Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Training Day #2

Day 2 of spring-training 2009 was awesome! The Rangers were playing at their home field today in Surprise, AZ, which meant that they would be practicing on their practice fields before the game started. The games are at 1:00pm and practice is from 10:00-11:30am. The gates to the practice fields open at 10:00am for the fans to enter the practice area and watch the players. Dad and I arrived right at 10:00am and were part of about 300 fans (estimate on my part) who came to watch practice. It is such a cool experience, being close to the players as they take batting-practice, field balls, do calisthenics, etc. But the neatest part is talking to the players, walking with them between fields, and getting their autographs. Dad and I both filled up a baseball with the autographs of many of the Rangers star-players.

After practice, we again had great seats for the actual game. The Rangers won again (8-5) with some great hitting and some good pitching down the stretch. And to top off the experience, about 15 minutes into the game, Nolan Ryan came and sat down about three seats away from us (we were sitting in the first row behind home plate). I talked to him briefly, and he was very nice to both of us, even signing one of our baseballs.

Today will be hard to beat - it was a great day...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's so cool that you and your dad were able to go to Spring Training together. Like any baseball fan, I had a little drool of envy as I read about the last two days.

Paul Willamson