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A Trip to Seoul as a Member of the Media


The first two weekends of September will be ones I won’t long forget. I had the opportunity to go to Seoul and watch the 18U World Baseball Championships. Not only did I get to watch, but I was a member of the press. Through my other website, BaseballdeWorld.com, I was able to secure a press credential.

Sadly due to the lack of the ability to take vacation, I was only able to go for the weekend action. That being said, I had an amazing time.

I love writing about baseball, talking baseball, and generally anything baseball related. While at the games I sat in the media room where I was armed with my laptop writing away about the action on the field for my site. It was a great experience and one I’d love to relive. I always wondered what it was like to be a sports journalist, and while I didn’t have the deadlines and stress that I am sure comes with the job, I enjoyed my time.

For a couple of the games, I took to the stands to watch the action with my friend Kihoon who lives in Seoul. That was a lot of fun watching some great games and getting to talk a little baseball.

However, the best part of the whole deal was getting to see the USA win a gold medal in baseball. I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of great sporting events, including the world championships in track and field where I saw multiple American gold medals and some world records broken. But the biggest thrill for me personally was watching the USA win a gold medal in my favorite sport.

I enjoyed being a part of the media for a few days, even if a lot of people might look down on bloggers. I enjoyed writing about the games and wish I could do more of it. Being at the game and getting a feeling for the action and writing about it is so much better than watching it on TV or reading box scores to write about a games. If I got paid for it, I think I would be in heaven.

I don’t know where I’ll be next year, but no matter where I’ll be I’ll be writing about baseball even if its only for my site.

I love this game!

You can see a short video I made of the championship game as the US won the gold medal on my YouTube page.

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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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Way Back Wednesday – Pensacola Pelicans


Another segment I hope to bring you on a weekly basis is Way Back Wednesday.  This will be a look at old games, players, stadiums visited, long HRs, or anything else I desire really.

Today I want to take a look back at my 32nd Birthday.  My niece and nephew were in town, so the three of us and my Dad went to the local minor league baseball game.

Nicholas and Katrina getting Pelican's Mascot Scoop's autograph

The Pensacola Pelicans play in the independent American Association.  The Pelicans play at Pelican Park, which is also home to the University of West Florida Argonauts.  It’s a nice park on the campus of UWF, and the baseball is definitely worth watching.

Pelican Park

The game the day before got suspended due to rain, so we got there in time to see the end of  game 1.  The Pelicans finished off the Shreveport Sports 8-1 in game 1, and went onto win game 2 4-1 for a three game sweep.

The baseball action was good and exciting, and being there with my niece and nephew was a blast.  Everything under the sun was eaten from hot dogs, to nachos, to cotton candy.  It was a junk food free for all. During the game we won one of the between inning giveaways.  We won because Katrina’s ticket number matched the winning number.  The prize was supposed to be a free car wash from a local business, but they didn’t have that when my Dad went to pick up the prize.  Instead they gave him a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant which turned out to be even better.

Game Action

Part of the greatness of minor league baseball, especially independent ball, is the access to the players.  After the game the players line up to sign autographs for anyone who wants one and they do it with a smile on their face.  So after the game, we watched as Nicholas and Katrina both lined up to get a few autographs on the football the team gave away prior to the game.

Overall it was a great time.  I enjoyed being with everyone at the game, and let’s face it, I had fun because I was at a baseball game.  I love going to Pelican games.  The atmosphere is always great, and the action on the field is second to none.  So if you are even in town, drop by and check out a game.  You won’t be sorry.

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There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit. ~Al Gallagher, 1971

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