Welcome to the first leg of the Ultimate Baseball Roadtrip. This leg takes us to the first seven stadiums and covers 2,809 miles in 21 days. It starts on Opening Day in Houston, then goes to Tampa and Miami. After that, we head north to Atlanta and Cincinnati. Since the Indians are out of town, at this time, we head over to Pittsburgh, then back to Cleveland to finish the first leg.
March 26: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX (0 miles, 0 total miles)
The first stop is Opening Day in Houston to see the Astros host the Angels. The Astros are lucky to be starting the season at home after being busted for one of the worst cheating scandals the sport has ever seen. This will be the only time during the trip that we see the Astros, so we will not see any opposing reactions. The Astros have played at Minute Maid Park since 2000 and drew 2,857,367 fans last season.
Minute Maid Park boasts a fully retractable roof, giving it the largest opening of any roofed stadium in use in the Major Leagues. Since the ballpark was built where Union Station used to be, there is a replica 1862 locomotive that moves down the track every time an Astro hits a home…