Sunday, May 1st, 2011

A Journey Complete: One Year Later

When 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.


5 Comments
lgrant
Congratulations on completing the journey!
LGrant   Sunday, May 1, 2011
reera
Very interesting-good book material!
dannie   Monday, May 2, 2011
billpearch
I'm working on it. Slowly, but I'm working on it.
Bill Pearch   Monday, May 2, 2011
hawkwolf
Bill will you ever visit Cowboy Stadium? That is on my Bucket List.
BeanCounter37   Monday, May 2, 2011
billpearch
Probably not. I have no interest in visiting every football stadium. Baseball means more to me than football ever will. That being said, if the opportunity presented itself, I'd go.
Bill Pearch   Monday, May 2, 2011
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