My Frugal Week Of Freebies In Baltimore’s 6 Game Homestand (217 Game MLB Park Trip – 2015)
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The week started off in New York City at 12:01 AM pn Monday morning, I drove back to Sicklerville, NJ, completing 26 days where I drove almost 17000 Miles. It was a crazy stretch of travel, but had a nice ending.
Monday afternoon came around the bend, and I was on my way to Baltimore. The idea was to come back to Sicklerville every 2 nights, while blogging the other night at Starbucks in between. The tolls on this roundtrip run around $30.
As soon as I made it to Baltimore, I stopped off at the White Marsh area (Exit 67) on the I – 95. There is a way to avoid the last $4 toll towards the ballpark by taking the 40 West.
I know of this parking place at a casino nearby (for free) and watched the game. It was an extra inning affair, and I was honestly beatdown from the previous week of traveling.
The goal was to write that night, but I fell asleep at the White Marsh Park and Ride area. Dining on a bunch of fruit I brought with me from the weekend, plus some pretzels from WAWA, I made it through Tuesday without spending any money at all either.
On Tuesday afternoon I was fighting the heat with the Air conditioner in my car early at the same parkade in the casino as I parked in the day before. Except this time a security guard asked me if I was sleeping. I responded I was getting psyched to gamble.
For the effect of looking like I was a gambling patron, I went inside the casino and played $20 on one roulette spin. At least I could say I wasn’t entirely freeloading from the place with their parking. I was now a customer. Except for I won $260 on that one spin.
I then pulled a maneuver I have seen done before on a movie called “Hard Eight”. I switched on the next roll to $5 chips. I only bet a few chips. When the pit boss wasn’t entirely paying attention, I switched back to $1 chips, the following spin after that. I was sitting on a full pyramid of chips. The pit boss wasn’t very strong on his comprehension of what was going on at the table.
The point of the story is I lost all remaining profit – chasing the #29, but the pit boss offered me a two night stay. He must have thought I dropped a thousand dollars, when really it was switching the chip value I was playing. I wonder if even know he knows. Or maybe he liked my sports story about going to all of the 30 MLB Parks. I was only at the table for an hour.
Armed with a 2 night – 3 day stay, I was in the money savings, even though I literally broke even at the Roulette Table.
The freebies continued all week. A new pub across from MT Bank Stadium called “Game On” have given me a free beer after all 6 games here. Hell yeah I am in for a free brew every night I was here. It has been hot all week.
So now it is Saturday night, and I have spent $0.33 total for food during the entire week.
I stocked up the free breakfast carts (with care parcels for the road on Wednesday and Thursday, that were enough to sustain the whole nights through. I also cashed in a free Canadian Airmiles deal to have a Best Western Stay on the outskirts of Baltimore Friday. This carried a free breakfast meal too.
The only money I spent, was after I had my 4th coffee at Starbucks this week, my Christmas gift from a client back at home last year. finally ran out – and I had to spend $0.33.
Week Expenses Monday July.27, 2015 – Sat Aug.1, 2015:
Gas – $35
Tolls – $31
Laundry – $5
Haircut – $20 (1st one of the year on the road)
6 game tickets O’s tickets – $77
Food – $0.33
Total expenses equal just $170.33 for the 6 days..
Next week Ahead:
Sunday Aug.2, 2015 – CBP in Philly – Citi Field in Flushing Meadows
Monday Aug.3, 2015 – Nationals Park in Washington
Tuesday Aug.4, 2015 – Nationals Park in Washington
Wednesday Aug.5, 2015 – Nationals Park in Washington
Thursday Aug.6, 2015 – CBP in Philly – Yankee Stadium in the Bronx
Friday Aug.7, 2015 – Nationals Park In Washington
Saturday Aug.8, 2015 – Yankee Stadium in the Bronx – Nationals Park In Washington
Sunday Aug.09, 2015 – Nationals Park In Washington – PNC Park in Pittsburgh
This will be 12 games in the next 8 days – (including 7 games in 4 days from Aug.6 – Aug.9)
Stadium Count after Aug.2, 2015
(26 of 30 parks, I am finished for year with Angel Stadium, Comerica Park, Busch Stadium, Fenway Park, Great American Ball Park, Progressive Field, Marlins Park, Globe Life Park, Minute Maid Park, Petco Park and Kauffman Stadium.)
Games Per Park Breakdown – 141
CBP – 23 (Philadelphia)
Nats Park – 17 (Washington)
Yankee Stadium – 15 (The Bronx)
Camden Yards – 15 (Baltimore)
Safeco Field – 8 (Seattle)
Wrigley Field – 8 (Chicago)
Fenway Park – 6 (Boston)
Citi Field – 6 (Flushing Meadows, NY)
AT @ T Park – 4 (San Francisco)
Busch Stadium – 4 (St. Louis)
Angel Stadium – 3 (Anaheim, CA)
Chase Field – 3 (Phoenix, AZ)
Minute Maid Park – 3 (Houston)
US Cellular Field – 3 (Chicago)
Globe Life Park – 3 (Arlington, TX)
PNC Park – 3 (Pittsburgh)
Miller Park – 3 (Milwaukee)
O.co Coliseum – 2 (Oakland)
Kauffman Stadium – 2 (Kansas City)
Progressive Field – 2 (Cleveland)
Great American Ball Park – 2 (Cincinnati)
Marlins Park – 2 (Miami)
Tropicana Field- 1 (Tampa Bay)
Petco Park – 1 (San Diego)
Comerica Park – 1 (Detroit)
Coors Field – 1 (Denver)
Still Left to see
27. Target Field, Minneapolis, MN (Aug.13)
28. Rogers Center (Aug.14) Toronto, Ont, Canada
29, Dodger Stadium (Aug.30) Los Angeles, CA
30. Turner Field (Sept.29) Atlanta, GA
Makes 141 Games in 120 through Aug.2, 2015 – featuring 25 Doubleheaders, 1 missed and 1 madeup doubleheader, and one outright miss (Apr.07, that was cancelled and now rescheduled for July.07, 2015, in which I attended anyways. There was also a four day break for the ALL – Star Break). I have 79 Games Left in 65 Days..
2015 Trip schedule.
Pictures of the week
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