By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst and Website Owner) Follow @mlbreports
I have done some crazy ballpark road trips over the last 5 years.
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In those pages, I list all of my World Record Attempt Chases. I have chronicled my streaks each time, with a book binder of evidence, filled with loose leaf paper, complete with signatures from parks officials for validation towards Guinness Book Of World Record Chases.
You see when I go to a ballpark for one of these said trips, I need to stay for the complete game, 1st to last pitch. I also need for a staffer at each park, or verified witness, to sign that I was present for what I said I was.
What I have handed into the fine folks at Guinness World Record each time after, was ample evidence to be the record holder, however I was blown away by what I could do now using the BallPark Pass-Port Book – when I learned of its uniqueness.
I sincerely wish that the MLB BallPark Pass-Port Book was around for my journeys in 2008, 2009 and 2012.
I will also be the first to tell you, had I not had to keep such a bountiful amount of documents saying I was in the cities and ballparks, that I would quickly forget some of the dates and ballparks I have been too.
The MLB BallPark Pass-Port Book also contains information guides within the book. It shows maps, seating charts and general directions on how to arrive to and from the ballpark.
It is the ultimate reference guide on a persons bucket list to see them all.
I am a member of a “Ballpark Chaser” Fraternity both at the official site (1700 Members) – and on their Facebook Page here (over 500+ people, and the best buzz around a collectible memento from a ballpark visit now is this).
I simply can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail shortly. I am half contemplating working the technology out to retro fit the park chases I have already gone on.
I may also hang out with some people who may chase other MLB Park Quests in the coming year (2014), and this would be the 1st thing that I bring with me (next to my wallet and ID.)
The man who invented the idea, (Timothy Parks – yeah seriously, his last name his Parks – no lie), came up with the idea when he was crossing off all of his states when visiting all 50 of them.
Parks quickly came up with a new idea to visit all 30 MLB Stadiums. Often he thought of ticket stubs, and souvenirs that could be purchased, but there wasn’t one item that could be used unilaterally throughout the whole stadium circuit.
THUS he created the “MLB BallPark Pass-Port.”
MLB has embraced his idea of the MLB BallPark Pass-Port, and soon the rest of the 30 MLB teams came on board. There is a location in each of the stadiums, where a team official can stamp you in. You can find those at this at the website http://www.mlbballparkpassport.com under the category Validation Sites.
Again, I can’t emphasis this enough. I literally had to beg usher’s, staff, heck janitors for that reason, and in some cases, I had to have fellow fans at the game, sign my log book to prove I was there.
In my 2009, I even had to send affidavits from 6 Miller Park employees to prove I was there for 1st pitch.
I truly wish that the MLB would fully understand the marketing tool all of their stadiums are, and while they are coming around to the idea, there are several people making it their life journey to attend all of the parks.
Endorsing the MLB BallPark Pass-Port Book and providing an avenue for us to help remember the best vacations, or favorite team seasons, ballpark road trips, is a great step in the right direction.
In today’s scheme of things, $73 USD investment for 30 MLB Parks – and a lifetime of memories, beats the cheapest trinket or ballpark memorabilia you may be able to purchase. This translates less to than $2.50 a park.
A great aspect of this is also the size of the thing, I mean I was lugging around a big notebook in paper, when I could have been carrying this wicked little MLB BallPark Pass-Port Book – that is easy to haul to all 30 MLB parks in forms of travel.
While I realize that my ‘extreme chasing trips’ represent a very miniscule portion of the way most people attend parks, believe me when I tell you that the time goes by too quickly, and you simply wish there was more stuff around to help you look back on it.
While I have written about every single game of 4 World Record Attempts (over 100 Games), it would be nice to look at this marvelous book to show someone in person, (who may not want to read all of the stories, yet see the trip in a state like that).
If you really want to read more of this subject, buy the product, find out more about any of things I have chatted about here, I implore you to check it out the official site of the MLB BallPark Pass-Port at the official website
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Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames: To learn more about my “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here .
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