me out to the ballgames
John Dreuth walked into PNC Park in Pittsburgh last summer, he completed
the ultimate baseball road trip. The second-year Krannert MBA student
has attended baseball games in all 30 major league parks, a journey of
19,000 miles spread over three summers.
always been a baseball fan," Dreuth admits. "After high
school, I played on a team in Europe, and I've been involved in Little
Chicago native and lifelong Cubs fan came up with the idea of visiting
each major league park during his senior year in high school. After
graduating from Purdue in industrial engineering in May 1998, he started
the journey that summer at Ewing Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. He
traveled in 1998, 1999, and 2001, saving a long West Coast trip for the
final year. Dreuth has actually seen games in 36 parks, including
now-closed venues in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee,
and Arlington, Texas.
purchased his tickets in advance, and only had one glitch along the way.
"Jacobs Field in Cleveland always sold out games, so I had to get
my cousin in Ohio to help me get a seat," he says.
26-year-old bachelor did all the driving himself, although with friends
and relatives in several major league cities, he rarely attended games
alone. He walked around the exterior and then the interior of each
stadium, and then asked guest services if there were any particular
things he should see. As mementos, Dreuth bought golf balls, each
displaying a team's logo.
surprisingly, he lists Chicago's Wrigley Field as his favorite venue. He
says Pitts-burgh's PNC Park is the nicest new stadium, while Pacific
Bell Park in San Francisco is the best for children. New York Yankee
fans win Dreuth's endorsement as the most knowledgeable.
worst ballparks: Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay and Pro Player Stadium in
Miami. Employees at the latter admitted to Dreuth that the stadium was
built for football, not baseball.
doesn't know yet where he'll be working after graduation, but he is
certain of one travel destination in 2003: Cincinnati. The Reds are
opening a new ballpark. - Tim Newton