Had a nice trip to the Phoenix area to take in some spring training baseball. I've been to spring training in Florida but not in Arizona until this week.
I was disappointed that the weather was...cold. When I got to Phoenix on Sunday, after driving through snow storms, yes snow storms in Arizona, I was dismayed to find rainy weather with the bank sign across the street from the hotel reading, 48-degrees.
I found the Phoenix area to be very clean, easy to navigate with great ballparks in close proximity to each other.
I took a trip to Surprise, Arizona to take in an Angels-Royals game. Got a chance to see "The Sizzler," better known as Doug Sisson, the KC first base coach (read the July 1st, 2011 post titled, "The Sizzler").
Doug was walking to the clubhouse during early work on a back field when I yelled, "Hey Sizzler!" Always quick with a smile, it was nice to see him after he said, "What are you doing here?"
Anyway, Doug, has experienced many spring trainings in Florida and Arizona and I asked him which he liked better.
"I like Florida better since I live there but because there are less distractions here the baseball factor is better here. It's better to get ready for the season here." Fair assessment.
Also saw the Rockies take on the Padres in Peoria, Arizona. Padres won a slugfest but Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki belted his first spring homer. It was a line drive to centerfield that took about 2.7 seconds to get out. Impressive.
Yogi Berra hated hitting spring training home runs. He felt that a homer in the spring was wasted and one he wouldn't get during the season. He liked to hit one spring homer to know he could still do it...and then not hit another round tripper until the season started. Makes sense to me.
All in all it was a fun trip. Thanks to The Turf crew for handling the show last Sunday night. It was nice to be a phone-in guest on my own show! Also, I'd like to thank Chris Llewellan at KKNT in Phoenix and Brian Force at Metro Networks for allowing me to broadcast our morning show, Kelley & Company during the week.
Also, thanks to KNUS General Manager Brian Taylor for sending me. KNUS is making great strides with our morning show and other things. His efforts along with those of Program Director Kelly Michaels makes me excited about the future of KNUS. Things are looking up!