Aug 042008

Best Friends and Baseball

Three friends began this journey May 24 in Missoula, Montana. Two finished it Aug. 4 in Phoenix, Arizona. After watching the Diamondbacks pummel Pittsburgh, Daren and Troy completed the first part of the mission: attend one game at every Major League ballpark in one season.

Arizona is a relatively new baseball team. So we spent the day asking fans: “Who was your favorite team before the Diamondbacks?” As you can imagine, the answers varied widely, and with each team mentioned we were able to reflect on our journey. This will be the subject of our last video in our documentary series. Daren also reflects on all the parks we’ve seen by ranking them in his latest blog: “Wait! It’s Over?

baseball road trip to ArizonaOur project has gone through many incarnations, beginning as a wild idea for a vacation, then manifesting itself as a platform for journalism, storytelling and a series of short-form documentaries. We pooled our resources, drained our bank accounts, charged our credit cards and went on the most amazing adventure of our lives. But this really isn’t the end.

The quest is technically over, but the mission is just beginning. There will be a few updates in the next few weeks as we go through our footage and assess a plan to release our videos. We are very appreciative of everyone who has taken an interest in our little project, enjoyed our scrappy photo albums and followed our updates and read our blogs. We’ve had so much fun doing these things, but this is actually a video project. And that part of BaseCrawl is now getting under way.

We met great people, saw incredible places and heard amazing stories. We can’t wait to bring these to you in moving pictures.

In the meantime, we’re still blogging. Again, don’t forget to read Daren’s eloquent ranking of all 30 parks here. Who’s No. 1? Is it PNC Park or Yankee Stadium? All our photo galleries are up to date, too, including a few new pictures from Chase Field.

We’ll be back shortly with some more closing thoughts, a summary of how much money we spent on gas (the most asked question we get) and updates on the progress of our project.

Thank you for following our journey.


Daren, Troy (and Nolan)

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