TEP not the place for me
3-1-09 Purple Row..Thanks for all the recent props…D
Ranter’s Review of Tucson Electric Park
I was looking forward to checking out Tucson Electric Park today because from what I’ve heard it’s a snaggers dream.
We arrived at 10:50 and had to pay to park. Granted it was only $5.00, but at Hi-Corbett it was free and we had a beautiful shaded area.
Once we parked we exited the RV and proceeded to walk towards the ballpark. About halfway there a parking attendant told us we were parked where the bigwigs park and we would have to move.
Wonderful, so Andy and I wonder,…why couldn’t the guy who took the parking money have told us that? No problem and I move the RV.
We finally walk back up to the stadium and the line is 20 people back. You know how I like to be first. I’ve managed to turn being first in line into an art form.
No worries, so we wait about 15 minutes to get inside because instead of opening two hours early like Hi-Corbett and Coors Field, they only open an hour-and a half early and rob their fans the chance of actually seeing the D-Backs hit during batting practice.
To me that’s dumb move. You need to let the fans see their stars hit. Sheet man it’s spring training !!
As I’m going through the gate the Usher searches my bag and tells me that I can only bring in two baseballs and one mini-bat.
Excuse me? Why? The Usher informs us that it’s a state law. Really, a state law? What state is Hi-Corbett field in? There were no restrictions there about how many baseballs you could bring in.
So I’m told that I either have to give the balls away or take them back to my vehicle. I worked for those baseballs I walked my butt back to the RV and left them there.
Now I’m late for batting practice and I’m not thrilled about it.
The ballpark itself is actually really cool, possibly even a bit much for spring training (Maybe that’s because I’ve been over at ancient Hi-Corbett the last week?)
It has a pavilion area in both the left field and the right field and its all open and grassy.
There is a small space in the center where the batters eye is but the rest is totally open other than the D-backs bullpen in left field.
I really like this park for snagging baseballs.
D-Backs were long gone by the time we walked over to the outfield. The A’s were just beginning hit a few. It took me probably fifteen minutes and I saw a ball coming for me. It was short but I managed to reach over and catch it on a bounce.
No laughing at my white legs, remember this is my first warm sunshine in a while.
I had at least four other opportunities to snag homerun BP balls but D-Back fans seem to take their snagging a little more serious than I do and I was crowded out on all of my other opportunities.
It’s obvious they didn’t want to look inferior to a professional Rockies snagger on their home turf. What ever the case was one guy was such a “get in your personal space” type of snagger he deserves to be pointed out.
MOST ANNOYING FAN/SNAGGER OF THE GAME
Big Red, watch out for this guy, the ballhog even stepped on my foot.
I could have solved the problem :) but since I was in D-Back territory I figured I should hold back and tread lightly. I snagged my one baseball with the only skilled catch of the day and I had accomplished my personal goal of snagging at least one ball at TEP.
You know how in a retirement home there is always a few of the grumpy older people who never get visitors. Well those individuals are hand selected for the Usher staff at TEC.
Pissy and for no good reason. Let’s think about this, these people are getting paid to watch baseball right?
I do believe I have found the source of the Ushers discontent.
Let me say this, when I get back to Hi-Corbett Field and Coors Field I want to personally thank each Usher for the excellent job they do. Now that I’ve seen another stadium and it’s quirky strange ways, I appreciate our quality of the Rockies Ushers even more.
D-Backs beat the A’s 9-7, Oakland looked sloppy, lots of errors.
It’s just not the same if I’m not watching the Rockies. I was able to take some cool pictures, that part I enjoyed.
A couple of D-Back players, funny their names escape me.
Credit where credit is due, almost every D-Backs player that came out of this tunnel stopped to sign for the fans. I like to see that.
Me, I didn’t go for any D-Back or A’s autographs. Why the hell would I want those? I bleed purple baby you know that.
I do like seeing an entire team into the game.
I liked the angle of this shot.
I love this picture.
Valdez in mid-toss.
A view of the field.
Andy’s red neck and a view of the grassy outfield. The grass out there was a nice touch.
Andy wasn’t particularily fond of this TEC either, his biggest complaint was that he paid $5.50 for a drink and it wasn’t a souvenir cup. I’d have to agree, everyone brings the plastic cup home the first time they’re at a new stadium right??
Your welcome Purple Row.
Tomorrow is back to Hi-Corbett for my last game there. I think Baby Paul is going to be there…D