Monday, March 23, 2009

2009 Spring Training Day 3

At Camelback Ranch

As I have said on a number of occasions, one of the reasons that I train so hard all year long is so that I can run with Wallen a couple of times a year. Wallen and I went for an early morning run. We looped through downtown Tempe and then up to the top of Hayden Butte. From there, we dropped down, ran along Tempe Town Lake and headed back up Rural Road to the hotel.

After getting cleaned up, we headed to Harlow's for breakfast for the second day in a row.

The game for the day is Los Angeles Dodgers versus Texas Rangers. The Dodgers have moved to Arizona this year and have a brand new stadium in Glendale. The White Sox will be sharing the complex starting next year. The stadium was built with a lot of local materials and has a very southwestern look and feel. It is larger and less intimate than Maryvale, but it is very nice facility.

We had some nice tickets directly behind home plate. By the second inning, the seats were in the shade. This was probably the windiest day that I have ever experienced at Spring Training. Luckily, the seat were shielded from the wind.

The Dodgers beat the Ranger by a score of 11 to 4. Veteran pitcher Randy Wolf allowed only one hit over six innings and struck out six. He also had a pair of hits, including a two run double.

The group was the largest we have ever had for a game, including Jack, Drew, Jonathon, Dennis, Palmer, Larkin, Cindy, Moore, Pete, Kelly, a friend of Kelly's, Tomasin, Hunter, Geselbracht, Bachman, Snipes, Connor, Wallen and I.

We ended the evening with an early dinner at Outback. A number of the group have very early flights on Monday.

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