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Baseball Buddha

Updated: Tuesday, April 22 2014, 12:05 AM CDT

Take me out to the ballgame. John Reimer took that, and ran with it.

The 47-year old quit his job with a medical supply company and got into the diamond business. Baseball diamonds.

"Baseball was just one of those things that I loved growing up," recalled Reimer. "You know, it's just something about the game."

Reimer used to live in Milwaukee. Now he lives in this Lexus, often spending the night in Wal-Mart parking lots as he travels coast to coast catching baseball games.

We met him last Friday as Texas hosted TCU at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. It was his 70th game in 65 days. He's got some 200 more on deck. Reimer will attend at least one game every day, between February 14th and the final out of the World Series this October.

"The words of encouragement have been unbelievable," Reimer said. "Hey, I'm just living. It's just fun."

Although he's making the journey by himself, unless you count Siri, this trek was inspired by his Dad. He underwent triple-bypass surgery last August.

"We were talking about what he wanted to do growing up and wishing he had that opportunity," Reimer recalled. "And he asked me what I would do, so I told him. And he said to go for it."

It's a baseball pilgrimage about love of "selfies" and self-love, which is why Reimer calls himself Baseball Buddha.

"He [Buddha] found enlightenment as he went and traveled," Reimer explained. "So obviously it's very much a play off that. I'm going to find enlightenment through baseball. I'll find happiness in baseball."

The game's round ball, Buddha's round belly and a journey 'round the country. Who needs peanuts and cracker jack when you've got an iPhone and interstate?

by Adam Winkler

To follow along with Baseball Buddha's cross-country pilgrimage or to donate a tank of gas, click here for the BaseballBuddha.com sponsor page.



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Scores & Schedules

March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

SPRING TRAINING

Monday's Games

Pittsburgh 18, Philadelphia 4

St. Louis 6, Washington 2

Atlanta 4, Detroit 2

Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 6, tie, 10 innings

N.Y. Mets 7, Miami 1

Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 3

Chicago Cubs 8, San Francisco 5

San Diego 6, Cincinnati 3

Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 1

Oakland 11, Colorado 2

Kansas City 11, Texas 7

L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 2

Toronto 7, Houston 4

Boston 14, Minnesota 2

Tuesday's Games

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Tampa Bay (ss) at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Texas (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Houston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

NBA

Monday's Games

L.A. Lakers 113, Philadelphia 111, OT

Boston 116, Charlotte 104

Atlanta 101, Milwaukee 88

Toronto 99, Houston 96

Memphis 97, Sacramento 83

Utah 104, Minnesota 84

Portland 109, Phoenix 86

Tuesday's Games

Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Miami, 8 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Monday's Games

Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3

Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1

Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1

Calgary 5, Dallas 3

Edmonton 4, Colorado 1

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1

Tuesday's Games

Florida at Boston, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

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