For the first time in 5 months I have nothing to look forward to. Nothing to plan. Nowhere to go. So now I can only look back on what was, and because I’m fascinated by numbers and lists, here are some of the highlights and facts, a few best of and worst of lists, some advice for future aspiring deathtour participants, and a few thank yous.
When I set out do the deathtour last year I was absolutely clueless as to how much effort it would take and how expensive it would be. I initially thought I could complete the trip in under $4,000, $6,000 tops, and maybe that’s possible. With better planning I may have been able to pull that off. But here are the final numbers. The tickets alone, to all 30 games cost $1,070. That’s an average of $35.66 per game. That number does not take into account the games which I did not pay to get into. In
The total cost of transportation from city to city was $4,500. That number does not include any city transit I may have used, be it taxis or metro. Over the course of the tour I boarded 38 different planes and 7 trains. Lodging at 21 hotels cost $2,676, a cost of $127 per location.
Had I kept better records I could tell you how much all my food cost. I’ve estimated that I spent $360 on food at games. The programs and scorecards added up to $137.
In total it all adds up to $8,754 not including other ancillary costs. All together that’s a cost of $291 per game. Not too bad, but it could be better.
And now a few completely arbitrary awards.
Best Out of Town Scoreboard (Excluding
Best Centerfield Screen – Chase Field,
Best Domed Ballpark – Chase Field,
Best Sausage Race –
Best Giant Coca-cola Bottle – The Phone Booth,
Best Scorecard Design – SafeCo Field,
Worst Scorecard Design – Dolphin Stadium,
Best Ballpark with an Attention to History - 3. Yankee Stadium, New York; 2. Great American Ballpark,
Best Food - 5.
Best Location - 5. Great American Ballpark,
Worst Location - 5. MacAfee Coliseum,
Best Value - 5.
Worst Ballpark - 5. Tropicana Field,
Best Ballpark - 5. Chase Field,
The next 5:
Great American Ballpark, Wrigley Field, Jacobs Field,
This whole endeavor wasn’t without a few minor problems and if I had to do this all over again (which, believe me, I’m not doing) I would change a few things.
1. Plan everything out before the season starts.
I paid for not doing this. By waiting until just a few weeks before leaving on a few trips I ended up paying more than I should have. There are some teams that sellout most, if not all of their games before the season. In cases like Fenway or Wrigley, buy your tickets well ahead of time.
2. Longer trips are cheaper.
This I realized but I only took two trips of one week or longer. I probably could have saved over a thousand dollars by grouping games together more efficiently. I traveled across the entire country only to go to a game in
3. Pay attention to the weather.
Obviously, when you plan a trip like this out in February, you don’t know what the weather’s going to be like in
4. Get frequent flier miles with an airline.
I made sure to do this before I started. And if I was smarter than I was, I would have looked into a similar deal with a hotel chain too. But, as it turns out, I’m not that smart.
5. Mooch off your friends and relatives as much as possible.
This always helps when you’re looking to save some money.
6. Sit in the cheap seats.
At least most of the time. Upper deck seats behind home plate, in my experience, are the best value in most places. Really cheap bleacher seats are good too. In nearly every game I tried to buy a seat with a face value of less than $30.
That covers just about everything. But before I wrap this up I want to thank a few people.
First, thanks to anyone who’s been following this wacky adventure. I’ve gotten some great feedback from people and it’s nice to see everyone following me along from city to city.
Special thanks to everyone who came out to the games with me. Shane Welker, Pat Loika, Taxman, the Jew Mafia, Brewtown Andy, Ed, Jon Dye, Everyone’s Pal Jim, Jabsen, my sister and my family in
A real special thanks to Shane, Pat, Jim and my family in
That’s it for this year. The Deathtour is at an end, at least for now. The most frequently asked question I get is, “So, are you going to go to every football stadium next year?” The answer to that is an emphatic, “No! Are you crazy?” I don’t even want to know how much that would cost me. But that’s not to say I won’t travel to a few sporting events next year. I may make a return trip to a few places, and
2009, here we come. Go Giants!