Life has been difficult as of late, but the haze is lifting and the insurmountable task of getting my colonial comic books back on course is starting to look surmountable thanks, mainly, to a book extension. I have a lot of work to do over the next two months, after which I will be taking a vacation - a trip that I’ve wanted to do for years. A little background…
I love baseball. I think everyone who reads this blog knows that. Baseball is an integral part of my life. Over the past several months, I often turned to the calming call of a catcher to the electrifying crack of a bat to keep my head straight. I’ve already been to eight games this year and I score every game.
I started scoring games last year, using the programs they hand out before each game. My father taught me how to score games when I was a kid and it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. Mid-season last year my wife bought me a score book. I used it to score the final games of the Nats’ season and all of the playoff games I attended. I used to score opening day this season and the second game of the season, as well. After that game, however, I somehow lost my scorebook.
I was devastated. Truly devastated. My scorebook was a record of the games I attended and what happened at each game. I bought a new scorebook, however. It’s comically large but there’s a section on each page for notes. These notes are meant to be so-and-so had trouble with the off-speed or so-and-so is showing some shoulder discomfort. However, I use the notes section for life notes. What was going on in my life, who I attended the game with, and maybe some funny conversations that were had.
I now like keeping score even more. I’ll often look back at my notes from the day and my scorebook has become a diary, of sorts, of my life measured in baseball games. And, with that thought, I decided to plan the ultimate baseball road trip. An adventure, catalogued in journal-style notes, base hits, and strikeouts. I’ll be taking my scorebook on the road with the following schedule:
Friday, July 26th: Mets @ Nationals
Saturday, July 27th: Mets @ Nationals
Sunday, July 28th: Mets @ Nationals
Monday, July 29th: Cardinals @ Pittsburgh
Tuesday, July 30th: White Sox @ Cleveland
Wednesday, July 31st: Nats @ Detroit
Thursday, August 1st: Dodgers @ Cubs
Friday, August 2nd: Nats @ Brewers
Saturday, August 3rd: Nats @ Brewers
Sunday, August 4th: Nats @ Brewers
Monday, August 5th: Dodgers @ St. Louis
Tuesday, August 6th: Oakland @ Cincinnati
I’m still working out the details. Whether I want to do the games by myself or try and meet up with a friend (or even a stranger) at each game. I’ll probably get the cheapest tickets I can get on StubHub (I routinely find tickets for under $10) and stay at hostels, cheap motels, friend’s houses, and maybe even couch surf a bit. And I’ll be recording the entire trip, with an eye towards compiling it all into a book about life behind the boxscores. The friends I make, the adventures I take, the games I watch, and the conversations I have.
This trip is going to be pretty amazing. I know it already. If you’re in any of those cities and would like to meet up for a game in case I decide to go that route, give me a shout.