Baseball Parks

Baseball listI travel a LOT for my business.  In the beginning, I used to get excited for the trips, and then eventually I got hit with the negatives of traveling which includes airline delays, bad weather, and long hours.  So I created some goals and activities that help ground me and keep the trips exciting.  One of my goals is to visit all of the baseball parks in North America.

People ask me who my favorite team is, and my answer is “I am a fan of baseball.”  I reminisce about my family going to the game, and my father teaching me how to keep score.  I enjoy people watching – especially the kids who are high on cotton candy with the expectation that a fly ball will land in their glove.  Mostly, I enjoy the sounds and sights of the individual parks.
Prior to my trip, I log onto the mlb.com website and check the schedule.  I look at the features of the park including the food venues.  I enjoy taking public transportation to the park.  I typically choose a couple of places ahead of time to hit, but for the most part, I wander within the park.
It’s been interesting to compare the different parks.  I do enjoy the nostalgia of the older parks such as Wrigley, Camden, and Fenway (despite some of the technology and aesthetic changes).  But I am more captivated by the newer parks such as Miller Park and Target Field.
Favorite Foods:
1.  Rangers Ballpark: Coney Island’s Foot Long Chili Dog
2.  Citi Field: El Verano Taqueria’s Elote Corn on the Cob & Chicken Mole Pipian Tacos
3.  Kauffman Stadium: Royals All Star Barbeque’s BBQ pulled pork sandwich
Favorite Park:
Target Field for the Minnesota Twins
I’m looking forward to a great season with my favorite mantra when I am at the game: “It’s a great day/night for baseball!”

Travel

I have the good fortune to travel around the world for my career.  I’ve learned through the years to take the opportunity to enjoy the cities and countries by spending a few extra days absorbing the culture.

There are a few goals that I have when visiting.

  1. Baseball Parks – I want to visit every ballpark in America.  I’m a fan of baseball, no particular team, and I’m fascinated with the spirit of the game. (add check list)
  2. Chinatowns – I was born in Chicago Chinatown, and I find myself comparing it to every Chinatown in the world.
  3. Farmer’s Markets / Food Trucks – I believe that we have a responsibility to support the local communities.  It’s amazing to see the different markets and foods all around the world.

The Aloha Spirit

homepage-1When I was 10, my parents, sister, and I went on our first vacation to the Hawaiian Islands. This trip changed my life, and I return there every year.  One of the biggest reasons we love Hawaii so much is that we acclimated to the lifestyle so easily that the locals believed we were from the island.  No where on the mainland had we received that vibe.