Grab your phone and prepare to explore the 10 best Pokestops at MLB stadiums
Years from now, when historians look back on 2016, how will it be remembered? The year the country elected a new president? The year Giancarlo Stanton redefined what a human being could do to a baseball? Both good guesses, but both incorrect. 2016 is the year of Pokemon Go -- the game that's taken the world by storm, and the reason you see packs of people frantically shaking their phones in public.
Pokemon Go (not to be confused with Shirseymon Go) brings Pokemon into the real world, letting you catch them anywhere you go. It also turns actual landmarks into Pokestops, where trainers can pick up supplies to help them along the way. Pokestops can be anywhere, from train stations to plaques to baseball stadiums.
And, in our effort to help fans everywhere catch 'em all, we've compiled a list of the very coolest from around MLB.
Camden Yards: Ken Griffey Jr. home run plaque
At the 1993 Home Run Derby in Baltimore, Ken Griffey Jr. hit a lot of dingers. One dinger in particular, however, left the ballpark entirely. Perhaps you remember it:
The ball went over the right-field gate, over Eutaw Street and off the warehouse, where the team built a plaque commemorating the gargantuan blast.
Fenway Park: Pesky's Pole
According to legend, Fenway's right-field foul pole got its name after infielder Johnny Pesky won a game in 1948 with a home run off it. It can now be used to pick up some extra Poke Balls -- just, uh, watch out for Big Papi.
Citi Field: Home run apple
Ah, the center-field apple -- shining to celebrate a Mets home run since 1980.
Minute Maid Park: The Orange Train
Ever wondered what the deal was with that train above left field? Minute Maid Park was built next to Houston's old Union Station, and the track was retrofitted for the stadium. These days, it runs whenever an Astro hits a home run or the team wins a game -- it also holds a bundle of oranges in the coal car, in honor of Minute Maid's most famous product.
Yankee Stadium: Joe DiMaggio's plaque in Monument Park
The original Monument Park first began in 1929, when an on-field plaque was dedicated to manager Miller Huggins -- yes, we said on-field, as in in-play. Don't worry though: If you want to take in baseball history and maybe snag some Pokemon these days, you can take a tour of Monument Park II, under the batter's eye in center field at the new Yankee Stadium.
Kauffman Stadium: Fountains
Fun fact: Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains, with 47 publicly-owned fountains in the city proper. So, when the team built Kauffman Stadium in 1973, it was only right that an iconic fountain marked center field.
Marlins Park: Home run sculpture
From a classic home run sculpture to a more, um, adventurous look. In April 2012, the Miami Herald held a contest allowing readers to pick a name for the work of art out in left-center field at Marlins Park. The Winner? Marlinator.
Target Field: Original flag from Metropolitan Stadium
From 1961 to 1981, the Twins played in Metropolitan Stadium just outside Minneapolis. When the stadium was razed -- the Mall of America now stands on the property -- a local American Legion Post purchased the iconic flagpole. With Target field set to open in 2010, the organization returned it to the Twins, who erected it in the right-field plaza.
Great American Ball Park: Fireworks stacks
Fireworks are launched from the twin stacks -- intended to honor the steamboating history of the Ohio river -- in right-center after each Reds home run and win.
AT&T Park: Coca-Cola bottle
Unbeknownst to many, there exists a slide inside the iconic Coca-Cola bottle beyond the left-field stands. No, seriously: