I don't care if I never get back...or ever get back?

Kauffman Stadium during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals on June 23, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Author: Ben Blatt, Eric Brewster
Publisher: Grove Press (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 272 pages

Eric Brewster and Ben Blatt are close friends who met while attending Harvard University, a few years ago. Their new book "I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever" is about their 30 day road trip across the United States visiting all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums.

Blatt admits he was very sports eccentric and loved conducting money ball type studies as a hobby during college. He wanted to find the optimal way to visit all 30 ballparks in 30 days and invited Brewster to go along with him. However, Brewster didn’t quite share the same interests. He says he hates baseball.

"We were driving from city to city, going from the first pitch to the last pitch, just a pure baseball road trip," says Blatt.

Although Brewster doesn’t enjoy the sport, he agreed to join him because he thought it would be a great opportunity to visit most of America.

"I thought this trip would be the ultimate road trip experience," says Brewster. "The reality of it was it was total chaos, it was driving 20 hours, going to a four hour baseball game, then driving 15 more hours to go to another 4 hour baseball game, and putting that on repeat for 30 days."

One thing they both realized while visiting all of the different ballparks on the trip is that baseball is a business.

"It was one of the most surprisingly reinforced things we witnessed," says Brewster. "You just got to feel how much this was just a giant conglomeration of companies that are there to drive a profit. And that is what every minute of every game is about from that perspective."

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
Image of I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever
Author: Ben Blatt, Eric Brewster
Publisher: Grove Press (2014)
Binding: Hardcover, 272 pages

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