After an awesome four days in Chicago and Milwaukee, we made our way to Cleveland, Ohio to see the Indians take on the New York Yankees. The Yankees won the game 11 to 7 bringing great joy to the Yankees fans amongst us. One of the cool parts of this road trip is trying different ballpark local snack favorites. Some of the boys tried the famous hotdogs with Fruit Loops in them! At our Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse dinner, a few of the boys displayed great skill catching shrimp in their mouths.
The next day, we put our own baseball skills to the test and went to the batting cages. Home-run caliber balls were being hit all over the place. That night we watched the 2016 Home Run Derby together. Sam C. created a home-run derby bracket for everyone and Billy and Josh won the bracket by choosing their picks wisely.
With the All Star break, we took our own break from baseball and headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame! We were all in awe of the numerous monuments and sites. Our trip was invited to watch the Hall of Fame camp hosted by past NFL player Rod Woodson. Some of the guys had luck on their sides and got autographs from him. After the Hall of Fame tour, we played a game of touch football on the Hall of Fame field. Afterwards, we went to a softball field and played some games where some impressive fielding and batting skills were on display. That night we watched the All-Star Game at the Play Arcade and Kitchen and were intrigued by the Deal or No Deal, air-hockey, and trivia game.
Next up was Cedar Point Amusement Park. Some of our more daring trip members tried the Top Thrill Dragster that takes you from 0 to 120mph in 3 seconds! Others tried Pink’s, which is a Hollywood Chili landmark. For a fun activity, our tour pretended that trip leader Nate was a celebrity and would approach him in public around other people. Lots of people in the park thought Nate was a real famous person! Some of the boys less interested in going on rides started a Taylor Swift singing group and sang their hearts out!
Our next stop in Ohio was Cincinnati. We had an incredible tour of the Great American Ballpark for the Cincinnati Reds. We had a MIND-BLOWING baseball player sighting… Joey Votto. That night, we enjoyed the movies taking in The Shallows, Ghostbusters, and Finding Dory.
After a day cooling off at The Beach Waterpark, cruising down the lazy river, tubing down slides, and swimming in the wave pool we headed out for a tour of the Reds’ Hall of Fame. We were surprised with another special guest arranged through MLB, and met Aaron Eisel, the Vice President of Ticketing and Business Development for the Reds. Many trip members took this opportunity to ask Aaron about ways to break into the baseball workforce. After a question and answer period with him, everybody received Reds trucker hats. During the Hall of Fame tour, trip members tested out their pitching arms in a bullpen. That night, we saw the Reds beat the Brewers in a nail-biter 5 to 4. Some of us got autographs from MLB players John Lam, Ryan Braun, and Chris Carter. Nate and Eli M. got on Fox Sports Ohio during a live broadcast of the game.
Final stop in Ohio was Toledo for lazer tag and some Minor League action. Dave M. got the high score of 33,000 points for a single game in lazer tag and Noah was our trip’s first winner of Deal or No Deal with 200 tickets! That night we had an all you can eat barbeque at the Toledo Mud Hens AAA game. It was a nice change of pace to watch some Minor League ball (for many our first time) and see some future MLB players.
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