Major League Baseball Tour
Christie and James embarked on their challenge to attend a Major League Baseball game at each of the Major League Baseball stadiums around the country within 125 days.
WHERE DID THIS IDEA COME FROM?
After the fall of 2015, James had completed Fall Ball with the Santa Barbara Pony League, playing for the Washington Nationals. James has been playing with a team for the last year and enjoys baseball, coaches, teammates, and the whole deal, immensely. So much so, he has plans on the Major Leagues in his future career. That said, and as we quietly placed the glove, ball, and bat in the closet for the winter (or what they call winter in Santa Barbara… we actually play baseball year round here!), James contemplated what it would be like to visit all the Major League Baseball stadiums. This thought grew into what would it take to visit them all in one year…
Now, with this amazing adventure behind us, we take a minute to reflect with James on his experience.
INTERVIEW WITH JAMES
Reflections on the Tour
James, now that you’ve done this big bucket-list thing in your life, what does that mean to you? What’s next?
I do need to take a break, but I need to do other big bucket-list things as well. My next goal is to make it into the MLB myself! But I also want to see a playoff game, a World Series game, visit Cooperstown-Baseball Hall of Fame, an All-Star game, and go back to Atlanta to see their new stadium! But I’d like to go back when it is not so hot—and then we can really say we have seen all 30 stadiums, since we saw the last season in their old stadium.
What did you learn?
To be more organized. Even in school my desk is a mess. I think I need to hunker down and get things done, because it will result in big things—like how I saw my mom plan the whole trip.
What did you learn about our country?
We live in a very beautiful country. Our country is very diverse, from places like the metropolitan areas, the Heartland, the West Coast, East Coast, the South—it is all so different but still the same when it comes to the love of baseball.
Also, our country is VERY hot and humid when it comes to the summer. I am very glad I live in Santa Barbara—we were in a lot of big cities and not many beaches.
A few highlights from the tour in snapshots