Dear parents of Major League Madness,
With the first stop of Westcoast Connection’s Major League Madness trip coming to end, we have already had so many incredible experiences. On Wednesday, all of the trip members arrived in the beautiful “windy city” of Chicago. We got right into the program, and headed straight for the classic Wrigley Field to see the Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs. Despite the Cubbies losing 5 to 3, the consensus between the boys was that the game was exciting because of some great offense from both teams. After the game, we learned more about each other and everyone started to share who their favorite teams were; majority are Mets and Yankee fans, with some Boston, Miami, and Blue Jays fans as well.
The next morning was D.J.’s 13th birthday! We all surprised him with birthday hats and whistles on the bus. We drove to downtown Chicago for a Jetboat Tour. We had an amazing time seeing the downtown skyline while the boat would go over waves on Lake Michigan. We enjoyed Navy Pier’s variety of food options for lunch and then had a highly competitive rock, paper, scissors tournament. Wouldn’t you know it? The birthday boy himself, D.J. emerged as the rock, paper scissors champion! After, grabbing dinner and enjoying some famous Chicago pizza, we all went to Second City. The show had a mix of improv and scripted comedy. With many laughs, it was a great end to our day!
On Friday, we made our way to Milwaukee and started out with a tour of the Brewer’s Miller Park. Not only did we see all of the sites of the field, but through special arrangements with MLB we were surprised by the Brewer’s Vice President of Ticketing and Analytics, Regis Bane who gave us a private meeting and question and answer period. Regis shared his experience working in baseball. The boys were in awe because many expressed interest in working in the sports sector one day themselves. He gave them lots of advice on how to pursue their dreams. Dan M. asked Regis many intriguing questions, that Regis said Dan belongs in the sports workforce. After the Q&A, we went bowling and these boys showed they could throw strikes not only in the baseball field but also in the bowling alley! We returned to Miller Park to catch the Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was amazing drama because the Brewers won by a walk-off hit. At the end of the game, we announced our fantasy baseball league winner for the day, Daniel K. won by choosing key players that performed well.
Saturday was our final day in Chicago and we started back at Wrigley Field where we had a private tour of the historic park. The group got to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in the press box, which is a tradition that many famous celebrities, such as Vince Vaughn have done. Then we made our way to U.S. Cellular Field to watch the Atlanta Braves vs. the White Sox. Another great surprise was everybody received White Sox caps and programs as a gift from the Chicago White Sox organization through special arrangements with Westcoast Connection. The boys spent the whole game cheering and creating chants, which got the players’ attention. We also loved when the Jumbotron displayed a belated birthday message for D.J. and a welcoming message to our whole trip. In addition, Noah and Josh were featured on the Jumbotron dancing. Jack was the winner of our second fantasy baseball league. These last 4 days have been incredible and we are looking forward to experiencing the rest of this amazing tour!
Until next time,