How you can play at Yankee Stadium
Today’s Gift Recipient Case Study is the Fan Who Always Wanted To Be A Major Leaguer. And that probably includes everyone here.
Now there is an extraordinary opportunity for that person to do something about it, and the Gift Guru will show you how to let that person live out his or her dreams with a one-of-a-kind holiday present. Do you think that special someone on your list could dig playing at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park next summer? Putting on a Major League uniform in those clubhouses? Being tended to by coaches like Bret Saberhagen, MLB trainers and traveling secretaries? Swinging personalized wooden bats at Monument Park or the Green Monster? And traveling from stadium to stadium on charter jets and buses?
The Guru is not kidding. This is all really possible now. Entries are being accepted for the first Ultimate Experiences East Coast Tour next July 16-22. It costs $11,995, is officially licensed by Major League Baseball, and will let the participant live exactly like a Major Leaguer for a week. Visit the Ultimate Experiences website or phone 1-818-591-1515 for more information or to at least leave a deposit to sign up that special someone. With a maximum of roughly 120 participants per tour, these tour openings will not last long — especially when you consider where you will be playing:
Turner Field in Atlanta
Shea Stadium in New York
Yankee Stadium in New York
Fenway Park in Boston
Yes, they cost a pretty penny to enter, but the clubs don’t exactly give up full use of their stadium for free and you know the price of jet fuel. This is for the fan who wants to live out his or her dream. Just ask Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton, who is a Partner in the California-based Ultimate Experiences venture.
"There are people whose lives are all about responsibilities," Hamilton said. "That’s really what all of our lives are like. But you get to a point where you need to acknowledge this and do something about it for yourself.
"In your daily life, if you said, ‘I’m going to take part of my day and go focus on baseball,’ people would get really mad at you — it would look like you’re not working. But it’s time to pay respect to that part of yourself and have a really great time with something like this.
"I talked to a lot of people who would say, ‘Oh, I used to play guitar in college and never made it.’ They put the guitar away for some reason and never play it. This is an idea for people to get reacquainted with the idea that they really love it. … The idea of being on tour with 100 or 120 other people who feel the same way as you, flying together on jets set up exclusively on tour, it’s really great. When we travel, we charter a small jet that’s big enough just for the band and a few people. You don’t go through the parking garage where the rest of the cattle are going. You get there and you’re on your new plane with all these people who love what you’re loving, and you fly off to a new destination."
The moment the Yankees gave their OK to have The House That Ruth Built included in an Ultimate Experiences tour, the phones started ringing a lot more often at this company’s headquarters in Calabasas. If you want to give yourself this gift or give it to someone else, the Guru suggests acting now. This one is truly an ultimate gift for anyone who wanted to be a Major Leaguer.