Game 30. We made it. 30 games in 30 days. A long drive through a crazy thunderstorm overnight and across Texas. A surprise at the ballpark and a great end to a magical baseball road trip. I love baseball and baseball has loved me back. We have driven 14,665 miles and flown 1,358 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 29 brought us to the desert. Another baseball game inside as the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted the San Diego Padres. A long drive through the hot desert left us baffled by the strong storms that greeted us when we left on our final drive. Chase Field’s turf creates a strange glare when sitting in the cheap seats. Despite this annoyance nothing beats a walk off home run. We have driven 13,603 miles and flown 1,358 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 28 was the coldest game of the trip. San Francisco Bay does not care what month it is, a night game by McCovey Cove is always chilly. Oracle Park is one of the truly great stadiums in MLB. The Giants hosted the Colorado Rockies in a matchup between teams going in opposite directions. Our final game in California before one last drive across the country. We have driven 12,816 miles and flown 1,358 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 27 should have been one of our longest drives, but we changed plans the night before we began our road trip. T-Mobile Park has been one of the stadiums I was most looking forward to seeing and it did not disappoint. The roof was open on a beautiful evening in Seattle as the Mariners hosted the Texas Rangers. A quick visit to the Pacific Northwest before we return to California for the home stretch. We have driven 12,802 miles and flown 1,358 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 26 was a short walk from one side of the ball park to the other. We moved from the First Base foul line to deep Centerfield. Angel Stadium receives the least love of all of the older stadiums. It is a great place to watch a game in Southern California. The rocks and water are a nice touch, much like the trees in Colorado. The Angels hosted the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a split city Doubleheader. We watched Shohei Ohtani continue to do MVP type things. We have driven 12,347 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 25 was a shorter drive than expected from San Diego to Toronto. We managed to miss going through customs on the way to Canada. Toronto looks very similar to Southern California. Rogers Centre has changed since I was last there. Many of the features look like Angel Stadium, but perhaps the miles are starting to get to me. The Blue Jays hosted the Los Angeles Angels in a makeup game from a rain out earlier in the season. We did get to watch Shohei Ohtani, but unfortunately still no Mike Trout. We have driven 12,347 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 24 was a short drive from Los Angeles to San Diego. We had driven back to Los Angeles after the Oakland game so we had a free morning before heading down to San Diego early enough to avoid a traffic nightmare. This gave us time to take a swim in the Pacific Ocean. The recovery from our mad cross country dash is ongoing. Petco Park is a beautiful stadium, but the Padres faithful did not have the spirit we expected for a team so highly touted. We once again saw the mighty Miami Marlins take the field, which is starting to become a comforting sight. Our tour of California baseball is spending some time in the sunshine. We have driven 12,214 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 23 required an early drive from Southern California to the Bay Area. The drive was shorter but still tough considering the past few days. We arrived at RingCentral Coliseum in plenty of time to explore before the game. The Coliseum is a no frills baseball experience, the way the game felt when I was a kid. Despite sitting alone in the cheap seats, we still managed to snag a game ball thanks to an amazing throw from Matt Chapman. Day baseball is the best as the A’s beat the visiting Texas Rangers. Our tour of California baseball rolls on. We have driven 11,711 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 22 meant a dark and rainy detour through the Rocky Mountains to reach sunny Southern California. Another 1,000 mile drive for the love of baseball. We drove through the night to make it to Dodger Stadium on time. The Dodgers hosted the Angels in the Freeway Series. Dodger Stadium is a truly special place to watch a baseball game, even if it was the most expensive tickets for the entire road trip. Our tour of California baseball has begun. We have driven 11,291 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.
Game 21 was an all day affair. We had an early 3 AM wake up for the 1,000 mile drive from Chicago to Denver. The Rockies played the Miami Marlins in yet another blowout. Coors Field is one of the truly great ball parks in America. It has something for every baseball fan. Our western swing has begun. After a short stop in the Rocky Mountains before we continue to Southern California. We have driven 10,216 miles. 30 Games in 30 Days continues.