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When it comes to road trips, baseball players are at the epicenter. With a 162-game schedule that takes them to all corners of the country (and north of the border), they have the joys of visiting great cities, plus the problems all travelers face.
USA TODAY Travel and Major League Baseball have teamed up to provide an inside look at the experiences of the country’s most-traveled athletes. This year’s panel includes David Wright of the New York Mets, David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals, Bronson Arroyo of the Cincinnati Reds and C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels. We asked each player where he would send a visitor to his city, along with a personal restaurant recommendation.
St. Louis. In a city renowned for supporting its home teams, David Freese makes a plug for baseball (and hockey): “The first thing I’d tell them is to catch a Cardinals game, of course, or a Blues game.” When it’s time to grab a bite, Freese, “would send them to Mi Ranchito. No dress code. Haha. Just trust me.”
Los Angeles. C.J. Wilson hits on two icons of Southern California life, setting up what sounds like a great travel day: “I’d tell everyone to hit the beach in Newport and grab a burrito from Las Barcas in Huntington.”
New York. David Wright sings the praises of living in the ultimate melting pot. “I would tell everyone to enjoy the many cultures and types of food (in New York City). There’s something for everyone.”
Cincinnati. Follow Bronson Arroyo’s advice and you’ll find a scenic spot with a park and a great city view: “I would suggest they visit Mt. Adams, just outside downtown, and eat at Teak.”
Ben Abramson covers travel and sports for USA TODAY. Ben Abramson covers travel and sports for USA TODAY.