Monday, June 16, 2008

line drive

The idea of the great American road trip appeals to me. I thought that the guys who visited forty-eight states in five days missed out on seeing anything beyond the "(State Name) Welcomes You" signs. When my family and I drove from Burbank to Knoxville, we covered roughly one state per day because we allowed time for a little sightseeing along the way.

A cool road trip starts tonight in Seattle. Josh Robbins will attempt to see a baseball game in all thirty major league ballparks in only twenty-seven days. Perry Simon linked to this article about it in his column on Josh has a website where we can track his progress. To pull it off, he will have to double up a few times. On June 21, he will go to Chavez Ravine for a day game and to San Diego that night. On July 9, he'll be at both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium in New York. The schedule for July 10 takes Josh to Philadelphia and D.C. He hits his last two stadia on July 11 in Chicago and Milwaukee. I guess I'll have to read his trip blog to find out why the schedule looks like he'll be done in twenty-six days instead of twenty-seven. Because the trip is arranged around the teams' schedules, he'll be doing some backtracking as is shown in this animated map.

It's funny to me that Josh is a Yankees fan but will only see them once on his road trip. Meanwhile he'll see my favorite team, the Mets, three times. The Cubs, the Nationals, the Cardinals, the Tigers, the Marlins, the Phillies and the Reds also show up three times on his schedule. He'll see the Giants four times.

If I counted right, I've been to major league games in ten ballparks, not counting a spring training game in Florida. After the impending closures in New York, six of my ten ballparks will be gone. I've been to Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, Angels Stadium in Anaheim, RFK Stadium in D.C. and Miller Park in Milwaukee. I showed you my list, now you show me yours.

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Blogger bean said...

okay, you asked. i've seen home games for the cubs, giants, orioles, yankees, mets, dodgers, angels, athletics, rangers and mariners. so i have a looong way to go.

Anonymous tnvolfan said...

Sounds like a blast.

Anonymous Perry said...

Mine so far: Fenway Park, Shea Stadium, Yankee Stadium (pre- and post-renovation), Connie Mack Stadium, Veterans Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Memorial Stadium (Baltimore), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Turner Field, Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin Stadium, Tropicana Field, Wrigley Field, Ameriquest Field/Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, Dodger Stadium, Anaheim Stadium/Edison Field/Angel Stadium (pre- and post-renovation), San Diego/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium, and Oakland/Network Associates/McAfee Coliseum. In a week, I'll add the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Maybe Petco Park before the season's over.

I need a life.

Blogger Meaghan said...

You must come to visit me so that we can go to the new Washington Nationals stadium!! I went this past weekend to see them play the Rangers for 14 innings. The food is amazing and so is the view from any seat. They play the Mets on the 12-14 of August. :-D


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