The first tour of the summer has come and gone. It was a quick trip to Chicago where we spent all three nights in the same hotel in the suburbs. It was especially memorable because it marked the first time in 12 years that I was able to bring one of my two children with on a tour. My oldest, Paige, is now 8-years old and joined me in seeing her first ball parks not located in Minnesota.
The trip began with our arrival to Schaumburg by 5:00 p.m. and an evening reception at the hotel from 5:30-7:00. Although there were sprinkles on Sunday morning, the weather was fine and the Twins defeated the White Sox behind a solid pitching performance from Kyle Gibson. We had free time at Navy Pier that evening and that is when the sky opened up and rained.
The rain continued into Monday morning (Memorial Day) but the skies cleared just in time for us to watch a well played game between the Cubs and Nationals at Wrigley Field. The Nats won 2-1 and each run came on solo home runs. Long-time traveler, Ed Henkelman, brought his two sons and and oldest grandson on the trip. Together they made up three generations of Cubbie fans.
The tour concluded with a late night, thanks to heavy rain in Minnesota to the point of the Red Sox/Twins game being delayed over an hour.
Next up is a trip to all of the West Coast ball parks starting on Saturday, June 27.