Linda Beltran has been to all 30 baseball stadiums during dream trip
Linda Beltran has accomplished something many fans can only dream about. After attending the Astros-Phillies game at Minute Maid Park on Friday night, the California native has visited every single stadium in Major League Baseball.
“At first, it was just kind of an attempt to see new parts of the country and I aimed to see two or three parks a year,” Beltran said. “Then I moved away to Tokyo and really missed American baseball. When I came back to the States last year, it just kind of became an obsession to see as many parks as I possibly could.”
Beltran visited 11 parks last season, 10 this year and nine from 1994-2010. The beginning of her journey started at Dodger Stadium.
“I was new to the area, and living on a limited budget as a PR girl. [Going to games] was a really great way to spend two-and-a-half hours in the sun.”
Beltran says she usually roots for the home team at each stadium she visits, and has a set routine for each game.
“I like to pay my due respect to the field," she said. "So, I get there an hour-and-a-half in advance and am always in my seat for the National Anthem. I usually have a hot dog and a soda and never leave before the seventh-inning stretch.”
During her travels, Beltran has also made many friends.
"I think for me, it has been the journey itself," she said. "The friends I have met along the way, the kindness of strangers, and the generosity of people have all been rather precious to me."
-- Rachel Frey / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent
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