Touch 'em All: Short Stories and Observations from America and its Pastime

Touch 'em All: Short Stories and Observations from America and its Pastime

by Travis Parker Smith


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In the summer of 2011, four high school graduates from Seattle took off in a decaying hippie bus to try and see a baseball game in every Major League ballpark. Yet as the miles rolled on and the temperature outside increased, the many stresses of life on the road and intimidation brought on by an imminent departure for college made their way into The Van and the minds of its naive occupants, turning the journey into something far more than a trip around the country. What emerged was a new perspective on the nature of childhood friendships, an increased appreciation for the many wonders of baseball, and a tale that appeals to sport lovers and road trippers alike.

Part ballpark handbook, part coming-of-age narrative, Touch ’em All is a collection of short stories that range from educating to entertaining and combine together to offer a juvenile view of America through its Present and Pastime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733583701
Publisher: Travis Parker Smith
Publication date: 03/16/2019
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Pre-Game Announcement

Player Introductions

Taking The Field | The Van

Angel Stadium | Carpocalypse

Dodger Stadium | The Yellow Lawn Chair

Chase Field | Clicks and Conversations

Coors Field & Target Field | The Only Sport This Works For

Wrigley Field | A Different Story from Wrigley

Miller Park | Having a Catch

US Cellular Field | Ten Days?

Busch Stadium | The Tire

Kauffman Stadium | Death by GPS

Comerica Park | Michigan Central Station

PNC Park | The Mercurial Van

Rogers Centre | The First Time I Ever Saw New York City

Yankee Stadium & Citizens Bank Park | The Year of Jackie

Citi Field | The Defeat Cigar

Fenway Park | Mid-Drive Driver Change

Nationals Park | The Fan Happiness Scale

Progressive Field | Brandon

Camden Yards | The Ballpark that Forever Changed Baseball

Great American Ballpark | Choose Optimism

Turner Field | Breakdown

Tropicana Field | An Investment

Minute Maid Park | Two Parking Lots in Houston

Rangers Ballpark & Sun Life Stadium | Interstate 10

Petco Park | Jack Kerouac

Oakland Coliseum | Lombard Street

AT&T Park | ESPN

Safeco Field | Home

Box Score

Post-Game Interview

Game Notes

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