7197
Scottsdale
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
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
10 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Scottsdale Old Town
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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. 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 in this program. 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 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
Baseball Historian, Game 1
Scottsdale Old Town
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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. We start our week with 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 morning talk we will have a little free time to explore Old Town Scottsdale. This will be our only daytime block of free time during the week and will last from 11:15 - 2:15, so for those desiring to do some sight seeing please plan accordingly.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy while you explore Old Town Scottsdale. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Game 1! Today we stay local as the Giants take on the San Diego Padres in Scottsdale. The game begins at 3:05 PM. Prior to the game, we will gather at 2:15 PM in the hotel lobby to head over to the game. The Program Coordinator will lead all those who want to walk the 4 blocks to the stadium and those who want to take the free trolley to the hotel will walk on their own to the loading stop.

Dinner: Hotel buffet. Tonight's dinner will start a little later due to the games late afternoon start

Evening: At leisure following our late dinner.

DAY
3
Sportswriter, Spring Fever, Game 2
Scottsdale Old Town
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

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: 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. Following the talk we take a short break before loading our bus to travel to Camelback Stadium.

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

Afternoon: Game 2! Today we travel to Camelback Stadium to watch the Giants play the Chicago WhiteSox.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: Enjoy a baseball themed presentation.

DAY
4
AZ Diamondbacks Organist, Game 3, John McGraw Era
Scottsdale Old Town
B,D
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

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

Afternoon: Game 3: Today we get another home game as the Giants take on the Cincinnati Reds in Scottsdale.

Dinner: Buffet at the hotel.

Evening: Tonight's presentation will be 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.

DAY
5
Chase Stadium, Game 4
Scottsdale Old Town
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Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town

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. Following the visit we will go direct to the game.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy while at the ballpark.

Afternoon: Game 4! For our final game we travel to the Valley's newest ball bark, Sloan Stadium, as we watch the Giants do battle with the World Series champs the Chicago Cubs.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a delightful farewell dinner with a plated and served meal to celebrate our program. Coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Shave favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: Following dinner we will return to the hotel for a short program wrap-up to reflect upon our week. Then prepare for check out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Wrap-Up, Program Concludes
Departures
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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!