I have been reading a lot of the "Veggie Power Ballpark Tour" by Joe Conner and I have to say I am loving it. If you have missed it, Joe is driving around the country in a car powered by vegetable oil. He is going to well over 215 games in 215 days. I have dreamed of taking a similar trip after reading "Stolen Season" by David Lamb. Now after a lot of debating, I am planning my own trip. I hope I can learn from those that have done it in the past
Trip Plans (so far)
I know its a long time till I plan to leave but there is a lot of planning to be done in the meantime. So far, barring disaster, my plans are to start off in Arizona for spring training next year. Then I plan on moving around the country watching baseball at as many levels as I can. Not only do I hope to see every MLB stadium but many of the minor leagues, colleges, and possibly even little league and high school levels as well. So far I have my trip taking me up the west coast, through the midwest, down south, and finishing up along the east coast. I am very excited since this will probably be the only oportunity to take this trip. I have nothing holding me back and you only live once right.
As I travel I hope to interview players, personnel, and fans. I have set up a website to chronicle my travels and I hope to use that plus this blog to not only help me out with my trip but to raise money for charity as well. My initial goal is to raise $10,000. That may not sound like a lot but for 1 man who is FAR from a celebrity I hope its an attainable goal. I am still looking for ideas for the trip and ideas for raising money for charity. I hope to have enough money saved up to last me for the full 6 months. Its going to be a long journey just planning and putting everything together and that is why I am starting now. So far the reception has been great from friends and family.
In the meantime, I hope to report here with things I see watching the game this year. From the local Rangers, to my personal favorite Braves. It will be an exciting second half and I can’t wait. So I hope you drop by once in awhile to see how things are going. Say hello from time to time and let’s have a great season.
I am excited about this blog and it brings to mind a line I have remembered and have many fond memories of. From the late great Mark Holtz, "Hello win column."
Till next time,