Englishman quits job to watch year of baseball

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Associated Press

TOKYO — Joey Mellows is taking his passion for baseball on the road — for the long haul.

The 34-year-old Englishman, better known by his @BaseballBrit Twitter handle, has quit his day job to watch an entire season of baseball games across three continents.

Joey Mellows from Portsmouth, England, checks baseball caps sold at a Major League Baseball shop before Game 2 of the MLB opening series between the Mariners and the Athletics held at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Associated Press

“Some people were fairly impressed that I was doing something I’m so passionate about,” Mellows said recently at Tokyo Dome, where he kicked off his baseball odyssey by witnessing Ichiro Suzuki’s final games as the Seattle Mariners swept the Oakland A’s in a two-game series.

“My family is very supportive,” Mellows added. “Co-workers were a little bit surprised, but I think they’re on board now and they’re following along on Twitter and I think they are a little bit jealous, to be honest.”

Mellows left his job as an English teacher in China for this trip, which he’s hoping will involve watching 162 games in person.

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