are you going to produce one for (insert your favorite ballpark here)?

I am trying to write E-Guides for all 30 major league ballparks. However, producing the colorful guides with pictures that you see here requires a trip to the venue itself for photos and verification of the content. This requires money and time, of course—which is not always easy to come by. If you are eager to read a Ballpark E-Guide for your favorite ballpark, please spread the word about Ballpark E-Guides!

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