The Major League Finale! – Major League Madness

Major League Madness

Hello one last time,

As Major League Madness’ adventure of a lifetime continued, we made our way to Washington, D.C. We started off at the Spy Museum, where we learned about all of the spy organizations and their effects throughout history. The museum had a fun activity where the boys got to practice being spies by learning a new fake bio that they memorized through the museum. Many purchased special spy gum at the museum shop! We saw many of the DC monuments including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial.  At the Dodgers vs. Nationals game, many of our Yankee fans wore Bryce Harper shirts, hoping that Bryce would soon sign with the Yankees. The Nationals won the game 8 to 1 but the more impressive stat was Luke was lucky and got 3 balls during the game.

The next morning, we made our way to the city of brotherly love…Philadelphia! After lunch at the Reading Terminal Market and a visit to the Liberty Bell, we held our second rock, paper, scissors tournament before heading to Citizens Bank Park. Nate and Jackson were our finalists and Nate became our second champion after D.J. won our first tournament early in the trip. On to watch the Phillies take on the Miami Marlins. Everyone was excited to see Ichiro Suzuki play as he is on his quest for 3000 hits. While the home town Phillies lost to the Marlins 9-3, some boys got Jose Fernandez and Fernando Rodney autographs and continuing our food sampling at ballparks, a number of boys tried Tony Luke’s Philly cheese steaks which were very tasty!

Next up was Fenway Park, the classic home of the Boston Red Sox!  It was an amazing feeling to be in America’s oldest and most iconic ballpark. The game was a close one with the Minnesota Twins beating the Red Sox 2 to 1. Everyone in the stands was pumped for David Ortiz, since it is his last season. We all sang Sweet Caroline in the 8th inning, a local tradition which we all got to cross off our baseball bucket lists.

We then headed to Cooperstown for our long awaited Baseball Hall of Fame visit. We enjoyed the day at the museum checking out the exhibits and walking through the many baseball shops in the town. Yesterday we woke up early to witness baseball history of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza get inducted into the Hall. We watched the ceremony with 50,000 other baseball fanatics. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience that none of us will forget. After this memorable day, we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, and at night Eli M. put on an awesome magic show for the trip. He will definitely be the next Houdini.

Today is our last day. We head back to New York City for a tour of Yankee stadium including Monument Park and tonight’s game where the Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals. Although we still have a great night of memories to be made, we are already reminiscing about all the incredible memories these past weeks. As everyone heads home tomorrow, we hope you all had the time of your lives. We are confident the memories made on this journey will last forever. You all have become so close that we know for sure you will all keep in contact with each other. As we look back at all of the stadiums, games and moments we have shared, the trip wouldn’t have been the same without each and every one of our boys of summer bringing their own individual personalities to create a unique group experience.

Thanks again,

The Westcoast Blogger

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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