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!
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