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Cactus League Spring Training ’10

Last week, I had the chance to go back to Arizona for some Spring Training games.  Last year was my first time attending and I had a blast.  I couldn’t wait to go back and see some of my favorite players on the field again. 

Mom took my little sis Stacy out to North Carolina to visit my aunt Kathy and my cousins Robert and Marissa.  Dad, Grancie and Pap flew with me out to Phoenix to catch a few games. 

Our day started early on Saturday morning.  We were staying in Scottsdale and just cruised around to check out the town.  We came across an antique car show.  If you know me, then you know that besides baseball, I also love cars.  I always travel with a few matchbox cars, I’ve got car posters in my room and even have car slippers that I wear all the time.  I got really excited when we found this car show. 
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It was the perfect way to start my trip.

After spending some time peeking into all of the fancy cars on display, it was time to head over to the game.  Dad got tickets for our first game to see the Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Francisco Giants.  We saw the Brewers at their home field in Maryvale last year and liked it so much, we decided to go back again this year. 

This was their Opening Day!
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Dad got great seats.  We were front row over the Giants dugout.  I learned how to use crayons during the offseason and thought I’d try to fill out the scorecard. 
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The Brewers picked up pitcher Randy Wolf from the Dodgers in the offseason.  He looked pretty sharp and threw two scoreless innings.
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I love watching Ryan Braun at bat.  He hit a home run in the 5th inning. 
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Dad got a ball signed for me by Ryan when he was making his way back to the clubhouse!
st22.jpgBefore too long, it was time for the infamous Sausage Race!  This is always a highlight at a Brewers game. 
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These guys are fast, funny and make me hungry.  Yummy yummy!
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Corey Hart hit a foul ball that was tossed up towards my seat by the third base coach.  Grancie was quick enough to snag it for me. 
st08.jpgThe Brewers kept pouring it on and went on to win 12 – 1.  I got in my car seat and fell asleep before we even got out of the parking lot.  Dad took a pic of me with my game ball. 
st09.jpgI got my nap and decided to hang out back at the hotel and order a pizza.  We ended up getting the biggest pizza I’ve ever laid eyes on.  It’s a good thing we had it delivered, because I don’t think it would have fit in the trunk of our car.  I mean just look at this thing!  
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This was the large size.  They had an even bigger one on the menu! 

Soon enough, it was time for bed.  I had plenty of room to spread out and sleep like a king.  I like baseball so much, that sometimes I sleep with my ball cap on. 
st11.jpgThe next day was dreary and rainy.  I went shopping with Grancie and Pap, while Dad took a walk to see Scottsdale Stadium.  Scottsdale is home to the San Francisco Giants.  When Dad got to the stadium, he heard that all of the games around Phoenix had been cancelled due to the bad weather.  He also saw some of the players heading home for the day.  Dad decided to stick around for a little while to see if he could grab a few autographs.  He managed to get some baseballs signed for our collection. 

When he got back, he told me the players were really nice and he was really excited to have met Tim Lincecum.  Here’s a picture of Tim signing autographs from his Mercedes. 
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We both like Tim a whole lot and are excited to have his autograph in our collection.  Maybe he’ll win another Cy Young award this year. 

The weather cleared out on Monday and we had time to catch one more game before heading home.  We drove out to Goodyear Ballpark to see the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds. 

Here’s Pap and I waiting to get inside.  Like my new hat? 
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We had great seats again.  Front row!  I’m getting spoiled with these great seats. 
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Bronson Arroyo started on the hill for the Reds. 
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Reds first baseman Joey Votto taking a big swing. 
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Aroldis Chapman made his debut at this game.  He recently defected from Cuba to come play baseball in the big leagues. 
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He went two innings and struck out three batters.  He also got the “W” for the team.  A nice way to start your MLB career if you ask me.   

Don’t bother me Dad, I’m trying to watch the game!
 

st17.jpgIn the 7th inning, we took a walk all the way around the ballpark.  Here are some shots from the bullpen and the outfield. 
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st20.jpgThe stadium opened last season for the Cleveland Indians and the Reds made the move from Florida this year to share it with them.  It’s a great place to see a game. 

Before long, it was time to head back to the airport and catch a flight back home to Colorado.  But not before grabbing a burger and some fries from In-N-Out.  I’m no expert, but this could be the best burger I’ve ever tasted!
st21.jpgWhat a great trip.  I only wish I could have stayed longer.  MLB Network will have to hold me over until Opening Day.  Anybody have any extras for Opening Day at Coors Field?      

It’s Almost Baseball Season Again!

So I took a break from my blogging during the off season.  Don’t worry, I managed to stay pretty busy.  Here’s a quick recap.

We took Pap up to the mountains for his birthday.  Dad and I did some hiking by the river.
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I attended my first hockey game.  We saw the Colorado Avalance vs. the Edmonton Oilers.  It’s no baseball, but it’ll do in the winter.
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Stacy and I did a little trick or treating. 
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I got a chance to play in the snow.  That white stuff is neat.  Mom and Dad even made a snow man for me to look at through my window. 
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I turned 2 and ate lots of cake! 
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Christmas was a lot of fun this year.  Santa brought me all kinds of fun things. 
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I met this guy at the National Western Stock Show.  He must have been hungry because he tried to eat my coat.   
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I learned how to ride a horse. 
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Stacy and I hit the slots in Vegas. 
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But most of all, I worked on being a good big brother for my little sis Stacy.
update10.jpgThe regular season starts in a few weeks.  Dad and I have been watching Spring Training games on the MLB Network.  I can’t wait for the season to begin.  Dad and I are heading out to catch a few games in Phoenix and Mom and Stacy are going to visit family back east.  Stay tuned for more!

 

Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

Mom, Dad and I met up with our buddy Ned on Monday and flew over to Arizona for another Cactus League game.  We landed in Phoenix and drove over to Camelback Ranch.  Camelback is a brand new stadium that was built for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. 
3.16.09-10.jpgIt’s a beautiful ballpark. 
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I did a little homework and snagged us some great seats behind the Royals dugout.  Here was our view.
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It was tough to beat.  Who needs a cupholder, when you can put your bottle of milk right on top of the dugout?  We were only a few feet from Hall of Famer George Brett!!! 
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Here’s Mark Buehrle on the mound.  Did you know he threw a no-hitter against the Rangers in 2007?  2007 was a good year.  That’s when the Rockies went to the World Series and was also the year I was born! 
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Here’s Coco Crisp.  If you look hard, you might be able to spot Ozzie Guillen in the background.   
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Dad and I took a walk around the park to do some exploring.  Here’s us hanging out on the party deck by the foul pole.  
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3.16.09-11.jpgThere are 12 practice fields spread out around the ballpark.  We even saw a pond stocked with fish.  These guys did it up right. 

The gift shop was the perfect way to cool down.  It was half Dodgers stuff and half White Sox stuff.  I liked the green uniforms in stock for St. Patrick’s day, but they were way too big for me.  I tried to get Dad to buy a set of Manny dreadlocks, but he wasn’t going for it.  I do a good Manny impersonation.  Maybe I can get Mom to take a picture and post it up here.  I guarantee it will crack you up!

Anyway, back to our seats.
 

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 Here’s Royals pitcher Gil Meche up on the hill. 
3.16.09-6.jpgAnd we were lucky enough to see Jayson Nix get a little playing time.  He was traded from the Rockies to the White Sox during the offseason.
3.16.09-12.jpgAnother great day at Spring Training.  I also managed to get a ball from first baseman Ross Gload. 
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We made a quick stop at In-N-Out Burger for dinner, before heading back to the airport for our flight home. 

 

Back to Arizona!

We’re heading back to Arizona tomorrow to catch another Spring Training game.  This time I managed to get tickets to see the Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals.  I’m looking forward to watching two teams from the American League that son’t come to Colorado very often.  Plus, the game is in a brand new, fancy stadium that just opened a few weeks ago.  I’m really excited.
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Over in the WBC, Team USA is up 9-3 against the Netherlands.  Congrats to the Netherlands on a great WBC.  You stunned us all, especially the Dominicans.  Nice job Team USA.  You guys looked sharp tonight. 

More Cactus League Fun

Here’s Part 2 of my Spring Training adventure.  On Sunday, we didn’t have any baseball planned, so we thought we’d explore the area.  We got in the car and headed out to a place called Apache Junction.  It’s a real pretty area. 
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We saw the Superstition Mountains and headed towards the Lost Dutchman mine.  Here’s Dad and I taking in the view.  It was windy and cool, but it felt good on my face.
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Cactus, cactus everywhere. 
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It was a great road trip.  I bet you can see lots of stars out there at night. 

On Monday, we made our way down to Tucson to catch the Rockies vs. Angels at Hi Corbett Field.  It was hot.  REALLY Hot!  Dad and I got a spot on the rail to see if we could add some autographs to our collection.  Here’s Franklin Morales warming up. 
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We did pretty well.  I got to meet Jason Hirsh, Clint Barmes, Ryan Spilborghs and Clint Hurdle.  I saw Tulo sign for a few minutes, but he didn’t make it down to me.  I also managed to get a baseball from an Angels player during batting practice.

The guys got off to a rocky start (no pun intended)…  But, it was great to see them in action again.  Here’s Ryan Spilborghs leading things off.
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3.2.9-4.jpgMom’s favorite, Garrett Atkins.
3.2.9-5.jpgJason Hirsh on the mound.
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We sat behind Mike Scioscia and his coaching staff.

3.2.9-6.jpgI already mentioned that it was hot.  It was too hot for me.  I spent alot of my day in the shade, with a big cup of ice water.  Mom and I got a picnic table with a big umbrella to keep the sun off of us.  Gran C took me to the team store to do a little shopping and cool off.  She spoiled me with me a Rockies sippy cup, a new Rockies hat and a program.  Dad and I also went off on a walk and spotted Garrett Atkins heading into the clubhouse.  He was really nice to us and signed our World Series ball!  That’s our 11th autograph on that ball. 

Before the game started, I got spotted by a photographer for the Tucson Citizen newspaper.  She snapped pictures of me getting an autograph from Ryan Spilborghs and hanging out with Dad.  She talked to Dad and I for a few minutes and said we might end up in the paper.  When I got home and checked their website, I found a bunch of pics.  Here’s a link to one of the articles. 

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/frontpage/111310.php

Also, if you go to the slideshow section and search for “Hot Day at Hi Corbett”, you’ll find the whole gallery.  We’re in several shots, including one where Dad and Pappy are in the background with Tulowitzki at the plate.  That’s my first time ever in a newspaper.  When’s the last time you saw the e*trade kid in the newspaper?   

As if that wasn’t enough, we ran into D, from the Rockpile Rant!  He was next to us before the game getting autographs.  He and Dad talked for a while.  D, sorry for being cranky.  It was just too hot for me out there.  Here’s a shot of us after the game hanging out in front of the MBU.  That stands for Mobile Blogging Unit. 

3.2.9-7.jpgHe and his friend Andy travel in style.  They spent over a week watching games, getting autographs and snagging baseballs in Spring Training. 

After the game, we drove back up to Phoenix, made a quick stop for one more In-N-Out Burger and caught our flight home.  It was a great trip.  Everyone had alot of fun and made some great memories.  I hope you enjoyed reading all about it.  It’s time for me to catch some zzz’s.

Good night.   

 

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.

Spring Training Cactus League

Spring Training is finally here!  I’m heading out to Arizona this weekend to catch a few games.  We get into Phoenix on Saturday morning and will probably take in one of the many games going on around town.  Sunday will give us a chance to do a little exploring and sightseeing.  Then on Monday, we’re heading to Tucson to catch my Rockies at Hi Corbett Field.  I can’t wait! 

The only question is who should I go see on Saturday? 

We won’t have time to drive down to Tucson for the Rockies game, so here are my options:

Angels vs. Brewers

White Sox vs. Cubs – Sold out!

Indians vs. A’s – Can I handle seeing Matt Holliday in green?

Padres vs. Royals

Giants vs. Mariners

What game do you think I should see?

Spring Training, here I come!

Also, I wanted to say thanks for all the nice comments on my last entry.  I really appreciate it. 

-PBR