A few of my buddies and I
headed back to Arizona in March for our annual Spring Training trip to
watch our baseball teams get ready for the season. We flew out on
a Friday night from Sacramento, and we arrived pretty late into Phoenix
Sky Harbor International Airport. After arriving into Phoenix, we
headed out to Mill Street in Tempe to party with the ASU
students! There were some new bars this year to check out.
I loved Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row. The girls were so hot out
there too. The cute shot girls walked around on the way and
poured Fireball Whiskey down people's mouths for tips. We checked
out a few other bars that night too before getting some rest.
Our first game of this
trip was an A's home game in Hohokam. They played the AL champion
Cleveland Indians. The Indians spanked the A's that day.
They scored 4 in the first inning alone! I loved watching the A's
lose since they are my most hated team in all of sports. After
the game, we chilled at the hotel before we headed out to Tempe again
to party. ASU was more tame on Saturday since Spring Break had
begun so a lot of the students had already left.
On Sunday, we went to
Surprise to watch my AL West Champion Texas Rangers take on the World
Champs. The Cubs and Rangers had quite a game that day.
Both teams scored 9, and we ended up tieing. Some of the
highlights for me was getting to be pretty up close to the players and
getting an autograph from one of our pitchers, Tyler Wagner. Our
manager, Jeff Banister, was right by me too when I was near the field
level to check out the warm ups. Also, I saw Ivan Rodriquez throw
out the first pitch. He was a great Rangers Catcher when I was in
high school and college. After the game was over, we enjoyed a
great dinner at Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse in Scottsdale,
Arizona. Afterwards, we checked out the bars in the Scottsdale
The next morning, we
checked out the water park at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak. We
had a nice suite at the Pointe Hilton. The water park had
multiple pools, waterfalls, a lazy river, and even a water slide!
It was a cool hotel. Our last game of this trip was a Dodgers and
Rockies game at the amazing Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
We got to see Tommy Lasorda there too. Afterwards, we cruised
around the Phoenix area trying to find the Spring Training fitted hats
for our respective teams. I was able to get my Rangers hat in
Tempe before we took off for the airport.