Royalty Tours USA

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Royalty is hitting the road again to Canada & Upstate New York at the end of October!

Here's the game plan:

I'm renting a car from Avis on Thursday morning for the weekend.

I'll be driving up North of the Border to Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, & through different parts of New York State to see NHL hockey, a Canadian Football League game, college football & AHL hockey before returning to NYC late Saturday night/Sunday morning. My pal Mike Carroll aka Sabre Mike as we call him is joining me. He asked me if I would take him again to see his favorite team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats play. I told him I would. They happen to be playing in Ottawa. When the NHL schedule came out, he saw the Montreal Canadiens were home the night before. He has always wanted to go there as well so I arranged to add that to the mix. I was planning to skip seeing the World Series again that weekend. I'm counting on the fact that it will be too far away & too pricey for me to attend. We shall wait & see what happens. If the Yankees get in, I'll probably cut the trip short so I can go to games 4 & 5. His birthday is on November 12th so we'll be celebrating a little earlier again this year.             

Thursday October 26th Kings at Canadiens 7:30PM

Friday October 27th Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ottawa Redblacks 7PM

Saturday October 28th Bucknell Bison at Colgate Raiders 1PM

                                       Springfield Falcons at Binghamton Devils 7:05PM
           
If you're interested in going on this exclusive getaway royalty style just let me know so I can arrange to have you join Mike & I.

It's going to be a blast so why not come for a "royal" ride.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, October 16, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 10/16

Here's the game plan:

Monday October 16th Astros at Yankees 8:09PM ALCS Game 3               

Tuesday October 17th Astros at Yankees 5:08PM ALCS Game 4

Wednesday October 18th Astros at Yankees 5:08PM ALCS Game 5
                                    
Friday October 20th Magic at Nets 7:30PM Home Opener

Saturday October 21st North Texas Mean Green at Florida Atlantic Owls 5PM
                   
Sunday October 22nd Jets at Dolphins 1PM

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Royalty is heading to South Florida the third weekend in October!

Here's the game plan:

I'm flying to Fort Lauderdale on Jet Blue Airlines. I leave New York LaGuardia Airport on Saturday, October 21st at 9:30AM Eastern Time, I arrive at 12:42PM if I'm not delayed for any reason. Upon arrival, I'm renting a car from Budget Rent A Car for the weekend. I plan to see some football & visit some relatives while I'm there including my Cousin Andy who has been living there since at the end of May. Looking forward to seeing him again. I fly back home Monday morning. My flight departs Fort Lauderdale at 6AM. I'm scheduled to land at 8:51AM at LaGuardia Airport if all goes according to plan.    
   
Saturday October 21st North Texas Mean Green at Florida Atlantic Owls 5PM
                   
Sunday October 22nd Jets at Dolphins 1PM

If you're interested in going on this exclusive getaway royalty style just let me know so I can arrange to have you join me. If you live in the area and/or happen to be there that weekend & you want to meet up let me know. As I like to say, teamwork makes the dream work. 

It's going to be a blast so why not come for a "royal" ride.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, October 9, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 10/9

Here's the game plan:

Monday October 9th Indians at Yankees 7:09PM ALDS Game 4               

Saturday October 14th Penn Quakers at Columbia Lions 1:30PM

                                       FC Edmonton at Cosmos 7PM

Sunday October 15th Patriots at Jets 1PM

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, October 2, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 10/2

Here's the game plan:

Tuesday October 3rd Twins at Yankees 8:10PM AL Wild Card               

Saturday October 7th Cubs at Nationals 5:39PM NLDS Game 2

Sunday October 8th Chargers at Giants 1PM

                                   Indians at Yankees 7:39PM ALDS Game 3

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, September 25, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 9/25

Here's the game plan:

Monday September 25th Braves at Mets 4:10PM Doubleheader

Tuesday September 26th Braves at Mets 7:10PM

Wednesday September 27th Braves at Mets 7:10PM

Thursday September 28th Rays at Yankees 7:05PM                         

Saturday September 30th Blue Jays at Yankees 1:05PM

                                            Mets at Phillies 7:05PM

Sunday October 1st Jaguars at Jets 1PM

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 9/18

Here's the game plan:

Monday September 18th Twins at Yankees 7:05PM

Tuesday September 19th Twins at Yankees 7:05PM

Wednesday September 20th San Francisco Deltas at Cosmos 7:30PM

Thursday September 21st Dodgers at Phillies 1:05PM                                

                                            Rays at Orioles 7:05PM

Friday September 22nd Nationals at Mets 7:10PM

Saturday September 23rd Georgetown Hoyas at Columbia Lions 1PM

                                            Nationals at Mets 7:10PM

Sunday September 24th Dolphins at Jets 1PM Home Opener

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2018 MLB Schedule

Please see the link below for all the details.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/253826800/2018-major-league-baseball-schedule-released/

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/index.jsp?src=main#date=03/29/2018

If and when you need my expertise in planning your 2018 baseball road trips please feel free to contact me.

I plan to dissect the schedule to put together the most creative trip plans that the schedule allows.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, September 11, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 9/11

Here's the game plan:

Monday September 11th Yankees at Rays at Citi Field 7:10PM

Tuesday September 12th Yankees at Rays at Citi Field 7:10PM

Thursday September 14th Orioles at Yankees 7:05PM

Friday September 15th Mets at Braves 7:35PM

Saturday September 16th Samford Bulldogs at Georgia Bulldogs 7:30PM
                   
Sunday September 17th Mets at Braves 1:35PM

                                 Packers at Falcons 8:30PM 1st Regular Season Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Royalty is returning to Atlanta in the middle of September!


Mercedes-Benz Stadium - New Home of the Atlanta Falcons
Here's the game plan:

I'm flying to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport on Southwest Airlines. I leave New York LaGuardia Airport on Friday, September 15th at 10AM Eastern Time, I arrive in Atlanta at 12:40PM if I'm not delayed for any reason. Upon arrival, I'm renting a car from Alamo for the weekend. I plan to see some baseball & football while I'm there. I fly back home Monday morning. My flight departs Atlanta at 8:55AM. I'm scheduled to land at 11:05AM at LaGuardia Airport if all goes according to plan.    
   
Friday September 15th Mets at Braves 7:35PM

Saturday September 16th Samford Bulldogs at Georgia Bulldogs 7:30PM
                   
Sunday September 17th Mets at Braves 1:35PM

                                 Packers at Falcons 8:30PM 1st Regular Season Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

If you're interested in going on this exclusive getaway royalty style just let me know so I can arrange to have you join me. If you live in the area and/or happen to be there that weekend & you want to meet up let me know. As I like to say, teamwork makes the dream work. 

It's going to be a blast so why not come for a "royal" ride.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 9/4

Here's the game plan:

Monday September 4th Phillies at Mets 1:10PM

Tuesday September 5th Phillies at Mets 7:10PM

Wednesday September 6th Phillies at Mets 7:10PM

Thursday September 7th Reds at Mets 7:10PM                                

Friday September 8th Reds at Mets 7:10PM

Saturday September 9th Reds at Mets 7:10PM

Sunday September 10th Reds at Mets 1:10PM

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Royalty goes to Cincinnati, Ohio for the MLB Ballpark Pass-port Stampede!

Special Passport Stamp created by Stampeder Jeff Fiesta
A few months before the baseball season started, the founder of MLB Ballpark Pass-Port Program, Tim Parks decided that he was going to have his annual group meet up known as the Stampede at Great American Ballpark on August 5th free of charge as long as you had a Pass-Port book of some kind. Last year he held his inaugural one in July. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend. This time I was determined to make every effort to do so. Despite the fact the Mets were hosting the Dodgers at Citi Field that weekend, I decided I'll hit the road instead. Without Tim's brilliant idea, this wonderful group of people wouldn't even exist.

At the end of April, I went ahead & I made a reservation for a car rental. I also booked a few hotels in anticipation of the big weekend getaway. Three months later, the time finally arrived. After seeing a bunch of people from the group in Dayton, Ohio the night before I got to see three times as many in the Queen City of Cincinnati. I wound up parking the car I rented in downtown in a parking lot for the day around 11:30AM. I proceeded to walk over to Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds where we had a day full of different events planned out for us.

Before I could even check in, I was approached by a gentleman named Jamison Speidel, who lives in the Columbus, Ohio area in a suburb called Pickerington. Back in June, he messaged me on Facebook. He asked me if I would be willing to back stamp his big Passport book from Yankee Stadium. He went there back on July 18, 2014 with his family. I told him it's not a problem. He wound up mailing me the page along with a picture of him & his family in their seats along with a copy of a ticket stub. Once I did the stamp for him, I sent him a picture of it. He was so grateful & appreciative. He told me he was going to talk to Tim Parks about getting me a gift for doing this for him. I didn't think nothing of it. I do things out of the goodness of my heart because that's truly who I am.

Jamison Speidel & I at the Stampede

When we finally met, I gave him back the page with the stamp. He gave me a little brown bag to show his deep appreciation for what I did for him. Before I opened it up, I thanked him. It wound up being a personalized stamp that said my name along the top of the circle with the date AUG 05 17 in the middle & my group nickname Stamp Champ along the bottom of the circle. He also got me a blue ink pad since he knows I like the Mets. Ironically I was given that moniker by fellow Stampeder Matt Angeli when we met up at Yankee Stadium back on June 5, 2015. I was caught off guard. I'm just an every day person who works hard. When I master a task, I just keep repeating the process to make myself even better at it. I always remember the saying, practice makes perfect which I learned in elementary school way back in the day.

After I finally got to check in, I got my name tag. I then had a line of people ask me to stamp their books with my new stamp. I gladly accommodated them all. When I got done, I proceeded to partake in the day's events.

My MLB Ballpark Stampede Validations

First up was the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. I got a special stamp from there then I walked around with my pal David Rothenberg aka Swag Man who decided to also pass up seeing the Mets at Citi Field that weekend. He left earlier in the week so he could finally get to some new ballparks he wanted to see. After we walked around & went down memory lane remembering the great history of the Reds franchise that goes all the way back to 1876, David & I as well as a number of others went outside to the batting cage to take some swings. I was all excited as I anxiously waited my turn to bat. When I finally stepped into the batter's box, I embarrassed myself sorry to say. After doing so, I said to myself, I better stick to stamping instead.

Group Photo on Field at GABP
Group Photo in Visitor's Dugout at GABP
After we finished, we wound up joining the tour of Great American Ballpark which started without us. We were having too much fun in the batting cage. Once we got in with the group we got to go up to the press box which is the best view in most ballparks. That's where the media who cover the game sit. They do keep the windows open there & occasionally foul balls fly in we were told so they have to keep their eyes on their work as well as the ball. After we spent some time in there, we went downstairs where we got to see the Scout Club which is a lounge area for the media as well those people who can afford to enjoy a game in style. After passing through, we continued the tour by getting the opportunity to go on the playing field behind the home plate area. We also got to sit inside the visitor's dugout which is located on the third base side. It was a cool experience seeing what actually goes on behind the scenes. When we got done, we went back into the seating area on the first level & we took a group photo.

Group Photo in the Stands at GABP

Shortly thereafter, we went back into the Scout Club again where we gathered for a question & answer session with former Reds pitchers Tom Browning & Bill Bray along with the Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini who handles the business operations for the Reds organization. Before the session started, I walked around the area. I went over to as many people in the group as I could so I could introduce myself. It was great to put a face to a name. Some people came with other family members which made it such a special occasion for those particular people. After all, this Pass-Port Program was designed to share memories from generation to generation. Once I finished acknowledging those I was fortunate to see, I sat down & I enjoyed the festivities. I really loved listening to Tom Browning talk about the day he decided to walk over to the roof tops across the street from Wrigley Field in his uniform to spend a few innings with the people who were sitting there that particular day. I also liked that he said he had fond memories of when the Reds came to Shea Stadium to play the Mets. As for Bill Bray, injuries cut his baseball career short but now he's in the process of going to Law school & he said he graduates in 13 months. That's quite an achievement. I wish him all the best in his future.

Me & Fellow Stampeder Wayne McBrayer

Once the question & answer session ended, we were given the option of watching the Reds take batting practice down by their dugout on the first base side or we could have left the ballpark to get something to eat outside then return. I decided to stay inside. By doing so, I was able to meet & greet more people I missed in the Scout Club. I also had people sign my Game Day Passport book which has room for autographs. After spending some time with these people, I went up to the concourse & I got my passport book stamped at guest services. I then walked down to the team store with some other people in the group.

Since I was starving, I decided to go to the upper deck by section 428 where I was able to buy the All You Can Eat Food deal they had for $20. It consisted of five hot dogs along with unlimited pop, soda if you will, peanuts, popcorn & potato chips. I wound up eating three hot dogs, some peanuts, popcorn & I had a cup of pop. When I had enough for myself, I decided to share with others in the group. I proceeded to get two more hot dogs I was entitled to as well as peanuts, popcorn & countless bags of Lay's potato chips. After all, you can't just have one as they say. I managed to squeeze whatever I could into my bag & I proceeded to go back downstairs to section 111 row Y where my seat was located in short left field. Before I went to my seat, I saw fellow Stampeder Matt Luca who was in the handicapped area in his wheelchair with his Dad, David. I asked them if they were hungry. They said they were so I gave them the hot dogs I had along with some peanuts, popcorn & potato chips. When I got down to my seat, I wound up sitting with fellow Stampeder Kim Clift who I got to meet & greet earlier during the ballpark tour. She was a real sweetheart & I really enjoyed her company. I got settled in & I got my score book  ready for the game to start between the Reds & the St. Louis Cardinals. After I did that, I offered whoever was sitting around me some peanuts, popcorn or potato chips. It was hilarious as I started throwing bags of chips all over the place. It wound up being such a good time.

Me & Stampeder Kim Clift

As for the game we saw, the Reds took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when first baseman Joey Votto hit a solo home run. In the top of the third inning, the Cardinals went ahead when their rookie shortstop Paul DeJong hit a two run homer to give the Redbirds 2-1 lead. They tacked on a few more runs in the seventh inning as they went on to beat the Reds, 4-1.

Ballpark Stampeders
Ballpark Stampeders
After the game, I said goodbye to those who were sitting around me. When I got up to the concourse I saw a number of others from the group hanging around. We wound up taking a few pictures together before we parted ways for the night.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman                                         

                                         

Monday, August 28, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 8/28

Here's the game plan:

Monday August 28th Indians at Yankees 7:05PM

Tuesday August 29th Indians at Yankees 7:05PM

Thursday August 31st Red Sox at Yankees 7:05PM

Friday September 1st Braves at Cubs 1:20PM Central Time

                                     Rays at White Sox 7:10PM Central Time
                              
Saturday September 2nd Royals at Twins 6:10PM Central Time
                                                
Sunday September 3rd Nationals at Brewers 1:10PM Central Time

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Friday, August 25, 2017

Royalty meets up with other Stampeders in Dayton, Ohio!

Early in the baseball season, Tim Parks, the founder of the MLB Ballpark Pass-Port Program, told Sandy Helton Smith & Erica Reniff in our Facebook group that if they can round up 25 people he would buy a block of tickets for a Dayton Dragon game. I decided to be one of the ones who would be interested in his creative idea. Due to overwhelming demand, they wound up getting 54 people who wanted to go. There was even more than that but those people had to be turned away.

That game took place on August 4th when the Dragons were hosting the Great Lakes Loons, the Los Angeles Dodgers Single A farm team. I drove there with my pal & fellow Stampeder Paul Sanders. We were followed by his brother Greg & his nephew Alex who put us up for the day. After arriving at 6:30AM that morning. We slept until 1PM. We get cleaned up & we drove 180 miles to downtown Dayton. Greg mapped out the best route from his house in Belpre, Ohio with the GPS on his phone. We left there at 2:15PM & we arrived in Dayton at 5:30PM.

We parked our cars in a lot up the block from Fifth Third Field, which is the home of the Dayton Dragons, the Single A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in the Midwest League. It was my third time going to that ballpark which I consider one of the very best in all of minor league baseball. They always sell out their games. I haven't been there in a long time so it was nice to revisit again.

Brixx Ice Co. in Dayton, Ohio










Brixx Ice Co. Menu
Before we went over to the ballpark, we stopped off to have a pre game meal right across the street at the Brixx Ice Co. which is located on the corner of Sears Street & First Street. Thanks to Sandy Helton Smith who recommended this place. I looked at their menu online. It was extensive & it also catered to children 10 & younger. I told her it was a brilliant idea. With that being said, we posted the details in the Facebook group. A good number of people gave their approval & we arranged to all meet up there. Since we arrived after many others were there already, I didn't get to take a head count of how many actually showed up. It was a great way to start the mini Stampede if you will. I got to see some familiar faces & I also got to meet some people I only knew online. The best part was when my pal David Rothenberg aka Swag man went out to his car & he came back with a gigantic bag full of goodies.

Here are some of the Stampeders that joined us at Brixx Ice Co.
Since I didn't get to eat anything all day, I decided that I was going make up for it by having three meals in one if you will. With that being said, I decided to order the Brixx Giant Bacon Cheeseburger. See the picture for all the details. Mind you I wasn't trying to show any one how much I could eat. I was hungry & I wanted to indulge. Some people had finished eating & they wanted to get into the ballpark so they had left. However, some others stayed including the Cantus, Cindy & David who I met in June when they visited NYC from Corpus Christi, Texas & they watched to see if indeed I was able to finish my burger. Needless to say, I sure did. I hate to waste food.

Brixx Giant Bacon Cheeseburger
My Brixx Giant Bacon Cheeseburger with Broccoli
Me eating my Brixx Giant Bacon Cheeseburger
After I finally got done, I walked over to the ballpark where I got to meet up with Tim Parks & others who gave us our tickets for the game. We proceeded to go inside. Before going to our seats, a group of us stopped off at the team store to get our stamp on. After doing so, I proceeded to duck in behind home plate on the lower level to see the game's first pitch. After doing so, I went to my seat in section 206 where I got to see many people from the group. I settled in & we all enjoyed the game together.

Stampeders Outside Fifth Third Field - Home of the Dayton Dragons
First Pitch at Fifth Third Field
Jose Siri of Dayton Dragons
David Rothenberg, Cindy, David Cantu & I in section 206
As for the game we saw, the Dragons lost to the Loons, 4-2. The highlight of the game was in the bottom of the eighth inning when Jose Siri batted for the last time with his league record 39 game hitting streak on the line. He was held hit less in his first three at bats. Relief pitcher Ryan Moseley of the Loons was working his second inning. His first pitch went behind Siri who took exception to it by staring him down. Siri eventually wound up getting a walk. On his way to first base, the benches emptied. Luckily cooler heads prevailed as no punches were thrown. Once play resumed, Siri stole second base & he went to third on a throwing error. He wound up scoring on a wild pitch. Unfortunately, Siri didn't come to bat again so his hitting streak came to an end. In that regard, we saw history.

Post game Stampeder Group Picture in section 206
Afterwards we said our good byes to each other. Many of us were going to continue the weekend in Cincinnati that Saturday. Stay tuned for a recap of how that day turned out in the Queen City.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman                                              

Monday, August 21, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 8/21

Here's the game plan:

Monday August 21st Diamondbacks at Mets 7:10PM

Tuesday August 22nd Diamondbacks at Mets 7:10PM

Wednesday August 23rd Diamondbacks at Mets 7:10PM

Friday August 25th Mariners at Yankees 7:05PM                                

Saturday August 26th Mariners at Yankees 1:05PM

                                      Cubs at Phillies 7:05PM

Sunday August 27th Mariners at Yankees 1:05PM

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Royalty is going to Chicago, Minneapolis & Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend!


2016 World Series Champions - Chicago Cubs
Here's the game plan:

The King, David Rothenberg aka Swag Man & I are flying to Chicago O'Hare Airport on American Airlines. We leave New York LaGuardia Airport on Friday, September 1st at 7:30AM Eastern Time, we arrive in Chicagoland at 9:09AM Central Time if we're not delayed for any reason. Upon arrival, I'm renting a car from Budget Rent A Car for the weekend. We'll be staying in Chicago for the day. After the doubleheader of baseball we have, we'll be driving towards the Twin Cities so we can be closer. I prefer to avoid any construction delays if possible. After the game in Minneapolis, we're driving to Madison, Wisconsin to spend the night before we continue on to Milwaukee Sunday. After the game there, we'll return to the Second City. We fly back home Sunday night. Our flight departs Chicago O'Hare Airport at 8:30PM Central Time. We're scheduled to land at 11:36PM Eastern Time at LaGuardia Airport if all goes well.    

Friday September 1st Braves at Cubs 1:20PM Central Time

                                     Rays at White Sox 7:10PM Central Time
                              
Saturday September 2nd Royals at Twins 6:10PM Central Time
                                                
Sunday September 3rd Nationals at Brewers 1:10PM Central Time

If you're interested in going or meeting up with us on this exclusive getaway royalty style just let me know so I can arrange to have you join us. We will be meeting some very special guests along the way which will only enhance the experience.  

It's going to be a blast so why not come for a "royal" ride.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017-2018 NBA Schedule

To all my readers and followers,

The 2017-2018 NBA schedule has been released:

Please see the link below for all the details:

http://www.nba.com/article/2017/08/14/complete-nba-schedule-early-start-recovery-time

If you need any assistance don't hesitate to ask or consult me that's why this blog is here.

If I can make a difference in your life I will, all I ask for is a fair opportunity to do so.

Stay tuned for my upcoming basketball road trips as well as other creative ones that others may be interested in taking.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, August 14, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 8/14

Here's the game plan:

Monday August 14th Mets at Yankees 7:05PM

Tuesday August 15th Mets at Yankees 7:05PM

Wednesday August 16th Yankees at Mets 7:10PM

Thursday August 17th Yankees at Mets 7:10PM

Friday August 18th Marlins at Mets 7:10PM                                

Saturday August 19th Marlins at Mets 7:10PM

Sunday August 20th Marlins at Mets 1:10PM

                                   New England Revolution at NYCFC 6PM

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Friday, August 11, 2017

Royalty goes to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore for annual visit!

Toyota Corolla
On Thursday morning, August 3rd, I took public transportation to go out to New Hyde Park which is just into Nassau County on Long Island. That's where the local Avis location is that I like to rent from when I get a great deal. I wound up getting a Toyota Corolla for five days. After I got the car, I proceeded to go back home to pick up my bags so I could finally hit the road again. After doing so, I met up with my pal who we affectionately call the King. He was visiting his mother before he went away for the day. After I picked him up, I drove to Staten Island so I could pick up fellow Stampeder & friend of mine, Paul Sanders. Quite amazingly, he finally got to meet the King for the very first time. I arrived at his house at 1:15PM. He got in & we proceeded to drive down to Baltimore, Maryland. We arrived in the neighborhood of Canton-Fells Point at 4:45PM. We wound up having dinner at Looney's Pub which has been a royal tradition thanks to our friend, Peter Agnew who lives a few blocks away from there. We all enjoyed our pre game meal before we headed over to Oriole Park at Camden Yards which as far as I'm concerned is the best of the modern retro ballparks. As for me, I had their grilled stuffed salmon which came with broccoli & I was able to substitute red skin bliss potatoes for the salad which is what it normally comes with it as you can see. It was delicious. After we finished eating, I drove us all there. I want to personally thank Peter for getting us the tickets & a parking pass which came in handy. As I like to say, teamwork makes the dream work.
Looney's Pub
Peter Agnew, The King, Me & Paul Sanders
Grilled Stuffed Salmon with broccoli & red skin bliss potatoes
Since Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened up in 1992, I've been fortunate to say I've seen at least one Oriole game there every year. It's been a difficult task the last few years for me to maintain that distinction. This season was no different. After exhausting all my options, I decided that August 3rd would be my best chance to extend the streak & keep my annual tradition in tact. The only thing that could prevent me from doing so was mother nature. She tried her very best to put a damper on my plan. Thankfully despite a few rain delays combining for an hour & 42 minutes worth of wasted time, the Orioles were able to get their game against the Detroit Tigers in. The Orioles fell behind 7-0 early. They fought back but their comeback came up short as the game ended just past midnight. Not what I had I mind with a long drive awaiting me. After the game, the King took a Greyhound bus back home & I wound up driving our friend Peter home. Thankfully he only lives a few miles from the ballpark. By the time I got back by the ballpark it was 12:50AM. Paul & I continued on our way towards Dayton, Ohio where we planned to be Friday night. 
View from Section 340 row 22 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
We wound up driving to Belpre, Ohio which is 320 miles from Baltimore & a short distance from Parkersburg, West Virginia. Paul's brother, Greg lives there. He was kind enough to let Paul & I stay at his house. I was originally planning to arrive there around 4AM. Due to mother nature, we finally pulled onto his driveway at 6:30AM. He was outside waiting for us. I was totally exhausted. We wound up getting some sleep before continuing our the journey to Dayton.

Stay tuned for another special post that will go into further detail on how that day unfolded.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 8/7

Here's the game plan:

Tuesday August 8th Rangers at Mets 7:10PM

Friday August 11th Red Sox at Yankees 7:05PM                                  

Saturday August 12th Red Sox at Yankees 4:05PM

Sunday August 13th Mets at Phillies 1:35PM

                                    Red Sox at Yankees 8:05PM

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, July 31, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 7/31

Here's the game plan:

Monday July 31st Tigers at Yankees 7:05PM

Tuesday August 1st Tigers at Yankees 7:05PM

Thursday August 3rd Tigers at Orioles 7:05PM

Friday August 4th Great Lakes Loons at Dayton Dragons 7PM  Mini Stampede                                

Saturday August 5th Cardinals at Reds 7:10PM Grand Stampede

Sunday August 6th Padres at Pirates 1:35PM

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, July 24, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 7/24

Here's the game plan:

Monday July 24th Aberdeen IronBirds at Brooklyn Cyclones 7PM

Tuesday July 25th Reds at Yankees 7:05PM

Thursday July 27th Rays at Yankees 7:05PM

Friday July 28th Rays at Yankees 7:05PM                                  

Saturday July 29th Rays at Yankees 1:05PM                          

                                 Braves at Phillies 7:05PM         

Sunday July 30th Rays at Yankees 1:05PM

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, July 17, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 7/17

Here's the game plan:

Monday July 17th Cardinals at Mets 7:10PM

Tuesday July 18th Cardinals at Mets 7:10PM

Wednesday July 19th Cardinals at  Mets 7:10PM

Friday July 21st Athletics at Mets 7:10PM                                  

Saturday July 22nd Chicago Fire at NYCFC 2PM                          

                                  Athletics at Mets 7:10PM         

Sunday July 23rd Athletics at Mets 1:10PM

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

2017-2018 AHL Schedule

To all my readers and followers,

The 2017-2018 AHL schedule has been released:

Please see the link below for all the details:

http://theahl.com/2017-18-ahl-schedule-unveiled

If you need any assistance don't hesitate to ask or consult me that's why this blog is here.

If I can make a difference in your life I will, all I ask for is a fair opportunity to do so.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Royalty is hitting the road again to Baltimore, Dayton, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Reading & Washington DC over the first weekend in August!

Here's the game plan:

I'm renting a car from Avis Rent A Car on Thursday August 3rd for five days to start the month of August off in royal fashion.

STAMPeders Meet & Greet Autographs
I'll be driving down to Baltimore, Maryland, Dayton & Cincinnati, Ohio, Pittsburgh & Reading, Pennsylvania & Washington DC to see some Major League & Minor League Baseball games before returning to NYC early Tuesday morning. The centerpiece of this journey will be in Dayton & Cincinnati. Thanks to a gentleman named Tim Parks, the creator & founder of these Baseball Passports, I'm privileged & honored to take part in a large gathering with other people I know & others who I'll finally get to meet & greet in person. This unique get together is referred to as a Stampede. It's where those of us who attend a baseball game prefer to leave our marks in the form of a stamp that validates that we were physically in a ballpark on a particular day when a baseball game was played. I look forward to sharing stories & teaching others how I've done my best to perfect the stamping process. As a result, I've been given the nickname "Stamp Champ". Every stamp has a story, good, bad or indifferent. All our stamps are unique to our own experiences. We all play by our own rules so regardless of what others may think, in our eyes it's done right. The memories we make can be shared with others as time goes on. Being a person who loves to document my whereabouts, I feel this a perfect way to remember all the great times I've had by going to a ballpark. You never know when you're going to see history made. I feel people who have families & young children benefit the most. These different Passport books create a bond for these people to share memories that they can pass on from generation to generation. The same can be said for friends. Anytime you spend at a ballpark always beats a great day at work.               
             
Thursday August 3rd Tigers at Orioles 7:05PM

Friday August 4th Great Lakes Loons at Dayton Dragons 7PM                                  

Saturday August 5th Cardinals at Reds 7:10PM

Sunday August 6th  Padres at Pirates 1:35PM

Monday August 7th Akron Rubber Ducks at Reading Fightin Phils 9:35AM

                                  Marlins at Nationals 7:05PM 
           
If you're interested in going on this exclusive getaway royalty style just let me know so I can arrange to have you join me as well as the rest of the very special people I'm planning to meet along the way.

It's going to be a blast so why not come for a "royal" ride.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, July 10, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 7/10

Here's the game plan:

Wednesday July 12th Vermont Lake Monsters at SI Yanks 7PM

Thursday July 13th Vermont Lake Monsters at  SI Yanks 7PM

Friday July 14th Rockies at Mets 7:10PM                                  

Saturday July 15th Rockies at Mets 7:10PM                           

Sunday July 16th Rockies at Mets 1:10PM

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Friday, June 30, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 7/3

Here's the game plan:

Monday July 3rd Blue Jays at Yankees 7:05PM

Tuesday July 4th Blue Jays at Yankees 1:05PM

                              Hudson Valley Renegades at SI Yanks 7PM

Thursday July 6th Hudson Valley Renegades at  SI Yanks 7PM

Friday July 7th Brewers at Yankees 7:05PM                                  

Saturday July 8th Brewers at Yankees 1:05PM

                               Brooklyn Cyclones at SI Yanks 6PM Doubleheader

Sunday July 9th Brewers at Yankees 1:05PM

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Royalty sees U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 at MetLife Stadium!

MetLife Stadium
Last night I got to witness one of my favorite Rock bands, U2, perform live in concert at MetLife Stadium. Let it be known it wasn't the first time I've seen them live. It was my third time, a real charm too. In fact, the very first time I saw them was back on September 14, 1987 at old Giants Stadium when the first did their original Joshua Tree Tour. This was the 30th Anniversary of that legendary album. Where has the time gone. One thing hasn't changed for me during that time frame though, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. For that matter, I'm still searching for Where the Streets Have No Name. However, I'm still in God's Country. In between these tours almost 30 years apart, I did see them do their 360 Tour back on September 24, 2009 which also took place at Giants Stadium. That show was Magnificent.

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017
As for last night's performance, they started the show with one of their many classics from the early days in 1983, Sunday Bloody Sunday. They followed that with another one, New Year's Day. They went on with a version of Bad from 1984 which included a snippet of America by Simon & Garfunkel. After that, they sung Pride (In The Name of Love).

View from Section 327
Waiting for U2 to come out in Section 341 row 3
U2 Doing Sunday Bloody Sunday
After Bono told the massive crowd how they first played the Ritz in NYC in front of 25 people then he changed it to 75, they continued the show by honoring their 30th Anniversary of their earth shattering Joshua Tree album that ultimately put them on the commercial map by playing all the tracks & cassettes which detailed American culture. It was like a trip down memory lane for the U2 faithful & a tribute to our great country.

After a brief break, they came back out for more which included later hits, Beautiful Day or Beautiful Night which Bono sang which indeed it was. When I bought my ticket back in January, I was hoping mother nature would cooperate for me. Did she ever. They continued to arouse the crowd with Elevation & Vertigo. Before the show ended we all came together as "One." It was a touching moment to say the least. They proceeded to close the show with their newest song from their latest LP Songs of Experience, The Little Things That Give You Away.

As you can see, I was thoroughly entertained for just over two hours. If you like U2, I highly recommend you go see them live.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman   

 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 6/26

Here's the game plan:

Monday June 26th Hudson Valley Renegades at Brooklyn Cyclones 7PM

Wednesday June 28th U2 The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour Concert at MetLife Stadium 7PM

Thursday June 29th Minnesota FC at NYCFC 7:30PM

Friday June 30th Phillies at Mets 7:10PM                                  

Saturday July 1st Phillies at Mets 4:10PM
                         
Sunday July 2nd Phillies at Mets 1:10PM

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017-2018 NHL Schedule

To all my readers and followers,

The 2017-2018 NHL schedule has been released.

Please see the link below for all the details:

https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-schedule-for-regular-season/c-290045466

**Please note times are listed as EASTERN TIME so if you live in a different time zone please take that into account**

If you need any assistance don't hesitate to ask or consult me that's why this blog is here.

If I can make a difference in your life I will, all I ask for is a fair opportunity to do so.

Stay tuned for my upcoming hockey road trips as well as other creative ones that others may be interested in taking.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, June 19, 2017

Royalty schedule w/o 6/19

Here's the game plan:

Tuesday June 20th Angels at Yankees 7:05PM

Wednesday June 21st Angels at Yankees 7:05PM

Thursday June 22nd Angels at Yankees 7:05PM

Friday June 23rd Rangers at Yankees 7:05PM                                  

Saturday June 24th Rangers at Yankees 1:05PM

                                  Hudson Valley Renegades at Brooklyn Cyclones 6PM

Sunday June 25th Rangers at Yankees 2:05PM Oldtimer's Day

Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.  

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Friday, June 16, 2017

Royal Review of SunTrust Park in Atlanta & the Surrounding Area!


On June 8th, the King & I officially rejoined Club 122 if you will. We saw a baseball game at the Atlanta Braves new ballpark called SunTrust Park which is located in Marietta, a northern suburb in Cobb County. It's a 25 mile drive from the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport which is 10 miles south of downtown Atlanta where their old home, Turner Field was located. For whatever reason, the Braves decided not to renew their lease. With that being said, they decided to move out to the suburbs. Like anything else in life, some people like the move & others hate it. As a visitor, I'm indifferent. I loved Turner Field but now I have a new place to go if & when I'm in Atlanta again. In that regard, it works for me. If I lived & worked in downtown Atlanta, I wouldn't be too happy.

Inaugural Season Logo 
SunTrust Park sign by Third Base Gate
Phil Niekro Statue by Third Base Gate
Bobby Cox Statue by First Base Gate
Atlanta Braves Sign in the Battery
Chophouse Gate
As for SunTrust Park, the location is the biggest problem. If you don't drive, it's definitely going to be a nightmare. You can resort to taking public transportation but it will be a very time consuming proposition. As an alternative, I suggest that you take it as far as you can then arrange to get an Uber to take you the rest of the way. As for the King & I, I rented a car while we were there. However since we stayed at the Ramada Inn which was about 3 or 4 miles away, we decided to see how the public transportation was from there. We wound up walking almost a mile down Delk Road to get a bus on Bentley Road. After a short wait we got on the #10 bus which took us right to the ballpark. We each paid $2.50 to get on. After the the game, we decided to go to Steak N Shake which was a short walk from the ballpark. After we ate, we proceeded to walk another mile or so to Aker Mill Road off Cobb Parkway where we eventually picked up the #50 bus which would have took us right to our hotel but for some reason, I decided to get off the bus early. It turned out not to be a total loss. As a result, I noticed a restaurant called the Delkwood Grill & Bar which was on the way back to the hotel. It wound up being beneficial because we ended up going there for a post game meal after the day night doubleheader Saturday night. It was a great alternative to staying in the Battery which is the entertainment district at the ballpark. It's still under construction. They have a number of bars & restaurants there with many more coming in the near future.
Ramada Inn in Marietta, Georgia
Marta Bus Stop for 10A bus by Bentley Manor Apartment Homes
Marta Bus Stop for 50 bus by Akers Mill
The Crossings at Akers Mill


Delkwood Grill and Bar
Outside of Delkwood Grill and Bar
Friday night I drove up to the ballpark, we wound up paying $15 to park & we still had to walk a mile or so to get to the game. Along the way, I saw a check cashing place which seemed odd because I personally thought the surrounding area look more on the upscale side. Mind you most ballparks & other sports venues are usually located in the less attractive parts of a city or suburbs. For the most part, SunTrust Park is surrounded by many different places including a variety of hotels, chain restaurants, gas stations as well the Battery itself. In other words, assuming you drive you have numerous options to choose from there. As for parking, I strongly suggest that you get a prepaid parking pass. That's what we did on Saturday & Sunday thanks to our pal Bryan Gilligan who joined us for the weekend. He got us a parking pass in lot 29 which is a tailgate lot. They have other lots as well as parking garages. For our needs, this lot worked out really well. Our other friends Michelle Ronis & Jeremy Bank wound up staying at a Courtyard by Marriott that was walking distance to the ballpark. Even though they rented a car they left it at the hotel.
View from Chophouse Seats
My Official MLB Passport Book Stamp
King & I in Section 324 row 7
View from section 324 row 7
Braves Vision

As for the ballpark itself, I want to thank fellow Ballpark Chaser & Stampeder, Robert O'Neil who lives within walking distance of the ballpark. He has season tickets for the Braves. He has a pair of seats in section 324 row 7 which is just to the right of home plate. The King & I wound up buying these seats from him for our first game there when the Braves played the Phillies. It worked out really well for us. The usher there named Katherine was very friendly & she enjoyed our company. I went over to guest services & I told them what a great job she did. I'm not one to praise people who work at a ballpark quickly. She was a real sweetheart. If you go there, please stop by & tell her I said hello from New York. In addition, Robert also has a pair of seats in the Chophouse which is the party area in right field. As a season ticket holder, Robert has set up a Facebook group to help other people get tickets to see SunTrust Park. He was able to get my friends & I tickets for the rest of the weekend. We requested seats in section 426 & he was able to accommodate us. We were all grateful for his kindness. As I like to say, teamwork makes the dream work.

King, me & Robert O'Neil
On Sunday, I got to meet & greet some new people I talk to online from time to time. I'm referring to Jay Carlton who goes by Carlton Jay on Facebook. He drove over from his home which is 32 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee along with his lovely wife Anna & their adorable daughter, Jordin. It was so nice to meet these wonderful people.
Jay Carlton & I
King, me & Jay Carlton in Section 426
In addition, I got to see another young lady named Karrie Weddle who I met at Yankee Stadium last September. She had run a 5K race that Sunday morning she said & they gave her a ticket for the game. It was her first one there. She also lives a few miles from the ballpark. It was so nice to catch up with her again.
Karrie Weddle & I
As for the games we saw, the Braves won the first two & the Mets won the last three so it turned out to be a very fun time at the new home of the Braves. I plan to return again in September to see the Mets again as well as the Georgia Bulldogs & the Falcons in their new downtown home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman