Diversions for Yankee Fans

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.

14 comments… add one
  • I’m hopelessly provincial. I think the farthest I’ve travelled for a baseball game is 200 city blocks from somewhere in Brooklyn to Yankee Stadium.
    I’ve been hit by a lot of whiffle balls in my time.

    Nick-YF August 11, 2008, 2:07 pm
  • I flew from Sea-Tac (seattle) to Boston for a game in 2006. It was to celebrate my anniversary – Mark Loretta won the game bottom of the ninth with a walk off double. Lester was the starting pitcher.

    dw (sf) August 11, 2008, 2:15 pm
  • Only from NY to Boston (for the longest trip). Still long enough as a bus ride to be annoying, but only $15 each way on Lucky Star (and they stop at this Chinese buffet place–mediocre but tolerable–going both ways).

    Devine August 11, 2008, 2:21 pm
  • Drove from West Texas to KC for the big Daisuke debut last season. That’s 722 miles, according to Google Maps.
    Otherwise, the closest baseball is 250 miles away in Arlington, and we’ve made that trip several times.

    Paul SF August 11, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • I’m taking the Lucky Star to Boston this Thursday for the Sox-Rangers game that evening. I’m staying til Monday and visiting friends too, but the expressed purpose of the trip is that game.

    FenSheaParkway August 11, 2008, 2:46 pm
  • Right now the closest I am to an MLB game is Baltimore (234 miles), but my girlfriend and I flew to Boston for opening day this year (571 miles).

    Atheose August 11, 2008, 3:07 pm
  • MLB baseball is 380 miles round trip for me. I can only afford to do it three or four times a year, but it’s so worth the trip.

    attackgerbil August 11, 2008, 3:34 pm
  • > when was the last time you were hit by a pitch?
    In the box, not since high school.
    In the stands, I’ve been to hundreds of games (mostly minor league) but have had only _one_ shot at a foul ball. Hot smash; I tracked it right at me and I took it right in the hands but I dropped it and someone else picked it up. My friends ridiculed me mercilessly for losing it. An attendant came over to check on me, asking if I was okay ’cause it was a real smoker. It stung a bit but not too bad, but I said “No, I’m NOT okay. I dropped the FUCKING ball!” She laughed at me as well.

    attackgerbil August 11, 2008, 3:41 pm
  • I’ve never taken a really long trip for a game – DC to Baltimore (probably 50-60 miles or so at most) was a regular trip for me about 15 times/year for a few years, but that’s about it. Still intending to do a roundtrip to Fenway from NY for a Yankee game up there once my brother moves back to the area next year.

    IronHorse (yf) August 11, 2008, 3:43 pm
  • oh, and now, it’s about a 200 mile RT to Fenway… have been 4 times, and have tickets to the last game of the season. :)

    dw (sf) August 11, 2008, 4:03 pm
  • I myself have never been hit by a ball since I hide my head in my hands when one gets near me. But my darling husband (who puts up with baseball for me and our sons) went with me to a Dodgers game when we were in LA visiting friends. The friends had great seats and my husband was too embarrassed to bring his glove with him to the game (older richer friends with season tix). A screaming fould ball when right through his hands and hit him in the head, drawing blood. Some other fan scrambled after it and dropped her wallet. My husband returned her wallet (head still bleeding) in hopes of getting ball but she just said thank you and took her wallet. Security staff immediately showed up reminding him of the disclaimer on the ticket and offering to usher him to first aid.
    30 minutes and some ice later, I’m still in hysterics and the first aid guys are, out of solidarity with mocked husbands everywhere, making a long list of things he can’t do with an injured head: take out the garbage, pick up his socks, etc. My husband still gets indignant that he didn’t end up with that ball.

    soxgirl August 11, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • summer of ’05 i made one of those “see as many ballparks as you can” road trips. before leaving los angeles i went to a dodgers day game followed by an angels nite game. drove all nite to a d-backs game the next day. saw an albuquerque isotopes game the next nite. saw a rangers game the next nite in arlington. attended an astros game the next nite. up to KC for a game and then drove north to chicago for two nites of white sox and cubs games. last stop was a brewers game two nites later. close to 5,000 miles and 15 days all told before getting back to LA. the schedule makers smiled on me that summer.

    sf rod August 11, 2008, 5:22 pm
  • Well, I fly to the US from Europe to watch baseball games. My equivalent to the trip sfrod just described happened in the summer of ’03:
    Started out in New York and saw the Yankees beat the Indians (with Coco in left) on a walk-off homer by Matsui after a two-run blast by Jeter had tied the game in the eighth. Pettite got a no decision, Mo got the win. (That game was obviously more exciting for Yanks fans than it was for me.)
    Then went to Boston for a three game series against the Blue Jays at Fenway. The Sox lost the first game 4-1 with Wake pitching, won the second in 10 with Trot Nixon singling home Gabe Kapler, and then won the rubber game 9-4 with Pedro giving up three hits and no runs through seven (with a big lead and after 92 pitches – had to look that up – he did not come back to pitch the 8th!!).
    Then I met a friend who’d done some research at Brown and we set out on a long trip to Indiana where both she and her husband are teaching. Along the way we took in a Pirates-Astros game in Pittsburgh and an Indians-Detroit game in Cleveland.
    From Indiana the three of us then drove up to Chicago where we saw the White Sox play the Rays and then Matt Clement two-hitting the Giants in a 1-0 Cubs win at Wrigley.
    Final game on that journey was a day-trip from Indiana to Cincinatti for a Reds-Rockies game.
    We took in lots of other sights along the way but that was one great ballpark trip.
    Oh, and two years later we went to St. Louis from Indiana to see the Sox beat the Cards 4-0 behind a nearly unhittable David Wells.

    pale blue eyes August 11, 2008, 7:52 pm
  • I envy sf rod and pbe – never fit in one of the multi-ballpark treks and am now at a stage where it would be near impossible to arrange. Maybe after I retire! They both sound like great (if a bit exhausting) trips though.

    IronHorse (yf) August 11, 2008, 8:20 pm

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