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Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Program Number: 7198RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/2/2014 - 3/7/2014; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $965.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Baseball Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 5 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

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

3-2-2014, 3-8-2015

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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
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
  Glendale, 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 25 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 14 miles from Camelback Ranch (Los Angeles Dodgers home stadium), and 4 miles from Peoria Sports Complex (Seattle Mariners home stadium). 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 Additionally, guests receive complimentary use of YMCA located at 14711 N 59th Ave.
  Contact info: 15249 N. 59th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306 USA
phone: 866-865-7091
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 hotel rate. Contact the front desk and mention you are staying with a Road Scholar program to receive the best rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Current hotel rate. Contact the front desk and mention you are staying with a Road Scholar program to receive the best rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar drop in registration from 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM. Dinner begins at 5:45 PM 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:
9:30 AM after program wrap up. 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:  Glendale, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest airport:  The nearest major airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX / KPHX). This airport has international and domestic flights from Phoenix, Arizona and is 15 miles from the center of Glendale, AZ.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Departures
Travel Details
 

Glendale, AZ

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $28 one way ($26 if booked online), $2 discount with code "E3BBF"
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 min 

 

Distance:

 

24 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
  Thunderbird Executive Inn from Flagstaff and points North Take I-17 S to Exit 210 for Thunderbird Rd. Turn left onto W Thunderbird Rd. Travel approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto N 59th Ave. Travel approximately 1 mile. Thunderbird School of Global Management will be on your right. Enter the campus and follow the signs to the Executive Inn.
  Thunderbird Executive Inn from Los Angeles and points West Take I-10 E until Exit 133B to merge onto AZ-101 Loop N. Travel approximately 11 miles. Take exit 12 for Thunderbird Rd. Turn right onto W Thunderbird Rd. Travel approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto N 59th Ave. Travel approximately 1 mile. Thunderbird School of Global Management will be on your right. Enter the campus and follow the signs to the Executive Inn.
  Thunderbird Executive Inn from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Head west on E Sky Harbor Blvd toward I-10 W. Merge onto I-10 W via the ramp to Downtown/AZ-51/Phoenix. Travel approximately 5 miles. Take Exit 143A to merge onto I-17 N toward Flagstaff. Travel approximately 10 miles. Take Exit 210 for Thunderbird Rd. Turn left onto W Thunderbird Rd. Travel approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto N 59th Ave. Travel approximately 1 mile. Thunderbird School of Global Management will be on your right. Enter the campus and follow the signs to the Executive Inn.
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. 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 served in a private meeting space at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian 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
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History of the game/Game 1
(Monday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet to include various items such as whole fruit, oatmeal, toast, eggs and bacon, coffee, juice, tea, 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, and charm of the game.

Following our presentation, we will transport over to Peoria Stadium for our first game. Participants should have all their items ready for the game when they come to the morning 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! Typically games begin at 1:00PM. Today's game will have the Mariners playing the Colorado Rockies.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting room at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.
 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: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: AZ Diamondbacks Organist/Game 2/Official Scoring
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 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 2! Today we get to see the Mariners take on the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch Stadium.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting room at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.
 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: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Baseball from a Writer's perspective/Game 3
(Wednesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Meet 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 3 will see the Mariners taking on the Cleveland Indians
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting room at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.
 Evening: Tonight we will watch a baseball themed movie.
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Chase Stadium Tour/Game 4/"A League Of Their Own"
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel..
 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 4! Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in a private meeting room at the hotel. Entrées will vary nightly and always include a vegetarian option.
 Evening: Enjoy a special presentation from Karen Kunkel who both played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and then was a consultant and actor in the film "A League Of Their Own".
   
Accommodations: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Program wrap-up.
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Wrap up and goodbyes, program ends by 9: 30 AM with hotel check-out by 11:00 AM.
   
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.



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


Author: Christine Bailey


Description: Imagine all the adventures you’ll have in Arizona— touring the mountains and red deserts, seeing one spectacular natural wonder after another: the Grand Canyon, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument...Discover the art galleries, museums, resorts, and cuisine that help make Phoenix and Scottsdale such hot destinations. Full-color photographs throughout.



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.



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.



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.





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