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Can you do 30 parks in 30 days? And how much would it cost?

Jan 16, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

CAC Road Trip

Will Leitch does God’s work over at Sports on Earth today. He mapped out a 30-ballparks-in-30-days trip, complete with flights, hotels, cabs, tickets and scheduling. Yes, it can be done. You have to stay in Baltimore for two nights in a row, though. Other than that it’s spiffy.

How much does it cost? Click through to the story to find out. I find it, all things considered, quite reasonable.

Of course he didn’t figure in the food and beer and stuff. And, to be honest, I’d probably try to spring for better seats.  But even if you make it a bit more upmarket than Will makes it, it’s not a bad deal. I mean, it’s more than almost all of us can spend on a lark, but if your life is already set up to where you can take off for a month, no questions asked, you’ve probably got the money anyway. Or you work for a sports media company that could bankroll this in the interests of a great story across multiple platforms.

Hint-hint, Mr. Peacock?

  1. yahmule - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Sounds kind of hectic and I would miss my dogs too much.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      I hope that is not a comment about your home team.

    • kcfanatic - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      With all the rain outs/snow outs to begin the season, I don’t believe that this would work

    • simonnettleton21 - Dec 1, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      It actually wasn’t that bad! I did the whole thing by myself in 29 days 1hr and 47 mins.
      You can check it out here.

      • simonnettleton21 - Dec 1, 2014 at 1:04 AM

  2. raysfan1 - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    “You have to stay in Baltimore for two nights in a row, though. Other than that it’s spiffy.” Poor Baltimore gets no respect.

    Meanwhile at HQ “Peacock”…”Hmm, this could be good. Let’s send Gleeman…”

  3. tacasey - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    No, I cannot do thirty parks in thirty days. I work for a living.

  4. dylanthom2013 - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    That’s a lot of ballpark food and resulting diarrhea running between all those stadiums.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Real question: do you indulge in Rocky Mountain Oysters at Coors Field?

  5. oldschoolnflman - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    I would much rather see 30 parks in 60 days, much less hectic.

  6. Caught Looking - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Getting picky here but Will would take the light rail in Phoenix instead of a cheap short cab ride but spend $85 for two cab rides in Boston rather than taking the T?

    And I think his costs are off too. At 4:35 p.m. he has a cab from Logan to Fenway costing $30 but at 6:00 a.m. he has the shorter cab ride (and no tolls) from Fenway South Station at $55.

    • dluxxx - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      You can take the light rail directly from the Minneapolis airport directly to Target field for about $2.50. Not sure why you’d even bother with a cab unless you thought it’d be quicker. I’m assuming that you could shave several hundred dollars off this with public transportation.

  7. sportsdrenched - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    All four time zones in the first week? I’d be lost, I’d probably miss a flight.

    And this whole thing is dependant on flights running on time…which never happens.

    But that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy reading it, and if we’re going to fiat the time and money thing….I’d sure like the try it.

  8. proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    A perceptive comment about the game on April 25.

  9. penguins87and71 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    No thank you.

  10. nawlinssaints1956 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Sounds interesting, and knowing some of the ballparks I might do some things differently, but just one question – what if it rains??

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Get an umbrella

    • dylanthom2013 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Oh no, rain! I guess you’ll be stuck masturbating and eating corn chips in your hotel room.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        I don’t need rain to do that!

  11. bigblue86 - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    1) I would LOVE do have the time/money to do this!
    2) He has you spending 2 nights in NYC and 3 nights in Baltimore.
    3) He put in the flight back to ATL but he never has you going to a game there.
    4) $40 at Citi Field is not the cheapest ticket. You can get a $15 ticket to upper deck left field most games or $30 upper deck behind Home Plate, a far superior seat to the Pepsi Porch!

  12. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Cheap shot Craig. Baltimore is a LOVELY place to visit. As long as you stay inside a 4 block radius in the inner harbor. And don’t cross the wrong street. Or you could be added to the 14 murdered in 12 days record we are working on.

    • yahmule - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I miss David Simon.

  13. redsoxchamp11 - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Is there any games in Mexico or Japan this year? Go big or go home.

    • Caught Looking - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Australia. Diamondbacks and Dodgers on March 22nd and 23rd, a full week before the rest of the teams get started.

  14. favrewillplay4ever - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    All things considered, I figured it would cost a lot more than that.

    The other thing to consider if you plan for more than one person taking the adventure with you, you can split the cost of the hotels. With the hotels averaging about $100 a pop, that takes $1,500 off from each person’s expense budget. And, bam, there’s your food and beverage budget.

  15. johnnysoda - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I don’t know, man. After a while, I might start falling asleep in the middle of games. Besides, some of those flight times are out of whack (did anyone notice the 12:50 flight from Seattle to Minneapolis?).

  16. yahmule - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    My wife and I are doing this but it is going to take more like ten years.

  17. brownsguy44138 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Ignoring public transportation in favor of cabs seems to be the common theme here. In Cleveland, he could easily take the Rapid (train) from the airport to Tower City downtown and walk to the stadium in the attached walkway, saving more than $60. If he factored in more public transportation, I think this could get in under $10k.

    Also, I feel like if you were to do this, you could easily get a few free flights and hotels through credit card points or airline rewards programs.

    Either way, I work for a company that gives us paid 30 day sabbaticals after 8 years of employment. Looks like I just figured out my plan when I become eligible in a couple years…

  18. genericcommenter - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    Someone should crowd-source an improved version of this, taking into account local public transportation and other options some have mentioned.

    I didn’t grow up in a city, and I now live in a city in Craig’s neck of the woods. Always lived in oddly rural or suburban areas and needed to have a car to drive to work, school, etc. I’ve never really used public transportation, and I’ve never taken a cab. I’ve always had to drive at least 100 miles to a baseball game, and pay a lot of money to park somewhere that is probably more than an average cab ride’s distance away from the stadiums. So I don’t really know how to look at some of these prices. I’ve rented cars a few times in my life, and never paid more than around $20/day. So some of the transportation costs seem high to me, but I’m not familiar enough with each city to really know. I imagine a lot of fans in the individual cities could say “No, don’t stay at that hotel. There’s one for the same price in a better neighborhood.” or “Don’t take a cab there, Hop on the Z Train and walk 3 blocks west.” Or whatever.

    I’d also prefer a road trip version. I guess that will take more days, but you can cover a lot of ground in a car and map things out the best way. Plus you could nap at rest stops, not worry about cabs and airline security stuff, etc. I wonder the time and cost per person, say if you did that with your best friend.

  19. chuckbooth3023 - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I would just put in that I have done this 3 separate times, and own the World Record for fastest to accomplish all 30 MLB Parks (23 days in 2012). Check out this page as I documented it all.

  20. rjp8682000 - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    I’m doing something similar to this, I’m going to the stadiums I haven’t been to yet. So far i’ve been to the old Yankees Stadium back in 2003 I also been to the new one during an ALCS against the tigers back in 2012, Shea Stadium back in 2006, Turner Field in the 2012 season, Citi field last season Petco Park, Dodgers stadium and Angels all last season. I’ve been to Comerica back in 2003 but going again this season, went to the Marlins park during an exhibition game against the Yankees when it was open before the season started but going again because I will be in the Miami area sometime this year also can’t forget about Fenway Park since I live in Boston and been there lots of times. Here is the list of all the Major League Ballparks that I am in visiting all in order but a few each month most of them will be for 2 days and 3 or more because I will be going with my girlfriend on those long days, the only stadium I can not visit is Rodger center in Toronto because mostly all the hotels are expensive and it’s hard to find a shuttle over there.

    Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia 2 days in April
    PNC Park in Pittsburgh 2 days in April
    AT&T Park in San Francisco for 4 days in April
    Tropicana Field in St Petersburg for 2 days in May
    Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati for 2 days in May
    Coors Field in Denver for 2 days in May
    Oriole park at Camden yards in Baltimore for 3 days in May
    Chase Field in Phoenix for 2 days in May
    Nationals Park in Washington DC for 2 days in June
    Rangers Ballpark in Arlington TX for 2 days in June
    Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for 2 days in June
    Safeco Field in Seattle for 3 days in June
    Progressive field in Cleveland for 2 days in July
    Minute maid park in Houston for 2 days in July
    US Cellular field/Wrigley field in Chicago for 4 days in July
    Comerica Park in Detroit for 2 day in August
    Busch Stadium in St Louis for 2 days in August
    Target Field in Minneapolis for 2 days in August
    Miller Park in Milwaukee for 2 day in August
    Marlins Park in Miami for 2 days in September

  21. Minoring In Baseball - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    I really don’t know if I would want to see all 30 ballpark in just 30 days. At some point, they would all just run together, and it would be so hectic that you wouldn’t really be able to enjoy everything about every park. Take your time, take in a few a year. I take a minor league baseball trip every year, and pack in as many games as I can in a week in a different region of the country. That can get hectic at times, but a fun way to see this great country. The players, coaches, and even the fans at the minor league parks are more accessible, and you can really get the feel for the are you’re visiting and the people who live there.

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