Spring Training means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. People enjoy this smorgasboard of all things baseball in their own way. Some like to get some sun in the outfield while others like the up close baseball action in small ballparks.
For me, it is a chance to build excitement for the upcoming baseball season, a chance to meet the players I’ll be rooting for while getting a first look at those who may make the team in future years. Additionally, I like to get my baseball cards signed and there is no place like spring training to do that. Experience helps as it takes time to figure out the best places to go and when to be there. You also need to find a way to access your cards quickly as windows of opportunity here often close as fast as an Alt-F4. If you’re thinking of bringing a ton of cards in a box, you may end up like this poor lady:
Today’s game was the Padres vs. the Reds. I use twitter to see what the line ups will be for the day’s game hours before the contest begins. Good news: Joey Votto is making the trip to Peoria along with Brandon Phillips and Shin Soo Choo. There are many instances during spring training in which the star players don’t make the road trips. In another informative tweet, catcher Yasmani Grandal is making his spring debut for the Padres.
Anthony Bass started the game for the Friars and he pitched a solid and efficient 2 innings. Homer Bailey started for Cincinnati.
Jose de Paula gave up 2 to the Reds in the 3rd, but the Padres would battle back with 6 of their own in the 4th inning ultimately winning the game 7-5. 2 wins in a row and a 2-1 record for our 5 game trip so far.
Today’s haul of autographs was the best day so far. Everything is starting to click and the faces that were not familiar early on have now begun to attach themselves to names. I was able to get 49 cards signed today which brings my 3 day trip total to 108.
Dinner tonight was at the Tilted Kilt where we turned our parking ticket into a huge plate of nachos.
Finally, here are 2 more entrants to the best beard on the Padres competition: