A Journey Complete: One Year LaterWhen I woke up this morning, I couldn't believe that one year passed since I watched the New York Mets play the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The temperature reached the 90s and we sat in bright sunlight for the entire game, but I finally attended a game in all 30 Major League Baseball cities. What a journey.
Once I decided to set this goal, it took 10 years to complete. Of course, I started this journey long before 2000 by attending countless games at Wrigley Field. I also attended several games at old Comiskey Park, and U.S. Cellular Field. I even made a trip to see the Chicago Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals at old Busch Stadium. I needed a long bus trip to knock several cities off my list in 2000. After that, I started making regular trips to Milwaukee to take another relatively local park off my list. Thanks to a spouse who enjoys traveling, and traveled frequently for work, the journey wrapped up surprisingly quick.
For the first time in many seasons, I won't be visiting any new parks in 2011. I still plan to see New York's new Yankee Stadium (Yankees), and Citi Field (Mets). I visited old Yankee Stadium back in 2000, and Susan and I visited Shea Stadium in 2008 before the wrecking ball arrived later that year. The Washington Nationals built Nationals Park since I last visited D.C. and attended a game at RFK Stadium. In 2012, the Florida Marlins will play in a new home and rumors circulate that the team will change its name to the Miami Marlins. Tampa Bay is also in the process of constructing a new home for the Rays.
We will get those someday soon.