When the 2017 MLB scheduled was released the first game I circled on my calendar was the May 27th match-up between the Mets and Pirates at PNC Park. It was an opportunity to see my favorite team in my favorite park while bringing my family along for the ride. To date I’ve attended Mets road games in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Milwaukee, Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Houston with success. There is nothing like walking out of “enemy” territory with a road win. Despite the Mets early struggles in the 2017 I was hopeful for a good showing in the Burgh but the Pirates had other ideas. [Read more…]
Lubec, Maine is the easternmost town in the contiguous United States and is the closest continental location to Africa in the United States. It is also home to Effectively Wild listener and Tony Kornheiser Little Isaac Watson Stephenson. (La Cheesiere!) The closest MLB ballpark to Lubec is Fenway Park, a mere 350 miles away. This fact does not stop Isaac from following his Detroit Tigers. [Read more…]
I’ve known Rob Giancola since Our Savior Lutheran Pre-School back in the mid-80s. We became good friends during our high school years at Xaverian where every morning we broke down sports with our classmates in the cafeteria over powdered egg sandwiches and bagels. (It was an all-boys Catholic school at the time). We also bonded over the NBC Police Drama “Homicide: Life on the Streets” which featured Yaphet Kotto as Baltimore Homicide Lieutenant and all around good guy Al Giardello whose squad affectionately called him Gee. At Xaverian we took a similar approach calling our friends by their last names which is how Rob Giancola to this day is Gee to me. Gee’s friendship has meant a lot since those days and even though he’s a Yankees fan we make it out to the ballpark every year where we break down the action like we did twenty years ago. [Read more…]
My name is Rachel Greenhouse and I met my husband Cole Greenhouse online. We began talking and connected over our love of sports. Cole’s been a baseball fan for much of his life, while my fandom started in high school. I am a huge Red Sox fan, while Cole is a die-hard Cardinals fan. What a great rivalry! [Read more…]
I met Aaron Kessler last season in the Effectively Wild Facebook group. He was planning a ballpark road trip and I helped him with his itinerary in Cincinnati and New York. The timing couldn’t have been better as Aaron’s Cubs were on their way to ending their 108-year World Series drought. I enjoyed following his travels along the way. Hopefully my Mets can get their act together next season and challenge the Cubs for the National League Pennant. [Read more…]
I met Paul Rodriguez in the Ballpark Stampeders group on Facebook. Paul is a dedicated Milwaukee Brewers season ticket holder and all around nice guy. He plans on attending games in all 30 ballparks and has 11 left. Hopefully our paths will cross one day at a ballpark and we can compare notes. In the meantime Paul went Nine Innings with the Nerd.