Ahhh, Spring Training. It’s a baseball experience like no other. Cheap(er) tickets, players jogging on the warning path during the game, idyllic Phoenix weather. And it’s romantic! Francy and I had our first date at a Spring Training game. Whoda thunk 19 years after that Brewers vs. Cubs game we’d be married with two teenagers?
There are several Major League Baseball teams with spring training camps based in Phoenix that call the Cactus League home ”“ the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, and San Francisco Giants. Other teams are based in Tucson and frequently play in Phoenix such as the Diamondbacks,
White Sox (Whoops, they moved to Phoenix this year. Thanks Michael!), and Rockies.
There are a lot of games held in the Cactus League. “Split Squad” games are not uncommon. Teams split in half and play separately which is why on schedules you’ll occasionally see the same team playing two games, sometimes at the same time. (These split squad games are usually designated “ss” on schedules.)
If you’ve never been to a Spring Training game, you’re missing out on a real treat. Trust me, just do it. You may wind up with a wife and two kids!
Get your 2009 Spring Training Schedule Here!
Here is a downloadable Cactus League Spring Training baseball schedule (courtesy of AZHardball.com).
Speaking of AZHardball.com, my friend Paul Martinez runs that amazing blog site. If there is anything you want to know about baseball in Arizona, look no further than AZHardball. Seriously, it’s that good.