Aug 012009

The long-delayed BaseCrawl videos have finally arrived.

Chapter 1 of our story takes three friends to the Pacific Northwest. Our travelers intend to see one game at all 30 Major League ballparks in a single season, and the home of the Seattle Mariners is the site of Game No. 1.

This is the first in a series of documentary shorts that were created in the format. In each of these videos, we attempt to tell a story, profile a character or explore an idea. America’s baseball cities are the backdrop for these videos, but the baseball games are not necessarily the subject of our stories. You can learn more about our project here.

In this first video, we take a brief look at a new-era ballpark, and how it resembles a small city in so many ways. It can provide food, shelter, clothing, sanitation, medical care and security for tens of thousands.

When you set out to hit every MLB stadium in a season, it’s easy to take for granted just how much you’ll depend on these ballparks for basic needs. For our three travelers, the ballparks will be serve as second homes over the course of 10 weeks — providers as well as places of entertainment.

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