Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 20

INTERVIEW

RYAN WAKSHINSKI

THE STAR
IS IN THE
BALLPARK

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Pilgrimage (noun)
pil·​grim·​age | pil-gr-mij
1.	 the journey of a pilgrim, a person who
journeys a long distance to some sacred
place as an act of devotion
2.	the course of life on earth

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>FR_LP+ L'ÉTOILE EST
DANS LE PARC
2008, à 23 ans, le Winnipégois
Matthew Leibl a obtenu son
diplôme de l'école de journalisme
et a entrepris un périple de 11
semaines pour assister à un
match dans chaque stade de la
ligue majeure de baseball.

EN_IN 2008, 23-year-old Winnipegger
Matthew Leibl graduated from journalism
school and began an 11-week journey to watch
a game in every stadium in Major League
Baseball. Afterwards, he parlayed the trip into
a gig on the morning sports talk radio show in
Winnipeg for several years before finding his
life's calling as an ordained Rabbi at Shaarey
Zedek Synagogue, in Winnipeg.
Fascinated by his trip after hearing Matt
talk about it on the radio, the idea of this as a
spiritual journey struck me while developing
this issue of Landscapes | Paysages. We
arranged to talk about the way the design and
siting of a stadium can influence the game and
the viewer's experience, and how baseball is
perhaps the most "sacred" of the major North
American sports.

RW: Where did the idea for
the trip come from?

1 MATTHEW LEIBL 2 ROBERTO
CLEMENTE BRIDGE AND PNC PARK,
PITTSBURGH 3 PNC PARK, PITTSBURGH
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ML: The trip was a childhood dream shared
by my Zaydeh (grandfather) and me. We
planned to do it together, but he got sick
shortly before I left, and we knew he didn't
have much time left, but he really wanted me
to go.

RW: Can you tell me about
the logistics of your trip?
ML: I studied schedules to ensure
teams on the route were playing and
the cities were close together. I knew I
had three months to complete [the trip]
and wanted to get to the all-star game in
New York during the last season of Old
Yankee Stadium.
I didn't own a car, so I arranged lifts, took
the bus, train and a few cheap flights. For
rides, I often felt like I was hustling people,
but everyone was very helpful. I networked
like crazy to make contacts across North
America and over 77 nights, I only paid for
two nights at the Central Park hostel in
New York. People were so generous. If I did
it now, I would be less inclined to impose.

RW: Which stadiums stand out for
you in terms of atmosphere?
The "classics"?
ML: Yankee Stadium in general was very
cool, even though I am a Yankee hater! The
bleachers were special. Regulars, called
the "Bleacher Creatures," have ritualistic
chants for each player when the Yankees
take the field, and won't stop until each
player acknowledges them. Wrigley Field
in Chicago is amazing; the atmosphere
of the National League Cubs against the
American League White Sox in that historic
building was incredible. Sometimes it's
more about the situation than the ballpark.



Landscapes - Spring 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2020

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Intro
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - cover1
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - cover2
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 4
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 6
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 7
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 9
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 12
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 13
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 19
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 25
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - “Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 27
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 28
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 31
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 32
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Sacré Montagne
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 35
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 38
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 39
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - 43
Landscapes - Spring 2020 - By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - Critique
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Landscapes - Spring 2020 - The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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