Freakish Delays For Travel Over FRI/SAT Almost Cause Game Misses: 217 MLB Games Trip Still Intact For 2015
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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.
If felt like a page Right Out Of Ripley ‘s
I started out Friday morning (Aug.07, 2015) with much swagger. I began the day with an exciting interview opportunity in which I nailed for a potential paying gig surrounding MLB.
Since I couldn’t take my car to a Park and Ride in Sicklerville, N.J. (since I would be gone for 40 hours on Friday and Saturday), I walked 2 miles to my public bus – in order to make the connecting transport to Philadelphia Amtrak 30th Station. I did not want to risk a tow charge for using the Park N ride service for too long.
I ate a heavy helping of Ramen noodles before leaving. Hey, you gotta save dough where you can. My friend Gary Herman gave me a free coupon for a Chic – fil-a sandwich earlier this week – which I capitalized on since it was 800 feet from my public bus Friday..
NJ Transit took me to the Lindenwold PATCO Speedline. I have taken this method all week. It costs just $3 for a one way maneuver into downtown Philly.
If I am headed to New York – they have a Megabus pickup location at Philly independence Hall. It only takes 25 minutes.
Today was not one of those days. Trips to Washington are picked up from Amtrak 30th Station only. It is still a $3 move for me because it falls within the free interloop zone for light rail trips out of Jefferson Station. (Right across from the Greyhound Station on Filbert Street).
So back to the pending weirdness. I arrived ready to make this journey from the Speedline, when all of the transit rail systems were down to the oil leak a few miles up the train tracks.
I immediately heard of a bus that goes to Camden, NJ (just outside downtown Philly) and hopped on. This was so different from what I was expecting and it made me nervous. The time I boarded the bus was 1 pm. My DC bound bus left at 3:15.
Ordinarily I would have left sooner, but I need some sleep on this journey – and I arrived at home base at 5 am, after a long doubleheader in Philly and New York the day previously.
Now, with this oil delay, I have to thank myself for leaving early enough to diffuse this potential fiasco.
The city bus I took dropped me off at the Walter Rand Transportation Center at 215. Luckily, since I have traveled so extensively this year, I am kind of familiar with the place.
I still scrambled to find the right bus stop. My favorite sight came 10 minutes later. My usual bus I took for a April and May (551 NJ Transit Bus to Philadelphia) – goes to the Greyhound Station which connects to the free light rail move to 30th Station (Via Jefferson Station).
We arrived at the Greyhound Station at 2:34 pm. I sprinted to Jefferson station, made a light rail that saw me arrive at 30th Station at 2:48 PM.
I was in good shape for my pending Megabus trip. Since I booked most travel trips with guaranteed seats for the extra dollar, I never have to worry about the lines should I arrive late.
It is funny because I actually don’t like the reservation seats because you have other people facing you – and there is no legroom at all. I usually sneak a seat at the back and sprawl out my legs. I use the guarantee just to bypass the lengthy wait lines.
Fast forward to 6:35 pm. I arrive at Washington Union Station, the hail down to the Metro Subway. Once I board, I look for the paper ticket in my left pant pocket for the night’s game. Yeah, discovered there is a hole in the pocket liner that happened between when I wore them last and when I did laundry. Paper tickets were history for Friday and Saturday Nationals games at Nats Park.
Devising a plan on the fly is what I do best. I know of a hotel I parked at near the ball yard – where they had a communal computer to print stuff. I made it there by 7:15 PM (0.4 Miles away). The game had already started.
There was no one on the computer and I could print my Stubhub tickets and be on my way in a mere minute or two.. guess what? The printer wouldn’t print the tickets – due to printer error!!
Showing no shame, I informed the hotel concierges of this development. They apologized and asked if I could email them a PDF version, and they would print it off.
The computer was sketchy at best, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t send them a version that would print off the scanable barcode.
I was seething underneath, but have to admit the hotel staff really tried to help me, even though if they would have asked if I were staying there – I would be dead in the water.
The game was now in the third inning (it was playing in the background TV lounge of the lobby) and I left the hotel swearing – and decided to buy a ticket on the street. I managed to wrestle a ticket for $6, after some serious stares and negotiations on my part with some local guys. It could have been than what I bargained for, so I am thankful to minimize the damage
It pissed me off, cause this is the kind of nickel and dime stuff that can ruin budgets. If all teams just had modern technology to scan your barcode from any electronic device I wouldn’t have shake, rattled and rolled.
Well, there goes the money I had slated for food. I brought in six innings for am official game, meanwhile I would have strolled in on time had I possessed my original tickets – I would not have missed a pitch.
There was still Saturdays game I needed to print for. I knew of a Staples and Fed Ex Print shop a block following my Megabus stop off point early Saturday morning AM in New York. At most, that ticket would cost about $1.25 to print.
A really good-looking group of girls started chatting with me on the SRO Section of 113 at Nats Park when I parked there for the game. They had the nicest English accents and wanted to know about the game.
We all talked back and forth. I told them about all the park traditions and about the team. After a few innings, the tallest out of the four girls explained they were going to their seats below, but asked if I would join them for the fireworks. The girl then handed me a half eaten platter of spicy chips. She said they were good but there were just too many of them – and to thank me for teaching them some of the game of baseball. The fireworks weren’t that good, however the company was..
Hell yes I would eat them!! It balanced out the ticket buy. I spent $0 on food because of that. Furthermore I had a bag of food to eat on Saturday if I wanted to save another $10!
It was good I saved that cash. At 10:00 am I arrived in New York City on Saturday, after an early morning bus ride – in which I slept the whole time.
The Staples opened at 11 AM – and the Fed Ex opened at 12 pm. I went to the Amtrak office at Penn Station first. Upon discovering some weird news via messages – I was thrown off my game a little for nerves. I manage to change a bunch of Amtrak tickets (cause of the pope you know, he is coming to Philly on September), and made my way back to Staples when it opened.
It was an easy choice. I should be able to print off my Saturday ticket no problem. These work stations operate at 30 cents a minute – plus printing fee.
As soon as I loaded my credit card, I hit up Stubhub, except for that website didn’t support the browser to print (IE Explorer). I was beside livid. I choose to download Firefox to print stuff the stuff, except for it would take eight minutes to complete this task on my dime. The Saturday ticket print was a $5 loss. There goes food again Saturday. I am too late in the game to absorb any losses.
The move was good to arrive at Yankee Stadium early. I was able to secure a cowboy hat giveaway l, which I will later sell on eBay. I should recoup some of the paper tickets fiasco for cash anyway, by flipping the hat in the pictures for somewhere in the $25 – $35 range.
I watched my MLB official game at Yankee Stadium- before leaving for a 4:05 Amtrak train out of Station.
Yes, some other ballpark chasers think this is blasphemy to do this..I don’t care…part of the fun in this trek is doing stuff no one has done before. Like go to a game in Yankee Stadium and Nats Park on the same day- 250 Miles without flying. It just can’t be done if you stay for the whole game.
Just for the record, to my detractors of this stance, I made 107 games of my three record chases between 2008 – 2012, where I watched every single pitch of every game to obtain it – so back off!
This trip was about me getting better mentally and physically – by planning cool days like this and keeping my brain active. You don’t like this way of seeing games, and want to chime in at me throwing verbal jabs, you can go to hell and fry donuts!
Okay, now that I have that off my chest, I made it Penn Station and awaited my train. Some computer glitch caused it to be late by 20 Minutes. It was Murphy’s Law. At this moment I was convinced my game in Washington was shot – and I would never make 5 innings.
Amtrak made up 17 of the 20 minutes to my delight, earning serious brownie points with me. I sprinted to the metro station and made my 1st of 2 subway treks.
As with the whole weekend, had I not been to all cities 20 plus times each already- l would have been out of luck to make all games honestly.
As it turned out, I was in Nats Park by 8:11 PM, and the bottom of 4. Streak intact..
I made it back to home base at 5:30 AM Sunday morning via a 4 Mile Walk – since town busses don’t run that early.
Stadium Count after Aug.9, 2015
(26 of 30 parks, I am finished for year with Angel Stadium, Comerica Park, Busch Stadium, Fenway Park, PNC Park, Great American Ball Park, Progressive Field, Marlins Park, Globe Life Park, Minute Maid Park, Petco Park and Kauffman Stadium.)
Projected budget – $22500 , I am plus $45 as of right now where I thought I would be financially.)
Hot Dogs eaten – 54
Beers Consumed – 59
Energy Drinks – 135 (including coffee)
Miles traveled thus far by all modes (55000 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 – 76 total interviews (70 since June.01.)
Home team record is now astoundingly good at 84 – 65 (.563 win %). Not bad when you consider that CBP in Philadelphia has the most games watched so far.
Games Per Park Breakdown – 151
CBP – 24 (Philadelphia)
Nats Park – 22 (Washington)
Yankee Stadium – 18 (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)
PNC Park – 3 (Pittsburgh)
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)
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 151 Games in 127 Days through Aug.9, 2015 – featuring 29 Doubleheaders, 1 missed and 1 madeup doubleheader, and one outright miss (Apr.07, that was cancelled and rescheduled for July.07, 2015, in which I attended anyways. There was also a four day break for the ALL – Star Break). I have 66 Games Left in 56 Days..
2015 Trip schedule.
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