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San Francisco Giants: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Program Number: 7197RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/16/2014 - 3/21/2014; 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: 10; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 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

3-16-2014, 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
   Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort
  Scottsdale, AZ 5 nights
 Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort is a peaceful, green 25 acre retreat tucked into the Sonoran Desert. Secluded yet convenient, just 12 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) and 4 miles from Old Town Scottsdale with its world renowned dining and galleries. Nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain and drenched in sunshine an astonishing 300 days a year, our resort features beautifully manicured grounds, two swimming pools/spas, and lodging is spread out in single story "casitas" where each unit has an individual front deck and rear porch. Participants need to be aware that because of the resorts large footprint, they may be required to walk up to 1/4 mile a day going from their room to the conference center and restaurant.
  Contact info: 6160 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-991-1414
web: www.scottsdalecottonwoods.com
  Room amenities: 355 sq ft casita, plush top mattresses, separate vanity area, mini refrigerator, coffee and tea station, work desk with wireless high speed internet, and whitewashed wood beamed ceilings.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal Rates vary, winter is peak season. To make reservations, please call the hotel during normal working hours, M- F, and ask for Tammy. The room style we use is called the "Flagstaff Casita" so please ask for that accommodation level or otherwise you will need to move rooms between stays. Please let Tammy know you are coming for a Road scholar program and desire to stay in the same room. Have the program number and start date ready. A discount will be offered for pre/post stays.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Seasonal Rates vary, winter is peak season. To make reservations, please call the hotel during normal working hours, M- F, and ask for Tammy. The room style we use is called the "Flagstaff Casita" so please ask for that accommodation level or otherwise you will need to move rooms between stays. Please let Tammy know you are coming for a Road scholar program and desire to stay in the same room. Have the program number and start date ready. A discount will be offered for pre/post stays.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar drop-in Registration adjacent to 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 Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Following program wrap up at 9:30 AM. Hotel check out by noon. You will be staying at Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort 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, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest highway: I-10, US 60.
  Nearest airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor International
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
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:

 

12 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
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-10 Eastbound Stay on I-10 through downtown Phoenix. Merge onto Loop 202 toward Tempe / Mesa. Take Loop 101 North toward Scottsdale. Stay on 101 North until the Indian BEND (NOT Indian School) exit and turn left. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Dr, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Lane", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-10 Westbound Stay on I-10 west to the US 60 and exit east toward Mesa / Globe. Stay on US 60 east about 3 miles to Loop 101 north toward Scottsdale. Continue on Loop 101 North to Indian BEND (NOT Indian School) exit and turn left. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Dr, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Lane", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
  Phoenix - Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort from I-17 Southbound Take the I-17 south to the Loop 101 East exit. Continue on Loop 101 East until the Indian Bend (NOT Indian School) exit and turn right. At the traffic light on Scottsdale Road, turn left and get into the right lane on Scottsdale Road. Just south of Lincoln Road, the resort will be on your right. You will turn right onto "Rose Street", follow it left around an immediate bend in the road, and the resort lobby and parking is on your left. Do note that you should leave your luggage in the car as once you check into the hotel and register for the program, you will then drive a short distance to park for walking access to your room.
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 16)
   
 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. Please note, this itinerary is TENTATIVE and schedules are subject to change. If a game is rained out, while very unlikely, there is no refund but an alternative activity will be presented.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on site at the Cottonwoods Resort. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option. Entrée examples include chicken w/provincial herbs, stuffed jumbo pasta shells, Creole cornbread catfish fillets; etc. Entrées come with soup or salad, steamed seasonal veggies, assorted rolls, drink and a light desert.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Baseball historian / Ballgame 1
(Monday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the resort to include on various days: scrambled eggs, croissant sandwich, sliced fruit, whole grain breads, oatmeal, cereals, coffee/tea, juices, etc
 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 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 Rockies), and charm of the game.
 Morning: Following our presentation, we will take a short break before we travel as a group to Tempe Diablo Stadium to attend game 1 of the week. Please have all your stuff for the game ready to go prior to the presentation.
 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! Enjoy watching the Giants taking on the California Angels.
 Dinner: Dinner back at the Cottonwoods Resort
 Evening: Baseball is a game of tradition and one of the ways we hold on to that tradition is by collecting memorabilia. Meet David Sedlmeier, the co-owner of "The Batter's Box", the oldest baseball card shop in the Phx. area (31 years). David is a wealth of information and we will discuss and learn the memorabilia trade and what makes baseball so unique in this field. IF YOU HAVE SOME SPECIAL MEMORABILIA (NOTHING LARGE OR CUMBERSOME TO BRING WITH YOU ON A PLANE), BRING IT WITH YOU TO SHARE WITH DAVID AND THE GROUP DURING CLASS.)
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Baseball from a writer's perspective/Ballgame 2/ Scoring the game
(Tuesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the resort.
 Morning: Enjoy a presentation from Charlie Vascellaro. Charlie gave his first Road Scholar program in 2004 and has been a regular component ever since. Charlie will delight you with his "Tales of the Cactus League," an historical documentary slide show chronicling the history of spring training in Arizona and Charlie's own experience moving to Arizona from New York as a teenager and how discovering the Cactus League changed his life and led to a career as baseball and travel writer. Part history and part personal narrative Charlie shares his experiences and stories as a baseball writer and his inside perspective 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! Giants take on the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Stadium.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on site at the Cottonwoods Resort.
 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: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Chase Stadium tour/Ballgame 3
(Wednesday, March 19)

Note: Walking up to one mile during stadium tour with much standing.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the resort.
 Morning: Enjoy a special presentation from Karen Kunkel. Karen is a former professional baseball player having been recruited to play for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Her involvement with the formation of the AAGPBL players association lead to her selection as Technical Advisor for Penny Marshall in the movie “A League of Their Own.”
 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! As of 1/16, the Giants have a "day off" on their schedule. There is a chance that they will add a game on this date, but if not added soon we will purchase tickets for another game where the Giants will not be one of the two teams playing.
 Dinner: After the game, enjoy dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: AZ Diamondbacks Organist / Game 4 / Street Fair.
(Thursday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the resort.
 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: As today's game is a night game, lunch will be served at the resort conference room.
 Afternoon: Because of the night game we will be unable to attend the weekly Scottsdale street fair as advertised. Instead, we will spend a few hours of the afternoon visiting Old Town Scottsdale's world renowned art galleries and shops. We will also make sure to leave a bit of free time so people, if they choose, can relax around the resorts large pool or enjoy the areas sights on their own.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own at the stadium. All the standard ballpark fare to get you in the mood for the game.
 Evening: Game 4: Tonight will will enjoy watching the Giants take on division foe the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium.
   
Accommodations: Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Wrap Up
(Friday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast buffet at the resort.
 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


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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.



Explorer's Guide Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona & Central Arizona: A Great Destination


Author: Christine Bailey


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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.



October 1964


Author: David Halberstam


Description: Sometimes the best sports books are not really sports books, as is the case with David Halberstam's brilliant "October 1964", which tells the story of a changing America through the microcosm of two very different baseball teams. Halberstam, one of the great living American writers, concentrates on events that occurred during tumultuous times. Halberstam examines the loser of the 1964 World Series, the New York Yankees, who represent the old America, and the winners, the St. Louis Cardinals, who represent the new.



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


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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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