Two years ago, Matt Burns and his son visited all Major League and Minor League ballparks in their home state California. The planing was to visit sixteen ballparks in eighteen days in the Carolinas in 2020 but the corona virus threw a spanner in the works. But now, Matt and his dad are making up for this trip.
Matt is the owner/writer of the website Mapping the Path on which he documented the California trip with photos and videos, two years ago. Since he traveling with his dad right now, there isn’t time to update the website. That will happen as soon as Matt has returned home.
The current road trip leads them through North and South Carolina. The intention is to visit sixteen (minor league) ballparks in eighteen days: Greenville Drive, Gastonia Honey Hunters (indy), Charlotte Knights, Kannapolis CannonBallers, Winston-Salem Dash, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Carolina Mudcats, Down East Wood Ducks, Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Columbia FireFlies, Augusta GreenJackets, Asheville Tourists, Hickory Crawdads, Charleston RiverDogs, and Durham Bulls.
For both Matt and his father, besides baseball, this trip is about reuniting. Due to the corona pandemic, they haven’t seen each other in more than a year.
Currently the schedule is a bit in danger because of hurricane Ida. Nevertheless, this is an awesome road trip. A road trip like this is still on yours truly’s bucket list.
Last Saturday, a local news station in Gastonia paid attention to the trip. Here is the link to the website and the aired news item. If you’re living in the European Union, you will have to use VPN to reach the website.
For more information about the trip as a whole, visit http://www.mappingthepath.com. The current trip can be followed through twitter: @mappingthepath.
To have a look at the previous trip in California, just visit the website. If you are a minor league fan and a ballpark addict, it is a must see.