As I mentioned yesterday on Twitter, I’ve booked trips to see games in Cleveland, Minnesota, and Atlanta. But as I didn’t mention on Twitter, here are the dates:
May 1st — Cleveland (7:05pm; Indians vs. Twins)
May 2nd — Cleveland (1:05pm; Indians vs. Twins)
May 3rd — Cleveland (7:05pm; Indians vs. Blue Jays)
May 4th — Minnesota (7:10pm; Twins vs. Tigers)
May 5th — Minnesota (12:10pm; Twins vs. Tigers)
May 6th — Minnesota (7:10pm; Twins vs. Orioles)
May 17th — Atlanta (7:10pm; Braves vs. Mets)
May 18th — Atlanta (7:10pm; Braves vs. Mets)
May 19th — Atlanta (7:10pm; Braves vs. Reds)
The last time I was at Progressive Field, it was called Jacobs Field. We’re talkin’ 1998. Look at this photo of me there (in my Guilford College “Class of 2000” T-shirt). That’s still the only time I’ve ever been to that stadium. One game. Twelve years ago. I barely remember anything. Gotta do something about that. And since I’ll be seeing two games there against the Twins, I’ll have some extra chances to snag a commemorative Target Field ball. I’d love to get one in Cleveland so I don’t have to worry about it in Minnesota. Unfortunately, May 1st is a Saturday, so I’ll have to deal with a bigger weekend crowd, but the Monday game on May 3rd should be nice-n-empty.
I’m most looking forward to Target Field, which will be my 47th major league stadium. Based on what I’ve seen of it so far, it looks like an annoying-but-interesting place to snag baseballs.
(I’m hoping to get a ball from Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya, who, alphabetically speaking, would become the last name on my list. “David Aardsma to Joel Zumaya” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?) Now, it just so happens that Pitch In For Baseball has a big media connection in Minnesota, so I might get interviewed about my fundraising efforts while I’m there. That connection, by the way, is Roy Smalley, a former major league All-Star, who does pre- and post-game commentary for FSN (the Twins’ FOX affiliate) and recently became the president of the charity. But wait, it gets better! My girlfriend will be flying out from NYC and meeting me on May 4th.
Speaking of girlfriends, the thing I’m most looking forward to in Atlanta is meeting up with my very first girlfriend ever. Her name is Amy. She lives there now. Here we are in 1995. I haven’t seen her since 1996, and after that, there was a 10-year span when we fell completely out of touch. (It’s kinda funny how we did get back in touch: she randomly stumbled upon this article about me and then tracked me down on Friendster.) Relationship reminiscing aside, I’m really looking forward to checking out Turner Field. The last time I was there? The year 2000, and here’s my photographic proof.
I’m planning to have a “Top Ten Stadiums for Snagging” list in my new book. Target Field probably won’t make the cut, but Progressive Field and Turner Field probably will. Therefore, in all seriousness, the research element will be a big part of these trips.