• ballparks,  New Hampshire,  travel

    Previewing my trip to New England

    As Opening Day for Major League and Minor League teams is upon us this week, I get set for two constants of my life during the month of April: attending the AAG Annual Meeting and attending some baseball games during the opening week of the season. The 2017 AAG Annual Meeting is in Boston, so that will serve as the base of my journeys over the next week. Map of my upcoming trip to New England. I arrive in Boston on Wednesday, April 5, so I will start my trip by seeing the Red Sox that night.  It’ll be a harried day, as I am also making my presentation that…

  • ballparks,  travel

    Experiencing a new ballpark to the fullest

    For a few weeks now I’ve been thinking about what makes for a “good” ballpark experience.  I don’t think there is a definitive list because everybody has their own “must do” items to truly experience a baseball stadium, especially a Minor League stadium. However, as a geographer who studies place and place attachment, I’ve thought about the things I try to do when I visit a new ballpark.  The premise can be applied to any sports venue, but my primary experience has been with baseball stadiums and especially Minor League stadiums. #1: Read Up on the Park There are a lot of blogs and books that talk about stadium visits,…

  • ballparks,  travel

    Revealing my 2014 ballpark resolutions

    Last year I hoped to visit a handful of Minor League Baseball stadiums, and hit the mark on a few but missed on some others.  This year I set some rather ambitious goals, but I’ve always aimed high when it comes to traveling.  To make sure I’m accountable, I want to disclose my stadium visit goals for 2014. I’ve posted a handful of tweets breaking down my goals, and will share them here. The first goal is close to my heart as someone who grew up in Georgia. In 2014, I resolve to visit all four Georgia @MiLB teams: @GreenJackets, @GwinnettBraves, @TheRomeBraves, and @gnatsbaseball. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January…

  • ballparks,  Georgia,  travel

    Georgia’s Minor League Baseball summer promotions

    Summer is right around the corner as the school year finishes with Memorial Day weekend, and that means baseball season hits full stride, too.  For parents and baseball fans looking for inexpensive and fun ways to spend their summer evenings, Georgia’s four minor league teams offer a variety of promotions.  Minor league baseball is known for regular promotions like “Thirsty Thursday” or “Two-for-Tuesday,” but I wanted to focus on some of the unique promotions and giveaways that provide fans with a real reason to attend a game.  Whether you want to check out your local team or make a road trip, there are tons of reasons for fans to flock…

  • Text on the left says "Presidential Pathways" next to the seal of the president of the United States of America on the right.
    presidents,  travel

    Presidential Pathways: An Introduction

    Like many travelers, I have a list of places I want to visit.  Some places are interesting and compelling on their own, but some sights are part of a larger collection.  I regularly write about my quest to visit baseball stadiums, but I want to share another collection.  In 2007, I started a quest to visit presidential sights.  Specifically, I am aiming to visit all presidential birthplaces, burial places, and libraries. While searching through the Internet I stumbled upon a great resource, which has been instrumental to my travels.  I found Rachel Kochmann‘s book Presidents: Birthplaces, Homes, and Burial Sites.  The book includes the typical biographical information, but also has…