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A Blast to the Past: Reviving Classic Sports Travel and Tours
Trips of 1996
HATFIELD, Massachusetts—As Sports Travel and Tours began to plan its 20th anniversary celebrations six months ago, President Jay Smith thought it would be great to take travelers back to the year 1996, when the firm was created. As a result, travelers can experience a bit of a blast to the past with this year’s East Coast baseball road trips, created for 2016 based on the trips that were offered 20 years ago.
“Any of our East Coast trips this year mimic the trips of 1996,” said Smith, noting some of the founding year’s most popular destinations—including Boston, Massachusetts; Cooperstown, New York; New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. —have been reincorporated and revitalized.
The East Coast Classic trip, as the name implies, is a prime example, featuring stops in all the aforementioned cities with the exception of Cooperstown.
The trip begins in Boston with a city tour and a tour of historic Fenway Park, where travelers will get to watch a game between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees, easily one of the most talked about and debated rivalries in baseball for New Englanders.
Moving on to New York, travelers will experience another city tour, a tour of Yankee Stadium and two games: the Arizona Diamondbacks versus the New York Mets at Citi Field, and the Tampa Bay Rays versus the Yankees.
Moving south to Philadelphia brings a match-up between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park, along with a stop to see the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center.
Following a city tour and an Atlanta Braves versus Washington Nationals game in Washington D.C., the trip concludes in Baltimore, where travelers can experience a tour of Camden Yards, visit the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, and watch the Red Sox play against the Baltimore Orioles.
To add another long-lasting element, many of the East Coast trips, including the East Coast Classic, features an “Ump’s Eye View: An Inside Look Into Big League Baseball,” a presentation and Q&A session with retired major league umpire Al Clark.
While this route is commemorative of the East Coast Classic trip of 20 years ago, Smith clarified that a lot certainly has changed in two decades.
“Both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field are new parks from the ones there in 1996, as well as Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia,” he said. “One of the final games in the trip is the Atlanta Braves versus the Washington Nationals; the Nationals were formerly the Montreal Expos before they moved the team to Washington.”
Because of the natural evolution of America’s pastime and the landmarks associated with it, even those who ventured on an East Coast trip in 1996 can rest assured there will be something new to marvel over, as well as fond memories to recollect.
Learn more about any of our East Coast baseball trips.