Albuquerque Isotopes

The Albuquerque Isotopes is the professional farm team for the the Colorado Rockies, but it was not always the case. Years ago they were the Albuquerque Dukes, farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Many of baseball’s legends have played on this field, and a wonderful field it is. Albuquerque has cool summer evenings, and it’s wonderful to see the sunset on the Sandias as you watch a game. Years ago, we were able to get our entire family is for $6 and take our own food as well. Families today are not so fortunate, but the crowds still come. The baseball is still good, and the food and entertainment are superior, yet much more pricey.

The television show, “The Simpsons,” once had a joke about Albuquerque’s team being named the Isotopes, a reference to New Mexico being the home of scientific labs and the development of the original atomic bomb. When the stadium was rebuilt, the team took the name and got a popular mascot, Orbit. Orbit dances around the field, and he makes appearances throughout Albuquerque. Here is a photo of him riding the Railrunner.

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There are several references to “The Simpsons” at the stadium.


The national anthem features a variety of local singers and musicians.


Fans can sit in the stadium, or they can choose the grassy hillside. We thought it was interesting how they found the shade while the sun was still up.


There are often themes for a game such as the “Star Wars” one below.


Play ball!

Fun for all ages:


A few days each season, the game ends with a fireworks show.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Ricky Anderson says:

    Players I’ve seen there include Bob Feller, Darryl Strawberry, Orel Hershiser, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros, Hideo Nomo, Todd Hollandsworth and Pedro Martinez. There’s five Rookies of the Year and two Hall of Famers in that list.


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