I’m a Roadie
‘Tis the season to be crazy, fa la la la la, la la la la. Don we now our Reds apparel. Troll the ancient baseball carol Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don’t mind me, I love Christmas and smiling is my favorite. I’m blogging to you live from a Delta flight. It’s a commuter plane, so I haven’t exactly decided whether this is a near death experience or not. Just in case it gets too close, we should probably go over the whole road trip drill.
As you know, baseball players travel a lot. As you don’t know, so do I. I go on almost all of the road trips. I wont say this is common among baseball wives because most of them are more wise when it comes to subjecting themselves to cities like Milwaukee (no offense, Wisconsin, but it is HARD to keep myself entertained there). I am a fan of making lists of pros and cons and these lists have led me to believe it is much better for me to travel on the road while I can (that’s baseball for “Before I have children and have to act as a single mom for 7-8 months of the year”). With that being said, let me make a short version of the pros and cons list for you to break things down.
-I’m not home alone, moping about in a city in which I know no one for 24 hours a day.
-I get to see my husband at night and a bit in the morning.
-I get to explore cities, different ballparks and sometimes learn a thing or two about US history.
-Seeing all of the other ballparks is the-bomb-dot-com.
-I HATE not being there when Mat is pitching (this has only happened once so far)
-Room service and movie nights
-I am by myself, often in a city where I know no one.
Ummmm.. I can’t think of any others.
The bottom line is this: I have chosen to live my life at this time in support of my husband and so, like everything else in life, I say go hard or go home. What would I honestly be doing in Cincinnati while he’s on the road? Missing him? Bugging him? Probably both. I will point out that I think it’s important to have space in a relationship. I often have friends where we’re traveling, so if I want to go hang out with some friends or Mat wants to go out to dinner with the guys or to go fishing or I need to go on a midnight walk around town, it’s all fair game. The hotel basically becomes our home and we behave the same as we would on any other given day.
As mentioned earlier, I’m alone a lot on the road. Not only has this taught me a lot about myself, it has taught me a lot about being comfortable enough in my own skin to talk to people I don’t know. I’m not saying I just go up to anyone driving a white van but, in my lifestyle, there aren’t many ways to meet people. I don’t have a job and I’m not going to school, so I’ve had to get creative in my social approach. One thing I do a lot is go on nerdy sight-seeing tours. My favorite tour to date is the underground tour of Seattle. If you’re ever there, GO- It’s amazing.
This season, I want to put myself in the fan position and see if I can find some cool stuff to recommend for you guys. Who wouldn’t like a baseball-inspired vacation?! Traveling to see your team can be very rewarding and fun; especially if you find fun things to do before the game starts.
I’ll be taking/answering questions on this post because I need to get in zen mode or something prior to landing. (flying scares me).
p.s. Mat’s pitching tomorrow. That makes this whole scary flight thing totally worth it. Love you, Delta Airlines. Mean it.