Spring Training Trip 2014: Day 2 Entry 1

We went out to Maryvale Baseball Park to see the Rangers play the Brewers for an afternoon game. The Rangers are running split squads today, so the only regular position playing starters for the Milwaukee game were Sin-Soo Choo and Leonys Martin. Martin Perez pitched and was pretty good for three innings. He eventually gave up five runs, though.

Then, the travesty that is Michael Kirkman came on in relief and, immediately walked the bases loaded. My friend Brian and I had earlier discussed the Brewers Mark Reynolds, who is a guy who either strikes out or hits a homerun. Reynolds came up with bases loaded. Brian called a homer, and Reynolds took Kirkman deep to center for a grand slam.

The Rangers didn’t score until the ninth, when Ronald Guzman hit a three run homerun. We had left by then, however. So, we have been to two Ranger games, watched 17  total innings, and have yet to see the Rangers score a run.

We had great seats, though. Right behind the Ranger dugout, first row. The weather was great and the Maryvale Ballpark is probably my favorite one we have visited. It was very open, not crowded, and pretty well shaded. The tickets were the cheapest we’ve seen.  Our seats only cost $17 each. Lawn seats were $8. The most expensive ticket was only $23. That’s just $3 more than lawn seats at the Angels park in Tempe.

There was a booth set up where Rollie Fingers and George Foster were signing and selling autographs to raise money for the Ferguson Jenkins Foundation. I got to meet Mr. Fingers and picked up an autographed MLB ball for my collection. His mustache was as awesome as it has ever been.

We meet my friend Kevin later and head to dinner. Tonight we are going back out to Surprise to see the Rangers other half play the Cubs. Hopefully we will finally see some offense.

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