Thursday, March 14, 2013

Honoring Those that helped build Surprise

Mark Coronado with Hall of Fame honorees Bill Pupo (right) and Brenda Deshzo
I had the opportunity to take a few photos yesterday as the City of Surprise added two people to the Surprise Stadium Hall of Fame. Honored this year were Bill Pupo and the late Al Deshazo (accepting Brenda Deshazo).

Bill Pupo was City Manager when the Surprise Recreation complex was built and Al Deshazo was Assisting City Manager and responsible for the departments building the complex.  Deshazo passed away on January 25th, 2003.  Accepting the award was Al's wife Brenda.  Many of the friends and family of the honorees were on hand for the ceremony.
 As many of you know I was hired as the first Chief Information Officer / IT Director of the City in 2001.  My first day on the job I was taken out to the middle of the desert by Jerry Huston and told that we were standing on home plate and my first job was to get the wiring and technology to this site. The picture above was shot by me standing very close to that home plate in the now finished Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Below are some images from Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona.

Autographs
Autographs on top of the dugout

Grounds Crew before the game
The National Anthem



A couple of books about Spring Training:




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