Minute Maid Park Preview Apr.8/2012

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Sunday Apr.08/2012

Game # 3 Day # 2 @Minute Maid Park 1:05 PM

Probable Pitchers:

HOU-TBD-Norris

COL-TBD-Nicassio

Douglas ‘Chuck’ Booth (Baseball Writer)- This schedule is going to be rough.  I am leaving from LAX Airport at 1:30 AM.  I am landing in Dallas at 6:35 am.  I then will have a four drive in order to make it to Minute Maid Park,  I will need a fast game in order to drive to Houston Airport (IAH) by no later than 4:20 PM if i have any shot at the 5:30 flight that arrives in Dallas (DFW) at 6:30 PM.  I could not find a cheap flight from Los Angeles to Houston, so I am using my walk off-layover maneuver.  My flight itinerary says I am supposed to carry on to Boston as the second leg of the trip.  I am not saying which Airline it is either, let’s just say it is not South West or Air Tran Airways.  I spent $150 on a ticket instead of $500.  My rental car is from National Car Rental. I have free days that include a one-way drop off to pay $5 instead of the normal $200.  I am purchasing the full tank option upon returning.  Since I am an Executive Elite Member at National Car Rental, I pick any car I want to drive in the Executive Selection Row at DFW.

One benefit about having this rental car with me is that I can always drive back to Dallas if I miss my flight.  I have taken sedan service into Houston’s Minute Maid Parl the last 3 visits for $115 Round-trip each time.  This is a good option to have.  When you factor in-car rentals, gas, parking at Minute Maid, you nearly approach that anyway  My food diet will consist of a Wendy’s Restaurant on the road.  Other than the pizza at Minute Maid Park, nothing screams at me to eat. I know of a place to park for $3 near the train tracks.  I will be sprinting the mile after the game to the car. I am meeting up with Paul Derrick for the game.  Paul is a regional correspondent for http://www.stadiumjourney.com .  This awesome website has provided me with 2 of their baseball experts.  I will stand for the game at the Home Run Pump area.  Why you ask?  I like the view from there and it is closest to the exit towards Congress Street.  My game ticket only costs $5 to get in.

This picture Muriel of Jeff Bagwell is right beside the Home Run Pump.  Those were the days of the Houston Astros.  This year the team will rely on rookies mostly.

When you are chasing a record that is time driven, you don’t care about any other team, you just care about outs.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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