While I do enjoy watching my two favorite teams (Cubs and Rockies) I also enjoy seeing other teams play while in Arizona and today we went to Surprise to watch the Royals (wife is a Royals fan so we usually end up in Surprise at some point for the game and Rio Mirage’s tacos).
And while I also enjoy watching Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez I really enjoy trying to find the next best thing to watch them play during the spring. The Rockies don’t have anyone in their organization right now that really, truly excites me but the Royals are full of young talent. I couldn’t find Bubba Starling I did get to see Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas play today (it wasn’t my first time but still seeing players who are supposed to be the next superstars of the baseball world is what makes Spring Training so great).
I was very surprised when we walked into the stadium and Tim Lincecum was on the mound. The two-time Cy Young award winner was on his game and cruised through the first three innings, including Hosmer and Moustakas (Timmy made Moustakas look silly on an off-speed pitch in the second inning). In the fourth Lincecum blocked a hot shot back at him, walked a batter and eventually allowed a run before his day was over. No sooner did he enter the dugout after the fourth ended did he step right back out onto the field to walk to the exit to leave. He must have had a tee time.
On the other side of the field the Royals started Luke Hochevar, the Fowler High School grad, and he was also in mid-season form: the San Francisco Giants launched missiles all over park. It was some kind of small miracle that the Giants only scored two runs. The outs that the Royals did record were warning track shots or smoke jobs that just happened to be hit right at a Royals outfielder.
Being that this is a Rockies blog I will not pour on with details about other teams, but since the Rockies will see the Giants at least a few times in 2012 I will say that their offense didn’t look impressive but Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey were both MIA so the only two bats worth paying money to see were not around.
I did take three more pictures that I think are a bit interesting so I will just include those in below. Tomorrow I take my boy to Camelback to see the Rockies take on the Dodgers. Can’t wait.
Brandon Crawford and Eli Whiteside running in the outfield during the game. As often as I see it I never grow tired of players running during a live baseball game. Oh, and is Whiteside’s hair REALLY that white? Was his named changed when they saw his silver head of hair?
I thought Salt River was the only place selling bombers of Sierra Nevada. Wrong! They didn’t have Fat Tire today but another Pale Ale? Sounds good!
And finally…I cannot believe how some of these people live! It was low to mid-80′s today and this guy was wearing a blue hoodie and dark sweat pants and he didn’t appear to be sweating. Not at all. If I had been wearing that I would have melted. The folks I see wearing jeans I just figure are locals, but some of these people are obviously a lot more tolerant to heat than I am.
Speaking of heat: all the pools and water parks are closed here even though the temperature is supposed to be low to mid-80′s all week. This is still “winter time” to these crazies! I would be shocked if kids weren’t running through sprinklers in Denver if the temperature hits 80 this week.
(I always wish it would snow in Denver when I visit Phoenix for Spring Training and it sounds like that is not happening this week.)