Nov 032009

We saw a lot of street musicians during our baseball road trip across America, but Busch Stadium produced something we hadn’t seen: four men playing the same instrument.

These competing saxophone players presented a clear opportunity to satisfy our curiosity. What inspires a street musician to perform for baseball fans? How much do they make? What’s their story?

Each of the 30 ballparks we visited had a distinct personality, and the saxophone players we spoke to helped tell the story of Busch Stadium, as well as highlight the rhythm and blues scene of St. Louis.

Oct 212009

Take a look at Brad and Kyle. These guys are among a distinct group of college baseball fans who love the College World Series, so long as they don’t have to watch any baseball. They’d just as well play Beat the Meat.

The College World Series draws a strange mix of fans like Kyle and Brad to see the eight remaining teams in NCAA baseball duke it out for a national championship. Aside from the stereotypical beer-drinking college boys, the event draws thousands of Nebraskans and Iowans who are plenty interested in watching the games. They just love baseball more than they do any particular team.

Our journey to Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium was a nostalgic visit for Troy. This is where he rekindled his love for baseball watching his alma mater win national championships in 2006 and 2007. Although the Beavers had been eliminated at the time of our visit, their storied three-year run left a lasting imprint on Omaha.

Sep 232009

Planning a 10-week, 17,000-mile road trip through 40 states is a massive undertaking. This basecrawl — a quest to see one game at every Major League ballpark — happens to be framed around three weddings, one for each of our travelers.

No sooner has the game in San Diego ended when our basecrawlers begin an all-night push to Denver so Nolan isn’t late to a rehearsal dinner and a reunion with his girlfriend. Game No. 7 takes our team to Coors Field and a battle of the beers. Everyone appears to be riding a “mile high,” but stunning news is about to completely alter the nature of this baseball road trip.

Sep 082009

Ever wonder why certain people root for certain ball clubs? Or why a baseball fan’s sex drive fluctuates with the ups and downs of his favorite team?

As the quest to hit all 30 ballparks in one season continues, our basecrawlers use their stop at Petco Park to take a look at the science of fan behavior — both psychologically and physiologically.

The San Diego Padres are playing Daren’s beloved Mets, and our native New Yorker sees his mood swing like a batter taking a hack at a Jake Peavy fastball.

Aug 312009

The Dodger Dog is one of baseball’s most notorious franks, and our basecrawl connoisseur is eager to sample this and rank it against the other hot dogs he’s devoured.

Nolan is famous for his gargantuan appetite, and as he and his friends tackle game No. 5 on their baseball road trip Nolan takes on the entire Dodger Stadium menu with a comical — and critical — look at the cost of ballpark food.

This video features an appearance by Bryan Mansell, a lifelong friend of Troy’s who hosted us for two nights in Los Angeles. Mansell, a musician who performs under the name Milking Gecko, wrote and recorded the song “Happy Go Lucky,” which we adopted as our BaseCrawl theme.

“Happy Go Lucky” plays in most of our videos, often as the outro but sometimes in its entirety (see also: Angel Stadium). “Happy Go Lucky” can be downloaded by following this link to Beta Records.