Hello one last time,
As Major League Madness’ adventure of a lifetime continued, we made our way to Washington, D.C. We started off at the Spy Museum, where we learned about all of the spy organizations and their effects throughout history. The museum had a fun activity where the boys got to practice being spies by learning a new fake bio that they memorized through the museum. Many purchased special spy gum at the museum shop! We saw many of the DC monuments including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. At the Dodgers vs. Nationals game, many of our Yankee fans wore Bryce Harper shirts, hoping that Bryce would soon sign with the Yankees. The Nationals won the game 8 to 1 but the more impressive stat was Luke was lucky and got 3 balls during the game.
The next morning, we made our way to the city of brotherly love…Philadelphia! After lunch at the Reading Terminal Market and a visit to the Liberty Bell, we held our second rock, paper, scissors tournament before heading to Citizens Bank Park. Nate and Jackson were our finalists and Nate became our second champion after D.J. won our first tournament early in the trip. On to watch the Phillies take on the Miami Marlins. Everyone was excited to see Ichiro Suzuki play as he is on his quest for 3000 hits. While the home town Phillies lost to the Marlins 9-3, some boys got Jose Fernandez and Fernando Rodney autographs and continuing our food sampling at ballparks, a number of boys tried Tony Luke’s Philly cheese steaks which were very tasty!
Next up was Fenway Park, the classic home of the Boston Red Sox! It was an amazing feeling to be in America’s oldest and most iconic ballpark. The game was a close one with the Minnesota Twins beating the Red Sox 2 to 1. Everyone in the stands was pumped for David Ortiz, since it is his last season. We all sang Sweet Caroline in the 8th inning, a local tradition which we all got to cross off our baseball bucket lists.
We then headed to Cooperstown for our long awaited Baseball Hall of Fame visit. We enjoyed the day at the museum checking out the exhibits and walking through the many baseball shops in the town. Yesterday we woke up early to witness baseball history of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza get inducted into the Hall. We watched the ceremony with 50,000 other baseball fanatics. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience that none of us will forget. After this memorable day, we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, and at night Eli M. put on an awesome magic show for the trip. He will definitely be the next Houdini.
Today is our last day. We head back to New York City for a tour of Yankee stadium including Monument Park and tonight’s game where the Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals. Although we still have a great night of memories to be made, we are already reminiscing about all the incredible memories these past weeks. As everyone heads home tomorrow, we hope you all had the time of your lives. We are confident the memories made on this journey will last forever. You all have become so close that we know for sure you will all keep in contact with each other. As we look back at all of the stadiums, games and moments we have shared, the trip wouldn’t have been the same without each and every one of our boys of summer bringing their own individual personalities to create a unique group experience.
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