7196
Arizona

Chicago Cubs: Arizona Spring Training Baseball

Watch the Chicago Cubs prepare for the upcoming season during Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona. Meet baseball insiders like historians, writers, former players, MLB executives, & more!
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Program No. 7196RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
10 meals
5 B 1 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Tempe, AZ
D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the hotel conference room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. THE ITINERARY THAT FOLLOWS IS A REPRESENTATION FROM PRIOR YEARS AS THE GAME SCHEDULE DOES NOT GET RELEASED UNTIL NOVEMBER AND THE SPEAKER SCHEDULE WILL BE DIFFERENT AS WELL. In the unlikely event that a game is rained out, an alternative activity will be provided (no refunds). Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow participants, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. We suggest that those who wish to explore the area in greater depth arrive early or stay on after the program. Please contact the hotel directly if you wish to make additional arrangements. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room, meals are typically buffet service with a rotating variety of choices and beverages including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Cubs Historian, Game 1, Beat Writer
Tempe, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Driving approx. 20 miles one way to the stadium; about 30 minutes. Walking approximately 1/2 mile at the stadium, some stairs.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs and omelets cooked to order, breakfast meats, oatmeal, fruit, and toast, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: This mornings presentation will be by David Rapp, retired journalist and author of "Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America." David will delight with stories and antidotes of the original glory years of the Cubs. Following our presentation, we’ll transfer to the stadium for our first game.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Game 1! We’ll enjoy our first game of the week as the Cubs prepare to get back to their 2016 World Series form. Our program was planned far in advance when details of games were not confirmed. When available, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. The Cactus League was launched in 1946. There are now 15 teams that practice and play in a relatively tight radius surrounding Phoenix, Arizona. From MLB.com: “It is here where the ballparks are surrounded by mesas, rock formations and cacti. It is here where stars stretch and hit and throw and play games in the laid-back atmosphere of Minor League-sized parks with beautiful, warm and frequently sunny backdrops.” After the game, we’ll transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Sports writer Barry Bloom is one of the best in the game today. One of mlb.com's top beat reporters, Barry has covered many of baseball's biggest events and milestones and has interviewed the game’s top players. While at the hotel, Barry will delight us with his knowledge of baseball history and anecdotes from his remarkable career.

DAY
3
General Manager, Broadcaster, Game 2
Tempe, AZ
B,L
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Sloan Park is less than one mile from hotel, walking or shuttle option. Walking approx. 1/2 mile at the stadium, some stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning we have a special presentation at the hotel from former MLB player, scout and Cubs General Manager Ed Lynch. Ed will share stories from his career in baseball and discuss his history with the Cubs.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have plated meals, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Join Tim Sheridan, the Harry Caray of spring training, as he tells stories of his 35 plus years as the voice of the Cubs here in Phoenix. Broadcaster, writer, film maker, and all things Cubs, Tim is author/editor of the blog "The Boys of Spring" where he discusses the players, internal front office moves and the prospects for the coming season. Following our presentation we will free time for the rest of the afternoon prior to our late afternoon departure for the ball game.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark.

Evening: Game 2! The information will be posted on our website when available and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Spring training has been a fact of MLB life since 1886! It was “invented” by the Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs) who held their spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Many other teams followed suit, attracted not only by warmer weather but also the idea that healing waters could help players. The move to Arizona in 1946 was also related to a local hot spring.

DAY
4
Chase Field, Game 3, MLB Photographer
Tempe, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Driving to Chase Field 13 miles one way, approximately 20 minutes. Walking about 1/2 mile; some stairs (can be avoided if need be); periods of standing for about 1/2 hour at each of 3 stops. Baseball game just 5 miles away. Walking about 1/2 mile at stadium; some stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll go for a special private field trip to explore the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field with a docent and see the dugout, locker room, and museum. Chase Field is a technological marvel with its retractable roof and 1,300,000 square feet of space. As we go behind the scenes, we’ll see where players, managers, and reporters go about their business.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark.

Afternoon: Game 3! The information will be posted on our website when available and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We’ll then settle into the hotel conference room to enjoy a presentation from John Antonoff. John is an official MLB photographer and he will share some of his Cubs related stories and best photos from over the years.

DAY
5
Baseball historian, Game 4, Program wrap-up
Tempe, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Tempe ASU Area

Activity note: Sloan Park is less than one mile from hotel, walking or shuttle option. Walking approx. 1/2 mile at the stadium, some stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning's presentation at the hotel will be by the Director of Editorial Content for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He is the editor of “Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox” as well as numerous articles on the games early 20th century corruption scandals.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like at the ballpark.

Afternoon: Game 4! The information will be posted on our website when available and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. When the Cactus League was formed following World War II, profound changes were taking place throughout the U.S. Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Bill Veeck, Cleveland Indians owner, were among the prime movers in promoting the idea of recruiting black athletes into Major League Baseball. It was a matter of strengthening the bench, broadening the fan base, and simple morality. Commissioner Albert "Happy" Chandler, a former Kentucky governor and senator, said, "If they (Negroes) can fight and die on Okinawa, Guadalcanal, in the South Pacific, hell, they can play baseball in America." As it turned out, the Cactus League offered a more accepting climate than that which Jackie Robinson initially encountered in the Grapefruit League. We’ll then return to the hotel. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures following our closing session in the morning.

Dinner: Tonight we will go out to a local restaurant to enjoy a plated meal with a variety of choices and beverages including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Program wrap up and farewell comments. Say good-bye to your new friends and start packing for departure the next morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Tempe, AZ
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Departures following breakfast. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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