Rain and Hail…Next Stop…Maryvale

3-18-12

Part of this Spring Training adventure was spent camping at Lake Pleasant. This is a beautiful lake, with lots camping sites and more importantly showers and electricity.

Mike and I each had our own tents and the combination of 50 mph winds and torrential rains that started on Saturday night really put a kink in our Arizona camping experience.

 Saturday night was a nightmare weather-wise and everything Mike and I had in our tents got drenched.

Props to my buddy Dan(thank  you) for hooking us up with a coupon for a room at the Talking Stick Resort near Salt River Fields. This was a really nice hotel and after our bout with the rain this was a little slice of heaven. We spent Sunday and Monday night at the Hotel and by doing that we avoided the snow and hail that visited our campsite.

 Brewers vs Rangers

Maryvale Baseball Park holds a special place for me. It was here I snagged my first live game home run ball.

Here’s a link to that blog entry back in 2009:

Snagged my Holy Grail at Maryvale

This would be my first time back to Maryvale since 2009 and I had visions of another home run snag, however this time I wanted to catch it on the fly. The weather was sketchy at best with the sky clear in some areas and pouring rain in other.

I hardly took any pictures at this game as my focus was a home run ball.

If you want to see some game pictures check out the Rox Addicts blog entry on this game.

I did try to get a good one of Brad Hawpe for Queen Geri..Here’s the best I could do Queen, just know I was think’n of ya :)

Although not in the best neighborhood Maryvale Baseball Park is my favorite little spring training stadium. I love the vibe here. Nobody messes with you, the food is reasonably priced and this park has a fantastic berm.

Here’s a few shots of this little gem.

Look at the flags in the above picture. The wind was blowing and it wasn’t one of those warm desert winds. This was a chill you to the bone cold wind.

This park is Happy Youngster stomping grounds and I was on the lookout for that bright yellow shirt. Unfortunately I didn’t run into my friend Nick.

Due to the rain this game was called before it got to the 5th inning, so in the end this game really wasn’t a game.

I’m “D” The Ranter and I’ll be back Maryvale, my ticket is good for two years.

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