Around the Stadiums in 26 Days

I know that I am super jealous of the summer that Josh Robbins has had. That’s because, in 26 days, he visited all 30 baseball stadiums to take in a game. He has submitted his accomplishment to the Guinness Book of Records besting the previous best by 2 days.

The native New Yorker who now resides in California began his trip in Seattle traveling 14,212 miles and spending more than $2,000 in gas. Don’t ask Robbins which stadium had the best hot dogs though, the classic ballpark fare isn’t something he likes, so Robbins survived on chicken tenders and pretzels along his journey.

During the trip he went to two games in a day 4 times in order to save time. He went from Seattle to San Francisco; Anaheim; Phoenix; Oakland; back to Los Angeles; down to San Diego; and then to Denver; Kansas City; Detroit; Toronto; Cleveland; Chicago; Minneapolis; Arlington, Texas; Houston; St. Petersburg, Florida; Miami; Atlanta; St. Louis; Cincinnati; Baltimore; Pittsburgh; Boston; the Bronx in New York; Queens in New York; Philadelphia; Washington; Chicago; and Milwaukee.

Along the way, seven friends or family members – including his wife, Su Karuppana, and dad, Jon Robbins – joined him to help drive and watch games.

“The most difficult drive was San Diego to Denver,” Robbins said. “That was one of the most thrills I’ve had driving. After the Padres game, we had 14 hours to drive 1,082 miles. We got to the first pitch by two minutes, every second counted. I still don’t know how [we] did it.”

Robbins managed to see some pretty cool games along the way, too. The San Francisco Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez had a no-hitter into the sixth inning, Arizona Diamondback Justin Upton homered into the stadium’s pool beyond the outfield wall, Cleveland’s Cliff Lee had 11 strikeouts, the Chicago White Sox’s Nick Swisher clubbed a grand slam, Albert Pujols hit his 300th home run for St. Louis, and Ryan Howard of the Phillies hit two home runs.

The best part is that Robbins doesn’t even own a car and made the journey in a rental car the whole way. Actually no, the best part is that he got to see 30 baseball games in 26 days.

4 Responses to “Around the Stadiums in 26 Days”

  1. 1 youppi
    July 29, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    wow. I’m so jealous.

    so when are we doing this, slanch?

  2. 2 Mattraw
    July 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Not that I’m not impressed with the amount of driving (although Dibbes would’ve done it without sleep), but the real feat here is working out the schedules of all 30 teams into a feasible plan. Well done, that guy.

  3. 3 lucaschute
    July 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    That 3D map is lame. Couldn’t they just show a regular map without a bunch of repeat clip art? We know its about baseball b/c of the captions and info galore.


  4. 4 youppi
    July 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    the baseball player shadows are pretty dumb. and isn’t the 3D a little pointless? unless he traveled underground to get to some of the stadiums. That would be cool.

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