Monday, February 25, 2013

Ah - Spring Training in Arizona

I've been waiting for it and now it is here - Cactus League Spring Training.  Thanks to the great people that run Surprise Stadium; Mark Coronado, Tara Combs and Jim Mallon, I am able to photograph Major League Baseball in the Cactus League.  The season started up this week and I got some shots of the Cactus League Luncheon and parts of the first game between the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals.

KC's Billy Butler breaking the first bat of the season
The Cactus League Luncheon, hosted by Cactus League President, Mark Coronado featured stories of MLB by Hall of Famer, George Brett and pitching phenom Gregg Maddux.

George Brett
The Cactus League is a tremendous economic engine for Arizona.  The fun of Spring Training in Arizona is the ability to get close to the field and see the action in a relaxed atmosphere (at least for the fans, not the players trying to make the team).

The games have all the features of regular season games with pre-game events, the singing of the National Anthem and, of course, the nine innings of Major League Baseball when every team starts at 0 wins and 0 losses and look forward to the World Series next fall.
Kansas City Royals lined up for the National Anthem
Signing Autographs









KC Mascot



Sundancer's Charity gives out scholarships before game







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