Jul 222010

After a long break, we are back with fresh installments of the BaseCrawl documentary series. Last year, we released 1 hour and 20 minutes of material in 10 installments. This series resumes one-third of the way through the basecrawl.

As this baseball road trip steers toward Minneapolis and a date with the Minnesota Twins, our basecrawlers stop at a cornfield in Iowa to check out the Field of Dreams. This detour to the site of the storied baseball film begs a great question: Is this the greatest baseball movie ever? And if not, what is?

Armed with these questions, our travelers hit Minneapolis and turn to Twins fans to end this debate.

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.

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 Current.com 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.

May 292008

Baseball Road Trip Oakland

We rocked Portland for two nights at Troy’s parents’ house before taking I-5 to the Bay Area. We’re currently shacked up in Redwood City with two excellent hosts, Al and Rochelle.

The Oakland A’s (Troy’s favorite team as a kid) laid an egg in their own stadium today, dropping a 12-0 contest to that one Canadian team. Nolan (the math guy) is the only one who has written about it so far, and you can read his latest blog here.

Baseball Road TripCoincidentally, we met some totally awesome guys today who are doing a project similar to ours. They’re hitting all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums this summer, but they’re doing it in 40 days compared to our 75. And they’re focused on raising money for the Livestrong Foundation. Cary Freels, their leader, is attempting to ride his motorcycle to all 30 ballparks. Their project is called 30ONONE and you can learn more about it here.

We’ll be seeing a Giants game in San Francisco on Friday before shipping off to Los Angeles this weekend. Don’t forget to check out our blogs. Each of us are also keeping personal photo galleries which you can click on to your left.