Saturday, March 19, 2016

2016 Spring Training Day 2

Up fairly early, I ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill at the hotel. After getting cleaned up, I headed towards the condo where the Wallens were staying. After initially renting a house in North Scottsdale that fell through, The Wallens rented a condo in Desert Ridge. This is about 25 minutes due north of Phoenix. Oddly, the condo had a Phoenix address.

Wallen made eggs and sausages for breakfast. After hanging out at the condo for a while, we took off for game. I rode with Jenny, CJ and Bob.

The plan for the day was to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Texas Rangers at Talking Stick. With Zack Grienke pitching six strong innings, the Diamondback jumped all over a Rangers split squad. The Diamondbacks won the game by the score of 11 to 1.

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

I really enjoyed having an opportunity to catch up with Wallen during the game. This year's group included Wallen and Jill, Bob, Jenny, CJ, Bill and Bill's son Marcus. Marcus from Wallen's office, Brandon and Aaron were also on the trip, but I frankly saw very little of them over the course of the two days.

After the game, we made a quick stop at the store and then headed back to the condos. We visited on the balcony for the rest of the afternoon.

Eventually, we wandered across the street to the Cowboys Saloon for dinner. The Cowboys Saloon was a giant western themed restaurant and bar that got busier as the night wore on. I had a burger...

I headed back to the my hotel fairly early. I crashed hard after two long days.

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