Baseball Heads East!-Major League Madness

Hello from the East Coast!

As we are on our way to the famed Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, I sit here on the bus eager to fill you in on our most recent travel highlights. Washington was an absolute blast. One thing that became evident was that the boys really enjoy incorporating past parts of our trip everywhere we go. The theme song on our trip has become “Go Cubs Go” which gets sung after every victory at Wrigley Field. On the bus, Jake and Oliver are usually responsible for leading the group in the song. I assure you the entire group will have this song in their heads for the rest of their lives, and you might too. The spy museum seemed to be the highlight of our stay and definitely one of the favorite moments on the trip. It is an interactive museum which had Brandon B and David S crawling through fake vents, and Stephen and Will listening to conversations had on the other side of the museum through bugged telephones. Everyone left the museum wanting to be the next James Bond.

The evening game between the Mets and the Nationals provided one of the best games yet. After a very slow start to the game, all the action took place late where the Mets blew the save and the Nationals won the game on a wild pitch. Definitely not the way that Justin, Brandon A, and the rest of our Mets fans wanted to see the game end.

Next Stop – NYC. We arrived just in the “knick” of time to see staff favorite Blue Jays face off with trip member favored Yankees. To the delight of Arthur, the Yankees got off to a very hot start. The Jays were unable to come back, and in the 7th inning, the game was called due to rain and the staff had to endure a 6-0 loss. The energy in the stadium was fantastic; we were just all so happy to be at the epicenter of baseball. Later on that evening, we went to Dave and Busters for a night of food and games. Owen walked out with a stuffed banana which now sits at the back of our bus as a trip mascot.

In the morning, we had a really cool tour of Yankee Stadium. We had clubhouse access and spent a lot of time in their dressing room, as the guys really enjoyed being in the same area where their heroes spend many hours each day preparing for games. After the tour, our fun filled tour bus headed to Boston. How cool is it that on the same day we get to be at both Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park!

The games just keep getting better and better! In the 9th inning with the Red Sox down 1-0, a home run was hit over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox victory. The majority of the boys said that this was the first game they had ever attended which ended in a “Walk Off” Home Run. Hayden and David Z, two of our Yankees biggest fans, were not overly impressed with the Red Sox victory, but did admit that it was still exciting just to see that kind of action at Fenway.

We truly have the best kids in America on our trip; they are passionate and knowledgeable about their baseball and we as staff are just so happy with their attitudes, behavior, and overall enjoyment that we’ve had together so far. Can’t wait to continue this trip strong,

Until next time…

The West Coast Blogger

56 Consecutive Games

Sports Illustrated Senior Editor Kostya Kennedy stopped into the WCC/360° office today to talk about our Major League Madness programs next summer. Kostya has many great stories to share about baseball! His book 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports is a New York Times Best Seller. The book is about Joe Dimagio’s incredible 56 game hitting streak. Here is what broadcasting legend Bob Costas has to say on the book: “56-the number alone still has meaning, but there is a compelling and textured story behind it, a story that pre- and postdates the summer of 1941. Kostya Kennedy tells that story beautifully.”

A great preview of his book is on the Sports Illustrated website and can be found here. The book is is available at Amazon here.

“56” is a great read for the baseball fanatic, and a great thing to throw into your backpack while on our Major League Madness programs!

Speaking of Major League Madness, our schedules have recently been finalized with the release of the MLB schedule. Our East & Midwest program will see 12 games and visit 12 ballparks including Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. In California, you will visit 5 ballparks. For the outrageous fanatic, pair the two together and see 17 parks and games on our Combination program!

Hope to see you on the road this summer.

110 days until the season begins!

The Westcoast Blogger