Major League Madness has been an absolute blast for the past few days and we are excited to recap the happenings since we last wrote. Our third and final day in Chicago got off to a jolting start as we visited the Navy Pier for a speedboat ride on Lake Michigan. Waves were splashing on board and everyone was exhilarated by the speed at which we rode around. Brad and Caeden made the most out of the experience. They were brave enough to sit at the back of the boat where passengers got soaked by the sea!
At the White Sox game afterward, Kevin joined Griffin, Jared and Jordan for the best seats in the house. The boys sat in the first row along the first base line for the game’s entirety and were actually featured on the Canadian broadcast of the game during a pause in the action! The boys were later treated to some famous deep-dish pizza. Andy made it his mission to get the most out of the unique culinary experience and was the only one to finish all of his pizza crust, a tough task given the nature of the pie.
After a day of bonding on the bus, we finally arrived in Pittsburgh. Everyone was eager to go bowling after the long commute but Ben was looking forward to it the most. Little did we know but he is a great bowler and he managed to put up a higher score than every other trip member.
The following morning, we finally got a real taste of an MLB stadium at the PNC Park tour. Considered the best-looking park in the league, we took in the views and were able to step onto the field and into the dugout. It was cool to experience things from a new vantage point after having watched multiple games from the stands. We arrived early for the game in the afternoon in order to give the group some time to seek out signatures from the athletes and the plan worked out brilliantly. Those trip members pestering the athletes got up to eight signatures on their memorabilia – Jack R. got his running shoes signed by an all-star pitcher and Jake G. got his new hat signed by a few players as well. They were both thrilled with their new relics. The game went into extra innings and nobody was as excited about the outcome as Jonnie, who relentlessly prayed for a Pirates walk-off win (his wish came true in the 14th inning).
PNC Park in Pittsburgh was glorious but we needed to keep the good times rolling by heading to Cleveland in the A.M. for our next ballgame. Caeden managed to meet an Indians player before the game and snap a selfie with him. The athlete was great with the kids and I’m sure they’ll remember that moment forever. In addition, those selfies are definitely an early candidate for picture of the trip. Our seats at the game were behind home plate and everyone enjoyed a wicked view of both pitchers’ performances.
Later in the day, we broke Color War to the boys by pulling off a little joke. We’ll spare you the details, but the trip members were all fooled and taken off guard by the announcement. The first Color War event took place at Whirly Ball where four teams competed in a tournament to determine a winner. We will be holding numerous events over the next few days and will be sure to update you as the events progress! For now, we are set to enjoy the MLB all-star break and the state of Ohio. We have some awesome games planned and cannot wait to relay the stories to you all. Until next time!
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