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Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Program Number: 7198RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/3/2013 - 3/8/2013; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015;
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, 0 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Get into the swing of things with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers as they prepare for the 2015 season in the intimate and casual atmosphere of Arizona’s Cactus League. Which of these American League West teams is ready to win the pennant? Study baseball in-depth with members of the Society for American Baseball Research, learning about the game’s history and the great players from each organization. Take in at least two games with your team and four total, experiencing a variety of ballparks along the way.




Highlights

• Enjoy a sing-along with the organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks and discuss the current state of the game with a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.
• Enjoy stories from a former player or baseball historian and hear from a sportswriter about how he conveys the rhythm of the game.
• 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.



Lunch during day games or dinner during night games on your own at the ballparks. Enjoy at least two games with your team, four total. If the Mariners or Rangers have a day off in the schedule (rare), we will substitute another game of interest. While we request seats in the shade, we occasionally will be in the sun. For best group seating, register by December 1.




Date Specific Information

3-3-2013

On this date, the Chase Stadium tour will not be available.



3-8-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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
Lodging at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Enjoy beautiful grounds, a conference center, comfortable rooms and exceptional personal care.

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
   Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
  Phoenix, AZ 5 nights
 Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Type: Inn
  Description: Nestled on the historic campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center combines state-of-the-art facilities with congenial, comfortable surroundings. Located in Glendale, one of Arizona’s fastest growing cities, The Inn is just 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Guests also enjoy close proximity to a wide variety of local attractions, including Historic Downtown Glendale, renowned special events and festivals, one-of-a-kind museums and a growing lineup of professional sports.
  Contact info: 15249 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA
phone: 602-978-7987
web: www.thunderbirdexecutiveinn.com/
  Room amenities: The Thunderbird Executive Inn offers 134 rooms designed to make your stay relaxing and worry-free. Coffee makers, mini-refrigerators and hair dryers offer the comforts of home; while computer ports, FREE high-speed Wi-Fi access and private phone service with voice mail add the convenience of the office. Rooms also feature free local calls, work desks, irons and ironing boards, complimentary toiletries, cable television and electronic card-key entry systems.
  Facility amenities: 24 Hour Front Desk, Same-day laundry service, Safe deposit boxes, Business Center, Free Daily Newspapers in Front Lobby, Recreational Lounge, Complimentary Coffee/Tea/Sodas/Bottled Water/Snacks, Dining Hall and Pub, Swimming pool, fitness facility, sand volley ball court, basketball, “soccer” field, tennis courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Current AAA or AARP rate. Contact hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Current AAA or AARP rate. Contact hotel directly.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


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 Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
After Wrap-Up (by 12:00pm). You will be staying at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center 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
  Thunderbird Inn from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Follow signs for I-10 W/AZ 51/West Exit/Downtown Phoenix. Enter ramp for I-10 West, and take exit 143A-B to merge onto the I-17 North towards Flagstaff. From I-17 North, exit 211 Greenway Road and turn left. Follow Greenway Road to 59h Ave and turn left, Thunderbird School of Global Management is on the left.
  Thunderbird Inn from the I-17 Exit 210, Thunderbird Road, and drive west 4 miles to 59th Avenue. Turn right and drive north on 59th Avenue 3/4 miles to Country Gables. Thunderbird School of Global Management is on the right.
  Thunderbird Inn from the Loop 101 Exit 59th Ave, and drive south 3 miles to Country Gables, Thunderbird School of Global Management is on the left.
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 3)
   
 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 hotel. Please arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
 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: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cactus League From a Writers Perspective/Game/Baseball in Film
(Monday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the intinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Enjoy a class on the Cactus League from a writers perspective.
 Morning: Mariners players past and present.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 1 - CO Rockies @ SEA Mariners
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy a delicious dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Conduct baseball movie reviews, watch film clips, and engage in discussion with a movie scholar.
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: AZ Dbacks organist/Game/Legends of Baseball and Official Scoring
(Tuesday, March 5)
   
 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: Enjoy baseball music with the Arizona Diamondbacks' organist. Get in the rhythm of the game with baseball tunes!
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 2 - LA Dodgers @ SD Padres
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy a delicious dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Get hands-on experience with scoring as you develop your skills. A completed scorecard will allow you to recall every single play in the game, as though you were listening to the game on the radio!
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Baseball Class/Game/MLB Alumni Class
(Wednesday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the intinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Baseball class.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 3 -MIL Brewers @ SEA Mariners
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a class on MLB Alumni.
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Baseball Class/Game/Baseball Class
(Thursday, March 7)
   
 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: Enjoy a class on a topic relevant to the game.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium.
 Afternoon: Game 4 - SEA Mariners @ OAK Athletics
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy a delicious dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a class on a topic relevant to the game.
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Baseball Media and
(Friday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Come down by the time indicated on the intinerary, just be sure to allow enough time to arrive promptly for the morning activity!
 Morning: Wrap up and goodbyes.
   
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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