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Thursday, April 23, 2009
30 Ballparks in 30 DaysEither THT or NBC needs to let me do something like this pretty soon:
Travis Greene swears there was no beer involved when he came up with this idea of driving 15,000 miles to see 30 ballparks in 30 days. Sitting yesterday afternoon in the upper deck of PNC Park with Pedro Cunillera and Joey Seagraves, fellow Philadelphians and partners in this epic journey, they looked as relaxed as any fans blowing off the workday . . .
. . . They're making a movie, "30 Ballparks in 30 Days," and have a Web site of the same name . . . Some 1,400 miles in, they've done less than a tenth of the driving and the longest runs are yet to come. A map tracing their trip would look like an Etch-a-Sketch gone awry. From here, it's: Cleveland; Toronto; Cincinnati; Chicago (White Sox); St. Louis; Kansas City; Arlington, Texas; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Chicago (Cubs); Detroit; Atlanta; St. Petersburg; Miami; Houston; Los Angeles; Anaheim; Phoenix; Denver; San Francisco; Oakland; Seattle; and, finally, San Diego on May 17.
I'll be Burt Reynolds. If it's THT providing the funding for the phony ambulance and Ferrari we'll need to make it happen, Studeman can be Dean Martin, Carty can be Sammy Davis, Jr. and Treder can be Captain Chaos. If it's NBC, substitute Pouliot, Harkins, and Gleeman. If you're too young to know what I'm talking about, further information can be found here.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 9:25am
Beat them to the punch…...have a page with user submitted video files/write-ups of each ballpark. These guys don’t know anything about each individual ballpark, gotta go to the native fans for that. The only thing that makes their ‘journey’ interesting is the travelogue format.
Posted 04/23 at 09:47 AM
Please don’t let me believe the comments in the final paragraph should infer that you think Cannonball Run is a better movie the Gumball Rally. Craig, don’t be that guy.
Posted 04/23 at 10:08 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Mark—what can I say? I was raised on the Cannonball Run. It’s in my lame-movie DNA. For as awful as it is to admit it, that movie served as my introduction to Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Fonda’s Easy Rider character (sorta). It’s even possible that the first unpure thought to which I ever devoted a strong mental image involved Adrian Barbeau and her purple-clad friend in the Lambroghini. About that I’ll say no more.
I know how bad it is, and I cringe if I see it on TV anymore, but it will always have a warm place in my heart.
Posted 04/23 at 10:16 AM
Ahhhhh…..will you be doing this for the blue network or red network and make sure to get a rider for cameos on Today with Al Roker or sublet some of this to Food Network.
Posted 04/23 at 10:48 AM
Pat Hajovsky said...
OK, the way I see it, this effort dies on either the Arlington-Minneapolis, Detroit-Atlanta, Houston-LA or Seattle-SD mega-jumps. (And if it’s the last one, it would be truly tragic.)
Dudes are 25. I don’t know about you guys, but when I was 25, my car barely made it around the block. Even worse, they’re renting a van. 3 guys, baseball and a van. They’ll be in nirvana before San Diego.
Posted 04/23 at 01:34 PM
I’ve always wanted to do that kind of roadtrip, but the logistics are godawful.
Posted 04/23 at 02:08 PM
Someone does something like this every year - usually the goal is some sort of sponsorship or book deal, but it would be great investigative reporting (hint hint) to see how many of these guys actually achieve their financial goals.
Posted 04/26 at 11:55 PM