7197
Arizona
San Francisco Giants: Arizona Spring Training Baseball
Cheer on your San Francisco Giants as you head to Scottsdale Stadium to celebrate all things baseball. Attend four games and meet baseball insiders who share their love of the game.
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Program No. 7197RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Scottsdale Old Town
D
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

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 speaker schedule that follows is tentative and a representative outline from years past. 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. 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. 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 restaurant, the dinner buffet includes savory dishes and entrées that vary nightly plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Continue getting to know your follow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Sportswriter, Spring Fever, Game 1, Scoring the Game
Scottsdale Old Town
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Activity note: Scottsdale Stadium is approximately 4 blocks from the hotel so the Group Leader will lead those who desire to walk to the stadium, while those who prefer not to walk can either take the free Old Town Trolley (1/2 block from the hotel) to the stadium or a "golf cart" shuttle from the hotel.

Breakfast: At the hotel, enjoy a cooked to order breakfast including omelettes.

Morning: Throughout the program, we’ll meet wonderful baseball personalities who have intimate and often long histories with the game. Sports writer Charlie Vascellaro 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. We’ll take a short break before gathering to head over to our first baseball 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! Today we get a home game in Scottsdale Stadium as the Giants take on the Cleveland Indians, the American League's winningest team in 2017 during the regular season. Note: Scottsdale Stadium is one of the valley's oldest stadiums with older style bench seats (with backs), but for people who have seat cushions to bring you will be glad you have them. This is our only day game of the week and be prepared for possibly having seats in the sun so bring your sun hats, etc. Giants tickets are always highly in demand, whether they just won the world series or not.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

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
3
Baseball Historian, John McGraw Era, Game 2
Scottsdale Old Town
B,L
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Activity note: Walking about .5 mile at Surprise Stadium, some stairs. Driving distance to stadium approximately 45 minutes, 40 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Enjoy another baseball themed presentation.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: Enjoy a presentation by Jacob Pomrenke, 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. Jacob will discuss and reveal the little known corruption related to the New York Giants in the era from 1902-1932 when manager John McGraw led them to 10 national league pennants and three World Series championships.

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

Evening: Game 2! Today we get to enjoy the cool evening desert air as the Giants have a 6:05 p.m. start to their game. We will travel to Surprise Stadium to watch the Giants take on their 2014 World Series foe, the Kansas City Royals. Surprise Stadium is an intimate park where we can assure you we will get great seating.

DAY
4
Chase Stadium, Free Time, Game 3
Scottsdale Old Town
B,L
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Activity note: The Chase Stadium trip involves approximately 1/2 mile of walking and some stairs (can be avoided if need be), standing for approximately 20 minutes at a time at three stops. Walking about .5 mile at Salt River Fields; some stairs. Driving distance to stadium approximately 20 minutes, 15 miles.

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: At an eatery near Chase Field.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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

Evening: Game 3! We get another evening game under the cool evening skies of Scottsdale. We will travel to nearby Salt River Fields to watch the Giants take on division foe the Arizona Dbacks. Salt River Fields are a beautiful place to take in a game and we can expect great seats for this one.

DAY
5
AZ Diamondbacks Organist, Game 4
Scottsdale Old Town
B,L,D
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

Activity note: Scottsdale Stadium is approximately 4 blocks from the hotel so the Group Leader will lead those who desire to walk to the stadium, while those who prefer not to walk can either take the free Old Town Trolley (1/2 block from the hotel) to the stadium or a "golf cart" shuttle from the hotel

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: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: Enjoy a presentation from Lou Klimchock, former MLB player and head of the Arizona Retired Players Association. Lou will discuss baseball's inner workings and what it takes to make it to the show.

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

Evening: Game 4! Get ready for Scottsdale's number one game of the spring training schedule as the Giants take on the Chicago Cubs. These two teams are always the top two fan favorites of spring training and being an evening game will only add to the excitement.

DAY
6
Wrap-Up, Program Concludes
Departures
B

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. 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!






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