Dear Fellow Baseball Fanatics:
Major League Madness: California is having a blast and excited to share our first “letter from the road::
Our first day arriving in San Fran was filled with bonding time and meeting one another. All the boys hit it off due to the one commonality – baseball.
The tour of AT&T park was a great way to kick off the trip! Seeing all the memorabilia of Willie Mays, Barry Bonds and of course the 2010 World Series champs intrigued all these baseball admirers. We even got a special treat being allowed into the visiting team’s clubhouse. Travis was simply amazed with the ball park and all the behind the scenes action. Josh & Jordan K. loved the awesome view of the park overlooking the San Francisco bay. Jonah, so full of interesting questions even got a practice ball while in the Giants dugout. Jake got to make a call to the bullpen.
At the bowling alley things really got interesting as the foursome of Jonah, Sam, Adam and Oliver showed everyone how to knock them down. Adam won the game by 1 pin!
Day 2 was the first game we got to see at the Oakland Coliseum. Adam wearing his freshly bought Athletics hat rooted for a home victory. The A’s and Twins did battle but the real amazing stuff happened during batting practice. Jordan H. and Jonah each caught a homerun ball during BP. Meanwhile down at the field level, David, Jake, Josh and Travis all got autographs from a certain all star catcher – Joe Mauer of the Twins! Also signing autographs for the boys was 6’6” Twins closer Joe Nathan. Oliver got an autograph from Twins 3rd base coach Jerry White, a former player.
Earlier that day we got to visit Alcatraz island. Sam was amazed by the history that was there with famous mobster Al Capone. The K. brothers loved the audio tour which turned out to be the highlight of the tour. At Pier 33, Travis talked about bread bowls for hours prior to finally getting his wish: a nice big sourdough bread bowl full of clam chowder. Nothing was left, including the bowl.
Next stop: LA! At Venice beach, we saw all the amazing shops and the famous outdoor gym where Arnold Schwarzenegger used to work out before he was the Governator. Jordan H enjoyed seeing the various “freaks” along the boardwalk. Oliver and Jonah were hoping to get into the water but it was far too cold! At Hollywood and Highlands we got to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. David added to his impressive collection of player tees.
In the afternoon we went to classic Dodger Stadium to see the Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks. Oliver, Jake and Adam ate the famous Dodger Dogs! David was seen sporting his fresh Matt Kemp Dodger tee.
The LA speedzone was the night activity where we enjoyed 2 hours of unlimited driving and arcades. Jordan H, Jordan K, Josh, Travis, Oliver, Jake and Jonah had a big race around the grand prix track. Good thing there are bumpers! The boys had an epic time racing around. David, Adam and Sam went at it in the arcade where they played games like Terminator, Time crisis and air hockey after their races. The highlight was the drag racing where you go 0-70 mph in 3 seconds! Jordan H, Jake and Oliver couldn’t get enough of the high speeds!
Our first 4 days have been amazing so far and as we continue we have Universal Studios, surfing and Disneyland…and of course more baseball games, we can hardly wait!
We’ll update you soon!
The Westcoast Blogger