Reporting Dave Crawley
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Sales were brisk at PNC Park, ticking down to the first pitch of the Gerrit Cole era. Among the crowd was a California fan, working on a different sort of milestone.
Matthew Weil had seen games in 14 major league parks, since he left San Francisco, two weeks earlier.
“My goal is to do this entire trip on $700,” he says. “That includes transportation, food, lodging and tickets to the ball game.”
He bought 22 Megabus tickets for a buck apiece, earning the nickname Megabus Matt.
“I’ll take a bus at midnight to the next destination,” he adds. “And there I have a place to sleep, on the bus.”
The road will take him to 25 parks in 25 days. He sends a postcard to his girlfriend from each stop on his tour.
He says Dodger Stadium was one of his favorites.
“There’s no other stadium where you walk into the upper deck from the parking lot, and then go down into your seat,” he said.
He commiserated with Cub fans in Wrigley Field.
“I was really able to see those loveable loser fans get up, and just feel like, ‘I’m done with you. I’m never going to go to a Cubs game again.’ And I’m sure those fans were there the next day,” he said.
Pirate fans can relate. But he says there’s no question who has the best ball park.
“Everybody I talk to they say it’s either San Francisco or PNC. And I have to give my vote to PNC,” Weil said. “Even though I live in the Bay Area I have to give my vote to PNC. And ironically, today it’s the Pirates versus the Giants.”
Would he dare pull out his Giants’ jersey?
“I guess it will be a game time decision for me,” he says.
Next stop, New York – Cardinals versus Mets. And postcards, all along the way.