Wow! All I have to say is amazing! It was an unbelievable vacation! If you haven't been following this blog, I was part of the AAA/Cubs/Universal trip! Players like Aramis Ramirez, Giovanni Soto, Mark DeRosa, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Gary Mathews, Lee Smith, and Jodi Davis. There is so much to share about the trip. My husband is a HUGE Cubs fan and we would have never guessed how approachable and friendly the players were. It was literally like we were on vacation with the Cubs! From the first day at the breakfast and autograph session we got to meet every player there and they were absolutely perfect with my three boys (I'm including my husband).
Monday, December 15, 2008
The next day we took a bus ride to Jackie Robinson ball park in Daytona--where on the bus Jodi Davis and Gary Matthews sat with the group and commented as we watched the 84 Playoffs (Game 1 where they won). Gary Matthews even did a little dance when they showed him hitting a home run in the first inning. When we got to the field, there were five baseball stations where the players taught the group different tips on the game. For example, Bill Williams taught you how to swing and watched you take a couple of swings in the cage, while Giovanni Soto taught you how to throw form the mound and Aramis Ramirez hit ground balls to everyone after he gave a few tips on how to field the hot corner.
The event ended with a special "Fear Factor Live" session where some of the group participants went up against the players. One fan actually beat Aramis in the finals! Then after that there was a reception/party with the players and a band and the players went from table to table and chatted with all the guests. The players brought there families and you really were able to get to know them and they were very friendly. The trip was way beyond our expectations! For my little 5 year old (who was so shy), the players were so accommodating. Mark DeRosa and Geo Soto somehow got him to take take a picture with them and Aramis was able to get him to spell his name as he signed his brand new Ramirez jersey-which my husband says will now be framed and never worn!
That's what my husband loved about the trip. My little boys say there favorite part was meeting Scooby Doo and Spiderman! Go figure! They really did have a great time meeting all the characters and going on the rides. The Dr. Seuss area was a blast. My 22 month old got to ride on the train there this year and he was bursting with excitement about that. It was so cute! And the four star hotel were we stayed--I have never stayed anywhere so nice. It was fabulous!
Thanks to AAA for a great event! I hope they do it again next year!
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