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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Baseball Brit’s Cross-Country Trek Is No Walk in the Park

Joey Mellows, a 34-year-old from England, set out six months ago with a straightforward but daunting goal: to traverse the United States from spring until fall, watching 162 baseball games along the way.

Mellows, who has chronicled his travels on Twitter under the handle @Baseball_Brit, quit his job as a teacher in South Korea, spent a few days back home in England and flew to Tokyo for the season-opening series between the Mariners and A’s. He followed the clubs across the Pacific to Seattle and started his North American journey there. He’s been on the road ever since.

The son of a former professional soccer player, Mellows was introduced to baseball when he went to a game in Japan with his parents. The experience inspired him to start following the local team while he taught in Korea. Five years later, he decided to quit his job and spend all the money he had saved (thanks to the Korean school providing room and board for its teachers) and embark on a trip most baseball fans can only dream of.

We spoke with Mellows as his trip winds down to get his impressions of the game, the country and life on the road.

A firsthand account of an adventure- as one with a similar sense of wanderlust (but, sadly, almost never the money for it), I find this fascinating.

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 04:26 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fans, living the dream, travel

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