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5 Parks in 5 Days – West Coast Trip

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, March 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Comments: 32
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For all baseball-lovers out there, have we got a trip for you. Phillies Nation is partnering with Creative Travel to bring you a 5 Parks in 5 Days tour of California ballparks. From June 25th to the 30th we will be making stops in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles & San Diego.  Although the Phillies will not be in town for this trip, it’s sure to be an awesome time.

AT&T ParkWe will start in San Fransisco, California with the Giants vs Red Sox and stay the next 2 nights in Oakland area with breakfast all mornings. The next game will be Oakland vs Pittsburgh. We will then head to Los Angeles for the next 3 nights and watch Dodgers vs. Yankees, then Padres vs Rockies and end with the LA Angels vs Rangers.

You will have time on your own to enjoy the areas. We are including an all-you-can-eat hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and soda night at one game and a single hot-dog and soda at another game. The trip includes hotel accommodations, transportation to each game, airport transfers, 7 meals, tickets to each game and a trip to San Fransisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

The cost is $990 per person for double occupancy.  This does not including transportation to/from California but that can be arranged for an additional fee.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information please email us using the Contact form.

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  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    When is it?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

    Avatar of Brian Michael

    June 25th – 30th

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    No offense to this trip, but I like my trip better, it is 3 parks in 12 days and four rounds of golf. Will be heading out to AZ April 23, for golf and a Phillies Diamond backs game on Saturday, Then onto San Diego for a day at the Zoo, then to San Fran for Phillies Giants game on Wed. 4/28 and some golf and wine drinking, then back to Phila. for Sunday game at the bank May 2nd another round of golf then back to Vermont on Tuesday May 4th. It may not be five parks but it is three Phillies games in three different parks. And Plus 3/4 rounds of golf how can you beat that. OK so my plan tickets alone are $900 for me and my wife but hey it should be fun. Anyone going to be in AZ for the Saturday game April 24th let me know I will by you a beer.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    Oh and by the way you know your time stamp is wrong it is 12:55 at least it is hear in VT.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    San Francisco’s park is awesome… I was out there a while ago (its 2nd season) for a non-Phillies game.. its really cool, great views from everywhere.. The OF walls alone create some unique game situations..

    chances of SPLASH DOWN HRs …

    Anyone that gets a chance should definitely go see PNC PARK in Pittsburgh… that is my favorite of the NEW stadiums.

    and between Wrigley and Fenway… I think I liked Wrigley better

    going to see Camden Yards again this year, I haven’t been down there since before CBP opened.. but thats a great stadium too, and an exciting young team.. at least offensively

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    The Phils stunk today, losing 8-0 against the Braves and getting only three hits. Polanco got two of them. The pitching stunk, as Happ gave up four runs in five innings on three homers, and the bullpen looked poor. We are going to potentially pay a heavy price for a lackluster bullpen this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Steve-o

    Wow. Sounds like an unreal trip. Wish I could afford something like this.

     
  • Posts: 0 jay donohue

    Wow – trip sounds great — now if they will ONLY MAIL US OUR TICKETS FOR OPENING DAY — I would consider giving them another dime !

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    how do I throw high & inside to BurrGundy over the internet???

    Dude.. S T O P with the constant crying everyday..

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Hey Don M —- Nobody’s crying. Just reporting what I am seeing. I know its Spring Training. If this is too intense for you, then take a nerve pill. And you should S T O P with trying to control content. It is not your blog. When thinks smell bad, it doesn’t hurt to comment, unless your mentality is so fragile that it hurts you. Calm down. It’s not that important, just baseball. You must be a real jobber.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    The Phillies biggest off season question mark was their bullpen. Madson’s ERA is 7.20 this spring and Lidge is not healthy. I’m glad the Phillies addressed this issue. Disgraceful.

     
  • Posts: 0 Justin

    I thought, “Wow, the Phils have a prolonged, bad-ass road trip out west this year.” And then I read the next sentence, “Although the Phillies won’t be in town…” I’ve got to start reading entire paragraphs at a time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    BurrGundy….

    I have news for you. It IS Don M’s blog. And it’s MY blog. And it’s Dipsy’s blog. .And it’s your blog.

    Get my drift, pal??

    It’s EVERYBODY’S blog.

    And if anyone of us wants to criticize what someone else says….then it’s our right.

    Besides…..you DO constantly complain.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I saw part of the game, Burr… a lot of guys were hitting the ball hard off of Happster. He seemed a little unfocused (had trouble with the first batter, the third out and walked three batters in five innings). On a positive note, he worked out of a leadoff triple in the second (?) and Howard hit a ball to dead center that would have been out in most ballparks (if not for the wind, it probably would have been gone).

    Interesting to see Michael Schwimer pitch yesterday in a bases loaded, 2 out situation… he has written a diary of sorts on Phuture Phillies about the life of a minor league baseball player (if you get a chance, they’re great to read). He’s a big right hander (6’8″, 246 lbs) that strikes guys out in bunches… fastball 91-94 with a slider. Struggled late in 2009 when he was promoted to AA but he has been pretty successful early in his career… might be the closer of the future.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Fisherman’s wharf isn’t worth bothering with, unless you like to see hordes of other tourists. I’d check out the Aquarium in Golden Gate Park or walk out on the bridge, instead. (Yes, you can walk on the Golden Gate Bridge!)I’ve only walked outside San Fran’s ballpark, but it looks mighty fine.

    Los Angeles has a very good zoo, and it’s a lot easier to get around than the one in San Diego. Dodger Stadium is nice, built into a hillside with scenic views all around. There are loads of places to see in the L.A. area, like the La Brea tarpits, Griffith Observatory, amusement/theme parks, etc. But you probably won’t have time.

    I can’t afford such a tour, but I lived in Los Angeles and made numerous trips up and down the state of California, so I can truthfully say this one would be worth it even without the baseball.

    I hope you all have a great time.

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Hey Chuck, are you one of the “Blog Bullies” of Phillies Nation ? Keep up your meddlesome policing of this type of crap on behalf of your chums as it will get you no where. Your efforts to intimidate me or “put me in my place” over a silly blog make me laugh. I hope you figure it out and don’t take your anger out on your family and pets. If I want to complain, then I will do it because, as you say, this is also my blog. You must be a mental milktoast. Go Phillies !!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Now I’m a “Blog Bully”

    THAT’S a new term I haven’t heard before on here.

    First off, BurrGundy… If you feel “intimidated” by me, then that’s your problem….because there was no intimidation meant by me. And I’m not in the business of “meddlesome policing” either. I called you out because I happen to agree that you do constantly complain about the Phillies and how they are doing. And I’ve pointed that out before.

    If you want to do that….then that’s your business….because, yes, it IS your blog, too. But, at least, offer some constructive criticism and facts to back up your whining.

    Secondly, if you really think this is a “silly blog”…..then don’t come on here. I actually think you owe the people, like Pat Gallen,etc. an apology for that remark….because he and others work really hard to bring all of us something of substance and value.

    Thirdly, I’m supposed to figre out what?? exactly?? I don’t have any anger at all towards you or anyone on here……and don’t worry, BurrGundy…..I’m not a violent man…..so my “family and pets” are quite safe, thank you.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    trying to control content.. and calling you out for your constant negativity

    are two different things. . .


    But seriously, they should just realease Ibanez right?
    He’s only hitting .108

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    everyone relax… please.. its a sunny day, and baseball season is just around the corner

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Chuck, I love this blog and always enjoy it. Moreover, you are a hoot as well. So serious, so involved, so meddlesome. Every area benefits when a natual clown joins the team. You fill that role to a tee. Keep up the good work. Though I really would not want you in my circle of friends, you do fill that role, have something to offer on the blog and keep it loose. And, no you don’t come anywhere close to intimidating me, so you really do not have to apologize. I am glad you are not a violent man and that your family and pets are quite safe. With that said, I hope your little threesome has a great day and the Phils win one today.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I’m not really sure WHAT you just said….because it was so jumbled up and full of wierd statements.

    According to you, I’m a “hoot”, a “natural clown” , and part of some sort of “threesome” (don’t quite get that one).

    Anyway, it’s all good, BurrGundy. Let’s all just have some fun on here , ok.

    I’m really not as “serious” as you think.

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Chuck, Peace !!! At least we have one point of agreement. WE ARE PHILLIES FANS. That counts.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Peace, brotha!!!

    Release the white doves!! Rally the troops!!

    GO PHILLIES!!

     
  • Posts: 0 carrots

    AT&T park is a great place to watch a baseball game. I saw Cliff Lee’s first game in a Phillies uniform there last year. Most expensive cup of beer of all MLB parks, I believe. The food in the club level is excellent. Make sure you wear layers if it’s a night game! The fog rolls in around 6pm and the temperature will drop 10-20 degrees. San Francisco is a total anomaly when it comes to weather so don’t expect warm California temperatures in the city. Especially in June and July. I’m not kidding.

    If you have some downtime in the city, check out the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. If you’re bringing the kids, there’s the Exploratorium which is like SF’s Franklin Institute. The wine is, of course, excellent so hit up a wine bar like the Press Club or Terroir. Lots of great restaurants just AVOID FISHERMAN’S WHARF. Expensive tourist trap with very little of what makes SF so much fun.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Never been to Frisco….and have always wanted to go. It’s on my “list” of parks to visit……along with Wrigley, PNC and Miller Park in Milwaukee.

    Fenway’s cool….been there twice.. Camden Yards a bunch of times. Great place!! Pretty fan-friendly like CBP.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Fenway is a great atmosphere in and out, and has improved a lot over the past 5 years, but outside the box seats, is not a great place to watch a game. Most of the non-box seats face the green monster, seems like you are sitting sideways most of the game, and you’ll probably have to deal with an obstruction of some sort. On the plus side, I got to boo JD Drew the last time I was there.

    Phils are in Pittsburgh July 4th weekend. Any chance of a bus trip?

     
  • Posts: 0 beta sigma shag

    I forgot who commented on opening day tickets. I have mine, came before my Sunday package tickets. Maybe cause I live in Vermont they feel sorry for me. I can not wait for that Monday hopefully sitting in the sunshine, drinking a beer, and watching Phillies pound the Nats. Only like 17 days away I can not wait. I do not think I have any days off between now and then but it is worth it.
    Also thanks on tips for San Fran, will be there with the Phillies, along with AZ same road trip. or Air trip I guess.
    I watched most of the game yestarday, JA was fastball happy it seemed to me, so I am guessing he is just working on arm speed, not worried at all. The Pen looked a little shabby, but have been putting up numbers all spring, so I am reserving judgment on them until May.
    Raul looks a little lost the few at bats I have seen him this ST. I am no expert, but maybe trying to hit the ball out of every park. It is ST so again I will wait and see how he hits in April and May before I call for his head.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    carrots’ comments are right on the money. S.F.’s climate is like nowhere else in the world that I know of. Summer arrives when it feels like it, and it usually doesn’t feel like arriving in June or July. Be prepared for sea winds, fog, dampness, etc. His clothing suggestions should definitely be followed.

    I like the Academy of Science and Exploratorium suggestions as well. My small son loved the Exploratorium. There is so much to do in San Francisco that’s better than that stupid, overcrowded, and boring Fisherman’s Wharf; everything from listening to street musicians to riding ferry boats to walking the beach. And the transit system actually goes most everywhere cheaply.

     
  • Posts: 0 carrots

    Some more info about seeing a game in San Francisco.

    The hills are no joke. Wear comfortable shoes.

    Don’t discount the upper deck seats. AT&T park is unusual in that the “worse” seats have the best views. Try getting a seat in the upper level along the first baseline. It’s not a large park and you’ll have a good view of the field. But even better you’ll have the Bay Bridge looming in the distance. The park is so well placed in the city. You could walk there from downtown, but I’d recommend taking the N or T train.

    Unlike down the shore, the ocean is practically never warm enough to swim. Ocean Beach is directly west of downtown and it’s alright. The best beach is on the western part of the Presidio: Baker Beach. Amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and I’ve seen pelicans divebombing into the water to catch fish with seals and dolphin swimming by, all at the same moment.

    Mexican food is so much better than you’ll find in the northeast and it gets better as you go south (SD > LA > SF). I liked Taqueria Cancun on 6th & Market or 19th & Mission. Great but inexpensive restaurants are in the Mission (start around 16th & Valencia).

    I’m seriously not kidding about the weather. It will be in the low 90s just 15 miles out of the city and it’s downright chilly in SF. It comes from being surrounded by water on three sides and all those steep hills.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I lived out there from probably the early 70′s to 77 or 78. I saw Garcia and the Dead at Kezar, Led Zepplin the following week
    Awesome place, tons to do and never enough money. Even in the summer, they know no humidity. It’s almost boring, the weather is so predictable and easy to get used to. Steady 50′s early, in the mid 70′s, later – this is in the San Francisco area – in the summer it gets warmer but they have nothing to get bitchy about.
    If you’re fortunate enough to go, breathe it all in.
    B

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    We are going for the first time with a Phillies bus to the opener and will test the waters for other such trips. I’m sure the Nation might do some east coast excursions here and there.
    Also heading to Shanksville in mid June, wearing my proud 9.
    Baltimore is also on the radar, we spoke of seeing the Rays & Patty this summer.

     
  • Posts: 0 Obes

    i know i’m a little late to the thread here, but i’m originally a philly guy that lives in SF now, so i thought i could offer a couple tips to ‘the nation’ about visiting..

    first off, if you’re here on a weekday you should check out the free tour that Anchor Brewing offers, M-F 10 and 1 (http://tinyurl.com/nfmod). you def. need to call for reservations, usually 2 months in advance in the summer.

    yes, beers at the park are pricey, but here are a handful of spots a block or two from AT&T:
    -21st Amendment (brewpub w/ a smallish outdoor patio…bangin’ ipa and a nice little watermelon wheat for those warm days)
    -Pete’s Tavern (total sports bar- bunch of tv’s, decent bar food and good beer list)
    -Paragon (more upscale menu- than normal pub food, decent bar, def. caters to the game crowd)
    -Momo’s (large deck right across from the stadium- which is fun but can get packed b4 a game, and more higher end dining)

    btw, jeans and a hoodie (or light jacket) are a must for SF summer evenings. the fog’ll roll in about 6 and it can get damp and chilly at the park

     
 
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