The Most Interesting Place on Earth?
By: Matthew Preslar
July 28, 2022
Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas
I mean the city, not the ballpark. AT&T Field is on the probationary list from Major League Baseball and Chattanooga MUST approve plans and funding in the very near future for construction of a new facility. We could see why.
Our local area is more proximal for AAA and A levels of Minor League Baseball. The Chattanooga Lookouts are only our third AA facility (Tennessee, Richmond). Maybe not by coincidence, these three franchises are all heavily in the planning stages for new ballparks. While the Smokies and the Flying Squirrels could use a touch of modern, AT&T Field felt as if it lagged tremendously behind the other two. All concourses are totally blind from the playing area… and downstairs. Concessions and bathrooms were a chore and really harmed our viewing experience. My best baseball memory from the game came from the bat of fresh AA call up, Elly De La Cruz. He hit a home run estimated at over 500ft. This has to be the longest home run I have ever seen in person. This made the 6’5” infield prospect somebody I will watch for in the future.
Okay, the best part. Chattanooga may be the most interesting place on Earth. Before the Thursday game we toured Ruby Falls. This is a cave nearly a half mile below the surface. This was such a splendid combination of nature and creativity. Even the non nature lovers will come away impressed of the cave and the views from above ground.
Now to some of my craziness: I have a bit of an obsession with state boundaries and time zone changes. How cool is it to be in two places at once. Way more cool would be to be in two places AND two times all at once. This is possible near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Our next destination was Lynchburg, TN. Heading west to Middle Tennessee from Chattanooga blows my mind. The prime interstate slightly dips South into Georgia for a few minutes before rising back north into Tennessee. A bigger surprise to us was the close distance to Alabama, a state none of the four of us had ever touched. We took a left off the interstate (because why not?) and there we were. Alabama is in the Central Time Zone, thus, multiple places at multiple times, just for a blink. Tennessee-Georgia-Tennessee-Alabama-Tennessee… and we gained 15 minutes! One of my coolest experiences.