• Overview of a baseball field with text saying "My night with the Gwinnett Stripers" overlaying the image.
    ballparks,  Georgia

    My night with the Gwinnett Stripers – June 19, 2019

    There are a lot of reasons to revisit a ballpark.  A fan may return regularly to a stadium because its his favorite team.  Another fan may return regularly because its the closest ballpark to her house.  I returned to Coolray Field recently because I wanted to see the re-branded Gwinnett Stripers.  Before the 2018 season, the Gwinnett Braves ditched their parent club’s moniker in favor of a more unique identity as the Stripers.  I previously wrote about attending a G-Braves game in 2014 (read it here), but felt like I needed to revisit Coolray Field to see what changed following the team’s re-branding. Arriving at the ballpark Like many places…

  • craft beer,  Georgia

    A pint at Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta, Ga.

    Neolocalism is rich at craft breweries across the country.  Many draw from their hometown or nearby places as inspiration for the brewery’s name and regularly pull from the same places and histories for their beer names.  However, Jekyll Brewing in Alpharetta, Ga., takes a unique twist on the inspiration and draws from an island over 350 miles away on the Georgia coast. Jekyll Island, which is a barrier island that is part of Georgia’s Golden Isles, is a popular vacation destination for Atlanta-area residents.  Despite drawing its inspiration from Jekyll Island, the brewery that Michael Lundmark and Josh Rachel established in 2013 focuses on the island’s role in the history…

  • craft beer,  Georgia

    A pint at Eventide Brewing in Atlanta, Ga.

    On the edge of Grant Park in downtown Atlanta, a trio of college friends opened a brewery.  Nathan, Haley, and Geoffrey met while undergraduate students in Statesboro, Ga.  Years later they opened Eventide Brewing. The brewery sits on the edge of a residential area, so it has a built-in clientele within walking distance.  Additionally, the brewery is not far from the Atlanta BeltLine, which is a rail-to-trail corridor under development around the center of Atlanta.  As more of the trail system is completed, Eventide will be connected to more residents who can ride their walks to the brewery. When visitors arrive at the brewery they see this… Due to construction across…

  • Alabama,  ballparks,  Georgia,  Massachusetts,  Mississippi,  New Hampshire

    Reviewing my 2017 ballpark resolutions

    As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time for the annual review of my New Year’s resolutions.  Unlike people who resolve to lose weight or be kinder to others, which are all great goals, mine focus on travel and more specifically they focus on baseball travel. My first resolution for 2017 was… In 2017, I resolve to see a @FisherCats or @PortlandSeaDogs game with @joshpahigian. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2017 While attending the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Boston in April, I organized a field trip to see the Portland Sea Dogs and got to meet Josh at the game.  It was great getting…

  • Alabama,  ballparks,  Georgia,  Maine,  Mississippi

    Revealing my 2017 ballpark resolutions

    I’m now into year three of writing baseball-travel resolutions (read 2015’s resolutions here; read 2016’s resolutions here).  These resolutions/goals mostly focus on attending Minor League Baseball games, but sometimes I add a Major League Baseball goal. The first resolution for 2017… In 2017, I resolve to see a @FisherCats or @PortlandSeaDogs game with @joshpahigian. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2017 Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to interact with Josh Pahigian, who has written numerous books about attending MLB and MiLB games (see his Amazon author page here).  He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at the University of New England.  During this past season he reached out…

  • ballparks,  Georgia,  Kentucky,  North Carolina,  South Carolina

    Reviewing my 2016 ballpark resolutions

    Like many people, I make New Years’ resolutions.  Unlike most people mine aren’t about losing weight, spending more time with family, getting organized, or any of the other most common resolutions that people end up breaking a few weeks into the new year.  Instead, my resolutions are about travel related to baseball teams.  Specifically, I tweet my resolutions about the baseball teams/stadiums I hope to visit during the upcoming year. So as 2016 is nearly coming to a close, I’ve taken some time to sit down and look at my success of accomplishing my New Years’ resolutions.  Since 2014, I’ve written four resolutions on January 1st of each year.  So…

  • ballparks,  Georgia,  Kentucky,  North Carolina,  South Carolina

    Revealing my 2016 ballpark resolutions

    Over the past two years I’ve made some baseball-related travel resolutions for the new year (Read 2015 resolutions here).  I’ve continued that trend into 2016, so before the semester gets away from me I wanted to sit down and recap my goals for the upcoming baseball season. Getting right to the point, my first Minor League Baseball travel resolution is to… In 2016, I resolve to see @GoTourists play on a #ThirstyThursday. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2016 I’ve previously made resolutions to see specific teams, but I have not made a resolution to attend on a specific day of the week or to attend a specific promotion.…

  • ballparks,  Georgia,  Illinois,  Kentucky,  Tennessee

    Reviewing my 2015 ballpark resolutions

    Since 2014, I have posted baseball-related travel resolutions.  If you want to see how I did meeting my 2014 resolutions, read about it here. Starting off January 1, I made four resolutions relating to visiting Minor League Baseball stadiums. In 2015, I resolve to attend @KCCougars game while visiting @ChooseChicago for #AAG2015, and hopefully share a beer with @MWLtraveler. — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2015 I started the year off on a good note, as I did in fact attend a Kane County Cougars game, and I got to meet Craig Wieczorkiewicz.  Craig operates The Midwest League Traveler, which covers appropriately enough, the Midwest League.  The first day I…

  • ballparks,  Georgia

    My night with the Atlanta Braves – Aug. 29, 2015

    When you grow up in a city you rarely take the time to visit the sights because those are the things tourists do.  As someone who grew up in metro Atlanta and worked at Turner Field for many years until recently, it was not a baseball stadiums I sought to include in my blog because it was always going to be there and I’d get to it sometime. That “sometime” came recently after winning three free tickets to see the New York Yankees play the Atlanta Braves on August 29.  So when making plans for a weekend trip to Atlanta I made sure to bring my camera, arrive early, and…

  • ballparks,  Georgia

    My night with the Rome Braves – June 26, 2015

    Over a year ago I made a New Year’s resolution to visit all four Minor League Baseball teams in Georgia. In 2014, I resolve to visit all four Georgia @MiLB teams: @GreenJackets, @GwinnettBraves, @TheRomeBraves, and @gnatsbaseball. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2014 I failed miserably because I only visited the Gwinnett Braves last year (read more here).  Wanting to avoid a repeat, I did not make that resolution this year.  However, this summer I finally fulfilled my goals and saw all four of Georgia’s Minor League Baseball teams in a single summer. After visiting Gwinnett, Augusta (read more here), and Savannah (read more here), I only had Rome left…