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