183 Straight Days Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip Record (224 Games Total)
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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In early 2012 I had this plan to venture out on a full season voyage of watching a game in all 30 MLB Parks.
What I ended up doing was breaking my own record for being present for every pitch in all games with a 30 MLB Parks odyssey in just 23 Calendar Days during April of 2012.
I had taken 7 full weeks (3 weeks after, and 1 week before) off of work to not only do this, but to rest up after a bad vehicular accident in 2010, in which a douchebag hit my car going 60 MPH while I was waiting to turn left into a shopping mall from – not moving at all.
From late 2010 until late 2011, I embarked on a brutal path to gain my senses recovering from a concussion. It was the 8th one of these I had come across, but the 1st in nearly 15 years.
I had 7 concussions before my 19 birthday, and it forced me to not pursue a scholarship opportunity for NCAA baseball.
I am not one to talk about personal injuries, and I don’t ever ask a question of “why me” or anything, but it a part of my life.
As a writer after the 8th one happened, I seriously couldn’t cobble two lines together.
I never missed work, which is a 363 days out of the year grind no matter what kind of weather is out there, but it takes a toll on guy trying to shake out the cobwebs.
So in the 18 months following this ordeal I was struggling with lots of bad headaches, dizziness and so forth.
What brought me out of the doldrums??? Baseball baby!!
Just like it has always been there. I finagled through my 2011 autobiography outlining my previous record Baseball quests, and then began writing for this website back in December of that year.
When an awesome schedule presented itself to challenge my World Record of all 3o MLB Parks in 24 days (established in 2009) I decided to go for that, and curb my baseball game for the whole year strategy.
It was a decision I made based on the fact I was awaiting an insurance settlement for the 2010 car incident, and simply couldn’t afford to travel abroad for 7 months.
In May of 2012, just a few weeks after setting the new mark for ballpark chasing, I thought I was done with big baseball trips.
I continued to write for this website, and started back to work as a courier. I have now had just 7 days off total in the last 2 years. I am only slated to have 4 more days off before Mar of 2015.
When I returned home after the 2012 record breaker, I was fine at work in the next few months because I had just finished taking 7 weeks off.
By late 2012 I started having the post-concussion symptoms again and knew I really would need a prolonged spell of non action in order to fully heal.
I bought this website in that same time frame, and was still awaiting a payout from the insurers.
In July of 2013, I was finally compensated financially for the Sept 2010 crash, that has seen me press my physical limitations over the last few years.
A routine visit with my doctor confirmed that I will have symptoms as long as I work everyday as I am right now.
It was recommended I take 6 – 7 months off to completely heal from inactivity.
In fact, in the report given to me by the insurance agency, it was felt that the normal person would take that amount of time off after having a similar occurrence.
Here is what I am going to do
-Attend all 30 MLB parks for at least 1 game each (preferably a continued series).
-Go to a full game for every single day of the MLB calendar (is the 2015 Regular Season. excludes the ALL – Star Game, and playoffs).
-In some cases, I will visit ballparks for more than 3 games.
Listed as my reasons for this trip, among the ones I have already stated, I intend to help raise awareness towards head injuries.
In the next few months, I will be contacting “The Sports Legacy Institute in MA” to inform them I plan to campaign on their behalf for this endeavor.
This Institute has been instrumental in brain trauma research. It hits home and I am fully wishing to be involved with their team.
As being part of a network of ballpark chasers, added to the countless people I have had the privilege of meeting throughout the landscape of baseball fandom, I am generally fired up to hit the road and meet up with all sorts of people.
Thanks to all of the people that have already offered help in forms of housing, lodging, food, sponsorship etc…..
While I never go in asking for assistance with any of that sort of thing, it is incredible to see the baseball fan community step up in all facets when you plan something like this.
I just have one thing to say:
Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames: To learn more about my “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here .
You can also follow my Guinness Book of World Record Successful Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 23 Days – click here. I am happy to be part of such an awesome Magazine-Style Baseball Website and am looking forward to talking to all of the fans of the MLB.
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