183 in 2015: Ball Park Recaps 1 – 4
The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (218 Games)
The CAUSE: To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness Through Inspiring Others
I have logged 4500 miles driving, another 1000 taking busses thus far..
There were 4 Doubleheaders completed, 1 flush cancellation in regards to Wrigley., and several weird things happening to prevent me from completing all I needed to do.
I made it just fine to the MLB Season Opener. But after that has been a collision of cluster bangs for me to sift through.
On the Great American Ball Park Opener I went for a canoe ride being wedged among 20000 people near the Reds hall of fame.
I also barely made it to a parking spot downtown.. luckily I pulled a $15 move late.
There were great seats I had for this game, and unfortunately the rain reigned supreme on us, forcing us to retreat for drier circumstances. By the time we could make it back to the seats, it would start down pouring again.
Saddled with a long drive to Chicago for a 3:30 return to O’Hare, with one of my free car rentals, we had to leave early.
Upon paying for my parking at cincy garage, my cash was taken, and was never doled out a receipt.
Wouldn’t you know that there was no attendant to be seen in the exit area for several minutes.. I explained I wasn’t looking to jam them up, and paid, and they let us be.
FAST FORWARD to 3:00 am the next morning. A dumb construction site delayed a highway I was on for Two hours. Pushing back my ETA for my rental, to be late..no problem, I am sitting on 40 free days and can convert an extra day right?
Wrong.. due to a provision, my rental free days don’t apply for extensions..Thanks for telling us that you were going to do that in advance. .I would have gladly extended the time period on the original reservation.
Nor only that, the $115 surcharge you gave me is bunk, after a guy quoted me $84 @ 3:30 in the morning.
Rather than fighting traffic on spitting rain, and trying to make my deadline, I opted for safety.
Which brings me to the night before. I waited at O’Hare for 40 minutes on the car rental company shuttle to arrive. It never did, and a neighboring car facility driver gave me a lift.
YOUR booth attendant (no pun intended) was asleep, causing me a 40 minute delay..this started the chain reaction.
Anyways, since I am a valued member of their promotional team (giving the rave reviews forever), I will likely be compensated with the $ back or many more free rental days.
When I arrived back in Chicago, I was weathered out of the 3rd game of the year. It is the 1st cancellation I had been privy too since 2007 opening week.
So much for every single day of the year.
Many of my friends asked why I never attempted to stove towards Milwaukee when I learned. Answer is – I was bagged to drive, had already given up my car rental costing the extra bread for the equivalent if a 5 hour power nap a rest area.
I was beaten down for a couple of days. It would have costed upwards of $100 to attempt that, and traffic still may have prevented from being present for 5 home innings..
I took the news in stride..
The next day started off normal enough. . Scott Bultman met me at Chicago amtrak station. I dropped my briefcase off in a daily locker.
Amtrak used to have baggage drop off but this was both expensive ($12 – 24 hours), and about $7 more than expected. Chalk one on the negative side of the scoreboard.
We made it Wrigley in almost identical conditions as the night before, however they would play today.
After freezing in the top row of the bleachers, we sought and found refuge from the wind on the ground concourse.
The game was pretty boring, but we made it through. Then raced to the red line, then to retrieve my briefcase. .
When positioning it on a locker room 6 hours prior, my index fingerprint was used..yeah..it never accepted my fingerprint again.
It was a tough five minutes. Heck we only had about 20 Minutes to board the train. I was thinking I had left the locker open.
Scott went for help. Just like any travel plan..There are dominoes that fan awry quickly if one move us missed.
A fantastic response time by the worker saved our collective bacon.
The 508 departure at union station to arrive in Milwaukee air at 628 is an awesome option $24 for a one way ticket eliminates all worries about traffic, gas or Wrigley parking.
I had nailed 5 straight double headers between the Cubs and Brewers doing them by car along with train. I was staring at #6.
The train was slow in arriving to Milwaukee. 635 arrival meant 35 minutes to complete a 18 minute ride.
We were inundated with a horribly timed shuttle from the airport to the parking lot.. wham we were #11 in waiting.. 10 minutes elapsed. 25 minutes to make the 18 minute jaunt.
Scott inserted the parking ticket. .unreadable! It said for five minutes straight. Both of us posses right off. I have since thought it was colluding on the ballpark gods to have me miss 1st pitch.
Finally an attendant worked it out for us..but the damage was done..good thing thus trip doesn’t follow m previous treks of witnessing every pitch or I would now be disqualified.
To add further delay. I was picking up my season game pack for the Brewers. It seems my lot of entries were stuck on Canadian postal mail.. not faulting the Brewers Crew guys here. .but each and every mlb team should send out tix way earlier than they do.
I have long admonished baseball for their lack of urgency to our obtain next year dollars from their fans.
Most clubs miss the Christmas dough spent by families, then look to up sell you in the worst 2 free spending cash months of the year.
Amy financial Analyst would tell you that is weaksauce. I Digress.,if not by December, then by all of their fanfests.. you have tens of thousands of rabid fans flashing cash ! And upcoming tickets for the campaign aren’t available. .
Okay. Long story short, my arrival before 1st pitch at games was over at 229. Any tone I had gunned for a park I made it.. There were a few doubleheader games that I was knocked out of, but I don’t count those.
I made way into Miller Park realizing this season is s whole new kettle of fish. The weirdness was just starting.
My total costs so far include: thru Apr 13, 2015
$14043 n US Dollars
GAS – $513 – my portion. .
Tolls – $89
stadium parking – $89
Public transport – $147 (balances remain on lots of fare cards).
Travel Insurance $336
Life Insurance, Bank Charges 7 month – $400
Flights – $2300
Tickets – $4000
Amtrak Trains: – $600
Greyhound Bus Tickets in Advance: $177
Megabus Tickets in Advance – $142
Parking bought in advance: $70 (airport and select baseball game)
Deposits on Future Lodging ($72)
Subway Cards bought in advance: $500
Food bought week 1 – includes future grocery -:$200
Car Rental for 7 months abroad (long term) $2800
Pay As You Go Phone $800 (7 months prepaid, unlimited plan and brand new phone)
Car Rentals paid in advance for 40 free rental days, ($235)
Gifts bought for friends and family $277
MANFISH T SHIRTS: $700
Posted on April 14, 2015, in ballpark roadtrips, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 183 MLB Games In 30 MLB Parks Challenge for 2015, baseball road trip, chicago, chicago cubs, chicago union station, Chuck Booth, cincinnati reds, colorado rockies, great american ballpark, Greyhound, megabus, miller park, milwaukee brewers, MLB Season openers, National Car Rental, Richie Devotie, scott bultman, st louis cardinals, wrigley field. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.