221 Games In 183 MLB Days Year Long Road Trip – *Mental Toughness Is The Key*



 

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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 (221 Games) view full year schedule.

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

There is 29 days left of the regular season.  This is starting to hit home with me.  Luckily, I still have 39 Games left.

So with 22 weeks down, how I am faring with all of this mentally and physically?

Mentally I am at a better place than I have been the entire trip. The end of the journey is coming soon, and I am ramping up the last month to be a super sprint.

I had been a little sidetracked at times on the Post ALL-Star Break, but chalk that up to the dog days of summer.

Part of the media exposure definitely took its toll from my enjoyment of the games. Don’t get me wrong here…I am completely grateful for every opportunity to tell my story.

At some points I was doing four or five interviews per day, and the game of the day was almost a distant second.

Having ventured to all parks but one, the requests have slowed down, so I have been following more of the action again.

Lost on the fray is my Canadian citizenship forcing me out of the country just a week after the season ends.  This is what law-abiding Canucks do when their 180 day limit of vacation time in the USA is up.

My intestinal fortitude will not allow my brain to slow down either.  Part of my strength as a long-term traveler – is performing maneuvers and being on top of my game even when I am tired.

Physically, I am holding up okay, although part of my real life job keeps my leg strength strong on a bad left knee I have.  Add that without the chance to use stronger medication north of the border – and it has inflamed up a little.

There have been two days where I thought I was in trouble by the knee giving out…It felt like my knee was popping out going up and down Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium stairs and concourses.  The good news is that the symptoms went away.

I do realize it will be a shock to my nervous system for the first 4 – 6 weeks upon returning to work.  It has also given me the idea to end my trip in Minnesota this year..

It is the closest city to my mom on Winnipeg, and I can rest there for a few days post trip, before I head back West by Canadian thanksgiving.  If I need to ease back into the job the first week, I do have the option.

I also have changed and altered about 30% of my overall original schedule. Budget and time concerns have been the catalyst to carry out this task..

The end result is that I was able to shake, rattle and roll, adapting the itinerary to my quest.  Sure I would have liked to go with my 97% solid first plan, yet part of the travel is the maneuvers themselves. Problem solving has kept my neurons ultra active.  This was the whole idea of my trek

By the time I tally up the actual games I have bought tickets for *reselling them or not*, then we are hovering well over 310 different games – translating to almost 13% out of the MLB*s entire 2430 game 2015 campaign.

It looks like I will lower my budget under $100 per game for the year when the final tabulated cash expenses are added.

Now that makes the last month race and the travel finagling all the worth while.

Trip Stats:

Projected budget – $22500, I am plus $480 as of right now where I thought I would be financially, and up two projected games.)

Hot Dogs eaten – 97

Beers Consumed – 97

Energy Drinks – 161 (including coffee)

Miles traveled thus far by all modes (73400 Miles). 

Interviews TV, Radio, Internet, Podcast, Newsprint – 82 total interviews (76 since June.01.)

Home team record is now astoundingly good at 105 – 77 (.571 win %).  Not bad when you consider that CBP in Philadelphia has the most games watched so far.

Games Per Park Breakdown – 182

CBP – 25 (Philadelphia)

Nats Park – 23 (Washington)

Yankee Stadium – 20 (The Bronx)

Camden Yards – 19 (Baltimore)

Wrigley Field – 12 (Chicago)

Safeco Field – 14 (Seattle)

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 – 6 (Phoenix, AZ)

Minute Maid Park – 3 (Houston)

Globe Life Park – 3 (Arlington, TX)

Miller Park – 5 (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)

Target Field – 1 (Minneapolis)

Rogers Center – 1, (Toronto, Ont, Canada)

Dodger Stadium – 1 (Aug.30, Jake Arrieta no hitter) Los Angeles, CA

30.  Turner Field (Oct.1) Atlanta, GA

Makes 182 Games in 154 Days through Sept 5, 2015 – featuring 32 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 39 Games Left in 29 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.

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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