Glancing at the Yankees’ schedule to see, for instance, which opposing teams will be going up against some guy who ranked # 15 on their pitching depth chart just a few months ago, I noticed that the Yanks have a ridiculous 4-corners-of-the-country tour coming up in the first week of Sept. They fly NY-Detroit (484 mi) on the night of Aug 31 for a Sept 1 make-up day-game, after which they jet to Tampa Bay (995 mi) for the beginning of a 3-game set which ends with a night-game on Sept 4 right after which they need to get to Seattle (2,526 mi) for a night-game on Sept 5. The Seattle series ends with a late-afternoon game on the 7th after which they fly to LA (960 mi) to face the Angels and then (finally on an off-day) all the way back to NY (2,451 mi) to face TB at home.
That’s 5 flights totaling 7,416 mi. in 8 days, including two of the three longest trips between AL-cities (TB-Seattle and LA-NY) and the longest between AL cities on the West coast (Seattle-LA). Yes, this is what you are reduced to when your team is closer to last place than to first in their division. That and following the all-time HBP-race, in which A-Rod still leads by one over Jeter, in case you were wondering.
So that leads me to ask, what’s the longest you’ve traveled for a baseball game? Or, if you prefer, when was the last time you were hit by a pitch? Have you ever been hit by a pitch while traveling to a baseball game?
Thank God the Olympics are here or this would be truly painful.