My Ballpark Summer: Hot and Humid

my ballpark summer

My book, My Ballpark Summer: What Taking Myself Out to the Ballgame is available as an eBook and a paperback on Amazon, so please check it out or share it with friends… especially if they’re baseball fans!

I’ll coordinate excerpts of the book with trips I took last year to give you a little sample of what you’ll read should you purchase the book! This post is a little late, but at the end of August last year I was visiting the great state of Texas. What a great state for baseball, but man was it hot!! Thank goodness Minute Maid Park has a roof, so I was able to keep cool once I was inside, but Rangers Ballpark in Arlington doesn’t have that luxury. Regardless of the heat, I saw some fantastic baseball (well maybe just in Arlington) and had fun making new friends!

Here’s an excerpt from that chapter:

As I continued to connect with other bloggers and delve further into the MLB blogging community, I noticed that every month MLB.com’s own blog would do a post highlighting the top 50 pro, fan, and beat writer blogs. Not only did this list give me plenty of reading material, it also gave me a goal: I needed to crack that list! The author of the MLB blog invited other bloggers to leave their web addresses with their comments. So I wrote about being new to the site and my hopes to make the list in the coming months. You can imagine my surprise when later that week my blog was featured on the MLB blog front page along with a brief excerpt about my travels and a link to my page. I was ecstatic! My blog saw a huge spike in traffic and I started to connect with even more bloggers in the community.  That someone at MLB.com thought my blog was worth reading also gave me a sense of legitimacy. Of course I shared my excitement through my social media and there was an outpouring of support from my family, friends, and my co-workers. All my hard work was starting to pay off and knew without a shadow of a doubt I had chosen the right path by taking on this summer endeavor. Now I just had to finish out strong!

In my final week off before the return of The Buckeye Show, I headed down to the Lone Star state to knock out both Texas ballparks. I was surprised that both teams were home at the same time since I’ve noticed while scheduling trips that most instate teams play opposite schedules (ex: Cleveland is home when Cincinnati is on the road). To save money I flew round trip to and from Dallas then rented a car for a couple days to get to Houston. When I was booking my flight through Southwest, they had messed up my booking and charged me for four tickets on the same flight. This was the third time my account became overdrawn and I was none too pleased about it. I sent an email to their customer support asking them to cancel three of the tickets by the end of the day and a refund me so I wouldn’t be charged overdraft fees. They quickly got the situation straightened out and as an apology they sent me a flight voucher. I was impressed by their taking the time to not only fix the problem, but also make it up to me. I was thankful too knowing I still had three flights to make to finish out my MLB Park tour.

The drive down to Houston is a straight shot down I-45 and is easily done in just under four hours. I stopped at my hotel by Reliant Stadium, home to the Houston Texans, to freshen up before heading over to Minute Maid Park. Traffic was uber congested even though it was the tail end of rush hour; in fact it was bad all three times I drove in Houston. I thought Columbus had traffic problems, but this was something all together different. With all of my travel, I had begun to fall in love with Columbus all over again and driving in Houston was yet another reminder of what my city has to offer. To be frank, Columbus and I had gone through a rough patch when I had just wanted to move away, but after visiting all these other cities I had to come to re-appreciate my home. I finally made it to the ballpark and parked across the street for only $5. One of the underrated pleasures of a terrible baseball team: cheap parking.

To continue reading, please click the link to purchase My Ballpark Summer. Thanks!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this trip:

The Home Run Pump and that porch extends over into the field of play, giving a unique view!

The Home Run Pump and that porch extends over into the field of play, giving a unique view!

Wonder what it's like playing center field here....

Wonder what it’s like playing center field here….

View from the top... not bad, but since it was so empty, felt hollow!

View from the top… not bad, but since it was so empty, felt hollow!

The outside of this ballpark was a fortress!

The outside of this ballpark was a fortress!

Loved the Yankee Stadium inspiration with a Texas twist!

Loved the Yankee Stadium inspiration with a Texas twist!

Loved the light up baseballs along the roof and the view of Jerryville over yonder!

Loved the light up baseballs along the roof and the view of Jerryville over yonder!

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