Hello fellow baseball fans !!! Spring is in the air...Spring baseball that is !!! One of the happiest times of the year !!!! Like many of you , it is my dream to attend a game at all 30 MLB yards, eventually. As of right now I have been to 17 of the current 30 so I am past the halfway point
Unfortunately my venture has hit an economic skid per se so my latest MLB ballpark ventures have been limited to my local areas in Southern California, you know, PETCO Park, Angel Stadium, and of course Dodger Stadium. I know that some of you out there have accomplished all 30 yards and I enjoy reading about your adventures. For those of you who have conquered that magic number 30 , just wandering, how long did it take you to accomplish that feat. I'm just a curious fan doing some personal research and am interested to see on average how long it takes for those who have accomplished this feat how long it took to do it. I've been doing this since 2003 year so i'm now in my 10th year and counting. I'd love to hear your stories....
Also, for you reading pleasure...
I picked up a copy of this book a couple of years ago written by a father/daughter tandem Robert and Jenna Santelli listing 162 baseball themed adventures you must do before you kick the bucket ( Which won't be for a long time to come.... ) and if you've gone to all 30 MLB Parks, you've knocked 30 things off the 162 already. ( I'm sure many of you can figure out the significance of the number 162.... ) Will you do all 162 items listed in this book. I doubt it. In fact, i'm guessing that you probably have your own 162 baseball themed agendas, but it's still worth reading nonetheless. Plus, you would have a great time comparing notes as well. A great book to bring with you on your own Quest for 30. As I put up more posts, I will be writing about some of the things off the baseball fans's bucket list of things i've done, and some i've yet to do. Baseball is just around the corner. Don't you all love the smell of freshley cut grass ?
I'm not a fan of the move to the AL...I prefer the NL style of play. But, at least we'll get a whole new crop of teams coming in, so that'll be exciting.
The new uniforms are excellent. I made it to the uni unveiling at Minute Maid a couple months ago.
I'm hoping they keep the train, but there are talks of re-doing a lot of the stadium....the hill and flagpole in center might go as well. Right now though the train is staying....it's being covered up by terrible sponsorship signs however.
My first mlb park was in 1974, but didn't really start thinking about visiting them all until after college or after my first west coast trip to see the dodgers, giants and padres in 1990. Then the strike hit in 1994 and I got hooked on the minors and later colleges and summer ball. It took me 2 years to go back to any mlb park(only wrigley that year) and eventually as guys I saw play in the minors made the majors, I eventually added mlb parks back into my minor league trips. 1997 I added 3 new mlb parks which were the frist adds for me since 1993. I am also a college hockey fan who has gone to the championship(frozen 4) every year but 1 since 2001. So I have combined that with a baseball trip whenever possible. Recently it was in St Paul so I waited until then to add the twins new park. Last year it was in Tampa, so added new marlins parks and a lot of new minors and colleges on that trip. The first time I had all active MLB parks was 2006. Was not current in 2009 until 4/8/11 when I got to target field for its second opening day.
Tim, your 10 years and slow pace mimics my pace right now. Not counting trips to San Diego and San Francisco, my journey's started in 2003 but like you haven't had the chance to venture and been doing the usual stadiums, which, for me, are Dodger Stadium ( Home stadium ), Angel, PETCO, and a some Single A games as well over in Rancho Cucamunga
Jeff, that's great that you got to see all 30 in 6 years, which would be an average of 5 per year. Not Bad !!!! I notice that Minute Maid Park is your home stadium. How do you feel about the Astros move to the AL West ? Do you like the new unis ? I got to see the Dodgers there in '08 and won all 3 games that I went. The one they lost, Oswalt pitched so no big suprise there.
Oh yeah, one last question. Are they really gonna remove the train in the outfield ?
Tim, Jeff, thanks for reading my post !!!!
I have been doing it for 10 years but at a slow pace. 1 or 2 a year but lately have been tied up so only doing short trips and repeating stadiums...
I had a handful of stadiums that I'd been to (6) before I realized I wanted to see all 30. That was in 2007. I just finished my 30 last summer. So when I really got down to it, I finished in about 6 baseball seasons. On average I took 2 trips each summer. I'm a little disappointed it's over, but hopefully we'll have a new stadium in the works somewhere soon. Good luck on your quest!
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