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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?      

Grapefruit League: Rays vs. Reds

So we’re back from Florida and I’m way overdue with a post.  Our trip was great!  We snuck out of Denver just hours before a major snow storm blew through.  Dad seemed pretty relieved to get out of town.  He said he didn’t want to take a week off of work and get stuck in the airport. 

We flew into Tampa, got our ride and headed down to see Grandma and Grandpa Goodrich down in Port Charlotte.  I did a whole lot while we were down there, so I decided to split my trip into two posts.  The first one is going to be from the game we went too.  The second will be about the rest of my trip.  Sound OK? 

Here we go.  Dad managed to pick up four tickets to see the Rays vs. Reds.  The Rays Renegade gave us some advice and told us to get there early so we wouldn’t get stuck in traffic.  Here’s a shot of the stadium as we pulled in.
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When we got inside, we were greeted by this guy.  He wanted me to try his “buffalo wings”.  I explained to him that buffalo’s don’t fly and don’t even have wings.  I think he was just confused.  It was probably from the humidity.   
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Dad and I headed down the right field line to watch batting practice. 
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The place was already packed, but we still managed to get a decent spot along the wall.
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I talked one of the Reds players into tossing up a ball for me.  After batting practice was over, we headed down the fence to get a better spot for autographs.  Andy Sonnanstine came over to us and signed my baseball.  He was super nice and signed for everybody that wanted an autograph.   
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We called out to Dusty Baker as he was walking by and he also stopped to sign an autograph for us.  Dad was pretty excited to meet him.
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Evan Longoria signed for about 10 people next to us, but we couldn’t get his attention.  Dad wanted to get Scott Kazmir to sign his jersey, but he must have had the day off.  We didn’t see him anywhere. 

Eventually, we made our way up to our seats and got ready for the game.  Here’s a shot of the first pitch. 
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That’s Willy Taveras leading off.  I still don’t know how I feel about seeing him in a Reds uniform.  He evenutally got on base, but got picked off.

Here’s Evan Longoria facing Edinson Volquez. 
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Just me.  Livin’ the good life.
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Dad and I wandered off to do a little exploring.  We came across the popular tiki hut out in centerfield. 
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Not a bad seat in the house.  This is the view from the tiki hut.
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We worked our way around the boardwalk and watched the players warm up in the bullpen. 
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Akinori Iwamura taking a strike.
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Joey Votto looked sharp and hit a home run during the game. 
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Look out Brandon Phillips! 
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I hung out with Mom and Grandma during the 7th inning snooze. 
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The Rays lost, but we all had a great time.  The Rays have a beautiful ballpark in Port Charlotte.  The weather was perfect and I managed to get another baseball and a few autographs.  Just a great day!
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So stay tuned.  I’ll go through the rest of Mom’s pictures and make a post about the rest of our week in Florida.  

Opening Day is only a few days away!  On TV tonight, we watched the Cubs vs. Yankees in the new Yankee Stadium.  Right now, I’m fighting off sleep, trying to stay awake for the Rockies vs. Mariners exhibition game.  I think sleep will win. 

Hope you enjoyed our pictures.  Until next time, good night!
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