I started the day off at Maryvalle Ballpark. It was a game between the Brewers and the Texas Rangers. Maryvalle ballpark is home of the Milwaukee Brewers.This day the Rockies were scheduled to play the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, but we chose to head to Maryvalle Ball Park it was Hank Aaron Bobble head day. So we got to the stadium early and the weather was overcast.
So we headed over to the Minor League Fields. The Brewers Triple A and double A teams were playing against the Reds Minor League Teams. So as we were watching players warming up. We noticed a large amount of the Japanese Press standing around waiting for someone, then a cart pulled up with this player.
He is Takashi Saito he is a pitcher for the Brewers. Takashi played 13 years in Japan before coming to the USA in 2005. He has played for the Red Sox, Braves and now the Brewers.
Minor League Catcher reaches for a ball outside during warm ups in the bullpen.
Players Heading to the field
A look into the Reds Dugout. Most of these players are from their Minor league team in Louisville Bats. Also their Double a Team The Carolina Mudcats Located outside of Raliegh,N.C.
Here is the BNW to show off my mad photo skillz. Bat end in fence.
Player operating radar gun behind home plate.
Takashi Saito Pitching in the 4th inning of the game for the Brewers. The Brewers Minor League affiliates are the Triple A Nashville Sound and Double A Huntsville Stars. At this time there are to games going on adjacent fields. After this I headed over to the neighboring field for a few photos.
Runner tries to stop between 2nd and 3rd base.
This is the runner rounding third as the ball was hit to the outfield on the next pitch. So after about an hour watching ball on the back fields it was time to head over to get in line for the Major League game.
Nothing screams Brewers baseball like empty cases of Miller Beer.
Another BNW to Show …. Ahhhh nevermind!!!!!
Handing out the Hank Aaron Bobble Heads inside the gates.
A look from Right field of Maryvalle Stadium. When we got into the stadium the Brewers were taking batting practice so the game was looking very promising. So there was only about 5 min. of batting practice before they wrapped it up and only one ball was hit to the berm and who got it but………
Robert the ball that pretty much landed at his feet on the berm. I thought I had a better chance at catching some baseballs this day since he forgot his glove and I had mine well that did not matter. Now I know the ball magnet is not in his glove!!!
Well after about an hour of rain the game was called off. It was cool talking to a few Rockies fans that were at this game also. So the tix for this game will be good for any Spring Training game for the next 2 years so I got a ticket for a future game. After this game we were suppose to head to Peoria for a Mariners game but figured it would also be rained out. So we figured we would head over to Salt River Fields to see of anything was going on there. We knew their was a game that night but wasn’t sure if it was going to be played. After we figured that the game was going to be played we headed into the Stadium for the game between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.
A look at the sunset at SRF Before the game.
LA Dodgers outfielder Andre Either signing autographs.
D’Backs Pitcher Ian Kennedy throws first pitch to Dodgers SS Gordon.
Another look at Ian Kennedy throwing a pitch.
Andre Either in the on deck circle before his at bat in the 1st. inning
After the first inning I took notice of a very familiar man sitting 10 rows in front of me. So I asked the usher if that is……
….and she answered yes that is Tommy Lasorda.
Dodgers SS makes play at second on D’Backs player Stephen Drew.
So after the third inning we were allowed to go down for autographs. This is Tommy Lasorda signing an autograph for Robert. Then he signed a ball for me as well.
After about another half inning or so he left.
The next photo I really like it is of The Dodger SS making a play in the 2nd inning.
The play ended up being an era as he hit the ground before the throw was made to first.
Clayton Kershaw pitching with runner on 2nd.
Chris Young crosses plate for the D’backs 1st run of the game of a Miranda 1B.
Ex Rockies Utility man Melvin Mora at bat in the 4th inning.
Andre Ether at bat in the 6th inning.
This is him being thrown out at first base.
Kids sliding down the wet grass of the berm.
The final score of the game was the Diamond backs 3 LA Dodgers 0. It was a fun game to watch. It was a fun game to watch not really caring who won or lost and best of all and an event that made the trip well worth it I MET TOMMY LASORDA!!!!!
Watering the back fields after the D’backs game on the Rockies side of the complex.
Once again thanks for checking out the post. Even though I am home there are still post from spring training I will be posting, Still another game and the Diamondbacks side of Salt River Fields. before the Rockies Home Opener on April first and the Public practice at Coors Field on March 31. Have a great Spring training story email me @ Rox_addict@yahoo.com. This is for a future post featuring the readers of the Addict. If you have an opinion on The New Complex let me know what it is would love to hear from you guys.