THANK YOU CUBS FANS! Final Trip of 2012: Cards @ Cubs, July 27th-29th

Hey Cubs fans! We’re shouting a huge THANK YOU for travelling with us during the 2012 season! With many ups a downs during the 2012 campaign, one thing remained a constant; the dedication of the Cubs Destinations fans throughout! We also need to thank David DeJesus, Bryan LaHair, Tony Campana and Darwin Barney for taking the time our of their busy schedules to hang out with us! We hope to see them compete in 2013 as well as all of you Cubs loyalists who are keeping the faith!!

Our last trip of the year was at Wrigley hosting those dreaded St. Louis Cardinals. Game 1 was an impressive display of offense from both dugouts. The Cards had home runs in each of the first 5 innings but the Cubs matched that with 3 runs in the first and third. The Cards’ bats turned out too much in the end, winning the game 9 to 3. The Saturday contest changed styles and was a rubber match. Joe Kelly threw 6 innings and Jeff Samardzija went 7 giving up only 2 runs each. The winning run you ask? An RBI bunt off the bat of Reed Johnson in the 7th, the only pitch he saw the whole game. “That was all on his own,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Reed is one of them baseball players that has those things in his toolbox. He’s just an ultimate baseball player that you love having around,” he said. Sunday’s game was an even better treat, Anthony Rizzo’s first walk-off homer in his entire baseball career! He hit a two-run shot in the 10th causing what seemed like an explosion in Wrigleyville. “This is the best,” an elated Rizzo said. “This is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I was a little kid. I’ve never done it before. Not in the minors, not in little league, not ever. This is awesome.” What a series at Wrigley!! Our fans enjoyed an awesome VIP tour of Wrigley, a breakfast reception with All-Star Bryan LaHair, and a slew of autographs during batting practice before the gates opened! We had great accommodations at the Westin Michigan Avenue and gift bags waiting for everyone at check-in. Check out the testimonial from one of our fans on the trip, and some more pictures below!

Thanks to Cubs Destinations, three generations of die hard Cub fans had a wonderful experience. The staff was excellent, professional and very accommodating.  If it could be done, it happened! Especially gratifying was my Grandson’s first trip to Wrigley.  I wanted this to be a memorable event for him and Cubs Destinations definitely made that happen. It doesn’t get any better when you have a Wrigley VIP tour in the morning, breakfast with a very courteous Bryan LaHair, autographs for my Grandson during batting practice time and then sing Go Cubs Go at the end of the game, especially when you beat the Cardinals.  Just a perfect day. We unanimously recommend Cubs Destinations!” -Tom, Jeremy and Drew Stines – Chicago ’12

All-Star Bryan LaHair with a young fan

First visit to Wrigley!

The Legendary Ivy!

Some fans with “Mr. Cub”

Bryan with the group!

If you haven’t traveled with Cubs Destinations, scroll down to see some of the amazing adventures Cubs’ fans had for the past 4 seasons. You can also visit www.cubs.com/cubsdestinations to get more information. Feel free to call us at (617) 226-6550 or e-mail info@cubsdestinations.com if you have any questions!

See you in 2013! GO CUBBIES! 

–  Cubs Destinations

New York: Cubs @ Mets, July 6th-8th, 2012

Cubs fans hit the Big Apple in force in early July to take on the Mets. Destinations guests stayed in the beautiful Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in Midtown Manhattan and took the subway out to Flushing for all the action at beautiful Citi Field. The exclusive baseball access and amenities were not overshadowed by all that  New York has to offer (although NY did make it a challenge). Fans enjoyed a VIP tour of Citi Field, gift bags, tickets to 2 games and an awesome pre-game reception with David DeJesus! Rizzo and Johnson kicked off the weekend’s action with 4 hits each in Friday night’s game, taking down the always difficult Johan Santana. Samardzija came out strong on Saturday but the team eventually fell 3 to 1. Dempster pitched a shut out gem on Sunday that extended his scoreless inning streak to 27 innings! The weekend was filled great weather, great baseball, great city sights and great memories that these travelling Cubs loyalists will never forget!

Take a look at some photos from a memorable weekend in the the Big Apple!

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David DeJesus with some fans

Cubs @ Twins: June 8th-10th, 2012

Cubbies Faithful cruised up I-90 for the interleague match up at Target Field in early June. This was the club’s first time going to Target Field (the Twins used to play at the Metrodome), although the two teams have faced each other over 10 times in interleague play since 1997. The North Siders took 1 out of 3 from the Twins with a stellar performance on Sunday from Ryan Dempster (8 IP, 4 H, 6 Ks). The first two games saw Joe Mauer return with power, to the dismay of the Cubs pitching staff. Friday’s game saw a tough 10th inning walk off and Saturday’s showed that the Twins can actually hit the ball, winning 11-3. Cubs fans got to meet the young, speedy Tony Campana in a private pre-game reception. The VIP tour of Target Field revealed a fantastic new facility with gorgeous views of the city! Check out some pictures from the awesome weekend of baseball in the Twin Cities!

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Great View from the Left Field Deck

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Tony Campana!

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Honoring Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett

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Historic Matchup: Red Sox @ Cubs, June 15th-17th, 2012

Cubs Destinations started the summer off right when the Red Sox came to the North Side. Cubs fans came from all over to see this rare re-match of the 1918 World Series. The Cubs took 1 out of 3 with strong pitching performances from Dempster and Samardzija. The weekend’s games were surely unforgettable as Cubs fans got exclusive access to Wrigley with a VIP tour that included pictures in front of the world famous Ivy, dugout access, press box access and a private pre-game reception with Darwin Barney in the Center Field Suite! Little did Cubs fans know that they were hanging with a future record-breaking second baseman. In August, Barney set the National League single season record with 114 consecutive errorless innings! In addition to a great hotel stay at the Westin, fans had great game tickets and even snagged some autographs during batting practice!

Great weather, great atmosphere and great baseball capped off a historic weekend at Wrigley. See pictures below!

VIP Tour begins at the World Famous Marquee!

Hangin’ in the dugout

Boston: May 20-22, 2011

Two historic ball clubs, the Red Sox and the Cubs, meeting at the iconic Fenway Park is something that would peak any baseball fans’ interest. Not playing in the Fens since the 1918 World Series, the Cubs returned after 93 years for a 3 game bout with the Sox this May. Thousands of Cubs fans descended upon Boston from all over the country to witness the long awaited series. A few hundred Cubs fans were able to enjoy the weekend while letting Cubs Destinations do all the planning! These fans experienced the best in VIP baseball road trips!

Aside from game tickets, Cubs Destinations provided first class hotel accommodations in downtown Boston, Cubs gift bags, and unparalleled access to Fenway Park! To begin, Cubs fans took a VIP tour of the park, including access onto the warning track and even inside the legendary Green Monster! Check out a few of the photos from the spectacular experience!

After the tour, Cubs players like Darwin Barney and Sean Marshall met with Cubs Destinations fans to sign autographs, pose for photos and field questions from the group at an exclusive pre-game reception. Take a look at the events!

Cubs fans have long waited to see another World Series victory. But Red Sox can sympathize with this struggle because their World Series drought stretched 86 years from 1918 until 2004! Cubs fans were excited to see 2004 & 2007 Red Sox World series rings and trophies; an excellent reminder that the Cubs too can do it!

After the weekend of great baseball, Boston sightseeing, VIP baseball events, and overall enjoyment of the nostalgic atmosphere, Cubs fans packed their bags and headed home. Many of these fans will look for the release of the 2012 Cubs schedule to plan their next Cubs Destinations adventure! See what one traveler had to say about their experience!

“My wife and I really enjoyed the Cubs Destinations experience.  We have been traveling to visitors’ ballparks with the Cubs for 15 years, having visited 14 different cities, and we both commented on how much better our previous trips would have been had there been a Cubs Destinations option in the past. 

In the past, we would spend hours and days researching what hotel was close to the ballpark, what restaurants were available, what to do in the city we were visiting, and  how to navigate the city to see what we wanted.  Cubs Destinations took all the work out of the trip and left us to enjoy ourselves.   The process was very easy, and we were supplied with a lot of information that helped us greatly in enjoying both the Cubs/Red Sox Series and the City of Boston. 

Everyone involved was very friendly and helpful, and it really is  nice to visit an opponent’s ballpark and be able to sit with a bunch of Cubs fans.  The access to Fenway was unbelievable. Actually getting the chance to go walk on the field and step inside the Green Monster was an experience I will always remember.

We are already looking forward to the next trip. “

- Craig & Ann

Thank You Cubs Destinations Travelers!



 

 


DSC_0001.jpgThe 2011 Cubs Destinations’ season is finished! Thank you to all Cubs Destinations travelers for a great second year! We look to continue providing Cubs’ fans with the best in VIP Road Trips for seasons to come. If you have traveled with us, you will receive e-mails with the most up-to-date information regarding our trips for next season.

If you haven’t traveled with Cubs Destinations, scroll down to see some of the amazing adventures Cubs’ fans had this past season. You can also visit www.cubs.com/cubsdestinations to get more information. Feel free to call us at (617) 226-6550 or e-mail info@cubsdestinations.com if you have any questions.

See you in 2011! Go Cubs! 

 Cubs Destinations

St. Louis August 13th – 15th

The Destinations crew headed to St. Louis this past weekend to take on the rival Cardinals! Fans stayed at the exceptional St. Louis Westin, literally across the street from Busch Stadium (some guest rooms face the ballpark!) The heat index was at or around 100 degrees for the weekend, however Busch Stadium filled to capacity as both Cubs and Cardinals fans poured in to catch the series. 

Destinations travelers weren’t turned away by the St. Louis heat, but instead took the great opportunity to visit a new ballpark and cheer on their team. The weekend began with a tough loss on Friday night as the Cubs got behind early and couldn’t fight their way back into the game. After the loss, Destinations fans made the short walk back to the hotel to rest up for their busy day of events on Saturday.

 
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The ballpark tour “beat the heat” on Saturday as fans got to explore the recently built (2006) Busch Stadium in the morning. Cardinals’ experts guided fans around while giving details on the new stadium as well as the extensive history of the Cardinals history (they refrained from gloating about the Cardinals’ World Series victories.) The Destinations crew made stops in the pressbox, party rooms, luxury suites, club areas, premium seating areas and made a final stop on the field! Check out a few of the pictures below!

 


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STL Dugout.jpgNext, the group headed to the Champions Club where brunch and drinks awaited. Sean Marshall paid the group a visit. Sean signed autographs for the group as well as posed for pictures and met the group members.  He sat down with the group for an informal question-and-answer session where he fielded all sorts of questions. Marshall highlighted his experiences in the League, with the Cubs and playing at Wrigley Field (which is his favorite park!) Check out a few of the pictures from the event!


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STL Marshall Photo 2.jpgThe remainder of the series was all positive for Cubs fans as their team took the last two games of the weekend series. On Saturday afternoon, home runs by Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez led the Cubs’ offense. Carlos Zambrano pitched 5.2 innings giving up 2 runs to the Cardinals; the Cubs bullpen finished the game, shutting down the Cardinals offense completely. The Destinations crew was able to see Sean Marshall pitch 1.1 innings of shutout baseball! The Cubs ended the exciting win with a 3-2 final score.

There was more celebrating on Sunday as the Cubs finished the series with a win. The Cubs offense was hot (as was the weather) for this Sunday afternoon showdown. Ryan Dempster picked up his 10th win after pitching 6.2 innings and giving up 2 runs. A sixth run fourth inning gave the Cubs an 8-2 lead early in the game.  Sean Marshall came in to pitch two scoreless outs where he gave up a walk and recorded two strikeouts! The Cardinals mounted a comeback in the ninth inning, scoring 5 runs and making the score 9-7.  The Cubs were able to get out of the inning, avoided the scare and took the series!

Cubs Destinations travelers headed back to the hotel to pack their bags and head home. The series was a success; the Cubs battled against their rivals, winning two of three games, and Destinations fans got the chance to see a new ballpark and city while enjoying a baseball filled weekend vacation!

To learn more about booking your own Cubs Destinations trip or to sign up for our e-mail list for 2011, please visit www.cubs.com/cubsdestinations or send us an e-mail!

San Francisco August 10th – 12th

The Destinations’ crew arrived in chilly San Francisco for the Cubs weekday series against the Giants. Staying in downtown San Francisco at the Marriott Marquis, travelers were located just off Market Street, close to Union Square and many other San Francisco attractions.  The crew layered their Cubs’ gear to stay warm and headed to AT&T Field to watch their team battle the last three games of the four game series.

Tuesday night’s game started of the trip with an exciting win as the Cubs got to the Giants’ young ace, Tim Lincecum, early in the game. Fukudome blasted a two run shot into McCovey Cove, starting the early scoring in the first inning. Ironically, Mike Fontenot provided two needed RBI’s during his pinch hit for the Cubs; Fontenot was traded to the Giants the next day! The Cubs slowly lost their lead as the Giants fought to stay in the game. The Giants posted two runs in the ninth but the Cubs ended the comeback and won the game 8-6.

Destinations’ travelers headed to AT&T Park Wednesday as the sun fought its way through the San Francisco clouds. The tour guide, Tom, led our group around the park and shared his vast knowledge of the Giants and the ballpark. Fans got the opportunity to sit in the Giants’ dugout. Check out a few of the photos below:


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SF Field Photo 2.JPGThe group also visited the press box, luxury suites, as well as walked through the premium seating areas and corridors leading to the clubhouses! Travelers visited the upper deck to get a great view of the bay!


SF Upper Decks.JPGLunch and drinks awaited in the club level as Destinations’ fans got the chance to relax, enjoy the views of the ballpark and chat with other Cubs’ fans. Cubs’ lefty hurler Sean Marshall stopped by to visit with the group. Sean was excited to talk with fans as he signed autographs. Fans congratulated Marshall on his positive pitching performances this season and wished him luck in the future. Fans also got the opportunity to pose for pictures with Sean; check out the photos below:


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SF Marshall Photo.JPGMarshall sat down with fans to field questions as shared insight on his experiences in the league. Fans asked a variety of questions and Marshall was happy to connect with the group. Sean explained how much he loves playing in Chicago and at Wrigley Field; he noted his confidence in the team’s potential and how hopeful he was for the future!


Q&A.jpgThe Destinations crew made their way back to AT&T Park for the final two games of the series.  Unfortunately the Cubs dropped both of the last two games however they only lost by one run each time. The group got to see Marshall pitch a shut-out inning on Thursday as he struck out two batters!

One Destinations fan was celebrating his birthday and got a special message on the video board!


Jake's 12th Birthday.jpgThe close games kept fans enticed until the very end. The Cubs put a good effort into the series but came up short as they lost three of the four games to the Giants. Destinations’ travelers escaped the heat for the week to see their team play in an amazing baseball venue.  San Francisco is a worthwhile destination for adventurous travelers and interested baseball fans alike.  Though the crew didn’t witness a winning series for the Cubs, they were able to cool off, enjoy the San Franciscan sights, attend the VIP events and most importantly, watch some great baseball!

To learn more about booking your own Cubs Destinations trip or to sign up for our e-mail list for 2011, please visit www.cubs.com/cubsdestinations or send us an e-mail!

Denver July 30th – August 1st

The Cubs Destinations crew descended upon Denver this past weekend for a late July series against the Colorado Rockies. Travelers stayed at the Denver Marriott City Center, conveniently located in the heart of Denver, a short walk to Coors Field and local shopping areas. The weather forecast for the weekend was questionable, however Cubs fans stayed optimistic that the rain would not ruin their vacation weekend.

Friday night’s game featured Cubs’ Ryan Dempster taking on the Rockies’ Jeff Francis.  Rockies and Cubs fans alike poured into Coors Field as the ominous clouds surrounded the park, threatening heavy showers. The rain held off; however the Cubs faced a much greater threat as the Rockies broke the game open in the eighth, scoring 12 runs on 13 hits; including 11 hits in a row to break a Major League record.

Trying to forget the loss the night prior, Destinations travelers headed to Coors Field for their ballpark tour and pre-game reception on Saturday.  Tour guides Sharon and Jack led the group around Coors, pulling all of the stops, giving the history of the Rockies franchise and their stadium. The group made their way into the upper decks where you can see the Rocky Mountains and are where seats are literally a mile high (the park has a row of purple seats running around the stadium to mark the exact altitude of 5,280 feet above sea level!)  

 


Field Pic.JPGTravelers headed to the club level and into the premium restaurants. A special visit to the press box marked the last stop on the tour and the group was led to the Outfield Picnic area where lunch and drinks awaited. 

Cubs second baseman Ryan Theriot was scheduled to visit the group to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and field questions, however the Destinations crew was notified mid-tour that Ryan Theriot had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with lefty pitcher Ted Lilly.  Cubs left handed reliever Sean Marshall graciously stepped in to take Theriot’s place. Marshall interacted with group members, chatting with fans as they got their autographs and pictures. During the Q&A session, Marshall got to connect with fans and share his experiences in the big leagues. He told of his top moments, his MLB debut & hitting a home run, both which took place during games on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.  He also shared his more personal approach to the game along with some of his other memorable experiences (including Lou Piniella sending him to play right field for an inning after being pulled from a pitching appearance.) Check out a few of the pictures from the reception below.


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Marshall Photo 2.JPGSaturday’s game provided more excitement than Friday’s, as it came down to the bottom of the ninth to decide a winner. The Cubs trailed the majority of the game but a three run home run by Derrek Lee in the eighth tied the score at five.  Marshall came in to pitch the eighth, holding the Rockies scoreless, and he returned to pitch the ninth.  One the first pitch of the innings, Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez hit a fastball for a walk-off, cycle-completing home run. Though Cubs fans witnessed another exciting and rare baseball moment, it was another heartbreaker for the team.

The Cubs continued to slide in Sunday’s game as the team lost to the final game of the series. In an unsettling event, Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva left the game in the first innings with an abnormal heartbeat. The Cubs’ bullpen shared the game with five relievers getting the ball. The Cubbies were resilient as they put together a late innings comeback scoring 2 runs in the seventh and 1 in the eighth, entering the ninth inning down 8-4.  The Cubs scored 3 more runs in the ninth inning as they nearly tied the game on a Soriano deep fly ball that was robbed by Rockies’ left fielder Dexter Fowler.

Both Saturday and Sunday were exciting games that displayed the never-quit attitude of the Cubs.  Though the team was swept and Destinations fans weren’t able to see the Cubbies win, the weekend was full of exciting baseball and late inning action.  The reception at Coors Field and experience of traveling to Denver with other Cubs fans from across the country was a unique adventure in its own.

To book your own Cubs Destinations trip or to sign up for our e-mail list for 2011, please visit www.cubs.com/cubsdestinations!

Chicago July 23rd-25th

 Cubs Destinations
travelers spent the gorgeous weekend of July 23rd-25th in
Chicago as the rival St. Louis Cardinals rolled into town for a 3 game series
at Wrigley Field. This weekend’s group also stayed in the heart of the
Magnificent Mile at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile.

On Saturday, the Cubs jumped out to an early lead, getting
some big homeruns from young guns Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro. Tom
Gorzelanny pitched 6 solid innings, and the bullpen held on down the stretch to
maintain the lead before Carlos Marmol shut the door for good in the 9th,
capping a 6-5 win for the Cubbies.

After the tour, the group arrived in the Stadium Club for
their VIP luncheon with Ryan Theriot. Ryan took time to give each fan an
autograph and a photo with him.

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Ryan then took part in a candid question and answer session
with the group and clued them in to some of his own thoughts on his play and
other happenings in the league.

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Despite Sunday’s outcome, the Cubs Destination group had a
great time at Wrigley. Not only did the Cubbies win the series, but the group’s
behind -the-scenes access during such a pivotal series was really exciting!

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