Archive | August, 2012

Travel the USA or Europe – I Can’t Decide

I’m eight months away from returning home when my contract is finished here in South Korea. I’ve been debating whether to travel through Europe and Asia, or do a tour around the US. Both of the tours would entail watching baseball as the main part.

Lately, I’m really leaning toward staying in the US. Next April when I head home, it will have been 2 years since I’ve been home and right now I’m missing it a bit. I miss road trips, shopping in US grocery stores, so many foods from home, and my family.

For the past few days, I’ve gone round and round with places to see, estimated costs, and so much more as I read a lot of other blogs who have done similar trips. And I’ve found a few events at home that I’d love to see. The problem of course is cost.

My idea of the trip would include the following:

All 30 MLB Stadiums

At least 1 game at the following levels – little league, high school, college, independent league, Rookie league, A, AA, and AAA.

College World Series

NBC World Series – Baseball ‘Round the Clock

Field of Dreams movie site

Hall of Fame and other museums

As well as other sites like national parks

I’ve tossed out ideas of making videos along the way as I meet some great people or maybe even writing a book about what I see on the open road. There are so many possibilities. One thing for sure is I would blog as I travel.

All in all I think it would take me 4-5 months on the road which is fine with me, but it will cost quite a bit. First of all, I don’t have a car anymore since I have lived overseas for the last 2+ years. But that is easily fixed. The big cost I think would be lodging.

I know I can save some money staying in hostels, coach surfing, and even camping in some areas. But I am still looking at spending 120-150 days on the road. Sure I could cut the trip shorter, but part of the idea behind the trip is to see the country. I want to meet the people, experience the cities, and explore the back roads. I can’t do that if I am only gone 45 days and trying to cram in 30 games.

I’ve got eight months to figure all of this out, but it will be here before I know it. What do you think I should do?

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Three Under the Radar Baseball Events I’d Love to See

I love baseball. There is simply nothing like being at the ballpark watching a game as the sun is setting. I’ve been to my share of games over the years, but there are a few things in the baseball world I would love to see. Here are three baseball events that I’d love to see that might be a little under the radar for many baseball fans.

The Midnight Sun Game

The tradition of the Midnight Sun Game started in 1906 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The games is played through the hour of midnight but artificial lights are never used. During a few day each year, the summer solstice, there is no need. The light will fade midway through the game, but then it will come back as the sun never really sets providing light to play. This is very rare but with Fairbanks being only 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle, it is possible here.

The game will start at 10:30 and end around 1:30-2am.

Baseball ‘Round the Clock

Each year at the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series, Baseball ‘Round the Clock is hosted. It consists of 17 games in 56 hours over the course of a weekend. Contestants must register and once during each game at an unknown time a notification will be sent and they must check-in at a designated place. Prizes are given away to those who finish as well as a coveted t-shirt, but the people do it for more than that. The NBC World Series is the culmination of some of the best amateur and collegiate level baseball in the country.

Minnesota Townball

Townball, where a team represents a local town or city, is dying in the US but it is alive and strong in Minnesota. There are some 30+ leagues with over 300 teams competing in three different levels throughout the state. It is a throwback to the old days around the turn of the century when baseball was played for the love of the game. It still is there in Minnesota.

Is there an event you’d like to see?

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