My First Spring Training Game

I’m back from my big Spring Training weekend.  Mom, Dad, Gran C, Pappy and I headed out on Saturday morning and caught the early flight into Phoenix, Arizona.  I slept through most of the flight, just to make sure I wouldn’t get tired during the game. 

We got a rental car, made a quick stop at In-N-Out Burger (they make a tasty burger), and then headed over to Maryvale.  We had tickets for the Brewers vs. Angels.  
2.28.09-1.jpgThe Brewers have a great spring training stadium. 
2.28.09-2.jpgWe got there early enough to watch the guys warm up and sign a few autographs. 
2.28.09-3.jpgDad got pretty sweet tickets for us.  We were on the front row, behind the Brewers dugout.  From our seats, Dad and I watched Corey Hart play catch with Ryan Braun and JJ Hardy.  Corey tossed me the ball on his way into the dugout.  That was the perfect way to start my baseball season. 

Here’s Bobby Abreu at bat for the Angels. 
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Here’s the view from our seats.  I didn’t want to let go of the ball Corey Hart gave me. 
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Mom went to work on getting some good pics for my blog.  The Brewers had some heavy hitters in the lineup.  Here’s JJ Hardy.
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Next up was Ryan Braun.
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Prince Fielder.
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My new friend Corey Hart.
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And fan favorite Mike Cameron.
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Mom got some great shots.  I’m thinking about printing some out and sending a copy off to the players to see if they’d sign it for me.  What do you think?

I also got to see my first ever Sausage Race.  This cracked me up.  Where do they go shopping for those big hats?   
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Mr. Hot Dog won by three baseball bats. 
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Here’s my 7th inning snooze. 

2.29.09-17.jpgWe cheered for the Brewers and they were tearing it up.  Ryan Braun went 2 for 4, while JJ Hardy and Prince Fielder both went 2 for 3.  It was a great game and the Brewers won 5-3.  I kept an eye out for Brian Fuentes, but didn’t see him.  He was great with the Rockies and I was hoping to see him thrown an inning or two with the Angels.  Oh well.  He’s supposed to be pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, so hopefully I’ll see him on TV soon. 

In case you were wondering, it was hot.  I’m not sure I like the Arizona weather too much.  Somebody should turn the heat down.  After 9 innings, the boys were wiped out. 

2.28.09-14.jpgThe girls were wiped out too, but Mom and Gran C were too shy for a picture. 

Bye, bye Maryvale.
2.28.09-15.jpgDad hit the gift shop in search of a Brewers hat.  They had a bunch, but he didn’t get one.  I think he might be looking for an excuse to go to Milwaukee.  That’s fine by me.  Miller Park looks like a beautiful place to take in a game. 

We didn’t leave empty handed.  Everyone got a Barrel Man bobblehead, plus I got a ball from Corey Hart and autographs from Manny Parra and Jonathan Lucroy.
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What a great time we had!  Oh, but wait, there’s more.  Unfortunately, it’s past my bed time.  I have all kinds of pics and stories from the other game we saw, but that’ll have to wait.  Stay tuned.

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7 comments

  1. jeffrobi@mac.com

    PBR , What a great 3 days we had together. We all went to our 1st “Spring Training” together . How special is that !! You are right, “In -N- Out” is the best . You really downed some fries . We loved watching the game through your eyes and seeing your excitement especially when you heard the crack of the bat against the ball. We are not sure what you said BUT you said it loudly and with excitement . Even though you took a 7th inning nap on Grancie’s lap it was a long day for a little guy BUT a great day filled with memories for all of us. Hugs to our M & P &P ,
    Pappy & Grancie

  2. rockymountainway

    Little man when you grow I’m sure In and Out will still be rocking. In all my travels of the US and living in Cali for awhile it’s the best fast burger around. You will grow to love it I’m sure! And Arizona sun is sure hot for babies especially.
    Tom
    http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

  3. babypaul

    Hey guys,
    Thanks for the comments. I’ll work on getting some pics printed out. I’ll let you know if I’m able to get any of them signed.
    Happy – The Brewers are a great team. I can see why you like them so much.
    -PBR

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