219 Games In 183 MLB Days Year Long Road Trip – Upping The Bar In Seattle
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The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (217 Games) view full year schedule.
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So there are ups and downs in this trip as I have ventured out on this journey. It is not just the baseball games that I am going to….I am trying to fully heal my body and brain after having a bad accident years ago where I was hit and run by a guy.
I have come back 97% to what I need to be, but every once in a while that 3% seeps into the foray. I had one of those events yesterday.
Over the weekend, we hosted 35 ballpark chasers at my friend Ken Lee’s house in Renton. This is virtually every extreme ballpark guru in the group across the nation, with the exception of a few omissions. Ken and I sponsored a barbeque at his house in Renton, WA, USA (Home of Manfish Brewing) – and because of my free car rental days, I was able to secure transportation for all who needed shuttling around Saturday, Aug.22/2015. I also drove for 7 hours around the city picking up the top ‘ballpark chasers’ of the country.
It was a grand old-time, and all of us had the time of our lives, however I probably kicked up the adrenaline too much, and Monday was a big let down. I am feeling much better again at today. The 2nd Annual Ballpark Chasers Meetup in Seattle was a resounding success, and we set the bar high for future venue’s hosting the event in future years.
The following people had a big impact on my weekend: Ken Lee, Scott Bultman JR, Gary Herman. Mike Casiano, Paul Nieuwland, Craig Landgren, Doug Miller, Josh Robbins, Mark Chesna, Tike and Dawn Narry – and of course the rest of the 35 people at the barbeque and 60 or so people at the actual games this weekend
I am not going to lie…Going into week 21 of this trip has me nervous. It is only 6 1/2 weeks until the finish line is crossed. While I am still within budget, not earning money during this vacation has me a little bit ansy to put some dollars back on the board when I finish this venture. Luckily I am beating my budget so far.
The last week saw me start the journey in Denver, then was followed by 6 straight games at Safeco Field. During my plane excursion from Denver to Seattle, Delta Airlines paid me off with a $800 credit voucher – to take a flight just 3 hours later, and well within the realm of making it to the Emerald City in time for an official Mariners game. That kind of maneuver is vital for any travel I may do next year. and also provides me with some flexibility to do some last second moves this late into the trek.
So now that I am near the end, it is also being a little more clear the final schedule of the MLB. I have added 2 more doubleheaders back into the fold, and am now on pace to do my ‘original design’ this year of 219 total baseball games. Make sure you check out the links at the beginning or end of this blog.
After a little let down morning yesterday, I sprung back into action and am ready to tackle the last 40 days of this trip.
Some pictures from the last week
Projected budget – $22500 , I am plus $560 as of right now where I thought I would be financially.)
Hot Dogs eaten – 77
Beers Consumed – 81
Energy Drinks – 150 (including coffee)
Pretzels – 78
Car Rentals Used (36/45 Free Days)
Miles traveled thus far by all modes (64500 Miles).
Interviews TV, Radio, Internet, Podcast, Newsprint – 82 total interviews (76 since June.01.)
Home team record is now astoundingly good at 95 – 62 (.569 win %). Not bad when you consider that CBP in Philadelphia has the most games watched so far.
Games Per Park Breakdown – 168
CBP – 25 (Philadelphia)
Nats Park – 22 (Washington)
Yankee Stadium – 19 (The Bronx)
Camden Yards – 19 (Baltimore)
Safeco Field – 13 (Seattle)
Wrigley Field – 9 (Chicago)
Fenway Park – 6 (Boston)
Citi Field – 6 (Flushing Meadows, NY)
US Cellular Field – 5 (Chicago)
AT @ T Park – 4 (San Francisco)
Busch Stadium – 4 (St. Louis)
PNC Park – 4 (Pittsburgh)
Angel Stadium – 3 (Anaheim, CA)
Chase Field – 3 (Phoenix, AZ)
Minute Maid Park – 3 (Houston)
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)
Coors Field – 2 (Denver)
Tropicana Field- 1 (Tampa Bay)
Petco Park – 1 (San Diego)
Comerica Park – 1 (Detroit)
Target Field – 1 (Minneapolis)
Rogers Centre – 1 Toronto, Ont, Canada
Still Left to see
29, Dodger Stadium (Aug.30) Los Angeles, CA
30. Turner Field (Sept.29) Atlanta, GA
Makes 168 Games in 143 Days through Aug.13, 2015 – featuring 30 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 51 Games Left in 40 Days..
2015 Trip schedule.
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