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Have You Covered the Bases for Dad and Father's Day?

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:15 AM

Wouldn't Dad love a luxury baseball tour from Big League Tours this year?  It's a great vacation for the whole family, or the perfect father/son-daughter trip.  There are several MLB tours still available for the 2011 season.  Just click on a link below to see all the info.

Midwest Plus, July 20- 26, 2011

Chicago/Milwaukee, August 2- 6, 2011

Reds Road Trip, August 5 - 8, 2011

Big Apple, August 10- 14, 2011

Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, September 16 - 18, 2011

Escorted tours make great gifts for baseball fans. Check out the tours still available and give Dad a gift that he'll remember for a lifetime!!

Tags: stadium tours, Luxury baseball, Milwaukee, Miller Park, baseball games, baseball tours, Wrigley Field, big league tours, Brewers, Chicago, Baseball, Cubs

SpaceMan is Out of this World!

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 09:45 AM

On Yawkey Way with Bill LeeMay 23, 2011 - We just got back from our Big League Tour trip to Boston to see the Red Sox play the Cubs for the first time since 1918! As usual, BLT comes through again! The hotel was in a terrific location, the seats to both games were phenonemal, but we truly had a terrific time meeting Bill Lee! Our 1:1 time with him was really special - he is a very down-to-earth guy and full of really fun stories. BLT never disappoints!Talking with Bill Lee

Name: Theresa & Frankie
City: Branchburg
State: New Jersey
Country: USA
Your Trip: Red Sox vs. Cubs 2011

Tags: stadium tours, Red Sox, Boston, Fenway Park, big league tours, Chicago, Green Monster, MLB road trips, Baseball, Cubs

Visiting Baseball's Iconic Stadiums

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 08:45 AM

April 25, 2011 - A recent article named 5 of MLB's baseball stadiums as the most iconic stadiums to visit: Wrigley Wrigley Field under the press boxField, Fenway Park, Camden Yards, AT&T Park, and Citi Field. The article by Fox News outlines the reasons for why you should visit each of the ballparks from the atmosphere, food selection, and unique features like the ivy-covered walls at Wrigley, the Green Monstah at Fenway, and views from the parks in Baltimore and San Francisco.

If you haven't made it to these parks, we would like to invite you to join us on one of our premier sports travel packages this year. We'll not only get you to the ballparks, but we also include several other extras like great seats, great hotels, player appearances, baseball stadium tours, and other trip specific features.

Check out the tour vacations at www.BigLeagueTours.com and book your package today!

Tags: Citi Field, San Francisco, sports travel and tours, Baltimore, baseball tours, baseball vacation package, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, big league tours, Chicago, Green Monster, MLB road trips, Baseball, Cubs

The Spaceman Joins BLT At Fenway Park

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 06:15 AM

March 23, 2011 - Big League Tours is pleased to announce that guests on our Cubs and Red Sox at Fenway tour will have the opportunity to meet Red Sox Hall of Famer, Bill "Spaceman" Lee, as part of our exclusive Big League Player Experience. Fans will enjoy talking with Bill and hearing some of the great stories from his MLB playing days. And, the Spaceman always has a few other philosophical gems to impart like this one:

“I think about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from now the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When that happens, it won’t matter if I get this guy out.”  -Bill Lee

Big League Tours is also offering each guest a $50 gift certificate to the Yawkey Way Store gift shop as part of this premier sports travel package. Don't forget, too, that every guest will get lower level seats for each game at Fenway as part of the package. 

There are spots left on the Cubs and Red Sox at Fenway tour. So, let us know soon if you would like to join us in Boston. Please note that we will not accept bookings for this escorted tour after April 19, 2011.


 

Tags: Red Sox, Yawkey Way, Fenway Park, big league tours, Cubs

Big League Tours on the Reds Caravan

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 05:15 AM

January 28, 2011 - Pitchers and catchers can report to Spring Training in a little over two weeks which means that it won't be long until we have Major League Baseball! That also means that it's almost time for MLB road trips!

In December we announced a package that we're offering in partnership with the Cincinnati Dave Parker meeting with our group while on a private stadium tourReds Community Fund. It's a weekend in Chicago to see the Reds play the Cubs for three games at Wrigley Field. Baseball fans will enjoy the series at Wrigley from great, lower-level seats as well as great hotel accommodations in Chicago, meet & greets with an MLB player, transportation to the stadiums, and a Big League Tours host on the tour.

We'll be out promoting the baseball tour this weekend at a few of the stops for the Reds Caravan. We'll also have information about all of our baseball vacation packages. So whether you're thinking of taking family tours or group travel tours, stop by and chat with us about the 2011 baseball season and see which of our tour vacations are for you.

Tags: baseball tours, baseball vacation package, Wrigley Field, big league tours, sports vacation, Chicago, Reds, MLB road trips, Cubs

Big League Tours Inks Partnership with Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Community Fund

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 04:30 AM

Big League Tours debuts relationship designed to bring Reds fans the ultimate baseball experience at Redsfest


(INDIANAPOLIS — Nov. 30, 2010) –
Big League Tours is partnering with the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Community Fund to donate a 2011 tour and create a customized trip for Reds fans.

“The Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Community Fund are thrilled to partner with Big League Tours this year during our two-day “Redsfest” event,” said Charley Frank, Executive Director, Reds Community Fund.  “The addition of the high-end ballpark and travel experience provided by Big League Tours will be a perfect fit at Redsfest, which is regarded as one of the top baseball fan festivals in the industry.”

 Big League Tours has also created a special baseball tour for Reds fans. Dubbed the ‘Reds Roadtrip’, the tour will feature three games at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, player meet and greets, three nights hotel accommodations in downtown Chicago and transportation to and from the stadium all to ensure Reds fans have a unique experience.

 This April, the Reds Community Fund will raffle a 2011 Reds road trip to Chicago donated by Big League Tours.  Proceeds will benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.

 “I have always been a huge Reds fan,” said Glenn Dunlap, founder of Big League Tours. “It’s a special honor to partner with the Cincinnati Reds to offer this baseball vacation package and support the work of the Reds Community Fund.”

 Not only will Big League Tours be selling the Reds Roadtrip at Redsfest, but they will also be giving away $500 gift certificates for 2011 tours in celebration of the new partnership.

 

About Big League Tours

Big League Tours was founded in 2006 by Glenn Dunlap to help fans of all ages experience baseball from a new perspective- from inside the game. Unlike other tour companies, Big League Tours not only takes care of the buses and games for a baseball tour, but also provides all the extras to turn tours into true sports vacations loaded with unique baseball-related events. For more information, visit Big League Tours at www.bigleaguetours.com.


Tags: baseball tours, baseball vacation package, big league tours, Chicago, Reds, Cubs, Cincinnati

Behind the Scenes Tour at Wrigley Field

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 01:45 AM

July 23, 2010 - Whenever our schedules allow, we try to include baseball stadium tours on our sports vacation packages. They are a great way for fans to see the stadiums in depth and get closer to the game they love.

Cubs clubhouse - photo taken on a stadium tour on a Big League Tours baseball roadtripOne tough ticket is a stadium tour at Wrigley Field. They don't typically offer tours when the team is in town, which is troublesome for us since we're typically there to see a game. However, it worked out for us on our latest of small group tours that we were able to get tickets.

People love Wrigley for its charm, the history, the ivy, the easy-going Cubs fans, and that your team has a better than average shot of winning when there... (Okay, sorry Cubs fans...)

Going behind-the-scenes only makes things more interesting for a fan. For instance, here's a shot from the Cubs clubhouse. In the days of over-sized everything in sports - from paychecks to hat sizes to forearms and biceps and to clubhouses - this is obviously one modest facility. No room for double lockers (or four for Mr. Bonds and his recliner). It's similar to the clubhouse at the old Yankee Stadium.

Pretty interesting to see their digs, isn't it?

Tags: stadium tours, baseball stadiums, Wrigley Field, sports vacation, group tours, Yankee Stadium, Cubs

How Does This Keep Happening??

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 01:15 AM

July 23, 2010 - I think it was Woody Allen who said that, "90% of life is just showing up." That certainly seems to be the case for my son. As we walked of the "El" and into Wrigley Field for the Sunday afternoon game between the Cubs and Cardinals, he was stopped by a young woman who asked if he would be interested in watching batting practice from the field. She was wearing a shirt that said Chevy on it so I asked if I had to buy a car or something to make it happen. After all, things like that just aren't free, are they?? She assured me that I didn't and gave everyone in our group passes to get down to that section with him.

Since it was a Sunday, and hotter than blue blazes, I didn't think either team would take batting practice. As it turns out, the Cardinals did. (This might have proven beneficial as they went on to crush the Cubs that day and Sir Albert hit three dingers himself...) A few of the Cardinals were also kind enough to visit the on-field section and sign autographs for the kids on the field. My son received signatures from Tony LaRussa, Mark McGwire, and Albert Pujols. He was pretty stoked about starting his day at the ballpark on the field.

There are never any assurance of events like this happening when you show up at the baseball stadium, but we've found that showing up early, whether it's on one of our baseball vacation packages or just one of our family tours, is key to being in the right place at the right time. It doesn't hurt to have on team gear and demonstrate that you are a true fan, either.

Feel free to share with us the cool things that have happened to you when at the ballpark! Many times those are the things that make your sports vacations truly memorable.

Tags: baseball stadiums, baseball vacation package, Wrigley Field, sports vacation, family tours, Cardinals, Cubs

Updates to the Friendly Confines

Posted by Big League Tours on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 09:15 PM

February 10, 2010 - Fans who have taken baseball travel tours to Chicago, know that Cubs fans love their Wrigley Field - and they should. It doesn't get much better than being in Wrigleyville on game day. From the minute that you step off the "L", you are in the heart of the action. Vendors line the streets selling t-shirts, to peanuts, to water, to tickets. Throngs of people mill around outside the stadium, many of whom are walking to or from the famous Wrigley Field sign that greets you on the corner of Clark and Addison, pictured here during a night game.

As you would expect with any venue built in 1914, there are constant renovations and repairs taking place. One of the coolest changes taking place this year is that we'll be able to watch players working on their swings in the batting cage under the right field bleachers through a one way glass.

Big League Tours is offering a couple of ways to get to Wrigley this year. We have travel package tours that will get you there including our Midwest 1 and  Midwest 2 tours. And for those of you located in Central Indiana, we're offering day trips for the first time this year where we'll leave Indianapolis, head to Chicago, Cincinnati or St. Louis for games and come back after the game. We have a few options to see the Cubbies so check out the tours and join us, won't you?

Tags: baseball vacations, St. Louis, Wrigley Field, big league tours, Chicago, Cubs, Cincinnati

2010 Baseball Trip Feature - West Coast 1

Posted by Big League Tours on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 07:15 PM

January 1, 2010 Here's a great sports trip that everyone will love. Our group will be based in the heart of San Francisco, within walking distance of shopping and restaurants and just a short trolley ride away from the Wharf and Pier 39. The first day of this baseball stadium road trip, we'll take in a game at McAfee Stadium where the A's will host the Cincinnati Reds - a throw back to the 1990 World Series.

The second day, our travelers will be able to explore the sites of the city on their own. Visit the Golden Gate bridge, take a wine tasting tour of Napa Valley, our shop till you drop in San Fran's fashion district. The third day of the tour will feature a game between the Red Sox and Giants at AT&T park. Schedules permitting, we'll take a private baseball stadium tour of the park that sits right on the bay.

This is one of our baseball travel tours that also offers an interesting optional add-on. Come in a day early to catch the Cubs take on the Mariners at Safeco Park in Seattle. We'll add on game tickets, a hotel stay, and airfare to get you to San Francisco in time for the game at McAfee.

This is not only one of our sports travel packages that would make great baseball gifts for men, but it's tour that will make a great tour for couples! To see more about this and other MLB Tours being offered by Big League Tours, visit our website now to get all the details.

Tags: Mariners, San Francisco, Seattle, big league tours, MLB tours, AT&T Park, Reds, Cubs