The Phoenix area is home to the Cactus League, spring-training central for 15 of the major league baseball teams.
Pretty much anywhere you are in the valley, there is a spring training field nearby.
We were told that Surprise Stadium, winter home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, was the friendliest, so I told Bryce to pick out a game for us to go to.
On Wednesday, the Texas Rangers were playing the Los Angeles Angels. It was a beautiful afternoon, and a great day for baseball.
We bought tickets for the lawn, and joined the rest of the crowd enjoying the hot, sunny afternoon.
We didn’t get there early enough to see any batting practice,
but it wasn’t long until the teams came onto the the field and started warming up,
and signing a few autographs.
The game got underway, and the Angels quickly took the lead.
Not even ex-Tiger, Prince Fielder, could get a good hit. The Rangers had a bad day, and lost to the Angels 12-1.
The game wasn’t too exciting (almost a complete blow-out), but we’d still rather be sitting there in the sun and warm weather, than back in Michigan where it was cold and snowing!