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‘BBA Live’ Podcast – Year 2 Ep #12 – MLB Wk 6 ’16:

Ricky Keeler and AC Wayne host the flagship podcast of the BBBA!

BBBA Live is the flagship Podcast of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance since 2015.

Hosts Ricky Keeler

& AC Wayne

BBA Live! is entering its second season. Listen in as AC Wayne and Ricky Keeler of Yanks Go Yard and District On Deck (Nats) welcome in Christine E. of Boston Red Thoughts to the podcast.

As always, we’ll discuss all of the evening’s games and headlines.

Royals are struggling.  The Tigers may be digging themselves an insurmountable hole in the AL Central, and many clubs we thought would contend in the AL, are obviously not playing well.

Lorenzo Cain goes off on the Yankees, and Aroldis Chapman is off his suspension

Plus nobody is a better folk hero than Bartolo Colon

Bryce Harper is getting the Barry Bonds treatment and is starting to snap.

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A casual look at Major League Baseball and The New York Mets. Call-in! #347-326-9300

‘BBA Live’ Podcast – Year 2 Ep #11 – MLB Wk 5 ’16:

Ricky Keeler and AC Wayne host the flagship podcast of the BBBA!

BBBA Live is the flagship Podcast of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance since 2015.

Hosts Ricky Keeler

& AC Wayne

BBBA Live! is in its second season. Listen in as AC Wayne is again joined by Ricky Keeler of Yanks Go Yard and District On Deck (Nats).

Yankees are struggling and may have to reel off a bunch of wins soon or risk being a seller near the Trade Deadline.

Meanwhile the Mets are hardly losing at all. 

Follow and subscribe to the podcast http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mets-public-record

A casual look at Major League Baseball and The New York Mets. Call-in! #347-326-9300

‘BBA Live’ Podcast – Year 2 Ep #10 – MLB Wk 4 ’16: Chuck Booth Guests On The Show To Talk BBBA, MLB Reports + MLB Chat

Ricky Keeler and AC Wayne host the flagship podcast of the BBBA!

BBBA Live is the flagship Podcast of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance since 2015.

Hosts Ricky Keeler

& AC Wayne

BBBA Live! is in its second season. Listen in as AC Wayne is again joined by Ricky Keeler of Yanks Go Yard and District On Deck (Nats). Tonight, we are joined by mlbreports.com owner and BBBA President Chuck Booth.

The NL is top heavy.  The Astros have had a tough schedule and might be alright.  Jake Arrieta is sickly good, and no one should ever pitch to Bryce Harper, who may sign with the Yankees in a few years.

Follow and subscribe to the podcast http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mets-public-record

A casual look at Major League Baseball and The New York Mets. Call-in! #347-326-9300

Chuck on B.O.B.

Chuck on B.O.B.

BBBA Members Presence On The MLB Reports: Lots Of Content Heading To Our Site!

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Chuck Booth (BBBA President/Majority Owner mlbreports.com) 

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As some of you have probably already surmised, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has infiltrated the mlbreports.com big time over the last few months. 

These are talented writers that love the game as much as we do, and we have the pleasure of sharing some of their work on our place of the web.  I hope you embrace their work, and click the links over to their home sites.

I was named the President of the BBBA back in August and since I returned from my year-long MLB journey in October – I have been working with a lot of pro bloggers.

In 2011, I was lucky enough to have been tutored on baseball writing by our ‘website founder’ Jonathan Hacohen.  It is my wish to help out as many other independent bloggers as humanly possible as a ‘pay it forward’ maneuver.

MLB Reports is happy to give our social media power to the cause.

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Chuck Booth – Current Majority Owner (Left) and Jonathan Hacohen MLB Reports Founder and former Owner (Right) – MLB Reports Brass at the Rogers Center during 2012.  This website has grown into Millions of views and established a great record of prediction on Gambling 101 topics.

The MLB Reports will still stick to its core of content – and this additional material will act as supplemental. We may reach over 2000 posts for the 2016 calendar season.

We have Sully’s Baseball Podcast for 366 episodes this year, and he runs a daily MVP segment during the regular season and playoffs called ‘Who Owned Baseball’.

We are still going to be hardcore when it comes to Gambling on baseball.  Hunter Stokes will run a weekly blog on all MLB Futures, and will have MLB Power Rankings during the regular season.

I will be helping Hunter write all of the 2016 MLB Team Payroll articles – and we are going to be going heavy on this aspect going forward – as it is one of our biggest strengths.  The plan is to update them a hell of a lot more.

We also have MLB Shutout Survivor and MLB Runs Scored Survivor coming back for 2016.

We also update the website every time there is a no-hitter, cycle or top 50 contract handed out. There are widgets on our sidebar window of the home page.  Of course, we also have a Tommy John Surgery ALL – Time List page we keep here at the site too.

I also will be updating the Interleague Results every day – and keep a running total of the records.

I have taken the MLB Scheduling off the site because it is to time intensive to maintain.  i still hate the fact that no MLB Website offers monthly and yearly running pages for their schedule like the nhl.com does, but there are not enough hours in the day to keep it true.

Look for more posts, and more coverage for all of your favorite teams and players in 2016!

If you haven’t had enough of your baseball fix, I am also operating the BBBA’s website over at bbba.work

Thanks for reading and for your time,

Chuck Booth

BBBA President/Majority Owner of mlbreports.com

mlbreports@gmail.com

Home Of Sully Baseball + #WOB, #SullyMetrics, Baseball Analysis (Audio + Written, Salaries, Org. Depth Charts, Historical Series for All 30 Clubs + State Of The Unions + Wicked Daily Content,) + tyhe best coverage on the 2014 MLB schedule in the world. We are not your average "Cookie Cutter" Website. Also our motto is "THE TRUTH STINGS LIKE A CATCUS!"

Home Of Sully Baseball 20 minute Daily Podcast + #WOB, #SullyMetrics, Baseball Analysis (Audio + Written, Salaries, Tommy John Surgery) BBBA coverage, Gambling 101, Interleague, Cycle and No – Hitter History + Wicked Daily Content,) We are not your average “Cookie Cutter” Website. Also our motto is “THE TRUTH STINGS LIKE A CATCUS!”

Songs You Hear The Most At The MLB BallParks

Who can forget Neil Diamond singing Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park right after the Boston Marathon bombing?

Who can forget Neil Diamond singing Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park right after the Boston Marathon bombing?

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I saw a ton of MLB games live last year.  224 to be exact.  I spent a lot of time listening to music at the park before and after the game.

I was also fed a steady dose of ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars, ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift, and if I hear “Shut up and Dance with me” one more time by Walk the Moon, I am just going to snap.

Baltimore played the best music at the yard hands down.  They were huge into Silento’s Whip, Nae-Nae, but also one can’t not love the “Thank God I’m a country boy” (which I have seen played numerous times at Kauffman Stadium as well.”

During several games at Camden Yards they also played “(Apache – Jump On it”) by Sugarhill Gang, and this little number is played every where.

I started to think of the most common played tunes at the park.

Rob Base’s and EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two” is routinely played at baseball venue’s after a doubleplay.  Michael Jackson’s “Wanna be Starting Something” seems to find its way onto the audio deck when a rally is started. Read the rest of this entry

All 30 MLB Parks in 25 Days All By Ground

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For the last several years my buddy Josh Robbins and I have come up with ways to beat our individual world records for ballpark chasing.

My record is all 30 MLB Parks (every pitch) in just 23 Calendar Days.  I accomplished this feat in 2012.  You can read about that trip here.  After scouring the MLB Schedule for 2016, there is not even an attempt to try for the record this season.

Unless it changes, it will be another campaign I will sip (Gas Monkey Cinnamon Tequilla) as the world record holder for another year.

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tjohnsurgery.com Is Looking For Authors

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Okay, so I have had this website domain for some time (tjohnsurgery.com) – and I am officially kicking it off in style.  For Authors that love to talk about the surgery, now is your chance to hit the ground running on a trend that it is not going away any time soon.

I am looking for fellow writers to join in my in writing bio’s for all of the players that have had the surgery in history.  Your articles will be posted on tjohnsurgery.com and also at our flagship website of mlbreports.com.

Now I am not looking for writers for the mlbreports.com right now – as we have over 1200 articles already committed from our ownership/crack writing team – however if you things work out, and you are strong enough to write, mlbreports.com is also an option.

Please take a look at our page that we have been running here at mlbreports.com for 2 years. https://mlbreports.com/tj-surgery/

If you are interested in applying for a writing position with us contact me (Chuck Booth) at mlbreports@gmail.com

 

 

Travel Tuesdays: National Car Rental ‘Rent Rent Reward’ Program An Absolute Good Move

The competition can be fierce for Car Rental Companies, but the best reward companies for cars are National/Alamo/Enterprise followed by Thrifty/Budget and Hertz.  Avis doesn't have a great rewards program, but you can get good deals on them for weekend rentals anywhere in the world!

The competition can be fierce for Car Rental Companies, but the best reward companies for cars are National/Alamo/Enterprise followed by Thrifty/Budget and Hertz. Avis doesn’t have a great rewards program, but you can get good deals on them for weekend rentals anywhere in the world.  When it all boils down to value created overall for the programs, National Car Rental is the best by far!

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So you are looking to rent cars over several weekends – or weekdays from the end of Aug till the end of January.  You would be crazy not to set up a profile on the National Car Rental Rewards Program “Emerald Club” and then partake in this current deal .

A couple of months ago, after signing up for the latest promotion of rent, rent = reward, I cashed in one of my free rental days at National Car Rental, and made a reservation under the umbrella of this deal.

I gained 300 PTS for the rental (1/2 way to a free car rental – as you only need 600 PTS for a free rental day, which is a free car rental for every two rentals.).  I also gained 250 PTS for buying the prepaid fuel option as a selection (another 250 PTS).

I then took their survey for another 50 PTS, then voila – I earned enough points to qualify for another free day! Read the rest of this entry

My 224 MLB Game Journey Was Fast ‘N’ Loud – Gas Monkey Garage Style!!

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For those of you who may not know even by now, I am a huge Gas Monkey Garage Fan (aka the TV Show Fast “N” Loud) on Discovery Channel.    I liked the logo so much that I decided to buy three hats to take with me across the country to see my 224 MLB Games in all 30 MLB Parks trip.

88000 Miles later, 35 States and all 30 MLB Parks saw the lid.

The hat made its way onto several TV interviews, newspaper articles and I also made it to the Gas Money Garage and Gas Monkey Bar and Grill near Dallas TX.

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Travel Tuesdays: The Megabus Tutorial To The $1 Fares

megabus allows you to switch all itineraries (whether it is one journey or 20, for a $1 fee to trade in for other fares.) I traded 20 trips - not to be used for $27 credit towards a new fare that was a peak trip. It cost me just $3.00 to pull off the maneuver after a small booking fee was added. These guys also don't require paper tickets (although you can use a computer printout of your reservation0.

Megabus allows you to switch all itineraries (whether it is one journey or 20, for a $1 fee to trade in for other fares.) I traded 20 trips – not to be used for $20 credit towards a new fare that was a peak trip. It cost me just $3.50 to pull off the maneuver after a small booking fee was added. These guys also don’t require paper tickets (although you can use a computer printout of your reservation).

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I owe a lot of my PR campaigning during my entire year long MLB Trip to a man named Kelly Van De Walle.  Kelly’s marketing company works for Megabus – and he sought out a partnership for the odyssey after he read a glowing article I wrote towards the Bus Line back in March.

I will continue to promote this entity for my entire life now.  This is the way to travel on a tight budget.  During my 200 or so journeys with Megabus this season I had many people ask me how I was able to snag the $1 fares – since they don’t seem to ever have them.

So pay attention for the next few sentences because I am going to tell you how I did it. Read the rest of this entry

224 Games In 183 Days MLB Trip in 2015 Wrap Up: Historical Trip Ends With A Tripleheader!



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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 (224 Games) view full year schedule.

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

So I ended up at 224 Games after a flurry of maneuvers and last second scheduling.

Here is how I arrived at that mark.

I went to 15 Doubleheaders in 30 days during Septemer (5 natural doubles occurred in parks with certain rainouts causing them.  Philly, Detroit, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Baltimore all had twinbills at their parks in this month.

Making every game on my schedule was always a goal, and for the year, there was only 3 missed games and all were made up at the park in which I witnessed.

On Oct.2, 2015 I witnessed a contest at my 30th MLB park of the season, marking the 4th time in 7 years I had seen all of the stadiums. Read the rest of this entry

223 Games In 183 Days MLB Trip For 2015: Hoodini Act Part 2 + Just 10 Days Left!




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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 (223 Games) view full year schedule.

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

I am right in the middle of the most torrid stretch of games I have ever gone to.  Since 15 days ago on Friday night (Sept.10) – I have attended 9 doubleheaders in 15 days.  I have 2 more twinbills to plow through on Sunday, Sept.27/2015 and Monday Sept.28/2015.  This will make 27 Games in 16 total days.

Among the games were a doubleheader I witnessed in Detroit on Monday Sept.21/2015.  Even more significant is that I was originally scheduled for Nats Park that night for the 1st 5 months of my journey, only changing it in early Sept. Read the rest of this entry

223 Games In 183 Days MLB Trip in 2015: I keep Upping The Ante While Pulling ‘Hoodini Acts’



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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 (221 Games) view full year schedule.

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

It was a week in which I had many scares for weather causing me to miss a game I had on the schedule.

Lets go to the Thursday Sept 10th in Philly, that did become a postponed affair. Luckily for yours truly – they rescheduled the game for the next night at Citizens Bank Park.  It did cause me to take a game off the list in Baltimore at Camden, but was a no-brainer considering CBP is the closest park to home base in Sicklerville, N.J.

I then drove to Baltimore on Saturday. This was met with a 3 hour and 2 minute rain delay, even though it never started really raining until 90 minutes into this stoppage.  It is one of my pet peeves about the MLB right now.  Preemptive delays are bogus…and happening at an alarming rate.  I can even understand if the month weren’t September.  But really, with 40 man rosters, and ample pitchers, you delay the start of the game because you think it is going to start pouring.  Play the damn game until the rain persists fellas. Read the rest of this entry

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



 

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2015 MLB Trip Sponsors: Man Fish Brewery, Megabus.com, MLB Reports, National Car Rental, 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 (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.

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221 MLB Games In 183 Days Year Long Road Trip – 1st No Hitter + I Get Creative To Add More Games

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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.

So it finally happened after 174 Games into the trip, and 148 Days overall.  I saw a no-hitter tossed by Jake Arrieta in my only game at Dodger Stadium this year.

It was one day after my birthday party in Phoenix yesterday.

It also marked the 375th game I have been to in the MLB ever.

My buddy Ken Lee had to wait 1198 games to make his 1st no hitter count (Although he is also one of 18 crowds to ever see a 4 HR game in 2002, when Mike Cameron blasted 4 bolts at US Cellular Field.)

My pal Tike Narry has now seen 4 no-hitters or perfect games in his last 360 contests after waiting almost 600 matchups to witness his 1st 9 frames without any hits allowed. Read the rest of this entry

219 Games In 183 MLB Days Year Long Road Trip – Upping The Bar In Seattle

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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 (217 Games) view full year schedule.

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

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

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217 Games In 183 Days MLB Year Long Road Trip – Knocking Down The First 162 Games!!

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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 (217 Games) view full year schedule.

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

Completing a doubleheader today at Yankee Stadium – and then Citizens Bank Ball Park in Philly puts me at the 162 game mark.

Yes a player could have a play in game (or even 2) to put up 163 – 164 games – but that would be unique as many guys don’t go all Ironman in their campaigns  Read the rest of this entry

217 Games In 183 MLB Year Long Road Trip – Game #156/Day 132 Preview: The Rogers Center

IMG_3843On the set of Fox 9 wishing I could wear my shades to combat bright lighting.

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

Day Date, Venue, Opponents

FRI Aug.14, 2015 (The Rogers Center in Toronto), 7:07 Blue Jays vs Yankees *1/1 games this year there. Read the rest of this entry

217 Games In 183 MLB Year Long Road Trip – Game #155/Day 131 Preview, Target Field (Minnesota)

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2015 MLB Trip Sponsors: Man Fish Brewery, Megabus.com, MLB Reports, National Car Rental, 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 (217 Games) view full year schedule.

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

Day Date, Venue, Opponents

Thursday Aug.13, 2015 – Target Field (Minnesota)  (only game here this year) 12:10 vs Rangers. Read the rest of this entry

217 Games In 183 Days MLB Year Long Road Trip – Game #154/Day 130 Day Preview, Wrigley Field

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2015 MLB  Trip Spon;0sors: Man Fish Brewery, Megabus.com, MLB Reports, National Car Rental, MLB Ball Park Pass-Port

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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 (215 – 220 Games) view full year schedule.

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

Day Date, Venue, Opponents

WED Aug 12, 2015: Wrigley Field ( Game 9/14 there this year) – 7:05

Prepaid Expenses:

Parking downtown for 40 hours  (quick getaway maneuver Fri) – $34

CUBS ticket – $13

CTA transit ($9)

Megabus trip to Minnesota after the game – $5

Day Of Expenses

Gas –  $15

Food – $10

Method of Transportation

Where I am headed to next?

I have two straight nights of Megabus rides, sandwiched between a matinee at Target Field, with two big TV and radio interviews lined up.

Trip Stats:

Projected budget – $22500 , I am plus $55 as of right now where I thought I would be financially.)

Hot Dogs eaten – 56

Beers Consumed – 60

Energy Drinks – 141 (including coffee)

Free Car Rental days (have used 34/46 free rental days.

Miles traveled thus far by all modes (57000 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 87 – 66 (.569 win %).  Not bad when you consider that CBP in Philadelphia has the most games watched so far.

Games Per Park Breakdown – 154

 

CBP – 24 (Philadelphia)

 

Nats Park – 22 (Washington)

 

Yankee Stadium – 18 (The Bronx)

 

Camden Yards – 15 (Baltimore)

 

Wrigley Field – 9 (Chicago)

 

Safeco Field – 8 (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 – 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)

Tropicana Field- 1 (Tampa Bay)

Petco Park – 1 (San Diego)

Comerica Park – 1 (Detroit)

Coors Field – 1 (Denver)

Left to see.

27. Target Field – Aug.13, 2015 (Minneapolis)

28. Rogers Center – Aug.14, 2015 (Toronto, Ont, Canada)

29,  Dodger Stadium (Aug.30) Los Angeles, CA

30.  Turner Field (Oct.1) Atlanta, GA

Makes 154 Games in 130 Days through Aug.12 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 63 Games Left in 53 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.

217 Games In 183 Days: MLB Year Long Road Trip – Game #153/Day 129 Preview, US Cellular Field

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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.

Day Date, Venue, Opponents

Tuesday Aug.11, 2015

US Cellular Field 7:10, White Sox vs Angels  (5/6 games at US Cellular Field this year).

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217 Games In 183 MLB Year Long Road Trip – Game #152/Day 128 Preview, US Cellular Field

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

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***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  Join the discussion.

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 (217 Games) view full year schedule.

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

Day Date, Venue, Opponents

US Cellular Field 7:05 (game 4/6 this year) – White Sox vs Angels Read the rest of this entry

Freakish Delays For Travel Over FRI/SAT Almost Cause Game Misses: 217 MLB Games Trip Still Intact For 2015

a 30 hour travel sector tested my limit and sanity once again. Overall it was not a very good week of execution on either my part, or parties that were helping me on the voyages.  I am hoping that having my car with me for the majority will help clean that up in the next 10 days in the Midwest, Toronto and Baltimore, before I hit the West Coast for an 11 day road swing.   At least I made it to Yankee Stadium early enough to receive this killer cowboy hat.  Unfortunately I will be selling this on EBAY to help pay for some of the fiasco that was this week.

a 30 hour travel sector tested my limit and sanity once again. Overall it was not a very good week of execution on either my part, or parties that were helping me on the voyages. I am hoping that having my car with me for the majority will help clean that up in the next 10 days in the Midwest, Toronto and Baltimore, before I hit the West Coast for an 11 day road swing. At least I made it to Yankee Stadium early enough to receive this killer cowboy hat. Unfortunately I will be selling this on EBAY to help pay for some of the fiasco that was this week.

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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. Read the rest of this entry

More Travel Chaos On 217 Game MLB Trip: The Pope Is Coming To Philly

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd after delivering his Christmas message "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Dec. 25, 2012) See POPE-CHRISTMAS to come.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd after delivering his Christmas message “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Dec. 25, 2012). He will be bringing his talents to Philadelphia, effectively shutting down traffic in all directions during late September, causing this ballpark chaser to scramble some more.

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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.

Here is a new one for the books.. Extra costs and maneuvers needed to be pulled off because The Pope Is Coming to Philly Sept.24 – Sept.27.

The city of Philly will not run busses through downtown like I needed them too.

So instead if weaving around on $1 bus fares on Megabus, I will have to flip cities between New York and Washington instead.

Then the Reds @ Nationals caused me a chance to alter some more plans – since they decided to reschedule a make up game in Washington for Monday, September 28th at 3 pm. Read the rest of this entry

Right Now Is The Most Grueling Stretch For The 217 Game – 30 Park, 183 Day MLB Trip

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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.

They call them the dog days of summer, and they are right to an extent.

As I sit here outside Yankee Stadium – waiting for a 130 am bus back to Philly, I am reminded how long this season has been

Tonight’s win for New York  marked the 146th game I have seen this year in 124 Days.  There is 71 games left in 59 days left.

I am going to Washington for the next three days, but also have a game in the Bronx on Saturday afternoon, before catching am Amtrak train to the District.

After that game, a 130 AM bus ride back to Philly, followed by a 4 mile walk back to home base in the wee AM hours will take its toll.  There are no public busses that run at that time of day to make it back to home base. Read the rest of this entry

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

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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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***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  Join the discussion.

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.

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(All 30 MLB Parks – 217 Games,183 Days in 2015) + Getting In Optimum Shape: You Can Never Surrender Mentally Or Physically

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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.

I sit here humbled that I made it this far in my journey.  4 years ago at this time, I was not in a good place.  I was working, going home and trying to fend off headaches, dizziness and any loud sounds.

The government in my home town province of Canada, was not helping me with my claim versus a 2010 accident where I was hit and ran by a driver of a big truck.  I would later hire a personal injury and take them to task.  These were the dark days of depression one suffers from repeated concussions.  It even went to other parts of my body like arms and shoulders – tingling from stress.

So having said that, one of the things I did during this stretch was still capitalize my best skills with what was given to me. I turned to professional handicapping and earning Air Miles through a google search engine.

I used all the anger I had towards the situation – and it fueled me to earn as much as I could while on the shelf. Read the rest of this entry

My Frugal Week Of Freebies In Baltimore’s 6 Game Homestand (217 Game MLB Park Trip – 2015)

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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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***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  Join the discussion.

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.

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. Read the rest of this entry

Winners Of The Travel Industry 2015: Megabus, National Car Rental, Parking Panda + Southwest Airlines

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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***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  Join the discussion.

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.

Needless to say I am going to triumph the company Megabus here in this article.  For those that don’t know the story, they saved my trip from about a 185 games to about 215 – 220 games early in the season.

I bought half of my journey back then for $1 each, and did the same thing halfway through this odyssey.  With me being handicapped as a Canadian – for a plunging Canadian Dollar, this help me off set this.

Back in mid 2014, I saw the trend of the Loonie heading south, so I invested as much savings as I could – stuffing my American $ bank account.  So while I may have a tough time traveling to the United States past this year, I will make it through my trip.

In my original design of this concept, I planned to travel a lot of games on the Eastern Seaboard by car.  As I like to say “Gucci this, you see the price of that s-it!  So far, I have only made a few trips via my own vehicle.  The only drawback was I wanted to see 20 MLB games at Fenway, and now that total is done at 6 parks.

Anyways, Megabus created a whole new scope of savings I could use for Baltimore, Washington and the New York teams. Being stationed in Philly is the middle ground between all – and the perfect conduit.

This is the reason I am at 33 games for Nats Park and 20 for Camden Yards.  Coupled with Stub Hub cheap tickets, and you get the idea on how I have saved money.

I wrote a massive article on the Megabus company, and they actually sought out me as a potential partner – combining efforts to make this trip a media whirlwind.  Having a “PR” guy from the 3rd biggest Transportation in America bodes well for having requests come back.

By the end of the year, I will have 100 interviews done for this trip in all forms of social media.  This has been a great partnership, and I hope to work with them in the future.

megabus allows you to switch all itineraries (whether it is one journey or 20, for a $1 fee to trade in for other fares.)  I traded 20 trips - not to be used for $27 credit towards a new fare that was a peak trip.  It cost me just $3.00 to pull off the maneuver after a small booking fee was added.  These guys also don't require paper tickets (although you can use a computer printout of your reservation0.

megabus allows you to switch all itineraries (whether it is one journey or 20, for a $1 fee to trade in for other fares.) I traded 20 trips – not to be used for $27 credit towards a new fare that was a peak trip. It cost me just $3.00 to pull off the maneuver after a small booking fee was added. These guys also don’t require paper tickets (although you can use a computer printout of your reservation.

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Epic Failures Of The Travel Industry: Greyhound And Motel 6 Top My List

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): 

Follow The MLB Reports On Twitter 

***  I Will be live tweeting from all ballpark venues I am watching games at.  Join the discussion.

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.

I have a projected budget of $22, 500 for this year long journey.  $300 of it went to Greyhound and $300 of it went to Megabus, but here is the difference.  I ended up doing only 16 journeys for Greyhound compared to 120 from Megabus.

Sure there is a built in advantage for those awesome $1 Megabus rides that I purchased yes, but another facet of Megabus that kicks ass would be their exchange policy.  I will divulge that in one moment. Lets just check out Greyhound’s archaic system. Read the rest of this entry

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