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...