A newt Sports Illustrated poll shows that Land Shark Stadium isn't a favorite among players. The only park that rated lower was the A's Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. In its survey, SI asked players "Which ballpark do you least like to play in?"
Oakland-Alameda topped the list at 11 percent, followed by Land Shark (10 percent), the Twins' Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (10 percent), Boston's Fenway Park (9 percent) and Chicago's Wrigley Field (8 percent).
Fans may love Fenway and Wrigley, but I have a good idea why a lot of players probably don't. There are probably many high school locker rooms that would seem posh alongside the visitor's clubhouses at those two historic ballparks. Think cramped dungeons.
However, in a separate SI poll, Fenway and Wrigley topped the list of parks players "most like to play in." So it's like one of those Howard Cosell love-hate things, for those old enough to remember.
Gotta figure the lack of ambience and abundance of rain have a lot to do with Land Shark's low rating.