13 March 2012

Baseball Along Bell Ave


Here we are at Surprise Stadium just west of the junction of Grand and Bell, spring training home of the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals. The KC Royals are just warming up. I would have taken more shots to show but my camera battery went dead.

 

So I had to pump it up on the way to Peoria Sports Complex. First game at the latter for us was on Monday, 5th of March, only about 1/2 full so traffic was fairly light. Not so the following Monday, 12 March. Must have taken 45 minutes on Bell alone. They charge $5 to park at Peoria. At Surprise it is free. And they have wheel chairs and people to push them if you need the extra attention at Surprise. Very nice. The shade on the upper deck is nice at both places. Outfield grass was a popular place for this game.


A big crowd at Peoria to watch the Mariners beat the Texas Rangers on an Olivo 3 run homer and a 2 run double by Montero the next inning. I have a hunch that Phoenix's Cactus League is going to become very popular for spring training fans as they have a choice of 15 teams within an hour of each other. You can go to different parks or just stay at one of the parks that your home team and their partners play in, a game every day. Who can beat that? Prices for seats are going up too. The concessions are already at major league levels. The volunteers at both parks are super attentive and pleasant.

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