August 3 – 6 2017 Beloit – Chicago – Appleton Chiefs/Snappers – Nationals/Cubs – Kernels/Timber Rattlers “ I hope I never see you again” Cole Tomfour lovingly said to Tour Operator Rain … Great Ballpark Tour Swag … Rain … The “Bar” continues to rise, with premium cognac shots and a Bloody Mary Station on day one …Rain …Associate Pope recreates “the loaves and fishes”… Rain … Niemiec Clan… “I’m only gonna say this once (line Nazi at Lienie’s) … … Continue reading →
In 2015, Ballpark Tours had the opportunity to witness, and participate in, the passion and joy that the Cuban people bring to their food and festivals, their music and libations, and especially, their baseball. We quickly discovered that a ball, a bat, and a smile were part of a universal language shared by baseball fans of all cultures.
Our Cuban adventure was a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or so we thought. The fact is, the trip was just too good to be a one-time event. So, we’re going back this November. The window for travel to Cuba is open (for the time being) and Ballpark Tours is again offering you the opportunity to enjoy Cuba—it’s sights, sounds, tastes and culture—all based on a shared love of baseball.
Our trip will include plenty of on-field action and a variety of activities promoting interaction with the Cuban people. As with our first trip to the “Diamonds to our South,” we will be creating lifelong memories Ballpark Tours-style. Unete a nuestra aventura Cubana de beisbol!
Join us for an adventure of a lifetime.
Diamonds To Our South II
Ballpark Tours is in negotiations for a return trip to Cuba this November. More news coming soon, but feel free to contact us to get the details as soon as they are available.
Ballpark Tours XXXV Gear
Coming soon, some great new Ballpark Tours XXXV Anniversary gear. We’ll have new shirts and jackets featuring the new 35th Anniversary logos.
Baseball Roundtable’s Game 7 Summary: It’s over, the Chicago Cubs 108-year World Championship drought has come to an end – in a Game Seven that had more twists and turns than a carnival ride. The Cubs topped the Cleveland Indians (whose own World Series Championship drought now stretches to 69 seasons) 8-7 in ten innings. Was it a “classic” Game Seven? No, I’ll leave that designation for games like Jack Morris’ ten-inning complete game shutout that brought the 1991 World … Continue reading →
Bleacher Bums XXXV – August 3-6
Well, it didn’t take long for the World Champs to squeeze out the little guy. The Tour Operator was ‘shocked’ to find out that there will be no group tix sold for the original weekend picked for the 35th Anniversary Tour. Yeah, yeah, yeah – the fact we’ve been watching baseball & a lot of bad baseball for 35 years at Wrigley & that we were traveling 350 miles didn’t matter.
Mark the calendar for 8/3 – 8/6. We hit Chicago, Beloit, and Appleton.
It was 35 years ago, a band of ‘sports guerrillas’ took off on a bus to watch baseball as ‘God meant it to be played – outdoors!’
The bus is full, check back for photos and updates from the trip.
Bleacher Bums XXXV August 3-6
Beloit – Chicago (2) – Appleton
Kicks off with stop at Leinenkugel Brewery – 3 nights Chicago Hotel Indigo
2 Cubs/Nationals games @ World Champions prices
Peoria Chiefs/Beloit Snappers – Cedar Rapids Kernels/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Bleacher Bums XXXIV has wrapped. Below is the “Official” recap of the trip.
You can also see David Karpinski’s daily diary from Baseball Roundtable here.
Tennessee Three Step August 12–21, 2016
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!!!
10 DAYS • 7 CITIES • 2,516 miles • 9 Games • 82 innings
Peoria • Memphis • Nashville • Chattanooga • Marion • Kansas City • Des Moines
5 Leagues—American • Midwest • Southern • Pacific Coast • Frontier
7 Rivers—Mississippi • Illinois • Cumberland • Tennessee • Missouri • Ohio • Racoon
2nd Rainout* in BPT history – 2 rain delays – 2 lights out delays – 2 fireworks washouts
Hitting the streets—Beale St. – 18th & Vine – Printers Alley – Honkytonk Highway
Blues – Brews – Barbeque – Breakfast Buffets – BASEBALL
Music – Museums – Music – STEPS – Music
Monsoons – Moon Pies – Maid Rites
On-board Bloody Mary & Mimosa stations — A little Tequila not before 11
Da Rev’s Blessing & Sacrament of the Smelly Fish – Phil DeBowle – Book Swap – K-Kwiz
Cup Game – 1991 World Series –Some old-time ‘rassling’
An All Veteran Crew seeming to appear and disappear along the way
3 musical chairs/exercise ball on field events – Pat Cunningham ‘took the box’
Hamburger Races – Fighting Eyeballs – Elvis Impersonators – Marion $1 Beers
Johnny Cash vs George Jones vs Reba McEntire Race – Bob’s souvenir stash grows
KC Disco Hat – Memphis Free Hat(s) – Julian’s Panama Hat
Return of Larry-Award-winning bartender – 5 games 8-4 – Who’s got the runs?
Artist on board creates 1st “BPT-branded” greeting card
Due to popular demand we are now on Facebook. Check out our official page for updates and photos from Bleacher Bums XXXIV.
Baseball Roundtable’s (and good friend of Ballpark Tours) Dave Karpinski takes a trip to Oakland Coliseum to see the A’s.
Check out his review, and the Baseball Roundtable blog for great baseball news and insight.