New stadiums raise expectations

Updated: April 1, 2004, 3:23 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Padres general manager Kevin Towers, a self-professed dirt and grass devotee, is predisposed toward ballparks with a neighborhood feel and a sense of history. In his estimation, there's nothing like stepping on the playing surface at Wrigley Field for batting practice shortly before the anthem plays and the beer lines begin to form.

That said, Saturday evening with an ocean breeze and David Wells staring in for the sign might come close.

Jerry Crasnick | email MLB Sr. Writer