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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.

11 Teams

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!

3 Great Travel Companions!

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 🙂

2013 World Baseball Class

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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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