This post is about two months overdue, but I finally had a chance to share a recap of the 2021 season. Back in November, I had an episode about the season recap on my Twitch channel that I’ll share on here also. The 2021 season was a very special one for me!
When I started the 2021 season, I planned on making up for lost time in 2020, but never in the way it happened. I used to take a couple of long weekends and make it to a few stadiums, but nothing like what happened this year. The blog made me want to visit even more new places, and share them with everyone. I’ve mentioned it before, but going into the 2021 season was much different with the Minor League Baseball contraction, and I had a different approach at the beginning of the season. This season was a lesson on how to deal with that, and enjoy the game/stadium no matter what level of baseball is being played!
So let’s get into the numbers of the 2021 season:
Total Ballparks: 23
Total States Traveled: 11
Approx. Total Miles: 10,338
Total States Driven To: 9
Total States Flown To: 2
9 Total Leagues Watched Including:
American Association, High A Central, AA Central, MLB, Frontier League, Northwoods League, NCAA Division 1, Prospect Leauge, Ohio Valley League.
Saw the World Series Champion Atlanta Braves, and runner up Houston Astros during the season, along with 7 total MLB playoff teams.
Other Championship Teams Watched: Prospect League Champion Cape Catfish, High A Central Champion Quad City River Bandits, American Association Champion Kansas City Monarchs, Ohio Valley League Champion Dubois County Bombers, and Frontier League Champion Schaumburg Boomers.
My favorite milestone was seeing the first MLB game ever in my home state of Iowa at the Field Of Dreams Game!
Longest streak of games was 3, all on a regular work weekend.
1 Extra innings game that went 13 innings (Gary Southshore Railcats Vs Houston Apollos)
6 Total walk off wins
Approximately 77:26 of time at games this season
While the schedules are sill being released for the 2022 season, I do have some places on my radar to visit. I’ll combine them on one line if my goal is to visit both places on one trip. Some of these ideas might have to wait another year, depending on logistics/scheduling. Other places on this list are very far away from me, that I might make a goal for another year:
Going to MLB opening day (I’ve never been to opening day)
A trip to Indianapolis/Cincinnati or Louisville
Kansas City Monarchs/Kansas City Royals
Omaha Storm Chasers/Lincoln Saltdogs
Minnesota Twins/St Paul Saints
Windy City Thunderbolts
Lake Country Dockhounds on their inaugural weekend
More Prospect League teams, possibly Ofallon and Alton
Eau Claire Express/Duluth Huskies
Memphis Redbirds/Nashville Sounds
Field Of Dreams Game 2022
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Beloit Sky Carp (Former Snappers)
Guaranteed Rate Field
Even though there’s snow on the ground, the 2022 season will be here before we know it! Throughout the end of November/December it was busy season at work, but I was able to catch a few Iowa Heartlanders hockey games on Saturday nights that I’m planning to share soon! It’s their inaugural season in Coralville, Iowa. I’m also planning on going to a few more games in January as long as the weather is good!