'Baseball Buddha' finds himself in America's pastime

By By Troy LaFleur / American Press

MOSS BLUFF — You don’t have to be buddhist to agree with the religion’s principles.

John Reimer, the self-proclaimed “Baseball Buddha”, himself doesn’t even subscribe to the religion, but he acknowledges one

of the main guidelines of buddhism.

The third noble truth of Buddhism

states that through no matter what type of suffering one goes through,

happiness can always

be attained. For some this means dropping everything, and going on

a journey of enlightenment, and that is exactly what Reimer

is doing.

Reimer, a salesman from Milwaukee,

Wis., has plenty of reasons to go home and be with his friends and

family. But, a life-changing

conversation with his father made him realize what would truly

make him happy and that true happiness is being attained, every

day for 265 straight days.

“Back in August my dad had triple-bypass surgery, and not even eight hours out of surgery he asked me ‘what would you do if

could do anything?’ and all I could think of was to travel around the country and watch a baseball game every single day,”

said Reimer.

In those 265 days Reimer has pledged to

attend a baseball game, no matter what level (professional, minor

league, college,

high school, etc.), every single day. Never visiting the same

place twice, Reimer is 73 days into his trek across the United

States, consuming every pitch of every game that he can.

“You get to a point in your life where you just want to be happy,” Reimer said. “You just want to go out and do what you want

to do.”

Reimer, whose daughter is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, dropped everything to go this journey including his job,

his social life and even the lease on his apartment.

“I was in a job for the past eight

years that I had become unhappy with, I got divorced seven years ago, I

had a lot of debt

that I had to get out of,” Reimer said. “A lot of people talk

about how wonderful it would be to do certain things, but they

are too comfortable in their lives. To be able to go out and

uproot, and do what I am doing takes a lot of courage.”

For Reimer being happy means sitting in the stands of a baseball stadium, taking in all the sights and sounds of America’s

favorite pastime.

For a man who once aspired to be a baseball player in his youth, it’s not just the game being played on the field that draws

him in; it is everything that goes with it.

“There is an energy that goes on that I

just can’t describe,” Reimer said. “A lot of times I’m not paying

attention to the

game. It’s about the crowd, the people and how they interact and

why they were there. It’s the summer time, it’s sitting in

the stands on a hot summer day, it’s seeing the fans and the

parents; that’s what makes this game great,” Reimer said.

“Don’t get me wrong, though, some days where I just want to watch the games.”

Saturday was a day that Reimer was looking specifically to watch a game. The Barbe Bucs, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation

among high school teams drew him to Southwest Louisiana and Sam Houston High School in particular, where the Bucs met the

Broncos in a District 3-5A matchup.

While watching the game though, Reimer was able to experience a small piece of Southwest Louisiana culture as well as learn

about the local baseball scene.

But baseball isn’t the only reason he has embarked on this journey. Along with his love of the game, Reimer has also dreamed

of seeing the country and meeting people from all walks of life.

“I love meeting new people,” said Reimer. “You have preconceived notions of different parts of the country and I wanted to

see it all for myself.

“The south is not at all what I thought

it was. To be honest I have found that the south and southwest are more

progressive

than the north. The people are so friendly, and I have gotten the

opportunity to experience that through the game of baseball.”

Reimer hopes to have the funding to make his journey last through to the final game of the 2014 World Series.

But what happens when Reimer returns to Wisconsin?

He said a book of his adventures is a possibility, but it isn’t anything that he has concerned himself yet, he is only worried

about the next 192 days, and all of the baseball he can watch.

“Honestly, I don’t know what’s going to happen when I get back,” Reimer said. “I will work whatever job I have to. If I could

go further into something with baseball that would be great, but if not I’ll be fine.”

For more information on John Reimer and for daily blog updates visit www.baseballbuddha.com.