Destination – Cactus League – Take Two!

I had a terrific visit with the Cactus League last week … still writing about it! Now it is time for a return trip – this time with family and friends. This will mark our sixth consecutive year to make the trip to Arizona for Spring Training and we can’t wait!

As previously noted, my first trip this year was for the East side ballparks – for this trip, we will be mostly on the West side, including our hometown favorite – Peoria Sports Complex – celebrating its 20th Anniversary. We will also make treks to Chase Field and Goodyear Ballpark.

What’s on the agenda? I love watching the boys of summer practice. Yup – That’s right – Practice. There is just something so pure about it when they toss the ball, run the bases, shag in the outfield, and swing away at batting practice. I love how they cheer one another on (and heckle from time to time) as they have some friendly competition (and likely side bets) about who can hit it the farthest.

We hope to speak with some players, get some autographs, take some pictures, and – of course – watch some baseball games. Specifically, we will see:

  • Friday, March 8 – Athletics @ Mariners [Peoria]
  • Saturday, March 9 (afternoon) – Rangers @ Padres [Peoria]
  • Saturday, March 9 (evening) – World Baseball Classic … USA vs. Italy [Chase Field]
  • Sunday, March 10 – Rangers @ Indians [Goodyear]

In addition to that awesome schedule, we have dinner plans on Friday night with a Major League player and his wife … more about that in another blog! And Saturday a pre-game event for  Padres Platinum “Fanatic” Members … reception, luncheon, program, and then group seating for the game.

It is going to be a fantacular weekend!

The Baseball PHD

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