Before my last road trip, I put together a list of 10 goals and then revisited them once I got home and shared how I did.
Having specific goals always adds to the fun of a road trip, and this time, I’m looking for your input. I’m going to list another 10 below, but thought it’d be fun to see if you have any goals to suggest. Leave some ideas in the comments section and if there’s something I really like, I’ll add it to the list – and I’ll also provide a link to your website or blog.
1. Get to the top of the Green Monster
I’m not buying a Green Monster seat at Fenway Park, but somehow, someway, I want to get up there and take some photos. Any tips? I’ve got three chances to try to make it happen.
2. Eat something that cracks my ballpark food top 10
I think I’m going to have to create an all-time top 15 list after this trip, because I’ve had a ton of items that deserve a spot among the all-time best things I’ve eaten. As always, I’m hoping that this trip yields something memorable.
3. Buy something that says ‘Fenway Park 100 Years’
A big reason I’m choosing to visit Boston for the first time in 2012 is the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. I love the 100 year crest the team has on its jerseys, and definitely want some memento with this logo.
4. Get interviewed on one team’s broadcast
I was able to be interviewed twice on my last road trip (in Wilmington and Frederick) so I’m hopeful I’ll get on the air at least once during this coming trip. One team has already confirmed it, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
5. Visit a bunch of touristy attractions
My last trip was so jam packed full of games in different cities that I didn’t have time to do anything but drive, watch baseball, blog and sleep. This schedule is less crazy, so I hope to do a see a number of tourist attractions. If you’re familiar with the areas I’ll be visiting, do you have any suggestions?
6. Visit 10 non-MLB/MiLB ballparks
I don’t focus on anything but MLB/MiLB parks on The Ballpark Guide, but during my travels, I occasionally like to stop to see other parks. I’m not talking about community diamonds, but rather NCAA/Collegiate League/Independent facilities. My trip takes me through a number of cities with these types of park, so I think hitting 10 should be easy.
7. Get 10 autographs
On my last trip, I only got one autograph, as I had media passes to every game and asking for autographs while wearing a pass is a big no-no. On this trip, I expect there to be a game or two in which I’ll just buy a ticket, so I’ll use those games to try for as many autographs as possible.
8. Buy at least one team’s hat
I didn’t buy any hats on my last trip, so I definitely need one this time. I’m eyeing a Connecticut Tigers hat, but we’ll see.
9. Get 10 baseballs
I always enjoy trying to get one ball from every park I visit, so I’ve set my goal at 10 total balls over the 10 games and nine parks I’ll see starting this week.
10. Have some unforeseen fun adventure
I listed this goal on my last road trip, and this happened. I have no idea what fun adventures I’ll get up to on this trip, but I hope to have something unique to share here.
The rest of the goals are up to you! Whether it’s something related to a specific ballpark or something more universal, please feel free to leave your suggestions below and I’ll see if I can accomplish them.
I’ll be hitting the road on Wednesday morning and will try my best to blog about each ballpark visit within 24 hours of it happening. In the meantime, I hope to provide a ton of updates and photos on Twitter, so please give me a follow if you don’t already.