First Road Trip Planned

Question: What has four days, seven games and seven different ballparks?

Answer: My first baseball road trip of 2012!

Nope, I didn’t make a typo. I’ll be on the road for only four days, but I’ve put a lot of time into planning this trip to include seven games in seven locations. As always, I’ll be blogging along the way and afterward, writing guides to each ballpark for my website, TheBallparkGuide.com.

There should be plenty of highlights on this trip, so let’s get to it and look at my schedule:

Monday, May 21: Akron Aeros at Trenton Thunder 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22: Louisville Bats at Lehigh Valley IronPigs 10:35 a.m.

Tuesday, May 22: Sugar Land Skeeters at York Revolution 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23: Greensboro Grasshoppers at Hagerstown Suns 10:35 a.m.

Wednesday, May 23: Carolina Mudcats at Frederick Keys 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 24: Harrisburg Senators at Altoona Curve 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 25: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Buffalo Bisons 7 p.m.

As you can see, it’s a pretty ambitious schedule, but I’m taking advantage of three matinee games (which are common during the school year) to pack a lot of games into a short timeframe.

Some notes about this road trip:

- I plan to meet Baltimore Orioles prospect Jeremy Nowak when I’m in Frederick. If you’re a reader of this blog, you’ll know that I retrieved Nowak’s first South Atlantic League home run last season when he played for the Delmarva Shorebirds. His girlfriend tracked me down, I sent her the ball and she gave it to him for Christmas. Anyway, I’m super-pumped to meet Jeremy.

- The York Revolution are the first independent team I’ll see since I began traveling for TheBallparkGuide.com. York plays in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which has a ton of former MLBers in its ranks. Because I haven’t fit independent games into my schedule thus far, I haven’t added an indy ball section to my website. But I plan to do so to help out any baseball fans who are interested in seeing what independent baseball has to offer.

- Five of the seven ballparks I’ll visit are new to me. I’ve been to Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium and Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field in the past. This year, I’m returning to Hagerstown (the site of last year’s Bryce Harper autograph adventure) because it works out with my schedule and to Buffalo because Coca-Cola Field has installed a humongous LED video board since I was last there.

- After this trip, I’ll have been to eight of the 12 Eastern League ballparks. I hope to visit at least three of the remaining four later this summer.

I’m counting down the days until I hit the road, but I’ll have a lot more blog content coming between now and then, including a list of fun goals for this trip and more. If you plan to be at one of these games and want to say hi, send me an email, catch me on Twitter or leave a message below.

Finally, thanks to everyone for reading and visiting my website. Please check the site and remember that your visits and ad clicks help me pay for future road trip adventures!

4 Comments

Hi Malcolm,

I enjoy the blog. I’ll actually be at those first two game son your trip and can definitely give you suggestions in Trenton. I may have to pik your brain on suggestions for Toronto as I’m going up there as well.

Hi Stephen,
Cool! Look forward to meeting you and sharing information about Trenton and Toronto. Any tips about Trenton that I should know now? Take a look at my Rogers Centre guide on my website (http://www.theballparkguide.com/majors/toronto-blue-jays/rogers-centre) and please feel free to ask me anything!
Thanks for reading,
Malcolm

Hmm..Parking at Trenton is $3 (although if you beat the attendants, usually 2 hours prior, no one’s there to collect). There’s 2 lots, one’s a parking deck and one is behind the outfield wall. I find the outfield wall a lot easier to get out of. If you buy tickets in advance it’s a $1 cheaper…oh and try the Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Fries. They’re small crinkle cut fries doused in old bay seasoning with cheese dipping sauce.

As for Toronto, parking..best/safest lots. I’m driving there and staying just outsideof the city.

Thanks!

Thanks for all the tips. The fries sound really good! I’m pasting a link to the parking section of my website for Rogers Centre. I go several times a year and find that the lot I mention on Wellington Street West is a great deal. It’s just a short walk away and a fraction of the price of the lots that are closer. As far as safety, the area between the lot and the stadium are well lit and crowded on game days, so it’s very safe feeling. Let me know if you have any other questions! http://www.theballparkguide.com/majors/toronto-blue-jays/rogers-centre-parking

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