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A Chico man is living out the dream of every baseball fan out there, to visit all 30 major league parks in thirty days, and he's doing so for a good cause. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.
Hitting the bag at second, headed for third and soon to be on his way home, Chico's Rob Sylvester is approaching the last leg of thirty ball parks in thirty days.
"I'm 66% of the way and I can see the finish," Sylvester said. "Eleven flights so far, three trains and three rented cars."
A bucket list roundtripper. But before he slides safely into home at AT&T Park in San Francisco, day 21 brings his home-run trot to Marlins Park in Miami.
"I love baseball, sometimes it gets a little rough getting place-to-place, but once I get to the stadium I just sit back and enjoy myself," said Sylvester.
Sylvester has developed the handle "Where's Chico Rob" so friends and family can follow along on his journey. He has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
He says he's not legging out the baseball dream journey simply to support his love of the game, but to generate awareness and donations for the Butte Humane Society.
"I planned the trip first, but then I thought 'why can't maybe something good come out of it too?'" Sylvester said. "I have volunteered and have had many dogs from the humane society. It's sort of like a win-win, I get to live out a dream and at the same time help a cause that I really think a lot of."
His goal is to raise $3,000 and he's close to striking that down, having raised more than $2,800 with nine games to go.
"Hopefully we can get beyond that number and raise as much as we can. Then I can go home happy," said Sylvester.
Part charity, part love of the game, this 54-year-old man looks on at each ball park he visits like a little boy with such wonderment.
"I'm a Giants' season ticket holder so AT&T is the best park, but there's two great ballparks I think, St. Louis (Busch Stadium) and Pittsburgh (PNC Park). Those two ballparks I would tell every baseball fan they have to see," said Sylvester.
21 down, nine to go before Sylvester can be safe at home.
"I was actually thinking of making my 31st game a Chico Heat game, but I don't think I can make it, I think if I hit my bed I'll fall sound asleep," said Sylvester.
If you'd like to follow Rob's journey or make a donation, head here: http://buttehumane.org/pitch-for-paws/