Since I moved to the United States, my ability to take extended road trips has been significantly curtailed. In Japan, I could take a couple of weeks off and fly to North America, seeing a game a day for that time before returning. That's how this blog got its name, from my long trips watching a variety of sports in different cities. Now that I am here and working, I have but a few weekends in which I can get away, and even then, only two or three events to attend. After returning to work on Monday, I don't have time to update the blog, and the quality of the posts, already rather mediocre, has worsened.
Finally, after a year of toil, I get a few days off during August, and I'm going to use that time wisely to visit some ballparks and close out a few minor leagues. First, I'm taking care of the six remaining parks in the New York-Penn League, then I'm off to Virginia to visit Salem, one of the last two remaining Carolina League venues. I'll also visit a number of South Atlantic League stadiums, including Savannah, whose franchise is moving next season to Columbia, before a brief return to New York for that old work thing. The following weekend I'll return south to see Charlotte and Gwinnett and thus check off the International League before heading to Zebulon, where the Carolina Mudcats play. That will finish up the Carolina League and leave me in good stead to complete all the minor league parks in 2016.
Here is the schedule in its entirety:
Fri, Jul 31 Vermont Lake Monsters at Williamsport Crosscutters 7:05 (NYPL) Sat, Aug 1 Lowell Spinners at State College Spikes 7:05 (NYPL) Sun, Aug 2 Pawtucket Red Sox at Buffalo Bisons 1:05 (IL) Mon, Aug 3 Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 Mon, Aug 3 Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7:00 Tue, Aug 4 Auburn Doubledays at West Virginia Black Bears 7:05 (NYPL) Wed, Aug 5 Charleston RiverDogs at Hagerstown Suns 1:05 (SAL) Wed, Aug 5 Connecticut Tigers at Aberdeen IronBirds 7:05 (NYPL) Sat, Aug 8 Connecticut Tigers at Lowell Spinners 5:05 (NYPL) Sun, Aug 9 Auburn Doubledays at Connecticut Tigers 4:05 (NYPL) Tue, Aug 11 Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Salem Red Sox 7:05 (Carolina) Wed, Aug 12 Kannapolis Intimidators at Hickory Crawdads 7:00 (SAL) Thu, Aug 13 Lexington Legends at Charleston RiverDogs 7:05 (SAL) Fri, Aug 14 Greensboro Grasshoppers at Savannah Sand Gnats 7:05 (SAL) Sat, Aug 15 Charleston RiverDogs at Greenville Drive 7:05 (SAL) Sun, Aug 16 Augusta GreenJackets at Asheville Tourists 2:05 (SAL) Sat, Aug 22 Indianapolis Indians at Charlotte Knights 12:05 (IL) Sat, Aug 22 Louisville Bats at Gwinnett Braves 7:05 (IL) Sun, Aug 23 Asheville Tourists at Rome Braves 2:00 (SAL) Mon, Aug 24 Wilmington Blue Rocks at Carolina Mudcats 7:00 (Carolina) Tue, Aug 25 Delmarva Shorebirds at Kannapolis Intimidators 7:05 (SAL)
Should be a blast, if you are in any of the neighbourhoods, drop me a line and let's enjoy a game together.