Spring Baseball is back in the Valley of the Sun. Every year baseball fans from all over the world travel to Phoenix, AZ to enjoy the sunshine while watching their favorite stars and promising new prospects prepare for the major league season.
This year’s Cactus League will be a 34-day long event starting on February 21 with a meeting between the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners in Mesa, AZ. The spring baseball season will be a month long event with the teams playing over 200 games in front of nearly 2 million happy fans.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and the Texas Rangers all call Arizona their spring training home. With 10 different ballparks hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. While the rest of the nation is still fighting off the remains of a long winter Arizona will be enjoying mild temperatures and sunny days. It seems that each year popularity for the game grows.
Here are a couple of tips for those of you that want to join in the festivities:
- Get your tickets early. Popular teams will sell out fast so plan ahead.
- Wear sunscreen the Arizona sun is intense! Put it on before you head out to the park and bring more to apply during the game.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water and bring a hat, sunglasses and lightweight clothing that will protect you from the sun.
- Most ballparks have lawn seats which will save you money. Bring a blanket and relax.
In addition, each park will feature some of their regional cuisine such as Chicago style Italian Beef, Wisconsin bratwurst, Sonoran hot dogs and Kansas City barbeque, etc. so feel free to indulge yourself.
Remember, “You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark.”
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