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Race Between Reds and Brewers

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 08:30 AM

April 23, 2011 - While we're only 20 games into the 2011 season, we're seeing the Reds and Brewers atop the National League Central Division as predicted. Much can happen over the next 140 games, but we're counting on the race between the Reds and Brewers to remain strong and have some meaning late into the season.

Why? Because we have a great baseball tour planned in September for both Brewers and Reds fans. It's our Oktoberfest trip that will run from September 16th-18th. We'll be loading the busses in Milwaukee and making stops in Chicago and Indianapolis to pick up fans from both teams and fans of German brats and beer.

Check out this MLB road trip that will include tickets to three games, great hotel accommodations, special access at the Oktoberfest activities, special access to the ballpark, and a baseball stadium tour. It promises to be a great baseball vacation package with a number of extras included.

Tags: stadium tours, Milwaukee, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball vacation package, Brewers, Chicago, Reds, MLB road trips

Opening Night in Atlanta

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 08:15 AM

April 9, 2011 - You've gotta love Opening Day/Night at any baseball stadium. It's a time to celebrate the franchise's past, especially its most recent accomplishments. It's the start of a new baseball season and signifies new beginnings and opportunities for players, fans and teams. Witnessing Chipper's 2,500th hit on our MLB road tripAnd the atmosphere is electric as fans are so happy to be attending the first game of baseball in their home town.

Last night was no different in Atlanta. The ceremonies included the unveiling of their 2010 Pennant in center field for clinching a wild card playoff berth. It also featured former skipper, Bobby Cox, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to his successor, Fredi Gonzalez. Ol' number six got a huge (and very fitting) ovation at Turner Field when he was announced and walked onto the mound.

We also witnessed a piece of history. Chipper joins lined a base hit to left field for his 2,500th hit of his career. That was great to see for a player who has been around so long, made huge contributions, and has meant so much to this team. Here's a photo of the historic hit taken from our seats. (We like to throw those in for free on our MLB road trips whenever we can!!) Here's the Braves wrap-up of the game.

The final game of the first of our baseball tours is this afternoon with the Phillies and Braves again.

Tags: stadium tours, Opening day, Atlanta, Braves, Turner Field, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, MLB tours, MLB road trips, Baseball

We Flipped for Flip Burger Boutique

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 08:00 AM

April 8, 2011 - On the first of our baseball spring trips, we ventured up to Buckhead, a northern suburb of "Flipped" booths at the boutiqueAtlanta, to visit the original Flip Burger Boutique. Flip Burger is the creation of Richard Blais, the most recent winner of Bravo's Top Chef (see my earlier blog).

The first thing you notice when walking in is that the "flip" theme is carried throughout the restaurant. You can see this in the picture to the left where the booths have an upside down set of seats and tables above the booth as part of the fixtures.

While this location was described as the more family oriented of the two locations and the other location as more electric, more for a younger crowd, the original location was plenty electric with club style music playing and flat panel tv's playing music videos.

The food didn't disappoint us. The burgers lived up to the billing of a "boutique." They were inventive creations with on top of very tasty beef burgers. I personally had the mushroom and swiss burger with carmelizedCandycane beet salad onions, horseradish mayo, and swiss cheese foam (which elicited the question from one person of, "what the flip is that?!").

My daughter and I decided to split some of the sides so that we could try a few different things. We ordered the fried pickles with buttermilk sriracha (which were amazing) and a portion of the candycane beet salad. The beet salad had lots of interesting flavors combined with it including licorice and goat cheese. It was a light complement to our burgers and (fried) pickles.

If you watched Richard on Top Chef at all, you've probably seen him use liquid nitrogen when making milk shakes. They use that method at Flip and make some really interesting shakes. We had two, the Cap'n Crunch shake and the Applie Pie shake. Easily the Cap'n Crunch was the better of the two.

Tonight, our MLB road trip takes us to the Opening night game between the Braves and Phillies at Turner Field. We're excited to see the match up between Cliff Lee and Tim Hudson.

If you are interested in joining us on one of our small group tours and experience great baseball with a lot of fun extras like Flip Burger Boutique, check out our 2011 offerings and sign up today!

Tags: Opening day, Atlanta, Braves, Phillies, group tours, MLB road trips, Baseball

Book Your Baseball Vacations Today

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 07:45 AM

Tour participants at PNC ParkApril 5, 2011 - Don't you love to head out on vacation? You get time to explore a new destination, take in new sites, and enjoy the company of your friends and family without all the pressures of being at home or work. That's especially true when you allow someone else to handle all of the details for you when you purchase a baseball vacation package!

You can rest assured that our baseball road trip planners will assemble a vacation for you that won't just be a trip, it will be an experience! We'll make sure you stay in great hotels, sit in great seats, take behind the scenes baseball stadium tours, and get up close and personal to the game we all love so much.

The baseball season has arrived and our tour vacations are filling up - so don't wait too long to sign up for the premier sports travel package that you've always wanted!

Tags: explore, group travel, baseball vacations, baseball road trips, baseball tours, baseball vacation package, big league tours, sports vacation, group tours, MLB road trips

The First of Our 2011 Baseball Road Trips Starts Today

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 07:30 AM

April 5, 2011 - What's better than getting the MLB team schedules for the coming year and working with our Outfield terrace at Turner Fieldbaseball road trip planners to build the perfect travel packages? Going on the tours, of course!! And it's finally here! Yep, it's time to load up and head out for the first of our MLB road trips of the 2011 baseball season.

Today we're headed to Atlanta to kick off our Atlanta and Augusta tour that includes Masters events at Augusta National, golf in Atlanta, and the home opening series at Turner Field between the Phillies and the Braves. The next few days will be filled with many exciting elements but also provide the participants plenty of time to relax and unwind.

Let's do it. Let's get on the road!

Tags: Atlanta, Turner Field, baseball road trips, MLB road trips, Baseball

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

Fans with Ron Kittle at US Cellular Field

Posted by Big League Tours on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 02:00 AM

July 23, 2010 - Trip in and trip out, the element that we include that always gets rave reviews are the Big League Player Experiences. We always bring in an MLB player to tell baseball stories, field questions from Ron Kittle and guests at US Cellular Fieldour guests, and to sign autographs and take pictures with the folks on our MLB road trips.

The small group tour we had in the Midwest was no different. Here's a picture of Ron Kittle with some of our travelers before the game at US Cellular Field. This year we visited different sections of the stadium with Ron prior to the gates opening, were able to watch batting practice for the Sox and the Rangers, and were able to talk casually with him about the Sox, his career and baseball in general. And as we've come to know about every event that we have with Ron, we had a great time. Thanks, Kitty!

By the way, if you haven't checked out the baseball artwork including the bat benches that Ron makes, you are really missing out. Click here to go to his site, buy a bat bench, and tell him that we sent ya!

So join us on one of our upcoming baseball road trips so that you can hang with an MLB player and get that much closer to the game that you love!

Tags: White Sox, Rangers, baseball road trips, U.S. Cellular Field, MLB road trips

What's Your Favorite Baseball Related Movie?

Posted by Big League Tours on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 @ 09:30 PM

December 2, 2008 - Here at Big League Tours we love baseball and anything related to baseball. One of the things we like to do while traveling between cities on our baseball trips is to watch baseball movies, of course! This is a great way for our guests to sit back relax, have the time pass a little bit faster and to get them pumped for the next game on our baseball road trip. Here are some of our favorites (In no particular order):

  • Bull Durham
  • The Sandlot
  • Fever Pitch
  • The Natural
  • Field of Dreams
  • 61
  • A League of Their Own

If you were going to sit down and pop in one of your all time favorite baseball movies what would it be? We are always looking for new movies to show on our MLB tours so let us know what you watch! So, the next time you are on one of our sports vacations we can show your favorite movie.

Tags: baseball trips, MLB tours, MLB road trips

And the Trading Begins

Posted by Big League Tours on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 @ 02:30 PM

Crisp Gets Traded for Ramirez

November 20, 2008 - If you were looking at one of our many sports vacations in Boston for the '09 you won't be seeing Coco Crisp, but you will be able to see Ramon Ramirez of the Kansas City Royals. 

Red Sox general manager, Theo Epstein'08 sports vacations included Coco Crisp fight with the Tampa Bay Rays., said they didn't feel any rush to deal with Coco Crisp and would only make a deal if it would positively effect the team.  They hadn't found that player until Wednesday when they had the chance to pick up Ramon Ramirez, a 27-year old righty, relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. Epstein says,"We think he is a young, controllable relief pitcher that could really help our bullpen.

Pictured above is from our '08 East Coast 1 trip where Coco Crisp was hit by a pitch from the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher and began this fight.  This was a great experience for our group tour, because not many people get to see a fight the first day of a trip! 

So, join us on one of our many baseball road trips to the East Coast to see Ramirez play for the Red Sox or join us on Midwest 1 and see Crisp play for the Royals.

Tags: Red Sox, baseball road trips, Fenway Park, big league tours, MLB road trips

NL MVP Named

Posted by Big League Tours on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 @ 01:30 PM

Add Midwest 1 To Your MLB Tours for 2009 To See Pujols in Action
November 17, 2008 - Pujols has been crowned the National League MVP for the seconAdd St. Louis to your group travel tours plans next season. d time in his career. In the running against him was Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies, who beat Pujols in 2006.  Having finished in the top 10 every voting season for the past eight seasons and has been the 11th player to receive the award twice.

St. Louis ended their season 11 1/2 seasons away from first in the NL Central.  However, the Cardinals exceeded many peoples' expectations, especially with the help of Pujols.

So, make sure to add Midwest 1 from Big League Tours onto your stadium tours list for 2009 and check out NL MVP Albert Pujols and Golden Glove winner Yadier Molina.

Check out the full story here on MLB.com.

Tags: stadium tours, baseball trips, big league tours, Busch Stadium, Cardinals, MLB road trips