The Major League Madness tour continues on, as the group treks on across the Midwest.
With a few Canadians sprinkled into our group, and the Toronto Blue Jays visiting the Detroit Tigers, some friendly rivalries developed. With banter certainly not lacking, we saw the Tigers walk off in style in the bottom of the 11th, with a thrilling 6-5 win.
In a jam-packed day, we had an incredible tour of “The Big House” at the University of Michigan. We visited the Wolverines locker room, played around on the field, and learnt of Wolverine greats, like Tom Brady and Gerald Ford (yes, President Gerald Ford). Our exciting day in Ann Arbor concluded with a whirly ball tournament, where our tournament ended in with the “Nick Pivettas” coming out on top.
Our journey to Pittsburgh started off with a surprise softball game! The highly contested game included home runs, spectacular catches, and a miraculous comeback by the eventual winning team. To cool off, we stopped at the famous Handel’s ice cream shop.
A tour of PNC Park was first on the docket for day seven. The tour included many different areas, including the press boxes, batting cages, and dugout. Our tour guides even let us walk on the warning track, where we got some amazing group pictures! After chowing down at the famous Primati Bros, some of our group members met Pirates manager Clint Hurdle in a nearby bank. That evening, we saw the Pirates walk off against the Brewers in the bottom of the 10th (That’s right, two extra-inning walk-offs in a row!) Before the game, the boys had a chance to get autographs from star players Ryan Braun, Manny Pina, Starling Marte and Jonathan Villar!
Many trip members woke up excited to face the daunting roller coasters at Cedar Point amusement park! The adrenaline of the rides, and the splashing raft rides provided a fun-filled day away from the baseball diamonds.
We kicked off the next day by visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The museum was a cool chance for the boys to get a look at football from the past and present, as well try out all the interactive activities including trying on football pads, and acting as referee on several video replays. We wrapped up the busy day by heading to Cleveland’s Progressive Field to check out a rematch of last year’s ALCS between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians! Before the start of the game, the boys continued their autograph quest where they got autographs from Indians players including Francisco Lindor, Edwin Encarnacion and Bradley Zimmer. Despite the one-sided game, we were in for a treat as it was Rock n’ Blast night at Progressive Field; following the game, the Indians put on a breathtaking fireworks show that lasted over twenty-five minutes!
Today, we returned to the ballpark to do a tour of the home of the Indians. We got an inside perspective of the operations of the stadium. Following our tour, we headed to grab lunch, where we happened to run into Justin Smoak, Roberto Osuna, Kendrys Morales, Steve Pierce, and Ryan Goins of the Blue Jays!
Well that’s all for now! More updates to come!
Until Next Time,
The Westcoast Blogger