Here in Phoenix we have the good fortune of being the West Coast home to the wonderful world of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training games. And frankly, spring with Events & Adventures would not be complete without a fun outing in 70-degree weather to enjoy seeing the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the World Champion Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa. Sloan Park is a baseball park where the primary tenant is the Chicago Cubs, and the ballpark serves as their spring training home, but it’s also the home of the Arizona League Cubs.
Events & Adventures Phoenix attended the sold out spring training game as part of its own exclusive group!
It’s not every day you can get that close to World Series Champions to enjoy hot dogs, beer, and the American pastime. The best part of the game? The socializing of course! The lawn seats are the place to be at any spring training game. New members were amazed at how comfortable they felt stretching out on the lawn while the sun set behind the park. We laughed through all nine innings, with our favorite part being the mascots signing autographs and playfully taunting the other team throughout the stadium. There were two home runs and lots of fouls, but despite our high hopes we’ll have to wait till next time to catch one.
And in case you are wondering—yes, the Diamondbacks hit a home run right into the concession stand! Speaking of which, if you weren’t sure that a bacon-filled heaven actually exists—we can confirm it does if you are a baseball fan in Arizona! You could tell which team a fan was rooting for—the Zonies were ordering the 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and bacon, served with a side of fries, while other fans ordered the Chicago deep dish pizza.
Although Sloan Park is not their home field, the Diamondbacks sure made it feel that way as they won the game by the score of 7 to 3! It’s always exciting when the members of Events & Adventures Phoenix can get together for any sporting event, but it’s even sweeter when the home team comes away with the win.
Events & Adventures enjoyed the crisp spring air as we watched the San Francisco Giants take on the Oakland Athletics in a battle of the bay during a preseason game. We all came together that night to celebrate baseball being back in the Bay Area. Regardless of whether we bled orange or green, we came together for our mutual love of baseball and great company.
AT&T Park was packed that night with fans young and old to come see their teams they have been waiting for since October. Events & Adventures bundled, grabbed some beer and garlic fries, and gathered in the bleachers to cheer on our teams! As soon as pitcher Jeff Samardzija threw out the first pitch, all eyes were on the diamond. We all teased fans of the opposing teams, but at the end of the day we all had a great time, and no matter what team we were rooting for we were all there to enjoy some hardball and make new friends.
After the event, Events & Adventures members jokingly contemplated about what made a “real” baseball fan, and here are a few of the things we came up with:
- Celebrates wins and gets depressed about losses
- Knows every player on the team
- Comes to at least 20 games a year and watches the rest on TV unless there’s an emergency
- Doesn’t go overboard with the team merchandise and instead shows their dedication through spirit
- Refrains from using a cellphone and engaging in non-baseball-related conversations during games
- Cheers for ONE team and only that team
- Comes to the game no matter the weather conditions
And mostly importantly, a real fan is a person who cheers on their team in the way that’s appropriate and respectful. On this late night in March our Giants fans went home with the win. But don’t worry A’s fans, we still have a long baseball season ahead of us and there are sure to be many games on the calendar ahead.
Bay Area Events & Adventures members like Wesley Chang look forward to the annual rite of spring that is baseball, and when our club members need a group of people to enjoy their favorite sports with, Events & Adventures is the best sports club they could ask for. Wesley and fellow member Kris Marie both revel in their memories of Game 4 of the 2012 Division Series when the A’s pulled off a stunning come-from-behind win.
“That was the most incredible baseball game I’ve been to!” Kris recalls.
Robert Miller remembers that night in 2012 very well. He and a group of Events & Adventures members attended an event planned by the club at a bar in downtown San Jose. Little did they know that would be the night the San Francisco Giants would win the World Series for the first time in a long time. Robert feels that the day was made even more special because he and all his Events & Adventures friends were able to celebrate the event together. Watching the game together made them all feel like a sports club, but getting to celebrate history being made turned them into lifelong friends.
Our sports events are popular among our members. Sam Rothstein, another Events & Adventures member from the Bay Area, says his favorite experience at an Events & Adventures event was at an A’s game. Events & Adventures booked a luxury suite to watch the game, and everyone was able to comfortably mingle and experience the game in a way most of them never had before. The night ended up being unforgettable.
Just hear it from Kris Marie, “I’ve gone to the A’s opening day with Events & Adventures three years in a row, and I’ve always had a great time, even though I’m a Giants fan!”
Events & Adventures member Toni Duffy summed it up well when she said, “Baseball is summertime to me”. And what better way to kick off the summer than adding a new spin to your favorite sports by experiencing them with Events & Adventures Bay Area.
Opening Day Baseball isn’t just any old event to sports fans—it’s a display of hope, optimism and enthusiasm. Every fan from every major league team has high hopes for their season and their players. After years of rebuilding we didn’t expect too much from our rag tag group of young players and aging veterans last season. Experts from all across baseball decided that the Astros would be great—just not for another two years. Baseball pundits predicted a deep playoff run for 2017, but expected little from the 2015 season.
From April to October this group came together and did what no one expected—they committed themselves to a goal and they achieved it. They made the playoffs for the first time since a very different version of the same team lost the World Series in 2005. For the first time in ten years they were playing, and winning. Houston beat the New York Yankees in the Wild Card game only to fall to the future World Champion, the Kansas City Royals, 3-2. It was a great time to experience alongside fellow sports fans from Events & Adventures Houston.
So on April 11th, when we take our seats for the 7:10pm first pitch, we will celebrate hope, optimism and enthusiasm as a group of new friends looking to come together and continue to live the life we love. We don’t know what the season will hold, but for this one game we will enjoy more than just an evening of great baseball at Minute Maid Park. We’ll enjoy the experience of everything Opening Day stands for, alongside fellow sports fans, and the new friends we’ve met through Events & Adventures.
Events and Adventures Chicago received the royal treatment this past Tuesday night for the Cubs vs Padres game! Waiting at the top of the bleachers for us was a whole row of couches reserved for E&A! We had the best view from the rooftop overlooking the Cubbies at Wrigley Field. We sported our baseball gear and enjoyed the array of food and beverages included in our ticket price! There might have been more socializing then actual game watching, but we had an amazing time as a singles group! And we must be good luck because the Cubs brought home the WIN!