More Cactus League Fun

Here’s Part 2 of my Spring Training adventure.  On Sunday, we didn’t have any baseball planned, so we thought we’d explore the area.  We got in the car and headed out to a place called Apache Junction.  It’s a real pretty area. 
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We saw the Superstition Mountains and headed towards the Lost Dutchman mine.  Here’s Dad and I taking in the view.  It was windy and cool, but it felt good on my face.
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Cactus, cactus everywhere. 
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It was a great road trip.  I bet you can see lots of stars out there at night. 

On Monday, we made our way down to Tucson to catch the Rockies vs. Angels at Hi Corbett Field.  It was hot.  REALLY Hot!  Dad and I got a spot on the rail to see if we could add some autographs to our collection.  Here’s Franklin Morales warming up. 
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We did pretty well.  I got to meet Jason Hirsh, Clint Barmes, Ryan Spilborghs and Clint Hurdle.  I saw Tulo sign for a few minutes, but he didn’t make it down to me.  I also managed to get a baseball from an Angels player during batting practice.

The guys got off to a rocky start (no pun intended)…  But, it was great to see them in action again.  Here’s Ryan Spilborghs leading things off.
3.2.9-3.jpgHe was followed by Tulo.
3.2.9-4.jpgMom’s favorite, Garrett Atkins.
3.2.9-5.jpgJason Hirsh on the mound.
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We sat behind Mike Scioscia and his coaching staff.

3.2.9-6.jpgI already mentioned that it was hot.  It was too hot for me.  I spent alot of my day in the shade, with a big cup of ice water.  Mom and I got a picnic table with a big umbrella to keep the sun off of us.  Gran C took me to the team store to do a little shopping and cool off.  She spoiled me with me a Rockies sippy cup, a new Rockies hat and a program.  Dad and I also went off on a walk and spotted Garrett Atkins heading into the clubhouse.  He was really nice to us and signed our World Series ball!  That’s our 11th autograph on that ball. 

Before the game started, I got spotted by a photographer for the Tucson Citizen newspaper.  She snapped pictures of me getting an autograph from Ryan Spilborghs and hanging out with Dad.  She talked to Dad and I for a few minutes and said we might end up in the paper.  When I got home and checked their website, I found a bunch of pics.  Here’s a link to one of the articles. 

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/frontpage/111310.php

Also, if you go to the slideshow section and search for “Hot Day at Hi Corbett”, you’ll find the whole gallery.  We’re in several shots, including one where Dad and Pappy are in the background with Tulowitzki at the plate.  That’s my first time ever in a newspaper.  When’s the last time you saw the e*trade kid in the newspaper?   

As if that wasn’t enough, we ran into D, from the Rockpile Rant!  He was next to us before the game getting autographs.  He and Dad talked for a while.  D, sorry for being cranky.  It was just too hot for me out there.  Here’s a shot of us after the game hanging out in front of the MBU.  That stands for Mobile Blogging Unit. 

3.2.9-7.jpgHe and his friend Andy travel in style.  They spent over a week watching games, getting autographs and snagging baseballs in Spring Training. 

After the game, we drove back up to Phoenix, made a quick stop for one more In-N-Out Burger and caught our flight home.  It was a great trip.  Everyone had alot of fun and made some great memories.  I hope you enjoyed reading all about it.  It’s time for me to catch some zzz’s.

Good night.   

 

6 Comments

What fun you had and I’m glad you guys got to meet up with D! And don’t worry – I think you’re much more famous then the e*trade kid!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

What a great trip! Though you do look a bit hot and bothered in that photo from the newspaper. Very cool that you were in their gallery, and you also got to meet a fellow blogger in the Ranter! Hope nobody got sunburned!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I’m glad the Red Sox spring training is in Fort Myers and not Arizona! And your a billion times better then the e trade kid.

Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

It looks like you’ve had a lot of fun even if it was really hot. I’m already 15 and haven’t been in the newspaper! I have to catch up! There’s only 1 more month until the regular season starts.
-Ellie
http://mrmetbro.blogspot.com

There you go…………….meeting up with the Rant-man.
I am so glad you all are having a great time doing the AZ thing. Did Mike S. yell at his pitcher today……….he did that a few times against the Rays this past year.

Great weather for a game and you go an in-and-out burger. I miss those. They do not have any of them in Florida.
Well, by the time you read this you will be home, so glad you got home safe.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mblogs.com

No yelling from Mike S. John Lackey was on the mound and he looked sharp. Not to mention the Angels had 6 runs by the third inning… Mike seemed pretty relaxed.
-PBR

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