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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A Little Heckling for Wearing the Wrong Gear – Major League Madness

From Cleveland to New York, the lastest update from the Major League Madness.

The Westcoast Blogger

Dear Parents of Major League Madness,

Here is the latest update on Major League Madness. Our Last day in Cleveland began with a trip to the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Sam and Kevin loved taking pictures of all the instruments and pictures on display, as well as all the inductee’s signatures. The night concluded at Progressive Field with the Seattle Mariners taking on the Cleveland Indians. Zack and Brian both came home with batting practice balls from some generous Cleveland players and the group got to see Cliff Lee pitch a gem winning the game 3-1. The next day began with a tour of Progressive where Max and Bret took some very cool pictures in the Indians dugout and batting cages.

Next stop was Pittsburgh to see the Pirates take on Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants. During pre-game Ari and Gio came away with some great autographed baseballs. Philip and David took full advantage of dollar hot dog night and Grant and Daniel loved the centerfield seats as the Pirates took the game in 14 innings 2-1.

After a quick stop in Pittsburgh the team was off to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. The trip to D.C. started with a monument tour. Gabe and Adam D. got some great photos atop the Washington Monument, and Austin and Jon B. got some great pics with Abe himself at the Lincoln Memorial. The tour then rolled on to Nationals Stadium to watch the Nationals play the Chicago Cubs. Jordan and Ethan M. were able to sneak into some great seats while Jake M. made a nice play to catch a foul ball in a game the Cubs won 11-3. Colin and Garrett both correctly identified the murderer at the Shear Madness show, while Jon F. and Scott loved all the laughs the longest running show brought. After a fun day in Washington it was off to Philly.

Our first stop in Philadelphia was Reading Terminal where Jesse and Josh M. devoured some huge cheesesteaks and Matt K. took some great photos of the liberty bell. That night the crew saw the Cubs again as they took on the Phillies. Dave G. and Jacob G. took a little heckling for wearing their Mets gear and Elliot had a great view from the left field seats to see the Phils take the game 10-1. The next day was a trip to Ocean City, New Jersey for a beach day. Jeremy D. and Adam W. had fun in the ocean while Robert and Jeremy C. both scored touchdowns in beach football. After two great days in Philly the team headed off to New York to see the Yankees in action.

Our day began with a 1:00 game to see the Bronx Bombers take on the Baltimore Orioles. Matt B. and Ethan R. loved the new Yankee Stadium atmosphere, and Harris was sitting front row to see the great Mariano Rivera warm up. That night the group ate at ESPN zone in Times Square, where Dan and Matthew S. loved the huge arcade the restaurant offered. Our day yesterday began with a tour of Yankee Stadium where Josh E. and Jake R. got some great pictures of the famous monument park. Currently we are on our way to Boston; the crew (including the Yankees fans) are going to have a blast in Bean Town.

More to come soon!