Travel Fuels Life Podcast and Show Notes
Taking the Ultimate Baseball Road Trip (Ep. 15)
Back in 2012, my friend Pete Kirby and I took off for the Northeastern United States to see as many baseball games and stadiums as we could see in 7 days. Join us as we recall how we first met watching a baseball game on TV at the radio station we worked at, and then discuss each of the stops we made on our 7 day journey. And, for a bonus, we each talk about our top 5 favorite ballparks in the bonus video available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/drewhannush or below in the show notes.
Here are some of the things we discuss:
- What to do in Lawrenceville, GA
- Where Drew and Pete Kirby met
- Chuck Knoblock, Lonnie Smith and the fake throw
- Bobby Cox and Charlie Leibrandt finish Drew's interest in the Braves
- Larry Andersen gives Mitch Williams a bad name
- 20 years of planning for an east coast baseball trip
- The logistics to consider when planning for multi-team baseball trips
- The two tragedies that occurred at the beginning of the trip
- Pete's two favorite teams and the struggle
- Which is worst? Rooting for a sucky team that wins once or one that almost always wins but never does.
- The Washington Nationals against the friggin' Marlins!
- Our impressions of National's Park and I complain about "red" ballparks
- The historic areas of Washington, DC and the Smithsonian and being free
- Philly, gotta have a cheesesteak. And is it Pat's or Geno's? The danger of botching your order.
- Heading to Philly for photocopies!
- Hall of Famer Roy Halladay (yes he's going in this year) and the 30 yard line at Veteran's Stadium
- Citizens Bank Ballpark and the Philly skyline
- The five boroughs, driving in Brooklyn, and the parking lot of chance
- The new Yankee Stadium, impressions, hot hurling, and the view.
- My first introduction to bizarre behavior, Al Michaels Monday Night Baseball, and cigars at the ballpark
- The Dark Knight Rises in the strangest place.
- Getting familiar with Woburn, the crappy Hilton, and Hotel Impossible
- The Bull and Finch (Cheers) and things to do in Boston
- Williamsburg in Fenway versus behind home plate and stubbornness
- The super secret breakfast room at the Hilton
- Black light at the Queens hotel, where is Anthony Melchiorri?
- Pete miscalculates the length of Manhattan
- Sorry McSorley's, we'll catch you later
- All the cool stuff to see in New York City
- Mets and the Marlins? What brand of hell is this? Impressions of CitiField and spell check.
- The amazing drive down the New Jersey Turnpike to reach Camden Yard for our self-created doubleheader
- Camden's new impression on me and Manny's surprise appearance
- Where to next?
Drew and Pete's top 5 ballparks compared.
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Reasons for ranking:
- Having a Waffle House
- Being able to see the game from anywhere in the stadium
- Having a city view
- Shows respect to the history of other ballparks
- Something memorable happened there
- Best name to fit the state it is in
- A stadium with personal firsts
- Seeing a favorite player there
- Watching Tommy Lasorda get tossed
- People tell you to bring your own beer
- A really cool design that grows on you
- Extremely fun fans
- The skyline feels built into the park
- A great game experience
- Taking an old ballpark and adding to it's character
- Other great attractions in town that add to the experience
- Tailgating before the game
- Nice concourses and open layout
- Iconic elements
- Feeling like you've gone back in time
- Your favorite team plays there
- Attention to detail including making the entire stadium a hall of fame and team history museum
- A historic stadium that hopefully will never go away
- The rabid fans with those crazy accents
- The most historic ballpark hands down