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When Troy was 7 years old, a professional baseball scout gave him a business card and made a tacit promise: “Call me in 11 years and I’ll give you a personal tryout to play for the Oakland A’s.” During a stopover in Portland, Oregon, our basecrawlers discover that Troy’s father has held onto the business card for more than 20 years. With Oakland Coliseum the next stop on their baseball road trip, our basecrawlers attempt to reconnect with one of Troy’s influential childhood figures. Meanwhile, our three travelers soon discover they’re not the only baseball fans this summer hitting all 30 ballparks in one season, and they’re humbled by another group of filmmakers covering a basecrawl.
Troy writes a heartfelt blog about meeting an Oakland A’s scout named Fred Granato when he was a young baseball player, and how the chance encounter shaped his childhood. Fred Granato’s benevolent act forever impacted a young boy’s dreams and hopes. And the experience still resonates two decades later.