Hey there and thanks for stumbling on to my little cyber corner of the galaxy here at Rick's Story. Firstly, I'd like to thank my oldest son and best friend, Michael Coe for building this website and helping to get my story out to the world about my dream of attending a game at all 30 current Major League Baseball stadiums through our podcast titled Chasing a Dream with The Dugout Duo.
Other than being the youngest sports columnist in the United States many years ago, my travels throughout Major League Baseball certainly ranks up there as one of my greatest lifetime accomplishments. Thanks again for making this project become a reality Michael. I love you bud.
A little about me other than my lifetime addiction to baseball, I have a variety of interests which include traveling, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, bon fires in the back yard with a German wheat beer, anything outdoors, weekend road trips with the stereo cranked and the moon roof open on my Toyota RAV4, hanging out in Door County, listening to music, watching movies, following Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball, going to Milwaukee Brewer and Green Bay Packer games, tailgate parties at Lambeau Field and Miller Park, homebrewing and sampling different beers from around the world, meeting new people from throughout the planet, along with learning and experiencing new adventures. As you can see, I have one or two things to keep me occupied.
I'm originally from the Inland Pacific Northwest and was born in Spokane, Washington. Someday when I empty my bucket list, I'd love to move to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho where my life basically started. Funny thing, I used to love the Mariners and Seahawks beyond words. Now I die for the Milwaukee Brewers and bleed Green Bay Packer green and gold. Never thought I'd end up saying that when I was a kid. Yes, I still closely follow Gonzaga basketball. Many fond memories with Gonzaga, especially the part where the campus was right down the street of my grand parents home. Definitely my 2 of my all time favorite people.
Three goals I'm actively pursueing are making this podcast a huge success with your help, attending a Major League Baseball game at all 30 stadiums as mentioned above and visiting all 50 states. Currently I've seen a game at all 30 current MLB stadiums and have been to 48 different states. I just have Alaska and Hawaii to go and have now attended a game at all 30 MLB franchise cities. I finally achieved my dream on July 1, 2018 when I got to see the Kansas City Royals play the Seattle Mariners at gorgeous Safeco Field. In total, I've visited 40 stadiums in all.
Some of my favorite stadiums are PNC Park, Camden Yards, Safeco Field, Fenway Park, AT&T Park, Dodger Stadium and Petco Park. Yes, I love to travel and still love baseball. Somethings never change. A huge dream is to someday see U2 in concert and meet Bono and The Edge backstage. I'm a great supporter of many of U2's political stands.
Call me crazy, but I'd love to join an organization such as Greenpeace when I retire. My luck I'd get seasick on some boat in the middle of some ocean, so I'd embrace working on the administrative end. I have the ultimate respect for men and women who tirelessly defend our marine life through their efforts. Once our environment is gone forever, it won't renew itself. When it's gone, it's gone. If we dare to change the world, let it bear the mark of our true intelligence.
As for my baseball background, while growing up in the panhandle of northern Idaho as a youngster, never in my wildest dreams did I envision myself as an adult attending a game at 40 different Major League Baseball stadiums across the country. Looking back, it's been quite a run. And what makes this dream even more fulfilling is I've been able to share my passion with my three children, Michael, Megan and Sam, along with my future daughter-in-law Robin, future son-in-law Steve and granddaughters Dahlia and Lilli.
I must confess, I'm envious of my kids and granddaughters for witnessing something I would have given my right arm for as a child. Perhaps that's why it's this important to me. But then again, maybe my dream isn't totally shared with my children. Sometimes I wonder if Megan and Sam appreciate the significance of our past travels. And if not, hopefully someday they will realize they were part of something extremely special. Not many can say, "I've been to over half of the stadiums in Major League Baseball."
Oh the baseball cities we visited, along with those priceless memories. The dilapidated cottage in Iron Bridge, Ontario where Megan, Sam and I stayed on our way to Montreal or the lemonade vendor who Sam heckled at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City are a couple. Or perhaps asking for one towel, two towel or three towel at the hotel at Arlington, Texas hits our funny bone at any given time. I know the speeding ticket on our way to Baltimore didn't amuse me in the least.
"I finally achieved My dream on July 1, 2018 when i got to see the Kansas City RoYals play the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle."
"Yes, I love to travel and still love baseball."
"Never in my wildest dreams did I envision myself as an adult attending a game at 40 different Major League Baseball stadiums across the country."
"I must confess, I'm envious of my kids and granddaughters for witnessing something I would have given my right arm for as a child. Perhaps that's why it's this important to me."