First and foremost, it was my Cousin Andy's birthday so I arranged to get him a ticket to the Yankee game against the Rays.
Secondly, Derek Jeter reached another milestone in his Hall of Fame career.
Last but definitely not least I got to see Kurt Smith, the author and owner of Ballpark E-Guides.
Kurt and I have been in touch for almost a year now. He lives in South Jersey near Cherry Hill which is very close to Philadelphia. We met once before when I went down to Philadelphia to see the Eagles play last December.
He decided a few years ago he wanted to make some extra money and help fellow Americans save money at the same time.
With that being said, he came up with an idea of doing extensive research on how an average joe could afford to attend a baseball game without going broke in the process.
Over the past few years, he has taken road trips with his wife to different ballparks to see a game and do some homework for his business venture.
For the time being, he has 6 different ballpark e-guides available for sale for only $5 each on his website, http://www.ballparkeguides.com/ which is also on my blog list in case you didn't know.
You can choose from Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in the American League. As for the National League, there's Citizens Bank Park, Citi Field and Nationals Park.
He's in the process of adding more to the site including Wrigley Field which I consider the best ballpark on earth.
You must be wondering what a ballpark e-guide is. Well it's a written document that's been put together by Kurt. He goes into thorough detail on how to save money on buying tickets, directions, parking and where to buy food outside the ballpark that you're allowed to bring inside.
By doing what he says, you can actually afford to go to a ballgame and enjoy yourself. In addition, when you leave you still have some money in your pocket to put away for the next time.
All these tips to a ballpark for just $5. How can you go wrong? Just add them to the cart online and you can for them up using PayPal. You'll get the link to download them and you just print them out and you're good to go.
After you go to one game and save a bundle of money then you can go back on his site and tell him what a great idea he has. That way you can join his other satisfied customers.
With the state of the economy being what it is, we all need to save as much as we can to survive in life each and every day.
To prove that his system works, Kurt decided to take the Thrifty Challenge as he called it.
He decided to leave his wife for the day and he "bolted" to NYC on a Bolt bus to put his reputation on the line. Did he ever? He didn't tell me until the last minute that he was coming otherwise I would have secured him a ticket in advance. He decided that in order for his challenge to work, he wanted to do it the hard way.
Normally it wouldn't have been as difficulty but he had the misfortune of going to Yankee Stadium without a ticket for potentially one of the biggest regular season games in recent memory.
He decided he was going to utilize his Yankee Stadium ballpark e-guide tips and tricks to make this happen.
True to his word, he did indeed find a way to make it possible and he wound not spending a fortune either.
I met him inside the ballpark and he told me the story. I was impressed. He told me he had breakfast at the Court Deli Restaurant, which is royalty preferred I might add. That was music to my ears. In matter of fact, my Cousin got a Roast Beef sandwich from there to take into the ballpark too. Needless to say, he was a very satisfied customer.
As for Kurt, he had a blast taking full advantage of all the weapons in his Yankee Stadium ballpark e-guide. He also able to add additional methods to help others in the future save even more money. Furthermore, he got to witness history too. Now that's a tough act to follow.
I think he has a great concept in place. I hope he eventually expands it in due time to cover all the different ballparks.
Thank you for reading and following along.