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!

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