Fun in the sun - part 2
It must have been about 1981 when I went with my parents for the first time to see spring training baseball in Arizona. The "Cactus League" consisted of only a handful of teams back then -- the California teams, the Seattle Mariners, the Cleveland Indians, and the Chicago Cubs. The rest of the major league teams still had their spring training camps in Florida. Things have evened out over the years, with the Colorado Rockies replacing the Indians in Tucson, and the Milwaukee Brewers, the Texas Rangers, the Chicago White Sox, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Kansas City Royals arriving on the Arizona scene. I returned to Arizona several times with Mom and Dad from grade school through college, and K and I took the kids with us for the first time in 2002. This year's vacation would be our second.
We've always enjoyed Spring training baseball because it offers us a chance to get a closer look at the players than we often can during the regular season. There are numerous opportunities to meet players and get autographs, and it's always interesting to see the unknown rookies mixing it up with a few washed-up has-beens. And of course we get to experience it all for a fraction of the cost of a regular season big-league game.
First look at the Rangers
On Tuesday, March 13, we went to see the Texas Rangers take on the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium, a facility the Rangers share with the Royals in Surprise, Arizona. The Rangers aren't that big of a draw; there were probably as many White Sox fans there that day as there were Rangers fans.
On our way out to Surprise, we stopped at an In-N-Out Burger for lunch. I didn't know In-N-Out had arrived in the Phoenix market! Their burgers were good -- some of the better fast food burgers I've had -- but don't get too full of yourselves, Californians, I wouldn't say they were any better than the offerings at Whataburger!