I'm writing this from my room, at the knights inn. In mesa after a couple of good days of baseball.
I drove down from salt lake, overnight Wednesday into Thursday. I do not recommend making this trip alone, or at night. It is a draining drive.
I made Tempe diablo stadium 2 hours before the game.
I was fortunate enough to get there early enough to watch practices featuring most of the minor league camps, and so I followed the trails inside.
Got a photo with one of my salt lake boys. Michael Kohn.
The team lost the game against the brewers, but that result was inconsequential. It sucked, but did nothing to dampen my enthusiasm for the fact that I was at my first. Spring training game ever!
Tempe diablo stadium is a nice park. Comfortable seats. But lacks in shade.
Day two started out at minors camp practices with the angels, where I got to exchange pleasantries with a few of the guys with history in salt lake. Including a couple of guys who recognized me, before, I saw them. It made me feel like a million bucks, I won't lie.
I learned the story behind the walker finish.... The events that lead up to today's two-tone dyed bats which just fascinated me.
I found Bobby wilson, Brandon wood, and peter bourjos practicing buns on the 'half field'. And it was cool just to watch all three of these guys in big league uniforms.
After they left, I got to my car, and headed to phoenix municipal stadium, home of theA's spring training.
The stadium is nice. However, I Have something to bitch about. The seats that Are in the outfield are metal benches. I'm not a tremendously smart man, but metal benches cook a lot of butts in Phoenix weather.
We ended up winning this game 11-3, and it was fantastic to see the guys play well. Kohl, and starter matt palmer pitched well, and a lot of the guys had multiple hits.
Tomorrow, it's the white sox in glendale. It is a pilgrimage that ever fan must make!
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