THE BIG LEAGUE TOURS BLOG

Mideast Baseball Tour Kicks Off in Toronto

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 06:53 AM

Rogers Centre broadcast boothOur Mideast Tour started yesterday in Toronto with behind the scenes stadium tour with Buck Martinez. Buck, a former MLB player and manager, is the play-by-play announcer with the Blue Jays. 

Our group met Buck prior to the game and was treated to early stadium access, views from the press box,
2014 group w Buck at Rogers Centre broadcast booth, in-stadium production area, and on-air production trailer. We finished right behind home plate as the grounds crew was
completing final field prep for the game. 

The game was really fun, too. The Brewers took an
early lead over the Blue Jays only to see the Jays tie the game in the fourth inning. Both teams threatened to score but it wasn't until the bottom of the ninth that the game was decided by a three-run walk off home run by Edwin Encarnacion. 

This morning we jump on the motor coach and head to Detroit. We'll see the Rays and Tigers tonight at Comerica Park. More from the road later!

Tags: stadium tours, Blue Jays, Rogers Centre, Toronto, baseball trips

World Series MVP Ray Knight to Join East Coast Big League Tours

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 09:35 AM

Time and again our guests tell us that the Big League Player Experience was the favorite part of their tour. That means a lot to us when we've also had great seats, stayed in great hotels, andRay Knight at the plate arranged special stadium access for our guests to say they like the player appearance the most. But we understand...that's why we include it!!

Our East Coast and Atlantic Beltway guests are soon to be treated to the experience, too. On Monday, June 30th, World Series MVP Ray Knight will join our guests at Nationals Park. He'll share stories, field questions, sign autographs and take pictures with our guests. 

Ray's playing career spanned 13 years with the Reds, Mets, Astros, Tigers and Orioles. He twice made the All Star team and was the 1986 World Series MVP with the champion Mets. Knight also managed a couple of seasons in Cincinnati. 

To learn about our upcoming 2014 Tours, click the link and check out the details. There's still time to join us this season, but you'll need to hurry!! Wish you were on these tours? We have another set coming up in August. Here are the links for those tours. 

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Tags: east coast baseball tour, baseball trips, MLB tours, Nationals Park, Mets

Buck Martinez to Join the Mideast Baseball Tour in Toronto

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 07:02 AM

The Mideast Tour officially begins on July 2nd in Toronto. And what better way to kick it off could there be than to have an appearance by former Major League player, Buck Martinez?
Buck's playing career spanned 17 seasons with three different teams, the Royals, Brewers and Blue Jays. Buck also managed the Blue Jays for two seasons and was the manager of the US team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. 

Buck currently serves as a broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays. He'll share stories with us about his path to the Majors, his playing and managing days, and what he sees in baseball today. We'll also get a sneak peek into the broadcast booth at Rogers Centre and what it takes to televise a baseball game. 

buck martinezGuests are joining the group baseball tour from all across the U.S. for what lays out to be a great holiday weekend tour package:

Still planning a summer vacation? There's still time left to sign up for a baseball tour!! But hurry...the summer's going by fast!! Click here for details.

Tags: Tigers, Blue Jays, Rogers Centre, baseball tour, PNC Park, Reds

2014 Southwest and Sunbelt Baseball Tours, Part II

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

Our Southwest and Sunbelt Tours took us next to Arlington, Texas, home of Globe Life Ballpark and the Texas Rangers. Rangers Ballpark is known for the unique view of the offices in the outfield, where blending work and fun would be easy to do 81 days out of the year! (Come to think of it...why aren't our offices there???)Rangers Ballpark, Bacon on a Stick, stadium tours

You've seen lots of pictures of ballparks, even Rangers Ballpark. But have you seen bacon on a stick? I didn't thinkGreat seats on our baseball tour at Rangers Ballpark so... Well, now you have. I didn't know that could be done! If you're a meat lover, there are lots of great food selections at this stadium.

Looks like the seats in the lower levels are named by the season ticket holders (?). Reminded me of those terrible four-person "cells" or "cubicles" at Shea Stadium that were named and had metal rails around

them. However the names at this stadium were right on the seats themselves. Here's a shot of my seat. Seems like someone's a fan of Talledega Nights? I expected the seats on either side to be Walker and Texas Ranger...

We really enjoyed the game. It was close the whole night and the fans were really engaged. To top it off, we saw the Rangers put up a couple of runs in the bottom of the night, including a two-out, walk-off hit off of Fernando Rodney. (MLB Game Summary)

More about this combination of baseball tours to come!

Tags: baseball road trips, sports vacation, Rangers Ballpark

2014 Southwest and Sunbelt Baseball Tours

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 12:52 PM

Our touring season kicked off in April with our Southwest and Sunbelt Tours. Although different in a few ways, the tour itineraries overlapped in Dallas and Houston. The Southwest TourChase Field from the seats on our baseball tour included Phoenix, Dallas (Arlington), Houston and Denver while the Sunbelt Tour included Dallas (Arlington), Houston, Miami, Tampa and Atlanta. We had guests from California, New York, and states in between. 

One reason we planned this tour so early in the season was to beat the heat, hoping to see the roofs open in the domed stadiums. We had pretty good luck all across our tour. We had a beautiful night in Phoenix at Chase Field. The night didn't go so well for Bronson Arroyo and the Diamondbacks, but our fans had a great time, nonetheless. (MLB Game Summary)

We've hosted tours in Phoenix at different times in the baseball season. When it's 110 degrees, you're thankful for the roof and air conditioning. But we love to see baseball outdoors, don't you? We enjoyed being at Chase Field with the roof open. It was a much better experience. We highly recommend going early or late in the season in hopes of seeing the roof open. 

Tags: Chase Field, baseball road trips, baseball travel

Time is running out to book your early season baseball tour!

Posted by Doug Lawson on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 @ 09:15 PM

There is still time to book your early season tour and get 5% off the regular price on selected tours. But, hurry, all of the early season tour specials will end on Jan. 31, and we will be closing the reservations for our Sunbelt and Southwest Tours on Feb. 1. 

When you travel with Big League Tours you will sit in some of the best seats in the ballpark, stay in the finest hotels, have time to explore the sites and enjoy spending time with a former Major Leaguer during our Big League Player Experience*. No other tour company does all of that. I hope you will join us on Big League Tours luxury baseball experience in 2014. 

Our April and May Tour specials are good until January 31. Use coupon code EARLY when booking to get your discount. Here's the link to our Early Season Tour Specials:

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Call or email with any questions. 

 

*minimum number of travelers required

 

Tags: baseball road trips, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball vacation, baseball road trip, baseball tour

Finalizing Our 2014 Baseball Tour Itineraries

Posted by Glenn Dunlap on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Yawkey Way, part of Fenway ParkNow that the 30 Major League Baseball teams have released most of their game times, we're able to put the finishing touches on our tour itineraries. Since we've been planning and offering baseball tours to our guests for nine seasons now, we have come to expect certain things, but always have to wait for the times to be published before we can firm up the trip schedules. 

We expect that Thursdays and Sundays are "getaway days" for the teams. Those are usually the last days of a series of games and the days that one or both teams have to get on the road to their next destination. Knowing this, we try to avoid a long trip into a city that could have us rushed on arrival. Sometimes that's the way it works out. Other times, we expect an afternoon game and teams surprise us with an evening game. This happened on our first couple of tours this year, our Southwest Tour and Sunbelt Tour. The Astros are hosting a getaway day game at 7:10PM which just gives us more time to arrive in Houston and get settled before the game.

On our trips to California in June, the game time in San Diego works out perfectly for us. We expected an early afternoon game but the team released it as a 3:40PM game time. We're driving down from LA just for the game and going back to LA that night. This game time will be perfect for seeing the game, grabbing dinner in the Gaslamp Quarter, and then heading back to LA before it's too late. This schedule effects our West Coast June, California Gold June, and Southern Cal June tours. 

On all of our baseball vacation packages, we attempt to minimize the amount of time that you actually spend traveling and to give you more time to enjoy the great cities you're visiting. We also stay in great hotels in the hearts of the cities so that you can immerse yourself in the sites and culture of the best cities in the United States. 

If you're considering a baseball trip this summer, we hope that you'll consider joining us on a tour. We'll take care of the details for you and let you sit back and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Tags: baseball vacations, sports travel and tours, baseball tour, MLB road trips

What makes Big League Tours Different?

Posted by Doug Lawson on Sat, Jan 11, 2014 @ 09:11 AM


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I know several of you are considering the purchase of a baseball tour for the first time. Some of you have called to asked what makes our tours different. We certainly are not the cheapest tour provider out there, but we think we are the best. We are providing our guests with a bucket list, once in a lifetime, luxury baseball tour unlike any other. I would like to give you a couple of examples of the Big League Tours Differences.

One of the differences is the seats we get for you. All of our game seats are in the lower level, and usually between the bases. While that represents a significant expense, we think it is important to see the games from the best seats. Most other tour companies purchase group seats way down the lines or in the upper levels to save money. We are the only tour company to guarantee lower level seats for every game. Click the button to see more:

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Another difference is the kind of hotels we use. All of our tour hotels are either in the heart of the city, or next to the ballpark. Mostly they are 4-5 star luxury hotels like the Grand Hyatt in Midtown Manhattan, the Palmer House in Chicago, the Gaslamp Quarter Hilton in San Diego, and the Park Plaza in Boston. We won't bus you to the suburbs to stay in a 2-3 star hotel to reduce the cost. You'll be near all the sites, attractions, restaurants, etc. so you can enjoy the cities. Click the button to see more:

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Click the buttons below to see two more of the Big League Tours Differences.

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to having you join us in the 2014 season.

Tags: Luxury baseball, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball vacation, baseball tour

Changes to June West Coast Baseball Tours

Posted by Doug Lawson on Mon, Jan 06, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

Big League Tours at Dodger StadiumMajor League Baseball has updated several of the game times for the 2014 season. One of those game times has necessitated a change in our June tours on the West Coast. We have changed the start dates (and reduced the price) for the West Coast June, California Gold June, and So. California June tours. Just click the links below to see the new info and pricing.

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

We continue to add game times and other itinerary items to our 2014 tour web pages as they become available. The online brochures are not yet updated, but will be soon. Please check out the website to see if there is new information on your favorite tour. Here's the link:

Big League Tours

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to having you join us in 2014 on a luxury baseball tour.

 

 

Tags: west coast baseball tour, baseball tours, baseball travel, baseball vacation package, baseball vacation, baseball tour, ballpark tours, big league tours

New Discounts on Sunbelt/Southwest Baseball Tours

Posted by Doug Lawson on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

Coors Field from Press Box

We are offering new discounts on two of our early season tours. Book by Dec. 31 and get $100 off per person on our Southwest and Sunbelt Tours. Both tours will give you the chance to escape the cold weather and catch games under the warmth of the spring sunshine. Links to both tours are below. Use discount code SPRING when booking your tour.

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Southwest Tour: April 15-19, 2014

Our $150 off per person on our 7-8 night tours continues through Dec. 31 as well. Use code HOLIDAY to get your discount. Here's a link to our blog that has all the info on this promotion. BIG LEAGUE TOURS HOLIDAY PROMOTION

* Not valid with any other offer or discount. Discount is only available on the tours listed above. No prior sales. Offer ends Dec. 31, 2013.

Tags: Rangers, baseball road trips, baseball games, baseball stadiums, baseball vacation package, baseball vacation, baseball road trip, baseball tour, Rangers Ballpark