Posts tagged ‘spring training’

April 1, 2016

Top Ten Reasons why AZ’s Spring Training is the Best Time of Year

If you know me well, or at least well enough to be social media friends, then you know that I love spring training. Aside from being a SF Giants fan (#WeAreGiant), living within two miles from Scottsdale Stadium, running into Hunter Pence on his way into Herb Box, and loving that the bars in Old Town transform into orange-and-black mania … I really do love all of spring training and believe that even NON-Giants fans should too.

Here are the TOP TEN reasons why Arizona’s Spring Training is the BEST TIME OF YEAR:

10. The unique and intimate stadiums. Each stadium has such a distinctive look and feel, and it is a great way for each city to highlight their culture.

9. The weather. Spring in Arizona is amazing. No explanation needed. Come all ‘yee snowbirds!

8. The fact that it’s low key. Each game really feels like you’re watching a good ‘ole blast of America’s past time.

7.  The fans. Everyone is in a good mood, happy, laughing, drinking (!) and enjoying themselves. Families, Tinder dates, Bachelorette parties, die-hards, or just your normal group of friends – we all make for great people watching.

6. The grass and the sun. Let’s just admit it: sitting in the lawn is where it’s at. Just put your butt down on that green grass, soak up some sun, watch kids (or adults) roll down the hill, or walk around the stadium for entertainment.

5. The excuse to take a day off work. Plenty of folks use spring training as a week-long or month-long (!) time away from real life. Bring your clients, co-workers or just straight up play hooky.

4.  The teams. Everyone comes dressed sporting in their favorite team’s gear, no matter which teams are actually playing that day. I particularly love that Scottsdale overnight turns into the replica of San Francisco in October of 2010, 2012, 2014, and soon to be 2016 (!).

3. The fact that you can see, smell, and touch (!) the players. Grab some autographs, take a selfie, or smell the bullpen when you walk to grab a beer. It’s magical.

2. The game. Baseball is good for the soul.

1. The harmony. Spring training is something we can ALL love. March Madness brings out the worst in people (in my humble opinion) and while football season is amazing for its own reasons, it’s isolating. Spring Training brings people together from around the country, it’s really not a big deal if your team doesn’t win that day, and it is all about relaxing and having fun.

So as I sadly say goodbye to this year’s spring training season and look forward to regular season baseball, I ask that you join me in a big thank you to the Cactus League for another amazing ST, and always: remember to just, love life.