• Alabama,  ballparks,  travel

    A Minor League Baseball road trip through Alabama

    People who enjoy baseball, and especially Minor League Baseball, regularly plan their summer vacations around visiting ballparks.  These trips are often based around individual goals, whether it’s to visit new states or new ballparks or to watch top prospects or even the most ambitious goal of seeing all 159 active, affiliated Minor League baseball stadiums. With good timing, visiting all of the Minor League ballparks in Alabama can be done in a matter of four days.  I undertook this adventure earlier this summer with my wife Katie. The Basics Currently, Alabama has three Minor League Baseball teams: the Birmingham Barons, the Mobile BayBears, and the Montgomery Biscuits.  From north-to-south, the…

  • Alabama,  ballparks,  craft beer

    Alabama Memorial Day weekend road trip preview

    As the summer travel season is almost upon us, my wife Katie and I will be making our first extended trip of the year over the Memorial Day weekend.  The inspiration for our upcoming trip is baseball and craft beer, as we are setting out to see every Minor League Baseball team that plays in Alabama while also visiting more of the state’s craft breweries. Our schedule is built around attending MiLB games, but we will assuredly be visiting craft breweries and seeing other local sights.  Here is our schedule… Saturday, May 26:Biloxi Shuckers at Mobile BayBears, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 29:Jackson Generals at Montgomery Biscuits, 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, May…

  • ballparks,  Mississippi

    My night with the Biloxi Shuckers – July 14, 2017

    The newest stadium in the Southern League opened nearly two years ago to much fanfare, as the stadium endured numerous construction delays and the team played its first 25 home games on the road at a number of different ballparks (read more here).  So I was thrilled when I finally got to attend a Biloxi Shuckers home game this summer. However, I did not plan the date to attend the game.  My wife Katie scoured the Shuckers promotional scheduled picked the date because the team was giving away a bobblehead commemorating outfielder Brett Phillips chasing away an opossum (see video here). So after visiting Biloxi Brewing Company, which is just…

  • Alabama,  ballparks

    My photo has been published in a baseball book

    Since I started this blog, I’ve begun to interact with a lot of other baseball bloggers.  I’ve referenced some of them in my posts like Craig Wieczorkiewicz (Twitter: @MWLtraveler) and Malcolm MacMillan (Twitter: @BallparkGuide), and most people know about MiLB.com’s Ben Hill (Twitter: @bensbiz).  In addition to interacting with these other bloggers, I’ve also made interacted and wrote about a baseball travel writer who has written numerous books about visiting Major League and Minor League stadiums: Josh Pahigian (Twitter: @joshpahigian).  You can find an inventory of all his books on Amazon.com here. Last April, he contacted me about his latest project and asked if he could include a photo I…

  • ballparks,  Tennessee

    My night with the Tennessee Smokies – May 18, 2016

    There are some advantages and disadvantages to having attended baseball games over the past 30 years.  The biggest disadvantage for me is that while I’ve visited many over the years, I have not always written about my visits to ballparks.  So my ballpark count is significantly higher than the number of stadiums I’ve written about visiting. The biggest advantage is that I get to re-visit stadiums and share a new experience with the people who read my blog.  So after first watching the Tennessee Smokies play a home game in 2002 and 2005, I am finally writing about the stadium after attending a game in May 2016.  Like those other…

  • ballparks,  craft beer,  North Carolina,  South Carolina,  Tennessee

    Previewing my trip through the Carolinas

    Since this past December, my girlfriend and I have been planning a trip to North and South Carolina once the school year was over.  She grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, so she has not visited many of the states in the Southeast.  She loves to travel, and thankfully appreciates and supports my desire to visit baseball stadiums – Major League and Minor League. So when I thought about places we could visit in the spring after we both wrapped up the spring semesters, I had two suggestions: the Carolinas or the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans.  As Katie has visited Louisiana before, and made a brief stop in…

  • Alabama,  ballparks

    My day with the Birmingham Barons – May 27, 2015

    In 1996, a tradition was born that returned baseball to downtown Birmingham, Ala.  The Friends of Rickwood and Birmingham Barons staged the first Rickwood Classic, which brought the team from its suburban home at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium (read about my visit here) to downtown for a single game.  Since 2013, the Barons have played in downtown at Regions Field (read about my visit here), but have continued to play the Rickwood Classic. This year marks the 20th Rickwood Classic, but my first time attending the game.  Each classic commemorates a different era of Barons history with this year’s event commemorating the 1948 Barons, who won the Southern Association title and…

  • Alabama,  ballparks

    My night with the Mobile BayBears – May 8, 2015

    After arriving late in Pensacola the night before, I was determined to arrive in plenty of time to see the first pitch in Mobile.  So after some sightseeing in Pensacola on a Friday morning, I headed over to Mobile, Ala., and visited the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park before getting ready to make a short trip from my downtown hotel to Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile BayBears. The silhouette is of the stadium’s namesake following through on his prolific homerun swing, but the BayBears commemorate the rich history of baseball in the city with a marker honoring the five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who…

  • ballparks,  Florida

    My night with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos – May 7, 2015

    After a long school year, I decided to blow off a bit of steam with a three-day baseball jaunt to the Gulf Coast.  So last Thursday, I hit the road and drove to Tallahassee, Fla.  Visiting Tallahassee has nothing to do with baseball, but everything to do with one of my other travel interests: state capitols. Tallahassee isn’t on the way to many places, so when I planned a trip to visit the Gulf Coast I added Tallahassee so I could visit Florida’s capitol.  Unfortunately, visiting Tallahassee cost me some time and caused me to be late to the other primary objective: a Pensacola Blue Wahoos home game. I arrived…

  • Alabama,  ballparks

    My night with the Huntsville Stars – Aug. 2, 2014

    When you used to work in sports, it’s not always easy to attend games because you’re usually working them.  That is the case with the Huntsville Stars for me.  I interned with the team during the summer of 2003.  I visited for a game that fall during the Southern League playoffs, but like many stadiums that was before I started blogging about my ballpark treks. When the sale and move of the Stars was announced early this year, I decided that I must watch a home game before the team moved to Biloxi.  I wasn’t the only one thinking about returning to Huntsville, as a former coworker organized a reunion…