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Harvard duo took baseball’s ultimate road trip

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As Harvard undergraduates, Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster were friends and writing collaborators for the Lampoon. Immediately after Blatt’s graduation last summer (Brewster is a senior), the two embarked on an epic road trip with a goal: to see a game at every Major League Baseball stadium (there are 30) in just 30 days.

They drove in Blatt’s aging Toyota, following a route and schedule that could only have been devised by someone who’s both a confirmed baseball fanatic and serious math nerd. That would be Blatt; as for Brewster, he went along for the ride, partly out of loyalty, part hoping, he said, “to get to see America.”

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The day they drove right past the Grand Canyon, hurrying on their way to get to a ballgame, Brewster realized just what a “nonsensical hustle” he’d signed up for.

“I don’t think he quite comprehended quite how much driving and how much baseball there would be,” Blatt observed.

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Spoiler alert: They succeeded in their mission. After taking a week off, the two returned and wrote a book about their odyssey: “I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever” WILL BE PUBLISHED May 6.

Brewster had disliked baseball. On the trip, sitting in stadiums alongside “little kids at their first games and old men at their last,” he started to see the sport’s charms.

“It’s such a funny game. Every game has a unique pace. So much can happen on any given field on any day,” he said. “It’s hard not to fall in love with it at moments.”

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For Blatt, the experience somewhat altered his relationship to the game. He found himself noticing the mass-produced entertainment effects, the over-the-top stadiums (the one in Miami reminded him of Chuck E. Cheese’s). Still, he said, “It worked out pretty well,” adding, “I’m a bit biased, obviously.”

Blatt and Brewster read at 4 p.m. Saturday at Harvard Book Store.

Kate Tuttle, a writer and editor, can be reached at kate.tuttle@gmail.com.
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