Baseball Trip of a Lifetime
As Patrick Sullivan indicated yesterday in Welcoming the Lederers, my son Joe and I are flying from Long Beach to Boston today for the first leg of our nine-day baseball trip to the northeast. Our whirlwind adventure will take us to Boston, Cooperstown, New York, and Philadelphia, and it includes three games (Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, and Shea Stadium), a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hall of Fame, a round of golf, and opportunities to meet up with baseball writers, executives, analysts, colleagues, and old friends.
The seeds of our trip began a year ago when I took my daughter Macy on a whitewater rafting trip to the Salmon River prior to her wedding in October. Although Joe is not about to get married any time soon, I decided it didn't make sense to wait until he got engaged to partake in a father-son trip. Heck, I wanted to go to a Yankees game at THE Stadium before it was demolished and what better way to do so than to share such a trip with my 29-year-old baseball-loving son? As it turns out, we are going to witness games at two stadiums in their final seasons, and they both just happen to be situated in New York. My wife is excited for Joe and me and will see us off at Long Beach Airport this morning.
I am planning on maintaining a daily journal of our trip on Baseball Analysts, complete with news, notes, stories, links, and photos. Feel free to ride shotgun with us as we make our way to two of the most historic ballparks in the country as well as to Cooperstown and more.
Our itinerary is as follows:
Saturday, May 3
Depart LGB @ 7:10 a.m.
Sunday, May 4
Breakfast @ 10:00 a.m. with Patrick Sullivan, Jared Porter, Bill James at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks in Kenmore Square.
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, 1:35 p.m. (with Sully and his wife Jo)
Monday, May 5 - Tuesday, May 6
Cooperstown/Hall of Fame
Wednesday, May 7
New York Helmsley
Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, May 8
Lunch with Dave O’Brien, longtime friend and former Athletic Director at Long Beach State, Temple, and Northeastern. Game of catch in Central Park with Alex Belth, followed by dinner at a restaurant of his choice.
Friday, May 9
Cincinnati Reds @ New York Mets, Shea Stadium, 7:10 p.m. (with Alex and Darren Viola, aka Repoz).
Saturday, May 10
Golf with Dave O’Brien and son at his country club in Philadelphia. (Joe was the captain of his golf club in high school and is currently the Assistant General Manager at Riverwalk Golf Course in San Diego.)
Sunday, May 11
Depart JFK @ 12:00 p.m.
Mother's Day dinner with my favorite wife and Joe's favorite mom.
While it's always good to be back home, I think Joe and I are going to grin and bear the next nine days first. There will be a lot of grinning, I'm sure of that, and it looks as if we may have to bear a lot of bad weather – or just "weather" as those outside of Southern California call it.