Reds and Dreads

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.

Peoria Sports Complex

Peoria Sports Complex

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:

John Baker felt bad after this lady dropped her cards everywhere.

Be sure to have a firm grip on your box of cards when passing cards through a fence.

Beautiful day to re-alphabetize your cards after spilling them all over the place.

Beautiful day to re-alphabetize your cards after spilling them all over the place.

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.

Who's on first?

Yasmani Grandal and Joey Votto

Yasmani Grandal and Joey Votto

Yasmani Grandal and Joey Votto

Anthony Bass started the game for the Friars and he pitched a solid and efficient 2 innings.  Homer Bailey started for Cincinnati.

Anthony Bass

Anthony Bass

Homer Bailey

Homer Bailey

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.

Padres best the Reds 7-5

Padres best the Reds 7-5

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.

Yeison Asencio

Yeison Asencio

Cameron Maybin

Cameron Maybin

Dinner tonight was at the Tilted Kilt where we turned our parking ticket into a huge plate of nachos.

Use your parking ticket for a free App at Tilted Kilt

Use your parking ticket for a free App at Tilted Kilt

Nachos!!  I know- not the picture you wanted to see from the Tilted Kilt

Nachos!! I know- not the picture you wanted to see from the Tilted Kilt

Finally, here are 2 more entrants to the best beard on the Padres competition:

Nick Vincent - Contestant #2

Nick Vincent – Contestant #2

Andrew Cashner - Contestant #3

Andrew Cashner – Contestant #3

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About sdjonnyg

San Diego native and die hard Padres fan who enjoys catching Spring Training games and soaking in a ton of baseball every year. This blog is a daily recap of our adventures in the 2017 Cactus League in Phoenix, Arizona.
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