The Perfect Way to Enjoy Our National Pastime—A Charter Bus Rental
It’s officially spring, and for millions of fans in North America, that means one thing—opening day is just around the corner!! Peanuts and Cracker Jack®, an ice-cold beer and the crack of the bat—it just doesn’t get much better than that, unless it’s enjoying the action with a group of friends or family. For true fans, there’s little that compares to opening day…it’s a sure sign that winter’s over and that all is right with the world. This year, for the first time in half a century, it will be a true opening day, as all 30 teams kick off the 2018 season on the same day—March 29. And if that seems like an early start to the season, it is—in fact, it’s the earliest opening day in the Major League history.
Whether you’re hoping to catch the Astros as they open their defense of their first World Series title, rooting for the Cubbies to bounce back to their 2016 form, or you’re a die-hard Tigers fan looking for a turnaround of a historic franchise, you don’t want your trip to the ballpark to be work. You don’t want to fight thousands of other fans for a parking space, battle traffic around the stadium or worry about getting lost on the way. There’s a better way to catch every pitch—on a charter bus from BusRental.com. We’ll get you there long before the first pitch and we’ll be close by to pick you up when the game’s over.
Opening Day 2018—A Replay of 2017?
Though there have been some significant changes in Major League Baseball since the Astros clinched their first World Series last November, most experts are predicting a rewind from last season—a Houston-Los Angeles matchup in the fall classic. The Astros won 101 games during the regular season, and may be primed to top that number, with many of their players just starting to hit their prime. Second basement Jose Altuve, last year’s AL MVP, is just 28 and Carlos Correa, who hit .315 with 24 dingers last year, is just 23. Last year’s pitching staff was strong, with Dallas Keuchel, Brad Peacock and Charlie Morton starting and Ken Giles as the closer. This year, though, they’ll have future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander for the entire season. After a late season trade from the cellar-dwelling Tigers last year, Verlander won five games without a loss and posted a 1.06 ERA.
Look for the Dodgers to be the cream of the crop in the National League again. The Boys in Blue actually had the best record in the big leagues last year and have the potential to match that achievement. Long-time fan favorite Matt Kemp returned to Dodger Blue last December, which should bolster the team’s offense. LA has added Scott Alexander and Tom Koehler to a pitching staff that featured Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood and closing ace Kenley Jansen. If prospects Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo can have an impact, the Dodgers should seriously compete for a World Series ring again.
Long-suffering Cleveland Indians fans have reason to be optimistic, though, about the team’s chances again this year. The Tribe hasn’t won a world title since 1948, the longest drought in the major leagues. With only one other team in their division posting a winning record last year, many expect the Indians to coast to the Divisional title, with a chance at the best record in the league. Cleveland returns its entire starting rotation, the best in the majors last year and one of the tops in major league history, with two 18 game winners and a 17 game winner, and MLB leading strikeout and walk ratios.
The Chicago Cubs, who ended the then-longest World Series drought in 2016, have been making off-field moves to try to return to the World Series in 2018. They’ve added starter Tyler Chatwood from Colorado and beefed up their bullpen with Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek, but they’ll need 2016 ace Jon Lester to return to form to meaningfully compete.
Other teams with the potential to go the distance in 2018 include:
- Washington—The Nationals have back-to-back Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, as well as Stephen Strasburg, to anchor their starting rotation. If Bryce Harper hadn’t hurt his knee last August, he might have garnered his second MVP and Washington might held off the Cubs in last year’s playoffs and given LA a serious challenge. Manager Dusty Baker won the NL East in both his seasons with the Nationals, but did not have his contract renewed after the team failed to advance in the playoffs last fall.
- New York Yankees—The Bronx Bombers took the ALCS to seven games last year before losing to the Astros. Like Houston, the Yankees have a lot of young talent just starting to mature. Tandem Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge looked like Maris and Mantle last year, with 59 and 52 round-trippers respectively. Shortstop Gleyber Torres was ranked the prospect in Major League Baseball by MLB.com after last year’s season, but he’s coming off of a torn ulnar collateral ligament suffered in a head-first slide into home plate last June. If Torres and left fielder Clint Frazier can live up to their potential, and the Yankees can get some pitching, they have the talent to win it all.
- Arizona Diamondbacks—A bit of a long shot, the D’Backs have a lot of talent, but a lot of questions, too. If starters Robbie Ray and Zack Godley can match or improve on their 2017 seasons, Arizona can field one of the best starting staffs in the majors and can compete with anyone.
We Have the Right Coach for You
Whether you’re headed to a game with a few of your best buds or with a whole passel of people, we can accommodate all your needs. For groups of up to 12 people, our Executive Sprinter Van fills the bill, with comfortable seating and plenty of room for souvenirs. If you’re traveling with a mid-sized group, our mini-buses hold 24 to 35 people, and many come with a wide array of modern amenities. But don’t worry if you want to bring lots of fans—our largest buses seat up to 57 and multiple bus rentals are always an option. In addition, if you want to turn your trip into non-stop fun, we offer party buses, with wet bars, dance floors and high-end stereo setups.
The Many Advantages of Traveling by Charter Bus
When you’re headed to the ballpark with a group of people, there’s no better way to get there and back than on a charter bus:
- A charter bus is the safest way to travel—Our drivers are the best in the world, with extensive and regular training to prepare them for any contingency. In addition, because there’s only one way on and off our coaches, you’ll only have members of your team on your bus—no visitors—and you and your personal items will always be secure.
- Charter buses are the most reliable way to travel—Our coaches are meticulously maintained, so mechanical problems are virtually unheard of. We have extensive resources to help us address any potential roadway problems, so that we can get you where you want to be when you want to be there. Delays or cancellations?—Not with a charter bus!
- You get to punch out when the trip starts!!—Charter bus travel is, without question, the most stress-free, undemanding way to travel. You won’t have to look at a map or GPS. You won’t have to worry about making or missing a connection. You won’t have to worry about luggage or personal items getting lost. There’s no TSA line, so you won’t have to take your shoes off, unless it’s just to put your feet up and relax. When you travel by charter bus, you turn all the details over to us, so that you can fully enjoy your time with friends and family.
- You’ll have room (and the freedom) to move about—All our coaches have plush seats and roomy aisles, so you’ll never feel crammed into a tiny space. It’s also easy to move up and down the aisle, and you’ll won’t have to stay in buckled in your seat for the whole trip.
- There’s no “bus mode” for your phone—You won’t have to turn any of your devices off. In fact, most of our coaches have Wifi, as well as USB ports and charging stations. You can stay in touch with friends and family at all times.
- It’s the most affordable way to travel—A charter bus is the most cost-effective way to get from here to there and back.
- Charter bus travel is also earth-friendly—When you bring a group of people together to travel to a game on a bus, you reduce your carbon footprint.
Book a Charter Bus Ski Trip from BusRental.com Today
The largest charter bus broker in the nation, US Coachways has been an industry leader and innovator for more than 30 years, providing quality coaches to more than 35,000 events every year. To learn more about your options or to get a quote, call 1-888-502-3458 to talk to one of our experienced agents.