Spring Training - 2012

This is the 3rd time i've flown to Arizona for Spring Training Baseball. Here are the pictures from my first 2 trips:
Here's a map showing everywhere we were planning to go.
Arizona Spring Training Baseball Map
John flew down on Thurday to watch the Cubs game with Adam. Karrie and i flew down Friday night.

When i signed up for the car rental it ended up being cheaper to get the Ford Mustang with the 1 day free rental coupon we had. Then when we got to the car rental desk we got to choose between that or the Dodge Challenger.
Phoenix Arizona Rental Car
It was only a V-6 but it was a very smooth ride.
Phoenix Arizona Rental Car Dodge Challanger

Day 2:
Game 1: Salt River Fields - LA Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
(click to enlarge the panorama pictures)
Spring Training Baseball Scottsdale Arizona
This was the new Colorado Rockies stadium in Scottsdale. It was really nice and you got to see all of the players warming up in the batting cages.
Spring Training Baseball Scottsdale Arizona Batting Cages
Jason Giambi, on the far right of the picture, was on the team last year. I remember he hit a homerun in the game i saw, it cleared the wall by about 3 inches. This year he had a white beard and acted like more of a hitting coach.
Spring Training Baseball Jason Giambi
Like last year, there was a car show in the parking lot outside the stadium. There weren't as many cars though this year.
Scottsdale Arizona Car Show Ferrari
Adam and John pointing toward home plate.
Spring Training Baseball Scottsdale Arizona Stadium

Spring Training Baseball Scottsdale Arizona Stadium
Here are some panoramic pictures of the stadium.Spring Training Baseball Scottsdale Arizona Stadium Panorama
Baseball Scottsdale Arizona Stadium Panorama
Baseball Scottsdale Stadium
Lawn Seats Scottsdale Spring Training
Game 2: Camelback Ranch - Kansas City Royals vs. San Diego Padres
Peoria Spring Training Baseball Stadium
Adam, John and I.
Peoria Spring Training Baseball Stadium Dodgers
Cameron Maybin, the former Detroit Tigers number 1 prospect, was on the Padres. It was a good thing we got rid of him when we did, and got Miguel Cabrera in the process.

Players signing autograph's.
Spring Training Baseball Padres Autograph
Spring Training Baseball Peoria Arizona Stadium

Day 3:
Game 3 (1pm): Peoria Sports Complex - Colorado Rockies vs. Seattle Mariners
Sunday was cold and rainy so instead of going to the game, we went and watched Michigan State play in the NCAA tournament.

Then afterwords Karrie and i drove around Scottsdale to look at the million dollar houses in gated neighborhoods. We saw lots of Orange and Lemon trees and finally stopped near an alley to pick some. There are tons of orange trees that grow there. I was the driver and on lookout duty.
Scottsdale Arizona Orange and Lemon Trees
It turned out that they weren't quite ripe. They looked fine but weren't that flavorful.
Arizona Stealing Oranges and Lemons
The view of the mountains with the rain clouds behind them.
Mountains of Arizona
Mountains of Scottsdale Arizona

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