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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This Year's Big Trip

Every year I do one big trip to go to various baseball stadiums (and sometimes soccer). This year the trip had four different possible paths. The first was a possible trip down through Florida which would start at Jacksonville, then go through teams in the Florida State League, and at least one MLB game. That one bit the dust the moment thee Jacksonville Suns changed their name to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. That kind of bad behavior cannot be condoned.

The next trip considered was one which would have have run me through the Northeast picking up the Bisons, Lake Monsters, Paw Sox, and the Revolution (soccer). I liked this one, but the daily drive was going to be substantial and, y'know, it's the Northeast. I might run into Yankees.

The one which was the front runner for the longest time was the Western trip. It involved a trip that started in St. Louis, took in all the teams in Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas, and took a detour through Oklahoma to pick up teams in Oklahoma City and Witchita. I went back and forth on this one for a while. It was the one in which I could fit the most teams, I would have gotten to see a Pecos League team, it had the most teams I was actually interested in seeing, and I would have been able to see the Evansville Otters on the way back. The biggest drawback to this trip was that there was going to be a lot of time spent driving to get to the start and several days with 6+ hour drives. When I realized I'd made an error (or one of the teams changed a start time) this trip got scrambled a little and I couldn't get as many games in as I'd hoped and I was not going to be able to go to an Otters game. Sadly, this one finally dropped off my radar.

In the end, the trip this year will be a Northern one. In Pennsylvania I'll be stopping to watch the Washington Wild Things, the Pirates, and the Erie Sea Wolves. In Ohio I will be attending the Akron Rubber Ducks, the Lake Erie Crushers, the Mahong Valley Scrappers, the Indians, and the Lake County Captains. Finally, on the way back I will pick up the West Virginia Black Bears and the Bluefield Blue Jays.

It should be an interesting trip. Next year the goal will to be to include one of the following three teams: the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Saint Paul Saints, or the Buffalo Bison.

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