I just finished reading “I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever.”
It’s the story of two recent college grads who set out on a quest to visit every major league park – and there are 30 of them! – within a span of 30 days..with the condition that they are inside the ballpark for every pitch of the game. This means, they are there for the first pitch and the last pitch – and everything in between, no matter if there is a rain delay, extra innings, or if the game is a blowout.
At first blush, most diehard baseball fans would say “Dang, that’s so cool. Sounds like a dream come true!” But, it’s really not a dream trip…not even close.
Considering leaving one ballpark and then driving 16 and a half hours straight, with no stay over, to just make the next ballgame in another state…hoping, all the way, that some traffic nightmare doesn’t mess with your estimated time of arrival. Picture yourself having to drive from Chicago to Florida during the Storm of the Century because you can’t afford to miss the next destination. Imagine yourself being minutes away from one of your final stops, with just minutes to spare, and not being able to get across the street because of a Gay Pride parade closing all pedestrian crossings. There’s a lot of stress in trying to pull something like this trip off…and being successful.
Yet, this book is also full of good humor and the story of a wonderful friendship between two guys who are far from being alike. It’s cleverly written, nicely paced, and a very nice read (for all baseball fans).
I was very happy to have read “I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever” – and I highly recommend this book.