2012 will mark Season 4 of my "Ballparks of the Midwest" series. You can check out the past year's ballpark visits here.
The new ballpark visits will begin airing in July, however I like to shoot them well in advance as this project then allows me more time to edit the stories. Yes, I enjoy visiting new ballparks (I'm up to 85 total major, minor and independent league ballparks, though not nearly that many for this series), but I also really enjoy the opportunity to take my camera gear to the ballpark to show our viewers the unique characteristics and characters that each ballpark has. Each stadium is different.
So last weekend I was preparing for a trip down South (the series is not entirely "Midwest") when one team whose ballpark I planned to visit, decided a day before the game I planned to be at, to reject my credential request for reasons I will never understand. When I do these stories, I generally need five minutes of the ball club's time, and then I'm off on my own. In any case, I had to scramble, and thanks to the fine people with the Class AA Mississippi Braves of the Southern League, I found a replacement ballpark in Pearl, Mississippi.I guess it goes to show that even though I plan and research this series out well in advance, you just never know what will happen. The Braves and Trustmark Park helped me out on short notice and will kick off the season of ballpark visits in July.