1st Inning – When did you become a baseball fan?
I’ve loved sports my entire life. I grew up listening to the Cardinals baseball games with my dad on the radio. But I think I really started getting into baseball after he passed away when I was 12 because it was the link for me to the memories of good times with my dad.
Retired (3): Busch Stadium II, Comiskey Park, Fulton County Stadium
Absolutely and we’ve made the journey a little more difficult because we want to see the Cards play in each of those stadiums. I made the decision to start the journey for 30 once I found the MLB Ballpark Pass-Port book last year. I have three friends that I get a 3-game pack of Cards tickets with every year so we can get tickets for Opening Day and luckily I was able to convince one of them to do the journey for 30 with me. We’ve only gotten stamps from 7 stadiums so far … it will be a long journey for us because we only get to visit 2-3 new parks a year. But we’ve turned the trips into some really fun vacations … between her love of history (we got the National Parks Passports too), my love of quirky road stops and our combined love of baseball, we have had three amazing trips so far. If you love road trips, I highly recommend the app “Roadtrippers”. “Splitwise” is another great app to make it really easy to split expenses with friend(s).
2017 = 6 games at Busch, plus one game and stadium tour each at Camden Yards, Citizens Bank Park and Kauffman Stadium. We took two road trips this year. The first to Baltimore and Philly – in addition to the games and studio tours, we did lots of sightseeing in Baltimore and Philly plus we also did a QVC studio tour, the Flight 93 Memorial, Kentuck Knob (a Frank Lloyd Wright house), the First Ladies’ Historic Site, the McKinley Museum and Library, the Smucker Store & Cafe and Casey, IL (Home of Big Things in a Small Town). Our second trip was across Missouri but on our way to Kansas City, we stopped in Marceline, Missouri, home of Walt and Roy Disney. And when in Kansas City, you must do a compare and contrast taste test of all the BBQ … we enjoyed Jack Stacks, Q39 and Oklahoma Joe’s.