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Ready for Opening Day from Head to Toe

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Opening Day!

FINALLY! I think the San Diego Padres have the last possible Home Opener for the 2013 MLB Season. I know how ready I am for my team to be home and I can only imagine how ready the team is! They left for Spring Training in late February – traveled to San Antonio to play the Rangers in the Alamodome Mar 30-31. The Padres then flew to New York to play the Mets for their home opener Apr 1-4. Next they flew to Colorado to play the Rockies in their home opener Apr 5-7. Whew! It has been a rough opening thus far (1W/5L) and I’m extremely hopeful that being HOME is exactly what we need to change that around.

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My tickets are in hand.

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My backpack is packed.

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My Padres hat is loaded with pins but with room for an Opening Day 2013 pin to be added.

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My toes got a pedi in Padres blue and decorated with baseball stitches.

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Of course, my HEART is always with MY Padres I look forward to cheering them onward all season!

Play Ball!!

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My Season Tickets are Here!

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For some reason, UPS made this an extra-long wait and sent my tickets on quite a vacation before arriving on my doorstep. I received the notice on Mar 28 that they had been shipped and started tracking their progress. Now I’ve worked in distribution and logistics in my past – and I understand the concept of hubs and how that may cause items to seemingly go further away before coming back to the final destination – but this was just crazy!  Honolulu? Really? Maybe I should start traveling with the season tickets 🙂

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Nevertheless – they finally arrived! I don’t know about you but I am like a kid on Christmas morning when my box arrives with my baseball season tickets.  Sure, I could access them online.  Absolutely, I already know who we will be playing and when – it’s already in my Outlook calendar. But there is something special about holding them in your hand … finding out the design … seeing which players are featured. And you never know what else might be in the box. Woo hoo!

Here is the box … isn’t it beautiful! Love the gold embossed SD Padres logo. The 4-color photos that line each side are a nice touch this year.

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Not only are the tickets inside but also the brand new “Membership” cards. Your game package determines whether you are Black, Platinum, Gold, or Blue … I have a full season in Toyota Terrace and that makes me “Platinum.” We were then able to select from Family, Business, Social, or Fanatic … I selected Fanatic … shocking, I know! Each level of membership comes with added benefits and special activities. If you want to get season tickets, I highly recommend Hayley Hallam – she always hits a homerun with her customer service!!

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Featured on this year’s tickets:

The Skipper, Buddy Black

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#20 – Bud Black

Yonder Alonso, Chase Headley, and Mark Kotsay

#23 - Yonder Alonso, #7 - Chase Headley, #14 - Mark Kotsay

#23 – Yonder Alonso, #7 – Chase Headley, #14 – Mark Kotsay

Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin, and Cameron Maybin

#13 - Chris Denorfia, #18 - Carlos Quentin, #24 - Cameron Maybin

#13 – Chris Denorfia, #18 – Carlos Quentin, #24 – Cameron Maybin

Huston Street, Clayton Richard, and Edison Volquez

#16 - Houston Street, #33 - Clayton Richard, #37 - Edison Volquez

#16 – Houston Street, #33 – Clayton Richard, #37 – Edison Volquez

The Padres as remind us that they are a Team for the Military!

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81 home games to look forward to! In addition to our NL West Division rivals and playing the NL teams, we will have interleague play with Mariners, Blue Jays, Orioles, and for the first time at Petco Park – the Yankees.

April = 12 home games with 4 teams

April = 12 home games with 4 teams

May = 16 home games with 6 teams

May = 16 home games with 6 teams

June = 15 home games with 5 teams

June = 15 home games with 5 teams

July = 10 home games with 3 teams

July = 10 home games with 3 teams

Aug = 15 home games with 5 teams, including a first-time visit by Yankees

Aug = 15 home games with 5 teams, including a first-time visit by Yankees

Sep = 13 home games with 4 teams (all NL West)

Sep = 13 home games with 4 teams (all NL West)

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MLB Spring Training 2013 – It’s a Wrap!

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Eleven MLB Teams!

Saw 11 teams play in 7 different games.

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Ten Days in Arizona!

Can’t say the weather was great. So spoiled with the typically sunny and warm Spring Training weather in Phoenix but this year it was very chilly the first week (low 40s for morning practices and 60 at game time) and rainy the second week (including a top-of-the 4th rainout). Nevertheless, it was still baseball!

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Nine Innings of Baseball!

Honestly – was having trouble coming up with a “9” and this was suggested. It is appropriate since Spring Training games don’t go into extra innings. Overall, I truly saw 75 innings, if you include the World Baseball Classic.

Eight Nights in Hotels!

I’m never sure why people find this great … I would rather be home, in my own bed. But I have no complaints. My longest stay was 5 nights at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Mesa, AZ … it is very close to the AZ101 and to the ballparks on the East side. On our return trip, we stopped in Yuma, AZ and stayed at our usual Oak Tree Inn. Once we arrived in Peoria, AZ, it was back to the Ramada Inn in Peoria … our 3rd stay there. None of these hotels are five star but they are family-friendly, reasonably priced, clean, and conveniently located.

Seven Spring Training Games!

  • 2/25 – White Sox at Giants
  • 2/26 – Diamondbacks at Angels
  • 2/27 – Giants at Angels
  • 2/28 – Athletics at Cubs
  • 3/01 – Brewers at Rockies
  • 3/08 – Athletics at Mariners
  • 3/09 – Rangers at Padres

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Six New Baseballs!

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Five Spring Training Ballparks!

Be sure to read the blogs on each of these ballparks.

Scottsdale Stadium, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Hohokam Park, Salt River Fields, and Peoria Sports Complex

Scottsdale Stadium, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Hohokam Park, Salt River Fields, and Peoria Sports Complex

4 Media Credentials!

A huge thank you to the following teams for your hospitality:

  • Giants – provided Pressbox, Field, and Clubhouse access
  • Rockies – provided Pressbox, Field, and Clubhouse access
  • Angels – provided Pressbox, Field, and Clubhouse access … was able to interview Manager, Mike Scioscia
  • Padres – was able to interview, Manager, Bud Black
Thank you to the Giants, Angels, Rockies, and Padres!

Thank you to the Giants, Angels, Rockies, and Padres!

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This was our sixth consecutive year to make the trek to Arizona for Spring Training … it is amazing how much the boys have grown in that time.

With Trevor Herman, Wayne McBrayer, and Alex McBrayer

With Trevor Herman, Wayne McBrayer, and Alex McBrayer

2 World Baseball Classic Games!

We loved the WBC when it was in San Diego in 2009 and were happy to have the opportunity to catch some games in conjunction with Spring Training. We saw USA play Italy on 3/08 and then USA play Canada on 3/10. TheBaseballPHD even got a few tweets on the jumbotron 🙂

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2013 World Baseball Classic

1 More Year of Terrific Memories!

It was another wonderful year at Spring Training and I look forward to 2014 … but first, it’s time for the regular season! Play Ball!!

Tom Siedler, Randy Jones, Josh Byrnes, Clayton Richard, and Anthony Bass with Trevor Herman, Alex McBrayer, and The Baseball PHD

Tom Siedler, Randy Jones, Josh Byrnes, Clayton Richard, and Anthony Bass with Trevor Herman, Alex McBrayer, and The Baseball PHD

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Peoria Sports Complex – 20th Anniversary!

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DestinationPeoria, Arizona, location of the Peoria Sports Complex the Spring Training home for the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. The complex is owned by the City of Peoria and sits on 145 acres near Bell Road and AZ101. The stadium seats 11,333, has 12 practice fields, 2 team clubhouses, and 1 visitor’s clubhouse.  Attendance for Spring Training has averaged about 230,000 and another 300,000 fill the complex for other events throughout the year including Arizona Summer League, Arizona Instructional League baseball, Arizona Fall League, and the Arizona Baseball Academy to name a few.

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Peoria Sports Complex – Spring Training Home of the Mariners & Padres

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HistoryIn 1993, the City of Peoria finalized a two-year negotiation between the Mariners and Padres to begin construction on the Peoria Sports Complex. It was the first Spring Training facility in MLB to be shared by two teams and has since served as a model for others. Construction was completed and the first Spring Training games were played there in 1994, March 2 – Padres vs. Mariners. Each team signed a 20 year lease initially and negotiated a lease renewal through 2033. As a part of the renewal agreement, extensive renovations will take place to both clubhouses as well as the stadium. Both teams use the complex year round for player development.

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PeopleOf course, Spring Training also means an opportunity for fans to get up close to Major League players and those who will be stars in the future. Saying hello – getting a hat or a ball signed – having one of the players recognize you from before – it’s all part of what makes Spring Training fantacular! Some of the newer facilities have been built to keep fans at a distance and I truly believe that is a mistake because this is a time to be part of the experience. But that is certai0nly not the case with the Peoria Sports Complex … it is truly one of the most fan-friendly ballparks in the Cactus League system. In addition to filling your autograph book you should plan to fill your stomach as well! The food selections are outstanding … tri tip, shrimp or fish tacos, freshly grilled teriyaki bowls, Greek Gyros, BBQ, special kids meals, and much more.

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At Peoria, fans enjoy relaxing on the berm and tasting a wide variety of foods

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Notes – I love my team and I would go to Peoria every year to see them regardless; however, I have been to every ballpark in the Cactus League and this particular complex remains my favorite because of the overall atmosphere and experience. When you leave the complex you have more food choices than you can handle … from fast food to complete dining … and there is a shopping mall across the street as well in case there is something you need to buy. With an AL and NL team calling Peoria home, you are sure to find a match up that you want to see – and why not see it at the most fan-friendly ballpark – that’s what Spring Training is all about!

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San Diego Padres at an early morning Spring Training practice

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The Baseball PHD has been visiting the Peoria Sports Complex since 2008. This year she visited on two consecutive days:

  • Friday, Mar 8, 2013 – Athletics @ Mariners:  A’s 12, Mariners 1 – game called in the top of the 4th due to rain
  • Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 – Rangers @ Padres: Rangers 5, Padres 2 with 3,489 in attendance
Ballpark address:
16101 North 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382
 
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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