Essential Reads: Stealing Home

Very rarely have I been moved enough from another articles to write one of my own. This is one of those times.

As I’ve stated before, I’m a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and part of that is getting group e-mails promoting sites and series. Normally I just read them and then delete them (no offense to any member that reads this). I was completely jealous of the last one I got:

Fellow bloggers and baseball enthusiasts,

Like all of you, I love baseball; probably a lot more than I should.
Earlier this week, I began what I am calling “The Baseball Road Trip
Of A Lifetime.” I’m visiting all 30 MLB stadiums over the next two
months, and am collaborating with national Canadian newspaper The
Globe and Mail on the project.

If you’d like to check it out, and perhaps follow along, you can do so
at GlobeSports.com. And if you’d like to share the link with your
readers, even better; I’d greatly appreciate it.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/stealing-home/

I hope to be in touch with some of you along the journey, via email
and in person, and look forward to it. I’d love to write about the
fans of some of the teams I’ll be watching, and get the BBA some press
at the same time.

Thanks for your time.

Cheers,
Navin

Instantly, I wanted to join this journey. So, I’ve read the first 3 pieces of the series. Hearing about his trip with his Dad to Detroit brought me to tears. My dad passed away almost 7 years ago, and he always took me and my 2 brothers to games because we enjoyed them. It’s the one bond I have with my brother to this day. My dad also wasn’t a huge fan of the game, but would never pass on a chance to take us to Busch Stadium. Later on, trips to the ballpark changed to trips to the golf course, because that was a passion we shared. Even on his deathbed, my dad brought up baseball because he knew that was the one thing that could get my mind off of what was going on. One of the last things we talked about was Dan Haren’s major league debut against the Giants.

(My dad always knew my passion of the game, but he never got to witness what I’ve done here; I know these articles would have made him proud – I was probably the worst writer ever in school and it was the one thing I never wanted to do. While I may not be a great writer still, it’s become a passion of mine.)

Since I’ve gotten this e-mail, I’ve been checking daily to see the next part; Navin is a great writer and really captures his environment (I’ve been to Roger’s Centre and Comerica). I also would love to have the opportunity to take this journey. In my younger days (aka 5-6 years ago), I could have pulled something like this off. Instead, I got married and had 2 wonderful children (as I write this, my 15 month old is watching the Cardinals game with me on TV). I’ve chosen my journey, but part of me is living through Navin’s.

So, for everyone that wants to take that perfect roadtrip to all 30 stadiums, I encourage you to check out Navin’s updates. Hopefully, I can meet up with him in St. Louis, so I can have a little piece of his story.

Again, you can find the stories here

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