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Finkstonball Dates Announced for 2013 #BaseballJourney

One country I am dying to visit is Austria.

My sister-in-law went to high school there. I’ve been fascinated with so many photos of travelers visiting. Everything I have read and heard about it makes it seem like an amazing place to me.  The history, scenery, people, food, and beer really interest me. So how could you add all of this together and package it to make it even more attractive? Throw in a baseball tournament!

That’s exactly what they have done in Attnang-Puchheim with the Finkstonball Tournament each year.

Each summer they host a weekend long baseball tournament that is also paired with a music festival.

The dates for 2013 have been announced, and I am going to try to make it next year on my European trip, at least that is the plan right now.

For 15 years, the fine folks here have been putting on the tournament. Over 2000 players from more than 80 teams in 19 different countries have played here.

To me it doesn’t get much better than this when you add up the baseball, the location, and the people.

Have you been before? Or would you like to go? Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear some feedback.

The dates for 2013 are May 18th – 20th.

For more information visit Finkstonball.com.

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#BaseballJourney at the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships

I have been fortunate to see some of the greatest baseball players to ever play in the USA, but I don’t want to stop there. I have lived in South Korea for most of the past 3 years during which I have seen a lot of baseball. I have gotten the chance to see every KBO team and stadium in use as well as a few that are only used by amateur and high school leagues.

Baseball is a religion of sorts here. The fans here are passionate, knowledgeable, and hungry for winners on every level. Luckily for me the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championships are currently being held in Seoul. So for the next two weekends I’ll be spending my time between two stadiums watching international baseball. This is my current #BaseballJourney.

This is my first foray into international baseball. I’m fortunate to be able to see the USA play. Not only that, but I am getting to see them play Korea as well which will make for an electric atmosphere.

However, on the grand scheme of things it is seeing other countries that you might not know have good teams. For instance, Italy and the Czech Republic are representing Europe. Colombia, Panama, and Venezuela are here as well representing South America. Then there are the powers that you expect to be here and do well like Japan, Korea, USA, and Canada.

It’s an exciting time watching international baseball for the first time. I’m excited and realize how lucky I am for the chance to do so.

I don’t know where my #BaseballJourney will take me in the future, but I’m excited about the prospects.

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Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese Statue in Brooklyn

Jackie Robinson is synonomous with the Brooklyn Dodgers having broken the color barrier in 1947 and playing in Brooklyn until 1956. Just 2 years after Robinson retired from baseball, the Dodgers moved west to Los Angeles and baseball was gone from Brooklyn.

In 2001 baseball was back in Brooklyn as the Queens Kings moved to Brooklyn to become the Cyclones. The team plays on Coney Island where on November 1, 2005 a statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson was unveiled.

The statue is a eight foot tall bronze statue of Reese with his arm around Robinson. The statue is of a moment in Cincinnati during Robinson’s first game. As he was being heckled and cursed and called every name in the book, Reese walked across the field with his arm around Robinson.

On the pedestal of the sculpture are six panels and includes an engraved description:

“This monument honors Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese: teammates, friends, and men of courage and conviction.  Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Reese supported him, and together they made history.  In May 1947, on Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, Robinson endured racist taunts, jeers, and death threats that would have broken the spirit of a lesser man.  Reese, captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers, walked over to his teammate Robinson and stood by his side, silencing the taunts of the crowd.  This simple gesture challenged prejudice and created a powerful and enduring friendship.”

The statue sits in front of the Cyclones Stadium MCU Park.

Photos Courtesy of Ismael Nunez

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13 Things to do in Baseball in 2013 in Europe and Asia

Recently I came out with plans to take a long baseball trip in 2013, but the sticking point is where to go. Do I travel around the USA or make a trip through Europe and Asia? I decided I would come up with a list of 13 things to do in 2013 for both trips to help me decide. Last time we looked at the USA 13 for ’13.

Today is the Europe/Asia list. So here we go:

13 for ’13

1. See baseball in some of the best European leagues (France, Netherlands, Germany, and Czech Republic)
2. See the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam
3. See the European Cup
4. Prague Baseball Week
5. International Baseball Week in London
6. 12u World Championships in Taiwan
7. Finkstonball Tournament in Austria
8.  Experience baseball in new cultures
9.  Join an adult touring team to play in either China or Czech Republic
10. See professional games in the CPBL
11. Experience locals games in countries where baseball has not caught on (China, Vietnam, etc…)
12. See baseball on different levels in Europe (kids, teenagers, adults)
13. Meet fans from all over the world

I think everything on the list is doable.

A little over a year ago I created a 40 by 40 list of things to do before I am 40. Sadly, I’ll have just 4 years to do as many as I can very soon. Time to get moving on the list I guess.

What would be on your list for 2013?

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13 Things to do in Baseball for 2013

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where to travel to see baseball next year in 2013 when my contract is up in South Korea. Since I love lists, I thought I would create a list of 13 things to do in ’13. But since I can’t decide yet on whether to travel in the US or Europe, I’ll do a list for each.

Today is the USA list. So here we go:

13 for ’13

1. See all 30 MLB Stadiums
2. See the movie set of Field of Dreams
3. Visit the Hall of Fame
4. Visit Rickwood Field
5. Visit the Negro Leagues Hall of Fame
6. See a game at the College World Series
7. See a Minnesota Town Ball game
8. Participate in Baseball ‘Round the Clock at the NBC World Series
9. Tailgate at a game in Milwaukee
10. See a game at each level of professional baseball
11. See a top 10 college team play
12. Watch the Midnight Sun Game in Alaska
13. Throw out a first pitch

I think everything on the list is doable. The only one that might become a problem is throwing out a first pitch somewhere.

A little over a year ago I created a 40 by 40 list of things to do before I am 40. Sadly, I’ll have just 4 years to do as many as I can very soon. Time to get moving on the list I guess.

What would be on your list for 2013?

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Introduction to #BaseballJourney

Along with running Baseball de World, I have run the website BaseballJourneyman.com for the last couple of years. The site is my personal site where I talk baseball and document my baseball travels.

In early 2013, I will return home to the States and begin traveling. Over the next 8 months, I’ll begin to plan my trip and I’d love your feedback. I’ll be posting articles here under the heading #BaseballJourney which I will also use as a hash tag on Twitter.

The problem is I don’t know where to travel.

By the time I return home, I will have been away for 2 years and 3 years of the last 3.5. So, I am debating whether to do my traveling in the US or heading back overseas after a short time at home to see Europe.

Both have their pluses and minuses.

Europe Positives:
1.See new countries
2. Experience new cultures
3. See baseball in different environments
4. Might be cheaper than US Travel

USA Positives:
1. It’s home and I haven’t spent much time there the past few years
2. I’ve always dreamed of seeing every MLB stadium
3. I’d get to see my family and friends
4. I’d be back in a country that speaks English
5. I’d get to see a lot of the country I’ve never seen

I’m really torn, but as much as I want to see Europe I am leaning toward a USA trip. Simply because its what I have dreamed off and planned so many times over the last decade and now I have a chance to do it.

If I did a USA Trip, I would plan to see:
All 30 MLB Stadiums
Hall of Fame and other museums
Baseball on every level – little league, high school, college, minors, etc…
Misc. baseball sites like the Field of Dreams movie set
Plus there are national parks to see that I’ve never been to

The main problem with the USA trip is the cost. I don’t have a car anymore so I would need to buy one thatwould get me around the country. The other main costs I think would be housing. I can save money by staying in cheap hotels, hostels, camping, and doing some couch surfing as well.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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