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.
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!
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.
The Brewers picked up pitcher Randy Wolf from the Dodgers in the offseason. He looked pretty sharp and threw two scoreless innings.
I love watching Ryan Braun at bat. He hit a home run in the 5th inning.
Dad got a ball signed for me by Ryan when he was making his way back to the clubhouse!
Before too long, it was time for the infamous Sausage Race! This is always a highlight at a Brewers game.
These guys are fast, funny and make me hungry. Yummy yummy!
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.
The 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.
I 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!
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.
The 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.
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?
We had great seats again. Front row! I’m getting spoiled with these great seats.
Bronson Arroyo started on the hill for the Reds.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto taking a big swing.
Aroldis Chapman made his debut at this game. He recently defected from Cuba to come play baseball in the big leagues.
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!
In the 7th inning, we took a walk all the way around the ballpark. Here are some shots from the bullpen and the outfield.
The 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!
What 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?
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.
The Brewers have a great spring training stadium.
We got there early enough to watch the guys warm up and sign a few autographs.
Dad 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.
Here’s the view from our seats. I didn’t want to let go of the ball Corey Hart gave me.
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.
Next up was Ryan Braun.
My new friend Corey Hart.
And fan favorite Mike Cameron.
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?
Mr. Hot Dog won by three baseball bats.
Here’s my 7th inning snooze.
We 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.
The girls were wiped out too, but Mom and Gran C were too shy for a picture.
Bye, bye Maryvale.
Dad 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.