Portland Walking Tours

Why no baseball in Portland?

August 19th, 2011

Last weekend I took a trip to our big sister city just up I-5 to see the Mariners play. Portland is too small and too disinterested in baseball to host a major league team, at least in the eyes of MLB management.

I love the game, but I have to agree. Most summers, Portland offers so much beautiful outdoorsy-ness that it’s hard to trade it away for sitting in a stadium, drinking $10 beer… at least with the frequency that MLB might require.

After enduring months of grayness and rain, Portland residents and visitors love to:

  • hike on our hundreds of miles of trails in thousands of acres of natural areas – and that’s just inside the city limits.
  • bike on country roads, soaking up the sunshine and blue skies
  • cram in the countless fairs, festivals and outdoor shows that crowd our civic calendar
  • sip lattes (in the morning) or microbrews (in the evening) along our beautiful riverfront
  • go camping in our many nearby state forests
  • drive less than 90 minutes to reach mountains, ocean, or high desert
  • explore the city’s art galleries, eateries, and underground… all very accessible on foot
  • or even go skiing year-round on Timberline.

Bases loaded, two outs, bottom of the ninth, 3-2 count… it still doesn’t compare to the many treats Portland offers. And it’s all super-cheap.