BASEBALL

 

My love for baseball began just a few years ago. I’ll be completely honest, I hated baseball growing up, probably because I wasn’t very good at it. Let’s just say, I had terrible hand/eye coordination, still do, just ask anyone who’s played golf with me.

So I decided to stay as far away from baseball as possible. That is, until one of my buddies invited me to join his fantasy league. Now, you need to understand, this isn’t just any fantasy baseball league, it is a highly competitive league with some of my closest friends that has been around since they were all in college, 8 years prior to me joining. The reason I was so interested in joining this particular league, even though I didn’t really like baseball at the time, was to compete and talk shit to my friends of course.

After joining the league in 2015, I was instantly hooked. I didn’t know much about baseball at the time and I didn’t want to embarrass myself, so I started researching and learning as much as I could. Their were 3 other people who had a chance at claiming this newly vacant spot in the league and since a couple of my buddies had to stand on the table for me to get in, I didn’t want to let them down.

With this added motivation, I began to learn everything there was about baseball, all the players, hitters, pitchers, stats, the different ball parks and how it all fit into the fantasy world of baseball. I had no idea how any of it worked and I didn’t realize how little I actually knew. It was a daunting task but I began to fall in love with the game. Researching the players, the match ups, how the type of stadium played a roll, how lefty-righty match ups worked, all of it was so fascinating. I really started to develop a love for the game inside the game.

For those of you wondering, I ended up winning the league in just my second year and it still, to this day, is the highest achievement of my entire athletic career (kidding… maybe). Since I never really liked baseball growing up, I never fell in love with a particular team (I did grow up in Anaheim so the Angels were my hometown team) but now that I was in this league I started to follow some of the individual players from all over the country.

So when I decided to take this road trip across the country last year in my van, I thought it would be cool to check out all the different ball parks. I visited 12 different stadiums last year during my travels and plan on visiting many more this time around.

 

Here’s a list of the stadiums I’ve been to and the ones I plan on hitting this year:

2019

  1. Washington Nationals – Nationals Park
  2. Baltimore Orioles – Oriole Park at Camden Yards

* = my favorite parks

2018 

  1. San Diego Padres – Petco Park
  2. San Francisco Giants – Oracle Park
  3. Milwuakee Brewers – Miller Park *
  4. Chicago Cubs – Wrigley Field *
  5. Chicago White Sox – Guarantee Rate Field
  6. Cleveland Indians – Progressive Field
  7. Cincinnati Reds – Great American Ballpark
  8. Pittsburgh Pirates – PNC Park *
  9. Atlanta Braves – Sun Trust Park
  10. Tampa Bay Rays – Tropicana Field
  11. Colorado Rockies – Coors Field *
  12. Houston Astros – Minute Made Park