the cactus league :: chapter one, baseball

Steve and I just returned from a four day trip that felt like a real vacation. We flew to Phoenix for Spring Training in Scottsdale. It was a last minute trip, with a few unexpected surprises. Some  good, some were rookie mistakes. Let’s start with the baseball chapter, shall we?

We were joining our good friends, Dave and Vicki, who were smart enough to make their reservations in January, rather than three weeks ago. Therefore, they were in town, not a half hour away…but were great scouts and knew that Scottsdale is full of golf cart cabbies who will drive you around for tips only. Handy, yes?

We saw two SF Giants games, with the White Sox and Texas Rangers. Did you read about Will Ferrell playing for 10 teams in one day? We were team 8. He arrived via helicopter, on the freakin’ field, and hit for the White Sox and caught for the Giants, before he was pulled by Bochy. Hilarity ensued. I video taped the helicopter, but it’s blurry, and over the cheers of the crowd one might hear a voice saying, “I am videotaping, but I can’t see anything… is that him, is that him?” It was the camera man.

Back to baseball…it was swell. And I’ll do it again. More games, more water, better seats. Maybe a few teams other than the Giants. But gosh, I do love baseball.

Up first, Camelback Stadium, home of the Chicago White Sox and LA Dodgers,  a little Mad Bum, classic Posey with Travis, Will as a White Sox, Will catching (he called for a pitch out and still made us laugh.IMG_0894 IMG_0901 IMG_0913 IMG_0924 IMG_0955 IMG_0961 IMG_0972

Next up, Scottsdale Stadium. Not shown, a delicious hotdog. A little Joe Panik, and a little more…a new view from Third Base, Belt (he hit a triple and was thrown out stealing home) and Roberto Kelley.

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Win on the games, the dinners, the company. Win on not drinking alcohol during the day and drinking plenty of water (and generous with the suncreen). Win on bring the right clothes, though a few too many. Rookie Mistakes: we never made it to the fields early enough for batting practice. Also, dugout store on game day, never a good idea. We brought our own coffee and a nifty new collapsible filter (win) but had lousy breakfasts. I am pretty sure Scottsdale knows how to do breakfast, we just never did.

Tomorrow, the cactusyness of Arizona.


About kim tackett

Northern CA marketing consultant, writer of very small stories, and drinker of very strong coffee.
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