So you’ve decided to heed the call to adventure. Good for you. If you need reference to what the Guide actually is or who I actually am, please refer to the included links.
It’s harder to write travelogues than I thought, and I suddenly have empathy for Rick Steves. It was only after I wrote my general parameters for a travelogue in the disclaimer that I realized that under the rules I had given I literally couldn’t complete as many entries as I wanted before the relevant games for that year.
In case anyone forgot, here’s what I said while trying not to get soaked in Minneapolis:
TrueBlueLA, Michael Elizondo, April 12, 2022:
In my opinion it’s not fair to judge a place by a single game.
I made sure the guide entries for Wrigley Field and PNC Park were posted ahead of each series because while traveling in Minneapolis I received positive feedback from touring Dodgers fans who seemed to appreciate the authoritative advice.
By the time this essay goes live, the first four entries of the guide will be live:
Wrigley Field, for the May 5-May 7 series
PNC Park, for the May 9-11 series
Cincinnati, for the June 21-June 23 series
San Francisco, for the series June 10-12, August 1-4, and September 16-18.
Now, of course, I can’t write a guide entry about a place before I’ve visited it, so of course the guide entries for Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Chicago (AL) will have to wait until next year. Considering I’ve only played individual games in Anaheim, Phoenix, Denver, and Miami, I can’t write a competent guide entry until I’ve played at least two games in their respective stadiums. I will be able to rectify this situation for all of the above cities except Miami this year. Also, as a professional fan, I haven’t traveled to Oakland, Milwaukee, Washington DC, or New York (Citi Field), so I lack the materials to write a competent Guide entry.
However, I can, as I have done before, write reviews of my travels (as my two days in Minneapolis demonstrated) so I can at least share time accounts of my adventures, which I will be happy to share with you.
As such, the prediction of what additions to the guide I will be making in 2023 is best outlined as follows (depending on the upcoming schedule):
- Kansas City;
- Chicago (AL);
- Milwaukee; and
- Washington, D.C
With these limitations, it’s actually quite easy to write the schedule for the remaining Guide entries for the year, and for which series.
- Atlanta, for the June 24-26 series;
- St. Louis, for the July 12-14 series;
- Los Angeles, for every home game but certainly for the All-Star game;
- Phoenix, for the September 12-14 series;
- San Diego, for the September 27-29 series; and
- Denver because I feel like it (the Dodgers have their last visit to Coors Field in 2022 on the dates I will be attending).
Since a few people have asked me what I’m releasing next, I figured I’d follow through. As always, I hope my travels educate, inspire, and offer a unique perspective that you wouldn’t get otherwise. See you on the street!
However, I have one final update that I’m really looking forward to: