Spring Training Tour 2014 – Getting my Spring Fix

The same sun that has been shining on the Arizona Wildcats basketball team, has made spring training absolutely wonderful.   We’ve been able to soak up the sun, attend games every day, and wear shorts every night.  The weather has been perfect and the company even better.

Basking in the Arizona sun

Basking in the Arizona sun

One of the highlights was celebrating St.Patrick’s Day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, which opened in 1964.    It’s the springtime home of the Oakland A’s and seats 7,885 fans.  One of the coolest things is that it features the original light poles from the old Polo Grounds in New York!

The party starts early with A's fans!

The party starts early with A’s fans!

 

The old stadium has seen its share of baseball history, such as the first home run ever hit in the park came off the bat of Hall of Famer Willie Mays!

Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame pitcher, was at the game

Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame pitcher, was at the game

 

This will be the last season that the A’s will play in the stadium as they move to Mesa next season, but Arizona State University  will be moving in and calling Phoenix Municipal Stadium home.

 

It doesn't have to be St. Partrick's Day to wear green if you're an A's fan

St. Patrick’s Day and 86 degree weather put A’s fans in a party mood!

 

The A’s always have many former players at the ballpark to sign autographs!

Cy Young winner Rollie Fingers poses with a fan

Cy Young winner Rollie Fingers poses with a fan

 

Current players are also available to sign autographs.

A young fan shows off an autograph from pitcher Paul Smyth

A young fan shows off an autograph from pitcher Paul Smyth

The access to the players is amazing.

Paul Taylor puts his mark on a baseball

Paul Taylor puts his mark on a baseball

Before MoneyBall, the A’s had a different management philosophy, and they won the American League Pennant three straight years in the 1970’s.

Bert Campaneris was the first player to play all nine positions in one game

Bert Campaneris, a key to the A’s success in the 1970’s, was the first player to play all nine positions in one game

The A’s capped off a great day at the ballpark with a 6-2 win over the Cubs.

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White Sox vs. Brewers

Brewers vs. Diamondbacks

Mariners vs. Diamondbacks

Giants vs. Reds

 

 

 

 

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