For some, nothing says “summer” like taking in a baseball game. For others, there’s attending the local games – and then making a road trip in your trusty RV to see even more. It’s common for diehard baseball fans to take a trip to a nearby state (or two) to see their favorite team in action multiple times. For the truly devoted — although it may sound like a pipe dream — it is actually possible to hit all 30 ballparks in 30 days; if you don’t mind long drives and only a few hours of sleep. For baseball fanatics who only want to see a couple clusters of games outside their home city, there are road-trip options for that as well.
Here are two road-trip plans that can help you get the most baseball out of your summer:
Swinging For the Fences
If you’ve got the time, the money, and the determination to tackle 30 days of baseball in a row, then you’re in luck – it’s been done before, and its creators want to share their method. In summer 2013, Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster traveled across the United States for an entire month, successfully attending one baseball game per day (complete without missing the first pitch and not ducking out early). They’ve since put together a handy algorithm that allows you to generate your own 30-day road trip route to see the baseball team of your choice.
However, Blatt warns against being too cavalier about this ultimate baseball road trip:
“It was not easy to build a road trip along these parameters. Some stadiums, like Coors Field in Denver and Safeco Field in Seattle, are at best a 12-plus-hour drive from the next or previous major league city. If you throw in the complication of Mondays and Thursdays being off days for most teams, the options are so limited that the ‘optimal’ trip is far from optimal as any sane person would define it. And then there was the problem of extra innings, a threat that loomed over every game, threatening to louse up our often down-to-the-hour plan.”
And louse it up they did, leading to a few frantic drives for Blatt and Brewster. So if you’re aiming to do multiple games across multiple days, you’re going to have to keep in mind variables for delays such as traffic, weather, and extra innings.
Hitting a Line Drive
If you’re intimidated by the idea of bingeing on baseball for 30 days straight – or if you have a more fixed budget for money or vacation time – then Ballparks of Baseball has got you covered with some smaller, more casual road trips that are still centered on baseball games across multiple states.
For example, “The I-95er” is a trip that visits six of the largest ballparks in the North East. Start in Washington and finish in Boston, with visits to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Queens and the Bronx in between.
If you only have a couple of days and you want to fill both with baseball, your best bet is to stay within the same state. Ballparks of Baseball has a few of those mapped out as well, including the “Bay Area Showdown” (a California weekend featuring games in Oakland and San Francisco) and “New York State Of Mind” (an August weekend in New York City with games at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field). There’s even an extended weekend trip up the Pacific Coast Highway, which lets you hit up Diamondbacks versus Padres, Yankees versus Angels, and Giants versus Dodgers – all while allowing for “plenty of time to explore Hollywood and Los Angeles before or after each game.”
Any of these would be the perfect option if you’re crunched for time, or if you’d rather take it a bit more casually and do some sightseeing as well as soaking up the ballpark atmosphere.
Out to the Ball Game
Mileage may vary when it comes to baseball fanatics and their road trips to see favorite teams. The fun thing is that whether you want to attempt 30 days of baseball or just make a weekend out of it, there are plenty of routes you can take in order to see some games and some sights along the way. It all depends on timing, determination, and of course, how many peanuts and how much Cracker Jack you can eat.
Have you ever done a road trip for baseball (or any other sport)? Tell us about it in the comments.