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Alexander Cartwright
Baseball tours are a hit with fans
Baseball tours are a hit with fans

"Road trip!" The phrase tugs at the heartstrings of all dedicated baseball fans. It ignites a desire to see the home nine do battle on rival turf or, at the very least, a chance to check out other stadiums and confirm what they already know ("It was OK ... but our ballpark is better"). As major league baseball gears up for season openers — on Thursday the Dodgers host their eternal rivals the San Francisco Giants, while the Angels are in Kansas City against the Royals — the lure of the road beckons anew. This wanderlust has generated a cottage industry of organized tours, as motor coaches ply the highways in a hardball variation of "If It's...