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Take a boomer baseball tour

2012/04/03by Donna Hull

Have you dreamed of a boomer baseball tour? Are you checking all the professional stadiums off your boomer travel list as you attend a game? In today’s guest post, Greg Goodman, Adventures of a Good Man, tells us how.


Does your boomer baseball tour include Busch Stadium

Spend a few minutes talking to any serious fan and they will tell you of their dream to visit every single professional stadium of their favorite sport. For me that sport is baseball and my stadium count is at 21 and counting. How did I see them all? Lots and lots of driving—and a few flights.

The first step is to exhaust every single stadium within a few hundred mile radius of your home. Growing up inNew York City meant that Boston, Philly, Baltimore and DC were close enough that I could drive to a game and still sleep in my bed that same night, although a 7:05pm start ensured a late bedtime.

If that’s not for you, getting a hotel nearby to a stadium is usually pretty easy. That way, you can get in early, explore the city a bit, walk to the game, have a good night’s sleep, see a few more sights and still return home at a reasonable hour.

Plan a Boomer Baseball Tour

But what happens when you have exhausted all of the easy-to-reach stadiums? Well, then it’s time to get on a flight and rent a car. It’s also a fantastic excuse to plan a reunion with an old friend.


Greg and Micheil at the game

Micheil and I grew up on a small island in the middle of New York City , though he now lives in Cleveland and I live in San Francisco. So what better way for two good childhood friends to reunite than for a 5 day, 5 stadium, 1,300 mile road trip starting in St Louis?

I’ll be honest, we did very little planning before our trip. We booked our flights, chose our stadiums and figured out our game times. After that, we relied on smartphones for everything: directions, hotels, tickets, sights to see along the way—everything. (Boomers this is where it gets techie).

For tickets, we used Stubhub, and always waited until the night before to get tickets for nearly nothing. Out of the five games, our average ticket price was $30 and our average seat was no more than 5 rows off the field. Printing the tickets required a quick trip to our hotel lobby or Kinkos, but most stadiums will let you scan the barcode on your smartphone to get in.

The whole process seemed extremely daunting at first. Micheil and I made a lot of jokes about how our trip never could have happened the way it did a mere five years ago. I’m not suggesting that this sort of anti-planning is for everyone, but it really did inspire an extra feeling of adventure along the way as it went off without a hitch.

5 Stadiums—5 Days–1,300 Miles

Our adventure began with Micheil and I meeting at the St. Louis airport in the afternoon, renting a car and heading right to downtown for Busch Stadium. The night game–a battle between the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals and my beloved New York Metended at 11:30pm, at which point we hopped back into my car and began the 350-mile drive to Cincinnati.


Comerica Park

This drive was the most brutal of the trip, as the game started at 12:35pm the next day and was the last Reds home game of the season, so missing it was not an option. We joked about just driving through the night, finding a parking lot outside the stadium and sleeping in the car for a few hours, but we wound up finding a random hotel an hour outside the city and finally went to bed at 4 a.m.

From Cincinnati, we drove to Cleveland where Micheil lives and finally got some rest. The next day we explored Cleveland before catching an Indians game in the city and getting another good night’s sleep.

From there, we then drove to Pittsburgh, and back in a day to catch, a Pirates game at PNC Park. One short night’s sleep later, we were off again, this time to Detroit and back to catch a Tigers game before getting some shut-eye in Cleveland.

Finally, on the sixth day, I took our rental car back to the Cleveland airport and hopped onto a flight home.

And that, my friends, was an epic baseball road trip!

Greg Goodman is an avid baseball fan and traveler. When he’s not rooting on his hometown New York Mets, he chronicles his journeys across the world through digital photographic art, storytelling and multimedia presentations at Adventures of a GoodMan, which is his answer to the age-old question: I traveled…now what.

All photos courtesy Greg Goodman.

Do you have a professional baseball stadium tour to tell? Be sure to post it in the comments. Alan and I don’t recommend such an agressive schedule for a boomer baseball tour; but, hey, it’s your life. If you’d like to burn the candle at both ends—be our guest.

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April 3, 2012 at 2:17 am

That’s great. Baseball is a game where you love it or hate it. I happen to love it. And this is the perfect road trip for old friends to reconnect and enjoy America’s past time.
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April 3, 2012 at 2:41 am

Taking in a baseball game while traveling is something we always enjoy doing. We’ve been to three of the five ball parks you mentioned here (Detroit, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh).
We’ve been to a number of minor league games as well. I remember the Red Brids’ ball park right in downtown Memphis to see the as being particularly nice (BBQ nachos at the game, and blues music pre-game!), and we always enjoy seeing the Traverse City Beach Bums in northern Michigan.
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April 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

A fun article-the whirlwind trip sounds like a great time! My husband and I are up to 23 stadiums (not including minor league and spring training) which we have seen over about 12 years. It’s been enjoyable to see the stadiums and games, but it’s also a nice way to see the country and has caused us to go to cities we might have otherwise overlooked (and discovered some great places). We’ve done everything from catching a game in the midst of other trip plans to planning a journey where we could hit 2-3 stadiums to one formal sports tour (which included the HOF/Cal Ripken’s induction).

The funny thing has been how often I get asked “You really like to do that?” as if women can’t be baseball fans:-). But even for women or men who aren’t mega fans, I think you’d get a lot out of basing some travel around the stadiums…America’s past time, often a chance for spending a beautiful day outdoors, fun crowds (sometimes) and then get to know the area…

7 more to go for us (not counting those that have been rebuilt since). Favorites? Tough…Fenway’s a classic (great baseball city and city in general), SF has one of the best settings (good stadium food too), and Denver was pretty awesome (though the fans were more into the fireworks after)…I could go on…

It’s also fun to discover all the unique qualities of a ballpark, whether it be a historical display, a party deck or cool architectural feature, or unique stadium food…
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April 4, 2012 at 5:56 am

This is just the kind of thing the three men in my life would adore
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Mark H April 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I love these obsession style trips of seeing everything of a certain kind. I love wildlife and some collect animal/bird sightings. One popular one is for folks to try to see all 17 species of penguins in real life, which involves a fair bit of travel. The Big Five in Africa is another example.
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April 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Thanks so much for posting this Donna! I hope I make it back to the USA from India this season to make it to some more. I know Micheil is always up for the trip :)

Lets Go Mets!!!


Julian April 5, 2012 at 3:03 am

Being from the UK I have done a similar thing travelling round all the football stadiums here (big football/soccer fan), however I am beginning to develop an interest in American football…this could be an interesting idea to plan a US trip around…thanks :)


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