Well, I made it back to San Antonio safe and sound. I drove 10,750 miles over 47 days across the US and Canada and I am so thankful for so many things. I completed my goal of seeing 14 games in the MLB parks that I hadn't seen. I even added a game in Chicago to see the Cubs (the original inspiration) to make it 15. No accidents, no flat tires and no speeding tickets!
This is as close as I'll get to an Academy Awards speech and I have no time limit, so here goes...
First off, thank you to Rackspace for a wonderful benefit. Giving Rackers (after 7 years' service) an extended period of time to unplug and work on a bucket list event such as this is absolutely priceless.
To my Mom (despite the fact that I know you won't read this because it's on the inter webs), thank you for all your support. As always, you're incredible and I'll never be able to thank you for all you've done for me.
To Angela, thank you for taking care of my house and dogs. It meant so much to me knowing that both were in good hands.
To the Sklars, thank you for having Scott join me for Phoenix through San Francisco. It was really special to have him with me on those four legs of my journey. He's a great kid and we had a great time.
To Brian, thank you for Pittsburgh. It was a short visit but a special day. You're so right. Pittsburgh is a great city! And to Bob for the impromptu lesson on The Cathedral of Learning.
To Brad, thank you for fighting through cancelled flights and the flu to join me for the trip to Miami. Our 5-5-5 was a great experience and this one solidified the fact that you're a great friend and baseball buddy. Go sports!
To Doug, thank you for putting me up in Phoenix. And the pool game until 2am. And meeting your family and spending time with the Stevens' on Father's Day.
To the Cook and Pargas families in Chicago. As always, it was so great to spend time with you. And welcome to Jennifer's husband Rick. I really appreciate you guys going to the Cubs game with me!
To Dya, thank you for introducing me to Greg Simmons at Channel 12. The two Skype interviews we did went a long way to helping raise money for Windcrest Little League.
To Keith, thank for reminding me about "Men at Work" by George Will. You reminded me of a incredible book that articulates why I love baseball.
To Cara and Andrew (@Rackspace), thank you for posting a blog post about my journey. I appreciate the fact that Rackers appreciate what I tried to do for Windcrest LL.
To Laura, for all you great advice on what to do in Toronto.
To John, for a great lunch in Atlanta.
To all of my Facebook friends, thank you for your "comments" and "likes" to my posts. Because most of my trip I was traveling alone, it really felt like I shared this journey with you. It really meant a lot to me knowing that you were keeping up with me.
To Ty and Pablo with Windcrest LL, I hope I helped a little bit!
A sincere thank you to all for a successful trip!