Cactus League Spring Training Trip 2013 - Chilly Saturday, Sweet Suite Upgrades, Summer Shandy On Tap, & Rangers Baseball


I arrived really late into Phoenix so I decided to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn-Phoenix Airport on the first night.  They had me in a 1 bedroom suite, and they left this bag full of goodies for me since I am a Hilton Honors Diamond member.

I went to the Rangers facility on the first full day of my trip to attend a Rangers-A's game.  It was not baseball weather!  The temperatures were in the 50s, and it was overcast!

Our $75M man, Ian Kinsler, is practicing before the game started.  The Oakland A's can't even muster up that much for their whole team's payroll!  LOL.  I hate Oakland!

My seats were right behind home plate so I had a great view of all the action.

My Rangers ended up winning the game by a score of 4 to 3!  Go Texas!

I stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton near the Biltmore area on the 2nd night.  They upgraded me to the fireplace suite since I am a Diamond member.

My friends and I went to the Giants-Brewers game at the Maryvale Baseball Stadium in Phoenix on the 2nd day after having a nice lunch at La Pinata.  I am sporting my new Rangers Spring Training shirt.

They had one of my favorite beers at the Brewer's game.  It is called Summer Shandy, and it is not available year round.  I had it on tap when I was on a brewery tour in Milwaukee a few years ago.

They had the sausage races at the game too.

I stayed at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa on the final night of this trip.  Since I am Hilton royalty with my Diamond status, they upgraded me to a Jr. 1 Bedroom Suite on the Executive Floor.  Their resort style pool was amazing!  The water was like bathwater.

The management sent up some warm brownie bites for me upon my arrival.  They were not bad.  Of course, I also had access to the Executive Lounge for the complimentary happy hour and breakfast too!

    I decided to go out to Spring Training in Phoenix, AZ again in 2013 to see my Texas Rangers.  I flew out there on a Friday, and I stayed until Monday.  The weather was not as good this time as it was last year.  I decided to stay at three different Hilton properties since I was going to be all over the area for different games, and also I wanted to get the extra stay credits to maintain my Diamond status.  I had a suite at all three of the properties. 

    On Saturday, I attended the main game that I wanted to go to.  The Rangers play in Surprise, AZ at our facility there for our home games during the Cactus League.  We took on the A's that Saturday, and we had most of our starters playing for us including Kinsler, Beltre, our new DH Berkman, and our new catch  A. J. Pierzynski.  We did not have any starting pitching that day however.  The weather was terrible that day too.  It was overcast and cold!  I got to the ballpark early so I could go to the Rangers store to get some new gear.  I also got a nice Ranger's sign for my garage that said "Texas Rangers Reserved Parking!"  We ended up winning the game that day!  I saw a homeurn too.  The #1 prospect in the MLB, Profar, was also playing that day for us.  After the game, I went to Happy Valley to get a massage at my original Massage Envy club where I signed up for my membership during a work trip to Phoenix a few years ago.  I stayed in the Biltmore area of Phoenix that night in a 1 bedroom fireplace suite at the Homewood Suites.

    On Sunday, I joined my friends for a Giants-Brewers game in Phoenix at the Brewers facility.  I was happy to see they had one of my favorite beers, Summer Shandy, on tap there.  Afterwards, I checked into my 1 bedroom suite at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa and enjoyed the resort style pool and amenties there before having dinner with my friends at Oregano's in Tempe.

Last Updated:  March 17, 2013 12:19 PM