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San Francisco Giants: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Program Number: 7197RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/2/2014 - 3/7/2014; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,050.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 9; 5 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

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

3-2-2014, 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.




Scottsdale

An affluent city adjacent to Phoenix, Scottsdale enjoys an annual average of more than 330 days of sunshine, a factor that, along with the area’s wide-open desert landscape, makes the city a haven for golfers. Scottsdale’s vibrant nightlife and busy hotel scene are balanced out by its proximity to mountain areas popular with outdoor enthusiasts.



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
   Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
  Scottsdale Old Town 5 nights
 Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Type: Hotel
  Description: Come and experience spacious accommodations, a relaxed atmosphere, and true Southwestern hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town. Located in the heart of Old Town, we’re situated in the perfect location to experience all Scottsdale attractions, as we are the only Hilton family of brands hotel within walking distance to Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Civic Center, and over 100 restaurants and art galleries in Old Town. Enjoy resort style amenities without resort prices, such as Jake's in Old Town Restaurant and Bar and outdoor resort style pool and whirlpool. Work out in the fully-equipped fitness center, featuring cardio machines and weights. Indulge in a tasty cooked-to-order breakfast each morning of your stay or pick up snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® or enjoy room service and dine in your guest room.
  Contact info: 7324 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA
phone: 480-481-0400
web: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/hilton-garden-inn-scottsdale-old-town-SCTGIGI/index.html
  Room amenities: For your Comfort: 250 Thread Count Sheets, Air Conditioning, Black-Out Curtains, Complimentary HBO, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Coffee Maker, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection Desk Level Phone Jacks, Hairdryer, High Speed Internet-No Charge, Iron/Ironing Board, Microwave Mini Refrigerator, and Neutrogena(R) Bath Amenities.
  Facility amenities: For your business convenience, make use of our Business Center with complimentary printing service, fax modem, and photo copying service
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: n/a Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: n/a Contact the hotel directly for rates. Please note - this hotel sells out nightly during the high season winter/spring months and thus it is necessary to book your stays well in advance. Make sure you are booking with someone locally at the hotel and mention you are coming for the Road Scholar group booking. If you experience any difficulty, make sure to ask for Afsanah, group sales manager.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar drop-in Registration in the hotel lobby between 4:30 - 5:15 PM. Dinner begins at 5:45 PM followed by orientation. Hotel check-in anytime after 3:00pm. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town that night.
  End of Program:
Following program wrap up and farewells at 9:30 AM. Hotel check out by noon. You will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town 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:  Scottsdale Old Town
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Scottsdale Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
AAA/Yellow Cab
phone: 480-888-8888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for quote. If traveling in a party of 3 or more it is typically cheaper to go by taxi.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-730-9267
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $20, discount if booked online, $2 discount with Code "E3BBF"
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles

   

Shuttles by reservation to and from the Phoenix airport. Upon arrival, collect your luggage. For Terminal 2 arrivals, exit Door 8, at the east end of the terminal, past baggage claim. Once outside, continue east to the middle island/median. Terminal 3, exit Door 6 (South Curb) or Door 9 (North Curb) and cross the street. Terminal 4, exit Door 3 (North Curb) or Door 4 (South Curb), cross the street to the median. Present your confirmation number to the Customer Service Representative.

 
Driving Directions
  Anywhere www.google.com/maps
  Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town from LA Head into Phoenix via I-10. Follow signs for I-10E toward airport/Tucson. Keep right via EXIT 147A-B and then keep right to take AZ-202-LOOP E via EXIT 147A. Stay on the AZ 202 loop E until exit 9 and merge onto the 101 loop heading North. Take the Indian School Rd exit, EXIT 47, and head back west on Indian School Rd. for 2.1 miles. The hotel is on your right.
  Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town from points north. Take I-17 Southbound into Phoenix until the 101 East loop. Continue on Loop 101 until East Indian School Road (exit 47). Continue West on Indian School Road. The destination is to the right after 2 miles.
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 2)
   
 Afternoon: On site Northern Arizona University Road Scholar program registration from 4:30 - 5:15 PM adjacent to the hotel lobby. Hotel rooms available after 3:00PM, early arrivals will only be able to get rooms if they call ahead and pre-arrange.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant. "Jake's Bar and Grill" serves up savory dishes sure to please the palate. Entrees will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option for those that enroll with that option.
 Evening: Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will direct a program orientation, review the weekly schedule and lead group introductions after dinner in the meeting room. Get prepared for the exciting week ahead and meet your fellow participants. *** Please note: The following schedule is tentative and should it have to be altered the program will offer an alternative activity or presentation. If a game is rained out, while very unlikely, there is no refund and again an alternative activity will be presented.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Sportswriter/ History of Cactus League / Ballgame 1 / Scoring and Legends
(Monday, March 3)

Note: The stadium is a few flat blocks from the hotel and walking stairs is required to get to our seats.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as fresh omelette's cooked to order. Be sure to allow enough time to enjoy your breakfast and coffee and be ready for our mornings first activity.
 Morning: Throughout this program you will meet wonderful baseball personalities who have intimate and often long histories with the game. We start the program with a presentation from Charlie Vascellaro. Charlie gave his first Elderhostel/Road Scholar program in 2004 and has been a regular component ever since. Charlie will delight you with his stories as a baseball writer and his inside perspective of the game. A contributing writer to the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, Charlie also penned a Hank Aaron biography and is a leading expert on the history of the Cactus League.

Following your morning presentation we will take a short break before gathering to head over to our first baseball game. Our hotel is just a few blocks from the stadium so we can enjoy a short walk. For those unable to do the walk, the Old Town Scottsdale trolley is free and can get you to the stadium cutting the walking in half.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.
 Afternoon: Game 1 begins at 1:05 PM at Scottsdale Stadium. Today we will be seeing the Giants take on the San Diego Padres.
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant, "Jake's Bar and Grill"
 Evening: Official scoring and legends of baseball. By the end of this presentation you will have learned that there is much more to scoring than you could have imagined with repercussions far from insignificant.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: History of the game/Ballgame 2
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Large deluxe buffet breakfast as well as fresh omelette's cooked to order.
 Morning: Following our presentation, we will take a short break before we travel as a group to Talking Stick Stadium to attend game 2 of the week.
 Morning: Meet Jerry Kindall, a baseball "lifer" with 56 consecutive years in the game beginning as a College All American, through 8 years as a major league infielder with the Cubs, Indians, and Twins, and 30 years as a college coach including 3 NCAA College World Series Championships. Jerry is a baseball historian who will discuss the history, legends (focus on Giants), and charm of the game.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.
 Afternoon: Game 2! Today we will enjoy the Giants vs. N.L west foe the Colorado Rockies
 Dinner: Dinner at "Jake's Bar and Grill"
 Evening: Meet Low Klimchock, former MLB player and current President of The Arizona Major League Alumni Association. Full of stories and anecdotes, Lou provides great insight into player development and what it takes to "make it to the show".
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Chase Stadium tour/Ballgame 3
(Wednesday, March 5)

Note: Walking up to one mile during stadium tour with much standing. The stadium is a few flat blocks from the hotel and walking stairs is required to get to our seats.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant.
 Morning: A special tour of the state-of-the art Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Stadium offers an opportunity to explore the dugout, locker room and museum at the ball field. Built in 1998, Chase field is a technologocal marvel with its retractable roof and 1,300,000 square feet of space. Go behind the scenes where the managers, players, and reporters go about their business.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.
 Afternoon: Game 3! Back to Scottsdale stadium to watch the Giants vs. the L.A. Angels.
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy another dinner at Jake's.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: AZ Diamondbacks Organist / Game 4 / Street Fair.
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast in the Great American Grille Restaurant.
 Morning: Meet Bobby Freeman, longtime organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Enjoy a performance and sing-a-long of some ballpark classics and laugh as Bobby shares his personal story and favorite moments. When the Diamondbacks rallied to take the 2001 world series from the Yankees in seven games could it be that Bobby was the catalyst?
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.
 Afternoon: Game 4! Today we are once again at Scottsdale Stadium to watch the Giants vs. the Cincinnati Reds.
 Dinner: Tonight's dinner is left unscheduled so that participants can enjoy the ambiance of the Scottsdale weekly street fare. Lots of food options to choose from, be it one of Scottsdale's famed restaurants or from one of the many street vendors. Your group leader will present you with a list of many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel for your consideration.
 Evening: The Scottsdale Street Fair is not to be missed. A weekly celebration of the unique character of Scottsdale, you will find yourself surrounded by world class artists, street performers, musicians and gourmet food carts with local chefs putting on cooking demo's. Best of all, it is all happening just minutes from your hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Wrap Up
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Wrap up and goodbyes. Program concludes by 9:30 AM with hotel check-out by noon.
   
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


Ball Four


Author: Jim Bouton


Description: When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still considered a classic baseball related read.



Game Time: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell,


Author: Roger Angell,


Description: In Game Time, Roger Angell’s essays illuminate baseball’s heart and history in careful prose that New Yorker readers have grown to anticipate each spring. The collection spans the forty-plus years of Angell’s baseball writing career and includes many of his favorite pieces as well as never-before-published material.



Moneyball


Author: Michael Lewis


Description: Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued players whom the scouts consider flawed but who have a knack for getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games. Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball and a tale of the search for new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.



SATCHEL: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye


Author: Larry Tye


Description: He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Tye shows Paige barnstorming across America and growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, a marvel who set records so eye-popping they seemed like misprints, and spent as much money as he made. In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him to the Majors, emerged at the age of forty-two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. He threw his last pitch from a big-league mound at an improbable fifty-nine. (“Age is a case of mind over matter,” he said. “If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”)



Shoeless Joe


Author: W. P. Kinsella


Description: W. P. Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel, which was adapted into the enormously popular movie, Field of Dreams. It begins with the magic of a godlike voice in a cornfield, and ends with the magic of a son playing catch with the ghost of his father



The Boys of Summer


Author: Roger Kahn


Description: "At a point in life when one is through with boyhood, but has not yet discovered how to be a man, it was my fortune to travel with the most marvelously appealing of teams." Sentimental because it holds such promise, and bittersweet because that promise is past, the first sentence of this masterpiece of sporting literature, first published in the early '70s, sets its tone. What follows only gets better, deeper, more sentimental, and more bittersweet. The team, of course, is the mid-20th-century Brooklyn Dodgers, the team of Robinson and Snyder and Hodges and Reese, a team of great triumph and historical import composed of men whose fragile lives were filled with dignity and pathos.



The Brothers K


Author: David James Duncan


Description: While this is not a pure "baseball book", baseball provides the central metaphor for this huge hypnotic novel. It is a stunning work: a complex tapestry of family tensions, baseball, politics and religion, by turns hilariously funny and agonizingly sad. The novel is narrated by Kincaid Chance, the youngest son in a family of six, the children of Hugh Chance, a discouraged minor-league ballplayer whose once-promising career was curtained by an industrial accident, and his wife Laura, an increasingly fanatical Seventh-Day Adventist. The plot traces the working-out of the family's fate from the beginning of the Eisenhower years through the traumas of Vietnam.



Wait Till Next Year - A Memoir


Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin


Description: When historian Goodwin was six years old, her father taught her how to keep score for "their" team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. While this activity forged a lifelong bond between father and daughter, her mother formed an equally strong relationship with her through the shared love of reading. Goodwin recounts some wonderful stories in this coming-of-age tale about both her family and an era when baseball truly was the national pastime that brought whole communities together.



Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend


Author: James S Hirsch


Description: This is the definitive Mays biography. Mays was a transcendent figure who received standing ovations in enemy stadiums and who, during the turbulent civil rights era, urged understanding and reconciliation. More than his records, his legacy is defined by the pure joy that he brought to fans and the loving memories that have been passed to future generations so they might know the magic and beauty of the game. With meticulous research and drawing on interviews with Mays himself as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a brilliant portrait of one of America’s most significant cultural icons.





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