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San Francisco Giants: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Program Number: 7197RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/10/2013 - 3/15/2013; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $865.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners    

Enjoy the intimate and casual atmosphere of spring training baseball as you cheer on your favorite players of the 2010 and 2012 World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants. Before the Giants hit a single home run into McCovey Cove, they prepare for the season at Scottsdale Stadium, their Arizona home since 1992. Study baseball in-depth as you meet baseball “lifers” from a variety of backgrounds in the game. Meet former players, coaches, writers and executives whose insider experiences and storytelling talents will keep you on the edge of your seat.




Highlights

• Enjoy “America’s pastime” with great seats at four spring training games in a variety of ballparks.
• Meet retired players, the organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.
• Go behind the scenes of one of the most innovative ballparks in the majors: Chase Field, regular-season home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.



Activity Particulars

Walk one-half mile; stairs at ballparks. Games attended are dependent on Cactus League schedule, which is finalized in December. March 15 program requires walking of up to a mile a day to get from your rooms to the conference center.



Lunch during day games or dinner during night games on your own at the ballparks. All four games will be Giants games unless the team has a day off in the schedule. In this (rare) case, a substitute game will be offered. For best group seating, register by December 1.




Date Specific Information

3-1-2015, 3-8-2015

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3-15-2015

This week will be housed at a hotel and conference center in mid-town Scottsdale. While not walking distance to the Scottsdale stadium, a free trolley runs to old Town Scottsdale. Enjoy a resort setting with private “casitas” and spacious grounds centered around a large outdoor pool. The extensive spread of the property requires walking of up to a mile a day to get from your rooms to the conference center, and the Activity Level is Active.
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Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Phoenix

Phoenix is a thriving metropolis surrounded by majestic mountains. Along with the visual beauty of the land, the city has a rich heritage of Native American and Hispanic cultures. Native American and western expansion influences are seen in the art and architecture of Phoenix, and an abundance of museums and art galleries showcase the culture.



Accommodations
Central Scottsdale hotel with outdoor pool. Walking distance to the Giants’ spring training home at Scottsdale Stadium, as well as numerous city attractions. Free local shuttle.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites
  Phoenix, AZ 5 nights
 Embassy Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: Services include complimentary parking, weekday USA Today, on-site National/Alamo car rental desk, gift shop, room service and guest valet/laundry services. Also complimentary 24-hour BusinessLink business center with wireless high-speed internet access computer, printing and copying services. Including complimentary manager reception and make to order breakfast.
  Contact info: 2577 West Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023 USA
phone: 602-375-1777
web: www.phoenixnorth.embassysuites.com
  Room amenities: Enjoy the convenience of two flat screen television, two telephone lines, refigerator, coffeemaker, microwave, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, and well-lit work area. Complimentary High-speed Wi-Fi access available including PrinterOn, allowing you to print from your laptop.
  Facility amenities: Kick back under the cloudless desert sky before taking a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Work-out in the fully-equipped fitness center or just soothe tired muscles in the whirlpool while sipping a drink from the Cabana pool bar. Savor delicious Cajun specialties at LaFitte’s restaurant, the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: AAA/AARP rate Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: AAA/AARP rate Be sure to request the AAA/AARP rate for additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar Registration in the Main lobby at 4:30pm. Dinner begins at 6:00pm followed by orientation. Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00pm. You will be staying at Embassy Suites that night.
  End of Program:
After Wrap-Up (by 12:00pm). You will be staying at Embassy Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix
  Nearest highway: I-17 North-South and Loop 101
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Phoenix, AZ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sky Harbor

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 602-244-9000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for Quote
Prices are subject to change.

 

Sky Harbor

 

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
AAA/Yellow Cab
phone: 480-888-8888

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for quote
Prices are subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  Anywhere www.google.com/maps
  From Sky Harbor International Airport to Embassy Suites Phoenix - North I-10 West to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the North to Embassy Suites I-17 South. Exit #211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the South to Embassy Suites I-10 West to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
  From the West to Embassy Suites I-10 East to I-17 North. Exit # 211 Greenway Road. The Hotel is on the southeast corner of Greenway Road.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In and Program Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, March 10)
   
 Afternoon: Please arrive at the hotel to register at 4:30pm. Check into your room at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 6:00 PM to settle into your room. Please note, this itinerary is TENTATIVE and instructors, classes, games, and schedules are subject to change. If a game is rained out, there is no refund.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner we will have Orientation. This will provide you with information about the hotel, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions!
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cactus League / Game / Scoring and Legends of Baseball
(Monday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Cactus league from a writers perspective.
 Morning: Giants players past and present.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 1 - SF Giants @ TX Rangers
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy a delicious dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Official scoring and legends of baseball.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: AZ Dbacks Organist/Baseball in Movies/Game
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: AZ DBacks organist Bobby Freeman.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Conduct baseball movie reviews, watch film clips, and engage in discussion with a movie scholar.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own at the stadium.
 Evening: Game 2 - SD Padres @ SF Giants
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Giants Broadcaster / Game / Baseball Class
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Baseball class with a broadcaster for the Giants.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 3 - SF Giants @ Cincinnati Reds
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Baseball call on Major League Baseball alumni.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Chase Stadium / Game / Class
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Tour Chase Stadium.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 4 - World Baseball Classic Team @ SF Giants
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Baseball class.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap Up
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the itinerary.
 Morning: Wrap up and goodbyes. ***Please note this schedule is tentative and dependent upon the Cactus League Spring Training schedule. To obtain the better stadium seats, we need to purchase the tickets by January 1st. We cannot guarantee group seating assignments after this date. If a game is rained out, there is no refund issued.***
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Baseball Thesaurus


Author: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler


Description: Sluggers deposit a Ballantine Blast in the nosebleeds. The top of the lineup sets the table for the heart of the order. Corner infielders guard the line. A lumberjack with a bad wheel staggers down the line while a glovesman flashes leather. Baseball is a sport with its own lingo and jargon -- a colorful patois that's developed over the years and millions of games. In this fascinating compendium of baseball terms, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler -- broadcaster, storyteller, talker, voice -- explains what baseball terms mean and how they came to be. Whether it's Red Barber talking about the pea patch or Ernie Harwell discussing no-hitters, the language of America s Pastime is brilliantly captured by Goldberg-Strassler. Who should read The Baseball Thesaurus? It s for the media linguist whose job relies upon baseball jargon, the radio listener, the blog reader, the talk-show caller, the minor-league diehard, the Strat-O-Matic connoisseur, the seventh-inning stretcher, the stereotype breaker, the crank, the postgame fireworks enthusiast, the t-ball coach, the seamhead, the baseball Annie, the hot-stove moper, the bandwagoner, the purist, the casual rooter who enjoys a quick tidbit and has no need to attend both games of a doubleheader, and the fan who takes pride in scoring the game and teaching the tradition to others.





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