I went out to Phoenix
again in March of 2015 to watch some Cactus League spring training
baseball and support my Texas Rangers! We only went out for
three days this time. As soon as we landed on Saturday, we left
for Surprise to watch the Rangers and Padres play at the Rangers'
Spring Training home. One of my buddies from Sacramento flew out
with me, and I had two friends from San Diego meet up with us in
Phoenix. The Rangers had a lot of star power on hand that day,
and we also had Russell Wilson there. I got a Ranger's visor for
Joy so she could wear it to the Ranger's games when we play the crappy
As in Oakland. It was actually pretty warm too for March in
Phoenix. The temperatures were well into the 90s.
We hung out in
Scottsdale on the first night of our trip. For dinner, we went to
Cowboy Ciao. They are an upscale take on "Cowboy fare" including
elk steaks and bison meatloaf. I got the bison meatloaf and loved
it! Afterwards, we checked out a few bars in Scottsdale before
calling it a night.
The next day, we went
to the Brewers @ A's game at the A's new Spring Training home in
Mesa. It is actually the old Chicago Cubs ballpark. The
inside of the park looked like crap. It reminded me of the sewage
backfill look of the Oakland Coliseum. We met up with another
friend of mine who was visiting his parents in Arizona at that
game. For dinner, we went to Rudy's BBQ, which is a Texas
chain. The food was amazing! Afterwards, we went to Tempe
to party with the ASU folks. We checked out a cool outdoor bar
On Monday, we went to
the Giants @ Cubs game in Mesa. The Cubs had a really cool park
that reminded me of Wrigley Field. Our seats were front row near
the 1st base. Although we were in the sun for the duration of the
game, it was still pretty fun. We got some awesome gyros for
lunch at the ballpark. Afterwards, we got some Italian beef
sandwiches at Portillo's in Tempe before heading to the airport.
I love Spring Training!