2017 Ballpark Tours 35th Anniversary Trips

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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!’  

This year we mimic that ground-breaking adventure, except we’re skipping Bud’s pleasure palace in Milwaukee.

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

Iowa Retreat June 16-18

Clinton LumberKings / Cedar Rapids Kernels – Omaha Storm Chasers / Iowa Cubs (2)
Cedar Rapids HOF – Norway Hall of Fame – Microbrewery &????
Take in a relaxing 3-day trek into the heartland of baseball!!

 

Click here for PDF Trip Sign Up Form

Bleacher Bums XXXIV 2016 Recap

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

 

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Bleacher Bums XXXIV 2016

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Tennessee Three Step
Bleacher Bums XXXIV   Aug 12 – 21

10 days – 7 cities – 10 games – 2 nights in Memphis, Nashville, & KC!!!!
Peoria – Memphis– Nashville – Chattanooga – Marion – Kansas City – Des Moines
American – Midwest – Southern – Pacific Coast – Frontier (Leagues)
Bandits/Chiefs – Raniers/Redbirds – Aces/Sounds – Biscuits/LookoutsGrizzles/Miners
Twins/Royals – Sounds/Cubs

Tennessee has long been on the Ballpark Tours ‘target list’ with 7 minor league teams & the great cities of Memphis & Nashville. The Tennessee Three Step is your chance to experience it with 2 night stays in Memphis & Nashville & a jaunt to see the Twins ‘future’ in Chattanooga. We wrap it up with two Twins/Royals late season tilts & 2 nights in KC.

For photos and updates from the trip check out Baseball Roundtable or our official Facebook page.

Photo gallery and trip recap coming soon!

Above photo: Iowa Cubs (Des Moines) Cubs AAA  from our 2014 trip.

September Pennant Run 2016

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Cubs/Cards Clash in Wrigley (2)
Pirates/Brewers in Miller Park

The Wrap – Is this the Year?!
Milwaukee – Chicago

Veteran Crew – 4 pre-departure Larry nominations – ‘not a tight schedule’ – Tyranena Brewery – Miller Park (sucks)-70 degrees but closed roof – The Bud Selig Experience – Palmer House – Wrigley matinee – Arrieta dominates – Wrigley Field construction/destruction – right field Italian Sausages – 3 /5/4 DP – Billy Goat Tavern – panhandlers – Maggie Daley Park – Red Line – Wrigley Nooner – grounds crew work – Cards dominate –panhandlers – marriage proposal – pinch hit on 1-2 count? – Berghoff – Shaw’s – Second City – Shepard & panhandlers – late check out – Maus House – rain storm – sweats needed for awards

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