It turns out that sometimes there IS crying in baseball. In November, we received word that retired major league pitcher Roy Halladay had died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay left a tremendous impression on Blue Jay fans across Canada, as well as fans of the Philadelphia Phillies, where he pitched both a perfect game and playoff no hitter in 2010. My wife Catherine and I watched the Halladay tribute hosted by the Phillies during Spring Training. Halladay’s friends, family and colleagues attended the tribute and recounted their experiences with Roy throughout the years. It was tough for me to watch. As a tear streamed down my cheek, I looked over at Catherine and said “We need to make sure we’re in Toronto for Opening Day”. [Read more…]
I met Scott Bultman in the Ballpark Stampeders Facebook group. Scott is not only a Ballpark Nerd, but has also visited every NHL, NBA and NFL venue in North America. Achieving Club 123, the number of professional franchises in the four major professional sports leagues, is a commitment few have made. Thanks Scott for sharing your love of sports and going Nine with the Nerd! [Read more…]
My dad was born in Brooklyn in May of 1936. He was the third of four boys born to Antonio and Theresa Lorenzo. They lived in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, an Italian neighborhood at the time. Brooklyn has always been a melting pot with immigrants from all over the globe settling in to start their new lives in America. With all the nationalities bringing their own traditions and customs to the borough the one uniting factor at the time was the Brooklyn Dodgers. Following America’s Pastime helped many acclimate to their new home. My dad and his family were no different. [Read more…]
I met Jeff Fiesta before the 2017 MLB season when he announced in the Ballpark Stampeders Facebook group that he would be traveling to all 30 MLB ballparks throughout the upcoming season. Jeff had planned several trips throughout the year and was in search of tips to get the most out of each ballpark experience. Jeff also reached out to all 30 MLB teams to share his goal and received some very positive feedback. Jeff’s travels were tracked on Twitter @30MLBParks2017 and Instagram @PinoyMeetsWorld. Thanks Jeff for sharing your amazing year on Ballpark Nerd!
By day Craig Rose is a husband, father and engineer. By night he is a Loyal Tony Kornheiser Little, Clarkson hockey booster and Ballpark Chaser. Craig is making his way through all 30 MLB ballparks with assistance from the MLB Ballpark Pass-Port and is sharing the game with his wife and son. Last season Craig pulled off the Chicago Red Line Doubleheader with a trip to Guaranteed Rate Field in the afternoon followed by a trip to the North Side to watch the Cubs in Wrigley. Thanks Craig for sharing your ballpark experiences on Ballpark Nerd! I look forward to following you throughout your future ballpark trips. La Cheesiere! [Read more…]