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Scottsdale Stadium

 

Destination – Scottsdale, Arizona … location of the Scottsdale Stadium … Spring Training home for the San Francisco Giants. The stadium sits on 11 acres in downtown Scottsdale. Situated on a busy thoroughfare, across the street from the Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital, and just a few blocks from Old Town Scottsdale. The stadium’s location makes it the most “urban” ballpark in the Cactus League system.

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History – Scottsdale Stadium was built in 1992 and has a capacity of 12, 000. The stadium was originally the home of the Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League (1992-1997). In 2006, the stadium underwent a substantial renovation. In return, the San Francisco Giants signed a contract extension to remain at this stadium through 2025. With all the new ballpark construction in Arizona, this is a fairly significant extension.

People – The fans coming to this stadium certainly love their Giants! Although I saw many World Series T-shirts, there was a wide variety of Giants attire. Many that I spoke with love to travel to Arizona each summer for Spring Training so they can get up-close and personal with their team. Others live here year-round – love baseball – and have adopted the Giants as their team … at least for Spring Training!

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Because I was on assignment with the Giants, I didn’t have the opportunity to talk with a lot of fans or sample the food … but those I did observe certainly seemed to be having a great time! The ballpark has an old-school atmosphere … feels like a traditional ballpark with a nice and intimate feeling to it. There is plenty of berm “seating” for those who prefer to stretch out and catch some rays. Based on what I saw and experienced, I would certainly recommend adding Scottsdale Stadium to your list of Spring Training ballparks to visit.

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The Baseball PHD visited Scottsdale Stadium on Monday, Feb 25, 2013 … the San Francisco Giants hosted the Chicago White Sox. The game concluded in a 9-9 tie after 9 innings.

Ballpark address:
7408 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ   85251

Destination – Spring Training – Cactus League

Hello baseball fans!

As we begin to get the itch for the start of the season, there is no better way satisfy it than by going to Spring Training. Since I live on the West Coast, I have been going to the Cactus League Spring Training since 2008. With just a six hour drive, I can be in the heart of baseball for half of our MLB teams. This year I am making two visits to Arizona. On this first trip, my focus is on those stadiums on the “East” side of town …

  • Scottsdale Stadium – Home of the SF Giants
  • Tempe Diablo Stadium – Home of the LA Angels
  • Hohokam Park – Home of the Chicago Cubs
  • Salt River Fields – Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies

I look forward to sharing more about these destinations over the next several days.

The Baseball PHD

San Diego Padres 15th Annual Awards Dinner

Feb 8, 2013 Hall of Champions

Padres 15th Annual Awards Dinner

Friday night I had the opportunity to attend this event for the second time. Like last year, I wanted to support the Team and the Padres Foundation … plus, it is perfect timing to take my best friend to the event for his birthday … The Casual Fan MLB simply LOVES baseball!!  Once again, we had a wonderful time.

Initially I was disappointed that it wouldn’t be held on the diamond like in 2012; however, with the cold weather and heavy rains, I was very thankful to be in the warm and dry walls of the San Diego Hall of Champions. And what a fitting venue in which to honor our Padres!

The Casual Fan MLB and I arrived just as the doors opened at 5:30 … considering the price of tickets; we wanted to ensure we enjoyed the hosted reception for as long as possible! In addition, it gave us an opportunity to mingle with fellow bloggers as well as members of the Padres organization – players, coaches, staff, executives, and The Friar. Everyone was friendly and happy that baseball season is just around the corner.

Next on the program was to go upstairs to where dinner would be served – we were assigned to Table #17. Like last year, we were seated with Bob Scanlon and his lovely wife. It was great to chat with them and catch up on the past few months. The Padres players assigned to our table were pitchers: Brad Brach and Brad Boxberger. They are very nice young men who represent the team and the sport very well.

The program included Dick Enberg as the Master of Ceremonies and addresses by Tom Garfinkel, Ron Fowler, Josh Byrnes, and Buddy Black. During Tom’s address he thanked many people that make the Padres a great ballclub and then said “… then there are our fans … and we have two super fans in attendance … Wayne and Rebecca … where are you? Wave your hands so everyone can see you!” We were very humbled that he (a) remembered us and (b) took the time to give us a shout-out.

The Major League Award Winners are as follows:

  • Madres Favorite New Padres – Alexi Amarista
  • Darrel Akerfelds Bullpen Award (Reliever of the Year) – Luke Gregerson
  • Chairman’s Award for Community Service – Will Venable
  • Clyde McCullough Pitcher of the Year – Clayton Richard
  • Most Valuable Player – Chase Headley

Once the event concluded we used our time to visit with some folks we had yet been able to talk with – such as Buddy Black, Ron Fowler, Jerry Coleman, Dick Enberg, and John Kentera. It was an amazing night and truly got us fired up for Fan Fest, which was the very next morning – bright and early!

Below are a few picture collages from the event.

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San Diego Hall of Champions

San Diego Padres 15th Annual Awards Dinner

A Padres Weekend in February

Hello Baseball Fans!

In San Diego, we had our Members (aka Season Ticket Holders) Meeting on January 24 and that was the last time I was at Petco Park. I don’t know about you …. but I simply LOVE being at the ballpark! There is just something about it … even when there isn’t a game. And when you have the opportunity to walk on the field and sit in the dugout – well, it’s just fun!

Tonight is the 15th Annual Padres Awards Dinner and I will be attending. Last year it was held on the Petco Park Diamond (and was fabulous) but this year it is back in The Hall of Champions at Balboa Park … and likely just as well since we have been having intermittent rain today. I so look forward to talking with players, the coaching staff, the leadership team, and the media that we’ve come to know and love through the years. Look for tweets tonight throughout the event.

Tomorrow is the 2013 Fan Fest! It will be rise and shine and get to Petco Park by 8 AM. The Padres have many activities planned and I look forward to sharing it with you.

The bottom line is … baseball is back … pitchers and catchers report next week. Gotta love it!

The Baseball PHD

Welcome!

Hello Baseball Fans!

With only 9 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, I’m starting to get baseball fever! I’m looking forward to making at least one trip to the Cactus League this year and planning another one to secure some fresh interviews with managers, players, and fans.

Attended a fantastic meeting of our local SABR chapter on Saturday … our guest speaker was Roland Hemond. It was amazing to listen to his terrific stories of many baseball legends and even had the opportunity to try on his TWO World Series Rings. I will write another story about his talk very soon.

Looking forward to the 2013 Season and chatting with you througout.

Play Ball!

The Baseball PHD