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Training in the Spring

Camelback Ranch - Home of the White Sox/Dodgers

The Sports Minion and the Sports Minette headed down to Glendale, AZ over the weekend to catch some Spring Training action.  The venue, Camelback Ranch.  The game, Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers.

This was the first Spring Training game in the history of the Sports Minion, and it will be a recurring occurrence each baseball season from here on.

For any baseball fan, Spring Training is a great way to see a future superstar, get excited for the upcoming season, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for home plate seats, which the Sports Minion did.

An array of baseball fans filled the stadium, with the attendance reaching over 8,000, and the dry desert heat making those home plate seats not so comfortable, especially when sporting a black Paul Konerko t-shirt and jeans and sitting next to the token fat, sweaty guy with short shorts (he’s at most every sporting event).

Mostly blue Dodger hats accompanied the stadium, but in the end the Dodgers could only muster one hit off White Sox starter, John Danks, and lost the game 6-1.  Konerko hit two doubles, while Carlos Quentin and Omar Vizquel both cracked two bombs off Dodgers starter, Hiroki Kuroda.  The White Sox looked very impressive in their win, but the thing I was most impressed with was Adam Dunn.  I wasn’t ready for this guy.  He’s a monster.  Seriously, he’s ridiculously enormous, part-cyborg I believe.

Camelback Park is a suave looking ballpark featuring replica Dodger and White Sox home fields, a band during pre-game festivities, and a fish stocked lake throughout the property, but the part I appreciated the most was the supply of both “Dodger Dogs” and “Chicago Hot Dogs.”  I ordered one of each and decided the Chicago Dog was the clear winner, and decided to order one more.  By the end of the day, I had consumed 3 dogs, an Italian Ice in a helmet, purchased numerous souvenirs, got a couple players’ autographs, and probably watched a total of 3 innings of baseball, but it was all about the experience.

I recommend for any baseball fan, even if your team isn’t playing, which is the situation most Arizona residents find themselves in; however, I was surprised to see such a lack of Arizona Diamondbacks fans booing their division rival.  Spring Training baseball is a great experience for all, and I’m pumped for the regular season.

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  1. March 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    never been to a spring training game but always wanted to go. couple that with a golf trip and seems like a great time. whose autograph did you get?

  2. March 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

    yea, definitely try and go, pretty great experience, need to do Cooperstown next! Omar Vizquel, Brent Morel, unfortunately just missed Konerko

  3. March 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Glad you had the opportunity to get down there. Spring Training is always a great atmosphere and time.

    Cheers

  4. YoungRalphMacchio
    March 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the Sports Minion in Chicago for Sox home opener. Wait till you see how many grilled onions I pile on my brat.

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