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Baseball Buddha

Updated: Tuesday, April 22 2014, 01:05 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

December 22, 2014 08:06 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13

Saturday's Games

Washington 27, Philadelphia 24

San Diego 38, San Francisco 35, OT

Sunday's Games

Houston 25, Baltimore 13

Detroit 20, Chicago 14

Atlanta 30, New Orleans 14

Miami 37, Minnesota 35

Carolina 17, Cleveland 13

Green Bay 20, Tampa Bay 3

Pittsburgh 20, Kansas City 12

New England 17, N.Y. Jets 16

N.Y. Giants 37, St. Louis 27

Oakland 26, Buffalo 24

Dallas 42, Indianapolis 7

Seattle 35, Arizona 6

Monday's Game

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Sunday's Games

Toronto 118, New York 108

Cleveland 105, Memphis 91

Sacramento 108, L.A. Lakers 101

Phoenix 104, Washington 92

Miami 100, Boston 84

Philadelphia 96, Orlando 88

Brooklyn 110, Detroit 105

New Orleans 101, Oklahoma City 99

Indiana 100, Minnesota 96

Monday's Games

Denver at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Portland at Houston, 8 p.m.

Utah at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Sunday's Games

Colorado 2, Detroit 1, SO

Dallas 6, Edmonton 5, SO

Boston 4, Buffalo 3, OT

N.Y. Rangers 1, Carolina 0

Chicago 4, Toronto 0

Philadelphia 4, Winnipeg 3, OT

Monday's Games

Ottawa at Washington, 7 p.m.

Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Calgary at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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