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All 30 MLB Parks – 217 Games In 183 Days (Chaotic Travel Day Ends With A Different Venue, But Has Happy Result)

2015 MLB Trip Sponsors: Man Fish Brewery, Megabus.com, MLB Reports, National Car Rental, MLB Ball Park Pass-Port

2015 MLB Trip Sponsors: Man Fish Brewery, Megabus.com, MLB Reports, National Car Rental and the MLB Ball Park Pass-Port.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead Analyst): 

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Chuck Booth’s 2015 MLB Park Historical Road Trip

The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (216 Games) view full year schedule.

The CAUSE:  To Raise Money for Concussion Awareness (via Sports Legacy Institute. donate money here) Through Inspiring Others.

Maybe it was because of a tough travel day on Monday, but I never even realized I could have just stayed in Philly for a game once my initial plans were derailed to Washington.

In this whole year trip I have over 300 reservation numbers to keep track of.  On this Tuesday I made a rookie mistake.

All the way back in March I switched out a bus trip to Washington from the Amtrak Station in Philadelphia.  The idea back then was to stay overnight in the District Monday Aug.03, 2015.

This idea changed with the prospect of coming back nightly to home base in Sicklerville, NJ. for the entire 6 game homestand for the Nationals this weekend

It is kind of weird the only time i have posed for a picture in front of a Megabus was for a reservation I had that wasn't even valid anymore.

It is kind of weird the only time I have posed for a picture in front of a Megabus was for a reservation I had that wasn’t even valid anymore.

I was in the mood to smile at Yankee Stadium once I arrived.  But that would change with a 13 - 3 drubbing of the Boston Red Sox by the Bronx Bombers.

I wasn’t in the mood to smile at Yankee Stadium once I arrived after a long day of travel. But That would change with a 13 – 3 drubbing of the Boston Red Sox by the Bronx Bombers.

So at 12:45 PM I was without a bus trip to Washington for the day, unless I wanted to pay $25.. The problem was that I also cancelled the return journey later that evening.  So that would make $25 x 2 fares.  NO WAY!

I immediately placed my two Nats tickets on sale for the game – recovering nearly $20 back with a quick sell.

The second thing to do was check busses to New York City. The Yankees were hosting the Red Sox and I had debated for weeks about whether to do that game or the Nationals.

Megabus had a return trip itinerary for $14 total to and from New York from Philadelphia.  I used up $11 worth of extra credit, and only had to pay $3.

I then bought my Yankees ticket for $33 on Stubhub.  The seat face value wise would have been just that at the box office. I found a neighboring FedEx Office Store where I printed the ticket from a work station for $1.18

My bus was slated for New York at 3 pm. There was a bad accident on the NJ Turnpike that shut it down for 8 hours Southbound.

Our bus driver did a fantastic job navigating through the traffic, but could only get us there by 645 pm.

I actually has fallen asleep on the bus for two hours and totally recharged my phone on the journey.  Some thing I would have hard time if I had just stayed on Philly for the game.  The extra nap may come in handy near the end of the week.

I arrived at Yankee Stadium in the second inning.  I nailed the #1 subway, and D Express Line subway to get there in fast time.

The Bronx Bombers would go on to speed bag the Red Sox 13 – 3.  I had literally paid a small upgrade to watch a fantastic Yankees victory by the time all the days financial tallies were added.

On a side note.  Had I gone to Washington like previously planned, I may have missed my return bus back to Philly tonight.

The game at Nationals Park was delayed to start the contest by 30 minutes to inclement weather.  This may have hampered my ability to make a 1025 PM bus from Washington Union Station back to Philadelphia.

Staying in Washington would have been alright, as I would have hung out at DCA Airport before returning to Nats Park for game there Aug.05, but I had my rental car at a Park and Ride in NJ. I would not risk a potential tow for excessive hours parked there.

The crazy day had a very happy ending with the Yankee Stadium result.  I will arrive at home base just after 2 am for a solid eight hours of rest before I tackle another travel day back to Washington on Wednesday night.

I also was able to watch the game at Yankee Stadium with my friend Gary Herman.  We share great travel war stories and maneuvers on the road whenever we are in the stands at the same time.

Gary will also be making the same trip I am to Denver to see the Nats at Coors Field on Thursday, Aug.20, then head right into the Ball Park Chaser Annual Meetup from Aug.21 – 23 @ Safeco Field in Seattle.  My buddy Ken Lee and I are helping to host the events for the weekend.

I am fired up to be meeting and helping a lot of our network of friends during their stay in Seattle. ‘We have a huge BBQ planned at Manfish Brewing’ headquarters in Renton, Seattle on the Saturday of the weekend.  We have free food and beer up for the event, with a small ask to donate money to the Sports Legacy Institute in return.

Again, I am entirely pleased I am in the position to raise awareness for Concussion research, by adding it to our Ballpark Chasers Weekend.

August has been a frenetic maze of travel moves already.

I am set to do an arduous seven games in 4 days stretch from August 6th to August 9th, that spans 4 ballparks starting Thursday.

By the way, did I mention my Yanks creamed Boston! ALL is well that ends well.

OKAY then.  Time for me to wrap this up.

Stadium Count after Aug.5, 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.)

Trip Stats:

Projected budget – $22500 , I am plus $105 as of right now where I thought I would be financially.)

Hot Dogs eaten – 54

Beers Consumed – 59

Energy Drinks – 132 (including coffee)

Miles traveled thus far by all modes (52950 Miles).  Before you say that is a lot, I did that many by air in my 2012 World Record Streak.

Interviews TV.Radio.Internet.Podcast.Newsprint – 74 total interviews (70 since June.01.)

Home team record is now astoundingly good at 82 – 61 (.573 win %).  Not bad when you consider that CBP in Philadelphia has the most games watched so far.

Games Per Park Breakdown – 144

CBP – 23 (Philadelphia)

Nats Park – 19 (Washington)

Yankee Stadium – 16 (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 144 Games in 123 through Aug.4, 2015 – featuring 26 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 74 Games Left in 61 Days..

2015 Trip schedule.

June Interview on Fox 10.

June Interview on Fox 10.

 

Interview on CSN Philly during the month of July.

Interview on CSN Philly during the month of July.

 

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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