Westcoast Warriors and Downtown Connection Face Off in Ohio-MLB Madness

Hi from Ohio!

Does anyone have any ideas as to how we might have started our 4 days in Cleveland? How about – at a baseball game! And what a game it was. With many of our trip members sporting the new Cleveland Indians ball cap, we fit right in as if we were all Indians fans. Progressive Field has so much to do and the boys took advantage of the activities at the stadium. Hayden demonstrated a cannon of an arm of his own by throwing a 68 MPH fastball which was tops for his age group in the entire stadium.

After the game, we headed on over to the bowling alley and had our first West Coast Warriors vs Downtown Connection competition. Not only are our boys baseball fanatics, but they are quite the bowling studs as well. David Z’s pancake style approach was so successful, he needs to have it patented. In the end the West Coast Warriors were just too strong and took a 1-0 series lead.

What a busy day our second day in Cleveland was. The tour of Progressive Field was certainly interesting, but the highlights of the day came in the evening at the batting cages and at whirly ball. For the first time, the guys had a chance to show off their baseball skills. Arthur and Justin both demonstrated their switch hitting abilities with 70MPH fastballs coming at them. Matt has such a smooth swing, we call it “Poetry in Motion”. From the right side of the plate, Jake, Zack and Oliver were tearing strips off the ball. Stephen and Owen both showed their ability to hit for contact in the soft ball cages and are clearly eager to get on the field and play for real.

Whirly Ball was a huge hit. Downtown Connection was able to tie up the series 1-1 with some strong team performances.  Dylan scored on several occasions and was just too dominant in his cart to give West Coast Warriors any hope of victory at all. Congrats to both teams on great sportsmanship and effort. A great time was had by all.

Canton Ohio was our next stop, as we took a day trip to the football hall of fame. There was a gorgeous turf field outside, which gave us an opportunity for game 3 of our friendly series between the West Coast Warriors and the Downtown Connection. The play of the game was made when Charlie threw an outstanding pass to Mark who was able to secure the ball for a long first down.  The West Coast Warriors prevailed and have taken the lead in the series 2-1. Inside the hall of fame, we had a ton of fun being arm chair quarterbacks. Max has some serious talent and should consider becoming a future as a football analyst, as he was able to predict nearly every passing pattern perfectly.

Finally, the moment the boys have been waiting for. It’s time to play softball. Will was outstanding at shortstop, Sam was smooth on the base paths, and Brandon A demonstrated a great glove at first base. To be honest, all 20 of the boys demonstrated their talents on the field, at the plate, and sportsmanship in the dugout. In the end, the West Coast Warriors won the game 4-3 and have taken a 3-1 series lead.

We spent our last day in Cleveland at Cedar point, home of some of the world’s biggest roller coasters. The boys genuinely enjoyed spending a gorgeous day outside, inconsequential of the roller coasters. It was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to spend time with lots of different people on the trip, as their partnerships for the day seemed to be constantly evolving. We are so lucky to have such a tight-knit group and we look forward to giving you another update in a few days.

Until next time…

The West Coast blogger

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!