I met Phil Chmielewski in through the Ballpark Stampeders Facebook group. Phil’s fandom dates back to the early 1970’s and is now working his way through the 30 MLB ballparks. Phil also enjoys visiting Spring Training and Minor League sites; he’s a true baseball fan. Thanks Phil for sharing your ballpark experiences on Ballpark Nerd! [Read more…]
Heading into the 2017 season the New York Mets were looking for their third consecutive playoff appearance. Their season peaked early, April 13th in fact, at 4 games above .500. The season unraveled from there as injuries piled up to both their lineup and starting rotation. The Mets ended April six and a half games behind the Washington Nationals after allowing 23 runs to their Eastern division rival on April 30th. They ended the 2017 season with a 70-92 record however despite the disappointing season there is no place I would rather be during the baseball season than Citi Field. [Read more…]
I met Billy Hinton through the Ballpark Stampeders Facebook group. Last season he visited 17 ballparks on his quest for 30 and has many great stories to share. After going Nine with the Nerd check out Billy’s blog The Tenth Inning for his reviews and more on his ballpark adventures.Thanks Billy for sharing your story on Ballpark Nerd! [Read more…]
I met Erica Reniff through the BallPark Stampeders Facebook group. When she is not keeping track of East Coast stamps Erica is working through her quest to visit all 30 ballparks as well as the many minor league parks within driving distance of Central New York. Erica shares her fandom in this edition of Nine with the Nerd.
1st Inning – When did you become a baseball fan?
I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. My grandparents would often take care of me when I was a child, and my grandmother was (and still is) a huge Yankees fan. She passed down a lot of her memorabilia, cards, and whatnot. I definitely learned a love of the game from her. [Read more…]
You never know when you’re going to meet “the one”. For me, I met my wife Catherine in one of my favourite places, at SkyDome (errr Rogers Centre) in Toronto. My brother and I flew down to Toronto from Edmonton Alberta, which is a cool 3,400 kilometres (2,112 miles) away, for Opening Day 2012. We were excited to see the Jays take on the Boston Red Sox, and decided to stay in the Renaissance Hotel which overlooks the field. We felt like ballers!. [Read more…]