7196
Phoenix
Chicago Cubs: Arizona Spring Training Baseball
Watch the Chicago Cubs prepare for the upcoming season during Spring Training at their new baseball complex in Mesa, Arizona. Meet baseball historians, writers, former players and 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
Phoenix, AZ
D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

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

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, and between 4:30-5:15 p.m., come to the Road Scholar desk located adjacent to the hotel lobby 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: We will gather in our private meeting room at 5:30 p.m. 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. As of this mailing all game tickets have been purchased. The presenter schedule is tentative and a few changes are likely - thank you for your understanding. In the unlikely event that a game is rained out, an alternative activity will be provided (no refunds). Free time is limited and unscheduled at this time. 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.

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
Baseball Historian, Game 1
Phoenix, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Activity note: Going to games requires the expected physical requirements of walking from the bus to the stadium (typically no more than 1/8 mile) and ascending/descending stairs to get to your seats.

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

Morning: Throughout the program, we’ll meet wonderful baseball personalities who have intimate and often long histories with the game.We’ll have a presentation by Jerry Kindall, a baseball "lifer" with 56 consecutive years in the game beginning as a College All American, through eight years as a major league infielder with the Cubs, Indians, and Twins, and 30 years as a college coach including three 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’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 defend their World Series Championship! Today we travel to Talking Stick Stadium to watch the Cubs battle the Colorado Rockies After the game we’ll transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Tonight we finish up our time with Jerry Kindall, who will share stories and reflections from his time spent with some of the all time great Chicago Cubs.

DAY
3
Sports Writer, Game 2
Phoenix, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Activity note: Going to games requires the expected physical requirements of walking from the bus to the stadium (typically no more than 1/8 mile) and ascending/descending stairs to get to your seats.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll have a presentation by sports writer Charlie Vascellaro who will join us and provide unique perspectives on baseball history and personalities. In addition to his lifelong love of baseball, Charlie is a bibliophile, historian, raconteur, traveler, and author of a biography on Hank Aaron. Charlie took part in his first Road Scholar program in 2004 and has been a regular guest ever since, delighting our folks with Spring Training chronicles. Following our presentation, we’ll transfer to the stadium for our second game.

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

Afternoon: Game 2! Today the Cubs have announced an "off day" on their schedule. So instead of a Cubs game we will travel to Camelback Stadium to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Milwaukee Brewers. This game was chosen as it features two NL teams and of course the Dodgers are likely to be battling the Cubs again come playoff time.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Rodney Johnson is the official scorer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the President of the Arizona Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Rodney has also served as an expert witness for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the field of sports memorabilia and has written numerous published articles on baseball and baseball history. A baseball trivia fanatic, Rodney’s stories and insights are enthralling.

DAY
4
AZ Diamondbacks Organist, Game 3
Phoenix, AZ
B,L
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Activity note: Going to games requires the expected physical requirements of walking from the bus to the stadium (typically no more than 1/8 mile) and ascending/descending stairs to get to your seats.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll be joined by Bobby Freeman, longtime organist for the Arizona Diamondbacks. We’ll 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: Today's lunch will be a plated meal at the hotel.

Afternoon: Following lunch we will have a short baseball themed presentation before heading out to do a little sightseeing on our way to Goodyear Stadium for game 3 of the week. We are fortunate to enjoy a night game as the Cubs have only a few all spring training and the cool desert air makes for an enjoyable baseball watching experience.

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

Evening: Game 3! Today we get a night game (6:05 PM start) as the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Stadium. Following the game we will return to the hotel approximately 9:30 PM.

DAY
5
Chase Stadium, Game 4
Phoenix, AZ
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

Activity note: Chase stadium visit includes about 1 mile total walking distance, with lots of stops and opportunities to sit down as needed. Going to games requires the expected physical requirements of walking from the bus to the stadium (typically no more than 1/8 mile) and ascending/descending stairs to get to your seats.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll go for a special private field trip to explore the Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Stadium. We’ll see the dugout, locker room, and museum. Built in 1998, 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 4! This afternoon we travel to Talking Stick Stadium to watch the Cubs take on the Arizona Dbacks. Returning to hotel in late afternoon.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Following dinner we will gather for a final time in the hotel conference room for our closing session to reflect on the week and say goodbyes to our new friends.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Departures
B

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The program will conclude with independent departures after breakfast. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!