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Game #20 Day # 13 @7:05 PM Mariners vs Indians
SEA-Felix Hernandez 1-1
CLE- Tomlin 0-1
Douglas ‘Chuck’ Booth (Baseball Writer)-I will arrive in Seattle all tired and just the clothes on my back and a briefcase yielding my trip information and laptop. Seattle is as close to home as I will be in this trip. I arrive at 12:30 PM at Sea Tac on my Southwest Airlines flight. My good friend and co-author Ken Lee will be picking me up from the airport before we get ourselves something to eat.
Ken Lee wrote and posted the articles up for my last streak in 2009. I never had even talked to him on the phone before I left for the trip. I met him through ballparkchasers.com and noticed he was the most active with the other chasers. Ken also has his own website at http://www.seeall30.com. I knew Ken was an ally to friend early on. I sent him all of my pictures from the ballpark that you see at the end of these articles. Ken has also been to all of the 30 parks like me. Ken has also made a game at Safeco Field for every year of their existence. Last year we went on the last possible day for Ken to extend the streak.
The game plan is simple, Ken and I are going to eat a good meal, probably at the Pyramid Ale House near the park. I am going to use this time to catch up on some tweeting. Ken lives 35 miles north of Seattle. After the game we are heading to Marysville. I dropped off a little suitcase full of clothes and traveling amenities. It will be nice to get some quick rest before Ken and I fly to Kansas City the next day. The Mariners will not have many people attending this game with it being a weekday. Oh yeah.. we will probably be able to find a parking spot for $0. The last five games I went to in Seattle-we have paid nothing!
At Safeco Field we are also meeting up with Doug Miller http://www.swingaway.webs.com/, and 2 of Ken’s bosses. Technically we are sitting in the Left Field Bleachers, but at Safeco Field I always stand in the concourses and watch from the metal tables. Doug is also our Safeco Field Expert Interview. Doug has been to 25 out of the 30 current MLB Parks and is going to complete his last 5 parks this year.
The injection of people always seems to fuel my appetite for more baseball games. There will be courses of time where you battle fatigue and worry about passing out sleeping and missing a flight in the airport. Having more people around keeps you alert. Ken is with me from this game all the way till the end of the streak. Get used to his name as part of these write-ups. Ken is also the Petco Park and O.co Coliseum Expert. As an added bonus, Ken is guest writing the Expert interviews for four parks when I am the baseball expert.
Good to have you as part of the trip big dog !
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