I’m excited for this trip! I can’t wait to get out of Afghanistan so I can properly plan it. My girlfriend, Melissa, is Canadian and has only been to minor league baseball games before. It’s going to be a great little adventure for the two of us. It will be a great way for her to truly understand my love for baseball. Maybe I can even get her to love baseball as much as she loves hockey. It’s a long shot but, just maybe. Being over here gives me a ton of time to spend money on amazon.com.
I figured I needed to read the books of the people who have made a similar baseball journey before me. I am currently reading The Fastest 30 Ballgames: A Ballpark Chasers World Record Story by Douglas “Chuck” Booth, Craig B. Landgren, & Kenneth A. Lee. It’s taking me a while to read it because I work in a secure facility and can’t bring in electronics and have it on my Kindle. I also purchased Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Top Baseball Parks by Robert Wood, and Around the Majors in 60 Days: My Baseball Dream by Ray Bergman, Judith Hettler. I’m sure that these books will give me the added insight to make the most of my trip. I had those two books sent to my parents’ house back in Michigan because I am ready to go home!!
I also got a bunch of baseball movies. I was going to have them sent here but I forgot to make that distinction on Amazon.com and they sent them to my parents’ house. I got movies that are informational and movies that are going to be fun to watch with Melissa and hopefully get her excited about the trip. I got the documentaries Chicago Cubs: The Heart & Soul of Chicago, Fall Classic at Fenway Park, Essential Games of the Detroit Tigers, Modern Marvels - Baseball Parks, MLB Vintage World Series Films - Detroit Tigers 1945, 1968 & 1984, 2008 Philadelphia Phillies: The Official World Series Film. I also purchased the movies: Major League (Wild Thing Edition), For Love of the Game, Sugar, and of course the classic Field of Dreams.
That doesn’t conclude everything just yet. I bought a 50”x32” US wall map. I’m going to get a giant cork board or an easel to put it on. I purchased 100 Map Pins to stick in it. Obviously every park gets a pin but I’m going to find other destinations that deserve a pin as well and try to make it there.
I’m so excited for this trip. It’s so far away and there’s so much planning that needs to be done. I can’t wait to be able to enjoy these books and movies that will make my road trip experience that much more enjoyable!