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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!
Although our trip is only 48 hours old, it is safe to say that Major League Madness has gotten off to an excellent start. Friendships were formed from the moment the plane touched down in Chicago due to everyone’s shared passion for baseball. The excitement to visit the historic Wrigley Field that evening was quite apparent! Derek and Dylan were itching to get the baseball activities started so badly that they played some toss beside the hotel as soon as they got a chance.
Upon arrival at Wrigley, we made our way to the seats and gave everyone an opportunity to explore the friendly confines. The early highlight of the trip occurred during warm-ups. Noah, Brandon and Jared were seeking autographs down by the field when Kris Bryant, rookie phenom for the Cubs, approached them and signed their baseballs! Noah lassoed him in by encouraging him to keep hitting home runs, which prompted a laugh from Bryant. It is safe to say that he has some new fans for life! The game itself was quite entertaining, with the Cubs rallying late to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3.
We were fortunate enough to witness another entertaining ball game yesterday in Milwaukee, where the Brewers beat the Braves 6-5. The game consisted of five home runs, which is more than most of us have ever witnessed in a single ball game. The kids were pumped up from the offensive outburst, cheering loudly for the home team and chanting player’s names at the top of their lungs. The kids were allowed to explore the park in small groups for this game and three group members were lucky enough to find unoccupied front row seats. Jack R., Jack T. and Jacob S. sat along the third base line for approximately 7 innings and Jack T. even managed to grab a foul ball!
Wednesday night consisted of a visit to the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago, a 103-storey building that is not for the faint of heart. Everyone enjoyed the bird’s eye view of the foggy city below and some trip members went as far as to lie down on the glass to observe the city. Daniel, Aidan, and trip leader Jesse all courageously faced their fear of heights and took a step onto the transparent structure. We’re glad they were able to.
Our final day in the Windy City was a great one! We started the day with an awesome Jetboat tour. Then the Toronto boys got to see their hometown Blue Jays in action on the road and even ended up on TV (See photo below). We had the opportunity to move our seats to behind home plate and on the first and third baselines, what great seats! We enjoyed a funny night at The Second City comedy club, and now it’s off to Pittsburgh! Can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Dear Parents of Major League Madness, After seeing the Cubs win at Wrigley Field last week (yes, the Cubs actually won), we flew to Pittsburgh. We arrived at PNC Park on time for batting practice, and wow… what a beautiful field! PNC is situated right on the river overlooking the city skyline, and that’s the […]
Our trip is rounding third and heading home in a couple of days, but we’re not quite there yet. We have had some ultra-exciting moments over the last couple of days. We arrived in Laurel MD. which is equidistant from Washington and Baltimore. We stopped for dinner at Famous Dave’s where Isaac displayed his passion […]