Eric Brewster and Ben Blatt are close friends who met while attending Harvard University, a few years ago. Their new book "I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever" is about their 30 day road trip across the United States visiting all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums.
Blatt admits he was very sports eccentric and loved conducting money ball type studies as a hobby during college. He wanted to find the optimal way to visit all 30 ballparks in 30 days and invited Brewster to go along with him. However, Brewster didn’t quite share the same interests. He says he hates baseball.
"We were driving from city to city, going from the first pitch to the last pitch, just a pure baseball road trip," says Blatt.
Although Brewster doesn’t enjoy the sport, he agreed to join him because he thought it would be a great opportunity to visit most of America.
"I thought this trip would be the ultimate road trip experience," says Brewster. "The reality of it was it was total chaos, it was driving 20 hours, going to a four hour baseball game, then driving 15 more hours to go to another 4 hour baseball game, and putting that on repeat for 30 days."
One thing they both realized while visiting all of the different ballparks on the trip is that baseball is a business.
"It was one of the most surprisingly reinforced things we witnessed," says Brewster. "You just got to feel how much this was just a giant conglomeration of companies that are there to drive a profit. And that is what every minute of every game is about from that perspective."
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From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Wednesday, June 25:
Are folks prepping for summer? The Commerce Department reports on durable goods orders for May. Stuff like lawn and garden equipment. Or a computer for you indoor types.
The Commerce Department also releases its final estimate for first-quarter gross domestic product.
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology discusses the future of human space exploration.
Ever wonder how to cut a mango? It's time to learn a new skill. The folks at the National Mango Board provide tips. They make it look easy. June is National Mango Month.
And the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival opens on the National Mall in Washington.