Day 84 “Asked & Answered!”

April28th 1075I was in New Orleans last night and watched the Zephyrs crush the Iowa Cubs, 9-1.  There are times I am finding that I have become very obsessed with the game that I want to concentrate on certain things.  I purchased a stop watch yesterday and I was timing the pitchers from the moment they step on the pitching rubber to the moment they released the ball, about 9 seconds for both when they didn’t have a base runner. Timing was all over the board when there was someone on base. I did this ‘timed set-up with release’ for two innings. I know it is weird and it serves no purpose but I was enjoying it. I also was referring back to the book “Watching Baseball Smarter” on different things.  Needless to say, I was self absorbed and didn’t really talk to anyone, so I thought I would put together a list of frequently asked questions.

I get asked a lot of questions, since I am picking up a lot more followers lately. I am going to create a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page on my website, but I figure I will utilize the blog to let everyone know about it!

  1. Are you independently wealthy, how can you afford to do this?  I am not independently wealthy. If that was the case I won’t be sleeping in my car as often as I do.  I am able to afford to do this trip since I don’t have a home or a rent payment, I packed all my stuff up and it is being stored at my sister Meg’s house and my ex-wife Jane’s storage locker.  In addition, I received large donations from Bruno Independent Living Aids, my brother Chad’s family and many small donations on my website.
  2. If you don’t have a house, where is your mail sent?  My ex-wife has been gracious enough to let me have my mail forwarded to her home.
  3. You AREN’T married are you?  I am not married nor am I dating at the moment. I like how it is assumed that I am not, that one always makes me laugh.
  4. Why are you doing this? This is a complex question and I don’t always know where to begin with my answer.  I suppose the main reason is that “life is short” and I am not getting any younger. I am blown away at how fast life has flown by since I graduated from high school. I think I’m like most wanting to make a mark in life, but I never really knew in what ‘occupation’, or how to accomplish my mark.  A lot of people just know and they go about living their plan. I was lost for a very long time. I am very much a “daydreamer”, but I let my fears and other peoples societal constraints dictate to me.  I wanted to fit in for a very long time, but I was always attracted to people that lived on the fringe.  When my Dad had his triple by pass it affected me. I didn’t like seeing my Dad that vulnerable. The thought of losing him never occurred to me because he always seemed young to me. I knew that one day, possibly I would possibly be ‘in his shoes’. Spending time together and our conversations about life, I knew it was time to start doing things that I “needed” to do.  That is the short answer. However, there is more depth to my reason(s).
  5. Are you a writer or journalist?  I am neither, but I do like to write. I thought it was painfully obvious, since my grammar is bad and I use to many commas. I have been told I have a very unique writing style, I know my sister Debbie really likes how I write.  My Mom said I was very good writer years ago.  I have always wanted to write a book (I think a lot of people do).  However, when I read what I write, I don’t like it most of the time or I don’t think it makes sense. I have learned that I will always be my own worst critic and I will never be perfect.  Writing is a process, I am trying to enjoy it as I go along. Some of my stuff will work and some won’t, it is what it is.  I have to say that I am blown away that people are actually reading what I have written.  I have to thank Beth Chapman for editing my posts, I usually post my first draft and she will go in later and clean them up a bit!
  6. What has been your favorite experience so far?  I have had so many great experiences, I can’t lump them together however.  My favorite story so far has been Day 43 “Who replaced Steve Garvey?”.  The most fascinating person I have met has been Day 76 “Mr. Willie”.  The most entertaining experiences have all been at college games with my boys at Colorado Mesa Day 58 “The Pit”, at Southern Miss Day 66 “The Roost” and Clemson Day 72 “The Cheap Seats”.  I have enjoyed speaking to everyone that I have met along the way.  I think in the beginning I was learning and getting comfortable.  I will probably classify the stories when this is over. (check back these may change, I am only a third of the way through)
  7. What kind of car do you drive?  2004 Lexus ES330.  How many miles are on it?  Currently 185,000. How many miles have you put on the car this trip?  17,000 (as of May 9th).
  8. Do you have any kids?  I have one beautiful daughter Sami.  She is finishing up her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin. I couldn’t be more proud of her. She wrote a very touching paper about me and this trip. I shared it before the trip started, click “My Daughters Speech”, for a fantastic write-up.
  9. What do you plan on doing when you get done? I have not given it much thought. Obviously I would love to continue with something in baseball, but will be just fine if that is not in the cards. I truly have no expectations about this trip or how it will affect my life after.
  10. Can I come with you?  I don’t have very much space in my car and besides I don’t think your husband will be to happy about it.
  11. Do you get sick of baseball?  No, I am getting more obsessed with it.  Currently reading: “The Knucklebook” by Dave Clark, “Watching Baseball Smarter” by Zack Hample, “The Physics of Pitching”, and Baseball America’s 2014 Prospect Handbook.  I have been reading some historical stuff also, learning to keep the scorebook properly, and tuning into to the radio broadcasts.
  12. Do you get scared sleeping in Wal-Mart parking lots? In the beginning it was a little nerve racking but like anything you get comfortable.  I have met some very interesting people, so I am grateful for those experiences.
  13. Do you get lonely?  Yes, it can get lonely, especially when I am driving late at night and I wish I had someone to talk too!  I do get texts from a fair number of friends and family so that helps.  But during the day I am actually quite busy.
  14. Are you a Buddhist?  No, however I did go to India where I attended a 10 day Introduction to Buddhism retreat.  Even though I like a lot of things about it, I use what I feel benefits me and leave the rest. I believe we can learn great things from all cultures.

A question that has never been asked…

  1. What is your favorite music to listen to on this trip?  70’s music! There are some songs that get to me and I will sing along. Think Tommy Boy when they are singing “Superstar” by the Carpenters, that is totally me when  “Everything I Own” by Bread comes on.  I love the soft pop songs of the 70’s the most, I am no longer ashamed of it!  Oh!! If Gloria Gaynor’s, “I Will Survive” comes on you can bet I am all over it!  (I no longer like Tiffany, Rob Dwyer.)

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Day 42 “The First 48”

I have been told that I need to do more lists! So today I am sharing with you my first 48 games I have attended.  I have met so many great people, have been to so many great baseball games and I feel very lucky that I am able to do this. Again, I thank everyone for their support.  You can always check to see what games I have attended on the following link…

Game Date Teams  Type  Location Winner  Score 
48 3/28/2014 Northland Prep vs Bagdad HS Scottsdale, AZ Northland Prep 10-4
47 3/27/2014 Brophy vs Horizon HS Scottsdale, AZ Horizon 8-3
46 3/26/2014 Arizona vs ASU College Tempe, AZ ASU 14-6
45 3/25/2014 San Francisco vs Milwaukee MLB Phoenix, AZ San Francisco 4-3
44 3/24/2104 Socorro Bulldogs vs EP Dodgers Rec-14U El Paso, TX Socorro Bulldogs 3-1
43 3/23/2014 Flordia vs Texas A&M  College College Station, TX Texas A&M 4-3
42 3/22/2014 Georgia vs LSU College Baton Rouge, LA LSU  2-1
41 3/21/2014 Mercer  vs Jacksonville College Jacksonville, FL Mercer  4-2
40 3/20/2014 Bethel College vs UMass-Boston College Fort Myers, FL UMass-Boston 8-7
39 3/19/2014 Cape Coral  vs Bishop Verot HS Fort Myers, FL Bishop Verot 3-0
38 3/18/2014 Eagles View vs Bishop Verot HS Fort Myers, FL Bishop Verot 8-0
37 3/17/2014 St Louis vs Boston MLB Fort Myers, FL Boston 10-5
36 3/16/2014 University of Dubuque vs Bethel College College Fort Myers, FL Bethel  12-1
35 3/16/2014 UW-Stout(JV) vs Plattsburgh State(JV) College Fort Myers, FL UW-Stout 4-0
34 3/15/2014 McDaniel vs Otterbein College Fort Myers, FL Otterbein 10-6
33 3/14/2014 Cape Coral vs Mariner HS Cape Coral, FL Cape Coral 2-0
32 3/13/2014 Estero  vs Riverdale HS Fort Myers, FL Riverdale 4-3
31 3/12/2014 Washington vs Houston MLB Kissimmee, FL Houston 10-9
30 3/11/2014 Philadelphia vs Atlanta MLB Kissimmee, FL Atlanta 9-1
29 3/10/2014 Houston vs Washington MLB Viera, FL Houston 7-4
28 3/9/2014 Salem State vs Baldwin Wallace College Port Charlotte, FL Baldwin Wallace 8-0
27 3/9/2014 Salem State vs Marietta College Port Charlotte, FL Marietta 8-4
26 3/9/2014 Georgetown vs SDSU College Port Charlotte, FL Georgetown 7-4
25 3/8/2014 Baltimore vs Boston MLB Fort Myers, FL Baltimore  13-2
24 3/7/2014 Minnesota vs Pittsburgh MLB Bradenton, FL Minnesota  6-5
23 3/6/2014 Toronto vs Pittsburgh MLB Bradenton, FL Cancelled Rain
22 3/5/2014 Miami vs New York MLB Port St. Lucie, FL Miami  5-2
21 3/4/2014 Cape Coral vs Cypress Lake HS Cape Coral, FL Cape Coral  6-1
20 3/3/2014 Minnesota vs Baltimore MLB Sarasota, FL Minnesota  9-2
19 3/2/2014 Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia P MLB Clearwater, FL Pittsburgh  4-1
18 3/1/2014 Boston vs Minnesota MLB Fort Myers, FL Minnesota 6-2
17 2/28/2014 Baltimore vs Tampa Bay MLB Port Charlotte, FL Baltimore 4-2
16 2/27/2014 Boston College vs Boston Col-MLB Fort Myers, FL Boston Red Sox 5-2
15 2/27/2014 Northeastern vs Boston Col-MLB Fort Myers, FL Boston Red Sox 5-2
14 2/26/2014 U of Miami vs Maimi Col-MLB Jupiter, FL Miami Marlins 5-2
13 2/25/2014 Nebraska-Omaha vs St Bonaventure College Port Charlotte, FL Nebraska-Omaha 6-2
12 2/23/2014 Creighton vs Minnesota College Fort Myers, FL Creighton 8-0
11 2/22/2014 Iowa vs Ball State College Port Charlotte, FL Iowa 16-6 
10 2/22/2014 St Bonaventure vs Iowa College Port Charlotte, FL Iowa 2-0
9 2/21/2014 Mississippi Valley vs Ball State College Port Charlotte, FL Ball State 12-1
8 2/21/2014 Nebraska-Omaha vs UW-Milwaukee College Port Charlotte, FL UW-Milwaukee 5-4
7 2/21/2014 Kansas vs Northwestern College Port Charlotte, FL Kansas 14-10
6 2/16/2014 Indiana State vs Ohio State College Port Charlotte, FL Indiana State 8-6
5 2/16/2014 UConn vs Auburn College Port Charlotte, FL Auburn 7-3
4 2/15/2014 Indiana State vs Ohio State College Port Charlotte, FL Indiana State 7-3
3 2/15/2014 Indiana State vs UConn College Port Charlotte, FL Indiana State 3-0
2 2/14/2014 UConn vs Ohio State College Port Charlotte, FL Ohio State 8-2
1 2/14/2014 Auburn vs Indiana State College Port Charlotte, FL Auburn 4-0

Check back tomorrow. I have a great story, especially for all the Brewers and Dodgers fans out there!

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