I am incredibly excited to announce that I am launching a new podcast with my friend Anthony Rapp! You may recognize Anthony from his numerous starring roles on Broadway (Rent, If/Then), his feature film roles (Dazed and Confused, Adventures in Babysitting) or his many television roles. But on The Clubhouse Podcast, his only credit that matters, is that he is a fan of the Chicago Cubs. Every week, Anthony and I will invite a guest into The Clubhouse to talk about why they love the greatest game on earth: baseball.Read More
I am pleased to announce that I will be partaking in a Reddit AMA today! I look forward to answering as many questions as I can and sharing some stories with my fellow baseball fans. Hopefully this will help us all through the Off-Season doldrums. Please follow the link to join in: http://redd.it/2mrtyw
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To those of you who have visited Rounding Third before, you will notice a brand new section to the website. I have curated the best photos from each stop on my tour and included them on one single page. Click Here for a pictorial tour of my travels.
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Only 95 days until Spring Training!!!
Greetings everybody. It has been a while since I have posted, but I assure you that there is much more to come from Rounding Third. There are still things that I can not mention yet, but I have some cool news to share.
In 2016 TF Publishing will be releasing a wall calendar featuring photos from my tour! I could not be happier to be working with this great company and I can not wait for all of you to see the finished product. I may be a bit biased, but from what I have seen so far, it is an absolutely beautiful calendar.
I am still working hard on the book and will hopefully have some news to share about the release date for that as well.
Thanks and stay tuned!
With Spring Training just around the corner, I have some exciting news about Rounding Third. I am in the process of writing a book about my journey around the country that will include some of the stories found on this site and on the podcast. I am working on a couple of other projects that I can not wait to share with all of you. Stay tuned to this site and follow me on Twitter @RoundingThirdMJ for future updates.
In the mean time, John Vorperian invited me onto his wonderful show Beyond the Game to sit down and chat about my stadium tour. To watch my interview with John click the link below.Read More
I did it. It took me 95 days, 16,955 miles and a lot of grapes, but I did it. 30 stadiums, one summer. My body is about ready to break down, but before that I need to tell you all about my experience at Fenway Park. I assure you I did not plan it this way, but I am ending my tour serendipitously at the oldest park in the Majors and I could not be happier the way my schedule turned out.Read More
This is my last off day. I am staying with some family friends in Boston and they are out of town for Labor Day weekend. I have been running on pure adrenaline virtually all summer and my body is ready to break down. I have one more day to go, I just need to stay on my feet a little while longer.Read More
My last official driving day of the tour. I am thinking about making one more stop, but the distance it took for me to see all 30 stadiums in one summer ended up being 16,905 miles. I was only 2,000 miles off on my original estimate.Read More
I had initially booked an extra day in Toronto just in case it rained and the roof remained closed. As the sun ended up making a welcome appearance during yesterday's game, I decided against attending another game at the Rogers Centre and took a trip to the CN Tower instead. I met some nice baseball fans on my way up to the observation deck and ended up chatting with them for about two hours high atop the city of Toronto.Read More
The day started drearily with rain clouds forming overhead. When I arrived at the Rogers Centre those same clouds opened up as water fell from the sky. I stood in line anxiously hoping that the retractable roof would somehow remain open, but with every drop it seemed less and less likely.Read More
With only a couple of more days left on this tour, I figured that I would take this opportunity to let you know what I am planning to do next season and beyond. This 30-stadium tour is just the beginning.Read More
After my little flat tire setback yesterday I made it to Canada in one piece. I used to drive back and forth over the border during my days living in Detroit, but this time I forgot that I had my entire life packed in the backseat of my car.Read More
I was so close. Just two more cities to go and I finally got a flat tire. To be honest I am shocked it did not happen sooner. My day was not all bad however, as it began with a great tour of Citizens Bank Park.Read More
If you have not already done so, please check out Days #82 and #84 for the first two parts of how I lost 45 pounds in 4 months. This is the third and final post discussing how I got physically and mentally prepared for this tour.Read More
The last time that I visited Philadelphia I went to a game at the old Veterans Stadium. The one thing that I remember from my time at the Vet was that the field looked like green paint on concrete. I am happy to say that Citizens Bank Park is a gigantic leap forward in architectural design and a wonderful home for the Phillies.Read More
If you have not already done so, please check out Day #82 for Part 1 of How I lost 45 pounds in 4 months. This is the second of three posts discussing how I physically and mentally prepared for this tour.Read More
I could not leave Pittsburgh without taking the PNC tour. I waited until after the Diamondbacks series when the Pirates left for the road so I could get the full experience. If you are thinking about taking one of these behind-the-scene looks at your home stadium (which you absolutely should), I recommend going on a day when the team is on the road. When the team is away, you are given access to the home and visiting clubhouses which is quite a treat.Read More
Rather than take in another Pirates game I decided to stay in and get some writing done. This turned out to be the right decision. Although I have not yet experienced an extra innings game on this tour yet, I was happy to see the Pirates game go 16 innings in the rain today while I sat comfortably inside my hosts' home in the suburbs. For those of you who are interested, I will outline how I lost 45 pounds in four months in preparation for this tour, and how I have kept it off while on the road. This will be broken down in the next three off day posts.Read More
I have been on the road for 81 days now. I have visited 26 stadiums in those 81 days. I have been asked “What is your favorite stadium?” at each one. My answer has evolved over the past few months and I am sure it will change again before I am done. The one constant is the response I get from those who ask the question. “Well have you been to PNC yet?” According to virtually everyone I have met on the road, PNC is the best ballpark in America. They might not be wrong.Read More
I am starting to run on fumes. While I planned this trip over the past year, I estimated that I would drive 15,000 miles. I was wrong. After what should have been a four hour drive to Pittsburgh turned into six and a half, I realized that my initial guess was a bit off. As of today I have driven 15,442 miles and I still have three cities to go.Read More
I am home. When people ask me what my “favorite stadium” has been so far I immediately disqualify Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park due to sentimentality. Tiger Stadium will most likely forever be my favorite because it was the stadium I grew up in. CoPa will probably be a close second because it is the park that I saw my first live World Series game in. I will try and stay as objective as possible, but this will be difficult.Read More