As the summer weeks of baseball season march steadily to that first weekend in October, there are only two words on a baseball fan’s mind: pennant races.
Right now, of course, we’re only a third of the way through baseball’s regular season, but excitement is already mounting over which teams will take control of the division and advance to the postseason. Other than the AL Central division, where the Tigers are clearly the dominant team, the other divisions look like they will go down to the wire! And with two wild-card slots up for grabs, it looks like these could be some of the best pennant races in years.
America’s Pastime Tours’ Midwest Tour is the place to be this summer to catch some great action among divisions in both the American and National Leagues. From August 16 to 23, we’ll travel to two of America’s finest baseball cities — St. Louis and Chicago — to catch a total of seven matches. We’ll see three teams of the NL Central division battle it out in their own backyard, including a match pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the Cincinnati Reds.
In Chicago, we’ll also get to see the mighty San Francisco Giants square off with the Chicago Cubs. Although it’s still early in the season, this face-off could be a big one to watch if you’re a Giants fan. Currently they hold a small lead in the NL West division over the Colorado Rockies, but if you take any stock in sabermetrics, Baseball Prospectus now puts the L.A. Dodgers in close contention for their division title as well. “The Friendly Confines” haven’t helped the Cubs so far this season, so two matches against an underperforming Cubs could help the Giants in their quest for the NL West crown. As I said, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
We also see the White Sox take on the Orioles at U.S Cellular Field. I’m sure the Orioles will be in the thick of things in the AL East, especially if Chris Davis stays hot, while the Sox have one of the most exciting young players in the game, José Abreu, who looks like will run away with the AL Rookie of the Year!
As with all of our trips this baseball season, the Midwest Tour offers so much more than baseball. Chicago and St. Louis both boast world-class restaurants, sightseeing opportunities, and lively nightlife, all of which are included on this luxury trip. Want to know more? As your America’s Pastime Tour guide, I’m just a click away! Hit the “Ask Charlie” button at the bottom of this page to send me any and all inquiries about our fantastic baseball vacations.
Day 1 — Saturday, August 16: Padres vs. Cardinals
Day 2 — Sunday, August 17: Padres vs. Cardinals
Day 3 — Monday, August 18: Reds vs. Cardinals
Day 4 — Tuesday, August 19: Orioles vs. White Sox
Day 5 — Wednesday, August 20: Giants vs. Cubs
Day 6 — Thursday, August 21: Giants vs. Cubs
Day 7 — Friday, August 22: Orioles vs. Cubs
Day 8 — Saturday, August 23: Transportation to Airport