So like I said before, we are gonna have a more detailed post of the second RJ’s Fro spring training trip coming soon. Day One was very eventful capped off with a Padres victory. Here are some highlights from Day Two:
1. Woke up and headed over to Glendale to see the first of two games at Camelback Ranch
2. Brunch at “The Gym” – killer wings and Coronas for $2.50 (wtf?!?)
3. Parked in the dirt lot and had to walk about a mile through minor league fields and man-made lakes to the entrance
4. Met up with some Gaslamp Ball readers/commenters/cool guys and chilled in the outfield
5. Should have brought one dollar bills to bet on balls and strikes
6. Why are there baskets of rocks all over Camelback Ranch? I guess the Dodgers ran out of money to do something a little more eye pleasing
7. Mat Latos is bringing it. According to Corey Brock, he should get the 5th spot for that performance. LeBlanc, Stauffer, and Gallagher think differently right now.
8. Padres victory over the White Sox! Aaron Cunningham continues his hot spring.
9. We go down to give props to Cunningham, and Rick is more than enthusiastic about it. Maybe that’s the alcohol.
10. In between games the RJ’s Fro crew and the Horning sisters proceed to get some margaritas over by the University of Phoenix Stadium and watch Northern Iowa ruin everyone’s bracket.
11. Game two vs. the Duds! Our group is 6 out of the 12 Padres fans in the house. Surprisingly a lot of Giants fans are there to root for the Padres. The only good thing about Giants fans are their mutual hatred for the Dodgers.
12. Wade Leblanc is lights out as the Padres are taking care of the Duds pretty easily.
13. We meet an usher with a Rollie Fingers stache…picture taken.
14. The few Dodger fans we meet are nice, but that’s only because we are not in LA.
15. Post game at Grimaldis and the Auld Dubliner. Dan Hayes from NC Times makes an appearance. Good baseball talk and a great way to close out two Padres victories!
After a doubleheader and a long night, we need to get some rest for Day Three. Here is what happened:
1. Wake up late and it takes FOREVER to get from our hotel (over by the airport) to Peoria.
2. Another beautiful day for baseball.
3. Head up to the press box to give Josh Ishoo, Dan Hayes, and Jenny Cavnar some RJ’s Fro t-shirts…gotta spread the Fro love.
4. Latos spotting in the stands watching the game. I wonder how many nonbloggers and nonsportswriters knew he was a fan that day?
5. Chicken tenders and fries for lunch – fantastic.
6. RJ’s Fro Fastest Pitch contest: Marshall – 72 mph, Beautown – 71 mph (I usually cant break 60, so breaking 70 was a milestone for me), SDPads1 – 42 mph (ok, it was more around 63, but it looked like 42) **I protest Marshall’s 72 mph winning pitch because he got an extra pitch which was the winner – who knows what would have happened if I got an extra pitch**
7. RJ’s Fro Accuracy contest: Winner – SDPads1 (who then proceed to boast about his plastic medal he won for the next two hours) Marshall and I couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. We were too pumped from the Fastest pitch contest.
8. Finally met Dallas, Mat Latos’s girlfriend, at the game. She is a twitter superstar like SDPads1. Very cool.
9. Gallagher on short rest struggles but our offense bails him out led by Jerry Hairston Jr.
10. Dave Winfield, Jeff Moorad, and Jed Hoyer hanging out in the first row by the Padres dugout. Good to see them among the common folk.
11. Padres win!
12. 5 hour drive back home with a quick pit stop at Arby’s. Marshall eats 17 roast beef sandwiches.
This was my first ever trip to spring training. I had an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back next year. I want to thank Padres media relations for helping us out. The team went 4-0 while the Fro was out there. We looked really good and I am excited to see what these kids can do come April.