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Game #13 Day #9 @ 1:07 PM Blue Jays vs Orioles
Douglas ‘Chuck’ Booth (Baseball Writer)-You talk about pressure here for a double-header. There will not be one second I am not looking at the clock. But before I arrive at ‘The Rogers Center, I will be sweating the flights out of Chicago. Every year I travel, Chicago has provided me with a delayed flight for some reason or another. If there was anything to be gained by that 7 hour drive from Minnesota, is that I have 2 flights after my first one that will still have me arrive in Canada before this game starts.
August.29/1989 was my 1st game ever in a Major League Park. My dad lived in Toronto at the time, it was my 13th birthday, so we went to the new Sky Dome back then. I also got a brand new baseball glove and a jacket. It goes down as one of my best memories with my dad. The Jays beat the White Sox in a 3-2 game that featured 5 home runs. Fred McGriff hit two for the Blue Jays and George Bell hit the game winning jack in the late innings. Now the park is not amongst the best in baseball but I will be happy to be there.
I am meeting the Founder of MLBReports.com Jonathan Hacohen. This is going to be epic! Last year I was tweeting with the MLB Fancave guys Mike O’ Hara and Ryan Wagner when Jonathan sent me a tweet. I had sent the MLB Fancave four of my books ‘The Fastest Thirty Ballgames’ to thank them for writing a blog about me. It wasn’t long before I was tweeting with Jonathan about all the Parks. I liked his website http://www.mlbreports.com and sent him one of the books so he could read it and review it for me. 3 months later Jonathan gave an awesome book report. A few weeks later, I did a guest blog for the World Series at the reports. A few months later and I was a full writing member at the Reports. Now we are both efforting one of the most different baseball covered/fan participant style journey’s of all time.
Jonathan will get to experience the pure adrenaline rush for this day. I am relying on him to have me at the airport in good time after the game. We will be strategically going over the landscape of driving directions out of there. At the airport, I have a dedicated FAST PASS called Nexus Air. This will enable me to bypass all security with an eye-dent. I have a 5:30 PM flight that will have me at Lu Guardia Airport at 7:10 PM, which would give me 55 minutes to travel to Yankee Stadium to complete the international doubleheader. I love the 8:05 PM Sunday Night ESPN start times!!
Jonathan will be deciding where we sit, what we eat, I am just there to watch every pitch as his guest. Jonathan also will be our Rogers Center expert, so I have a chance to interview him for a change. I also will have no problem tweeting from the game because Jonathan is the unofficial ‘GWR’ holder for tweets about baseball. I think we will have everyone covered if they live-tweet us from the ballpark-just make sure you tweet @MLBReports next to my twitter name @chuckbooth3024.
Follow me- @chuckbooth3024 on twitter. I promise to get a better pic from the Rogers Center too to replace this one.