December 10th, 2012
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On April 1st 2011 while I was visiting the Oakland Coliseum, I met this guy:
His name is Benson. And he’s from Southeast Asia. Really a cool guy. When we first met, the Coliseum was his 17th baseball stadium he has seen. That year, he was on his way to see Busch Stadium and Kauffman Stadium as well. This year, I played a little catch-up with him via email and he stated he had only three more stadiums left to see. In 2013, he plans on seeing Skydome, Target Field and I think Tropicana. I hope to catch up with him at Target Field (since I’ve plans to go there anyway in ’13) and get some more pictures with him. He collects autographs and the occasional baseball. It’s really awesome meeting people abroad that share the same interests as myself.
Specifically for this blog entry (and with his permission) I asked him a few questions regarding baseball. Some of the things I found out were his favorite baseball stadiums and favorite players. You know, the cool stuff we all like to talk about.
Me: “So when we first met, you were visiting your 17th Major League stadium, right? How many stadiums have you seen now?”
Benson: “I’ve seen 27 total.”
Me: “Wow! You know, I’ve lived in the United States for 32 years and I’ve only seen like, 14 stadiums! Plus the Tokyo Dome in Japan, but. Anyway, what’s been your favorite stadium so far?”
Benson: “PNC Park and Safeco Field!”
Me: “Awesome! Seattle gets a little shout out there, that’s pretty cool. I practically live in Safeco Field during the baseball season, so for me, it gets kind of boring at times. But it’s always an adventure there. Its a great stadium. Plus, we have a roof that retracts! So we always get baseball! Do you have a favorite baseball player?”
Benson: “Josh Hamilton and CJ Wilson.”
Me: “Josh Hamilton may not return to Texas. That would be a bummer, huh. Any favorite teams?”
Benson: “Rangers and Angels.”
Me: “Ahh! Division rivals! How does that work when both teams play each other? Oh, forget I asked. That’s like when the Mariners play the Athletics. I’m just a confused baseball fan when that happens! So wrapping this up, my friend, what are your plans for the 2013 season?”
Benson: “Visit Toronto, New York and Minnesota!”
Me: “Good choices! Maybe catch you at the All-star game in New York next year! If not, see you in Minnesota!”