So when I thought about places we could visit in the spring after we both wrapped up the spring semesters, I had two suggestions: the Carolinas or the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans. As Katie has visited Louisiana before, and made a brief stop in Mississippi last summer, she quickly said she would prefer to visit the Carolinas.
Next came the more difficult task of figuring out a schedule. As Ben Hill or Malcolm MacMillan or Craig Wieczorkiewicz and countless others can tell you, it is difficult pulling together a schedule where you see a new ballpark every day. I can't attest to how others compile their schedule, but I usually put multiple teams' schedules into an Excel spreadsheet and highlight dates where the home schedules overlap or are at least contiguous, which would allow me to visit one team on Wednesday, travel the next day, and visit another team on Thursday.
The biggest goal I laid out for this trip was to limit driving each day to 3-4 hours. Considering the distribution of MiLB teams (see map) in the Southeast this was an easy goal to accomplish. However, considering that my girlfriend lives in Nashville, and we are departing from there to begin our journey I had to make an exception and we'll make our first stop at a Tennessee ballpark.
So without further back story, here is our schedule:
Wednesday, May 18: Birmingham Barons at Tennessee Smokies, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, May 19: Kannapolis Intimidators at Asheville Tourists, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, May 20: Lexington Legends at Greenville Drive, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, May 21: Lynchburg Hillcats at Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, May 22: Day Off
Monday, May 23: West Virginia Power at Charleston RiverDogs, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24: August GreenJackets at Columbia Fireflies, 7:05 p.m.
If you prefer a visual perspective with the list, you can follow along with the map below.
|Map of upcoming baseball stadium visits.|
I may not have the staff of MiLB.com like Ben Hill to Photoshop stuff for me, but this former SID still has a few Photoshop skills. You'll be able to follow along via my Twitter handle (@geoSteven) or my Instagram (@geo_steven). If you want a woman's perspective, you can follow Katie's Twitter handle (@DJKati).
Katie and I have traveled together before, but never for such a long period of time or to so many baseball stadiums. We also share a common interest in craft beer, so we will incorporate our visits to local breweries into the blog as well. We have not come up with a name for our brewery visits, but we will create a dedicated page on the blog for these visits. So along with visits to a number of baseball stadiums with my usual write up, you'll be able to read about some of the South's craft breweries.