Friday, March 14, 2014

2014 Spring Training Day 1


Jack and I are heading to Arizona for spring training. This will be the eighth time in the last nine years that Jack has gone to spring training. For me, it is the eleventh time in the last fifteen years. We were originally scheduled to fly out late Friday night, but I moved us to an early flight after they canceled Jack's baseball practice for Friday.

Sharon took us to the airport. We caught a 8 am flight to Phoenix. Sitting in the exit row, it was an easy comfortable flight. Due to the price of the Hertz cars, I switched to Enterprise for this trip. I miss Hertz Gold…

Once we picked up the rental car, Jack and I headed to Maryvale to see the Milwaukee Brewers play the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Brewers won the game by the score of 9 to 8 in the tenth inning. With one out and a runner on third in the bottom of the tenth, the Diamondbacks played 5 infielders and 2 outfielders in an attempt to hold the runner at third. They got a ground ball to the shortstop, but the runner beat the throw home to score the game winning run. I don't think I have ever seen a team play five infielders before. The game featured five home runs including two by Overbay, the Milwaukee first baseman.

A log of spring training games I have seen over the years is here.

We had a pretty big group at the game, including Wallen, Jill, Chabrier, Kay, Moore, Moore's friend Bob, Wallen's brother Bob, Carol, Kyle, Brea, Jim, Bill, Marcus, Brandon and three other guys from Seattle that I didn't meet.

After the game, Jack and I fought our way through the traffic back to the hotel. We are staying at a newish Courtyard Marriot on 47th near the airport; this is not a hotel that we have stayed at before.

Checking in and getting cleaned up, we then headed to downtown Tempe. Jill made a reservations for dinner at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant. Jack and I split a Margarita Pizza and a Giro platter.

Drew flew in on a late flight. We picked him up at the airport about 10:45 pm. I was amazed at the traffic mess around Terminal 4. There were cars everywhere trying to pick people up.

I am looking forward to spending a few days with both Drew and Jack.

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