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Ben LavoieBy Ben Lavoie
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Ben LavoieBy Ben Lavoie
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About

My Story

In the summer of 2010, I embarked with my best friend Andy on what I look back on now as the best experience of my life. We had just graduated from college and our mission was to go to a baseball game at every Major League stadium in the country. I had read about such a trip when I was a young boy, an avid baseball player and Red Sox fan, at the time only thinking of it as a fantasy and never really believing it might actually happen.
 
After about a year’s worth of planning, saving, and packing a truck full of sleeping bags and tents, we left Boston on Tuesday, May 11. We wouldn’t return until August, but along the way we would see a game at all thirty baseball stadiums, the Home Run Derby, the All Star Game, one minor league stadium, drive more than 15,000 miles throughout 35 states and Canada, meet players on MLB teams and executives who would give us free tickets and private tours at stadiums, all of this making up a trip that only exists in most baseball fans’ dreams. It was the baseball fan’s trip of a lifetime

What’s more is that this journey took us all across America. It brought us to amazing cities, remote deserts, national parks, oceans, rivers, mountains, canyons and so many other amazing lands and places that this beautiful country has to offer. We met all kinds of people, some we knew and others we just met, but all of whom thought what we were doing was something special and went out of their way to do what they could to help make our trip just a little bit better.

This trip changed my life. It was a time where I was not worried about checking email, answering phone calls or sitting in traffic in the morning commute trying to make a living. Instead, it was a time when I learned how to live. I had many hours sitting in a truck reflecting on life, centering myself to really understand what I was passionate about and what my priorities in life really were. The pursuit of happiness, true happiness, is one of the founding principles of this great Country, and this trip helped me learn firsthand what that truly meant.

In the years since, I have been slowly working on outlining and writing a book centered around this trip titled On Baseball and America. The book chronicles all of the games and stadiums and teams we visited, while offering my thoughts and reflections on America and what this trip ultimately taught me. I want to publish this book with the hope of motivating others to find a way to share a similar experience in living life and finding their passion, whatever that may be.

I have made significant progress, with over 100 pages drafted and a solid plan for writing the remainder of the book. But, the challenges of working full time while trying to write a book have prevented me from making the progress I need to finish and publish it. So, I am starting this Kickstarter to raise funds to allow me to finish the book and get it published. I am dedicated and motivated to finish this book, but know that it can only become a good work if I devote a prolonged period of time to it.

With help from you and others you know who may be interested in contributing to this effort, I plan to raise enough money to spend six months finishing my book and getting it published. In exchange for contributing, you’ll receive some cool rewards and help this project become a reality. I would be grateful for any amount you could contribute to help me reach my goal and tell this story, which I hope in turn helps you in your own way.

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Excerpts from On Baseball and America

"I will always be a fan of the Red Sox and whoever beats the Yankees, but true fans of baseball are fans of the game, not really the team. There's something about it. A feeling like none other when you lace up the cleats on a warm summer night, or play catch with friends in the back yard. Some people say it is too slow to watch, but that usually comes from folks who have never played or haven't taken the time to learn the nuances of the game. The intricate details, the psychological battles, the fundamental mechanics of seemingly simple but very complex acts of throwing and hitting, the infinite situations that could come next, and the competitive nature of nine guys who think they can beat nine other guys are really the things that make the game America's pastime.
The game of baseball doesn't need the billion dollar budgets and television contracts of today's game to endure. Granted, those things have grown the game and made it accessible to millions of people around the world, which is good for the game. But, the game itself is more than that. It has stood the test of time since the days of homemade mits and uniforms. It is a game that is simple yet complex in its ways. It is challenging, yet relaxing at the same time. It is competitive and at times frustrating. But, when played the way it is supposed to be played, baseball is just plain fun.
Baseball pushes you to pay attention to details, to work well and communicate in many ways with teammates, it teaches you competitiveness and how to have respect for your teammates and for the game. These are qualities which we can all benefit from, and ones that live deeply in the roots of Americans. These are reasons why baseball has always been, and will always be, part of the fabric of America."
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"Most importantly, spending three months on the road forced me to reflect on many aspects of life, of both my own and of life in general. It clarified the need to live a well balanced life; one in which you can work hard to achieve what you want to in life while supporting your loved ones, but to also find the time to explore the subtleties and enjoyment that life has to offer. The latter does not have to cost any money or carry any material expense. You don't have to take a three month road trip to find those subtleties. You may find they are more prevalent than you first thought if you simply take some time to look for them.
This trip taught me that sometimes in life you need to take a risk to pursue something that is important to you. Naturally, there are times when we get caught in our daily routines, but I've learned its important to once in a while take some time to break away from that routine. It may only be for a few hours or a few days. Or, it may be a life change. But, life is too short not to explore these things, and this trip helped me realized how important it is not to spend all our time solely focused on trying to make a living; it taught me that we need to live."
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"Ultimately, the reason I am writing this book is to share this story with you. To share this story and what I learned along the way so that others might take a moment to view their own lives in a different light, to find their passion, to explore their boundaries, to experience the often unexplored simple and natural luxuries of life, luxuries that can be found all among us if we take the time to look for them."

Risks and challenges

As with any creative project, there is the risk that this effort may not be successful. This will be my first attempt at publishing a book, so there is the possibility of not finding a publisher who will support the work. But, a successfully funded Kickstarter with help from people like you can show that "On Baseball and America" is a book that can generate public interest and is a book that people want to read.

If successfully funded, I will do whatever it takes to ensure a quality product is finished and to find a publisher who supports the final product.

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