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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.
3.2.9-3.jpgHe was followed by Tulo.
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.   

 

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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.

Paul’s Postseason Picks

So it’s begun.  The postseason is here.  I got so excited watching my first playoff game today that I wet my pants.  Ok, so I wet my pants all the time, but it was still pretty exciting for me. 

I’ve thought long and hard about who I think has what it takes to go all the way to the World Series.  I had some long talks with my bears and Cosmo.  Here we are hanging out. 
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Teddy keeps pretty quiet, but Cosmo more than makes up for him.  Although, I don’t agree with all of their baseball opinions, it’s fun to debate with them.  Plus, I’m the one who has the blog, which means I have the final say on here.

So, here are my picks. 

American League:

   White Sox vs. Rays – The White Sox made it pretty interesting over the last few days of the season and I think it’d be fun to see a Chicago vs. Chicago World Series.  However, I just saw a Rays doubleheader in Baltimore last week and I think they have a great team.  Plus, they were all really nice to me.  It’s also their first playoff appearance and I’d like to see them go all the way.  My pick for this series goes to The Rays! 

  

   Red Sox vs. Angels – The Red Sox did beat my Rockies last year in the World Series, but I’ve gotten over it.  In fact, if I play my cards right, I think I might be able to talk Mom and Dad into taking me to Fenway next year.  I think they’ve got a team with a lot of playoff experience and I wish them well this year.  Even though they don’t have a good record against the Angels this season, my pick is still going to the Red Sox. 

 

National League:

   Dodgers vs. Cubs – Come on Cubs!  This was an easy one for me.  Cubs, all the way!  I’ve got a few reasons for my pick.  My nickname around the house is “bear” and since they still think I’m a baby, I guess that’d make me a cub.  Plus, one of my girlfriends is a Cubs fan and if you read one of my earlier posts about her, you might remember I told her I’d pull for her Cubs if my Rockies didn’t make the playoffs.  I’m a baby of my word and I gotta cheer them on.  The Dodger player with the funny hair and dirty hat takes a lot of grief, but he’s OK in my book.  I’m just picking the Cubs over the Dodgers.  Come on baby bears!

   Brewers vs. Phillies – At first, I was a little torn on this one.  Deep down, I think the Phillies have the better team.  But, in the end, I decided to go with the Brewers.  Mainly, this one is for Mom.  I really didn’t know what a brewer was, but Mom told me they make beer.  Mom works at a brewery, where they make the stuff.  If they’re anything like Mom, then that means they are awesome!  So the Brewers it is.  Let’s go beer makers!

So those are my picks.  What do you think?  What are your picks?  I’ve learned that anything can happen in this game and I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.  As always, thanks for reading and please drop me a line or leave a comment.  An out of work baby like me needs to have something to do all day.  I’m going to grab a warm bottle and catch some more playoff baseball.  Talk to you soon.

-PBR