Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day 3

The complex where the boys are playing is the spring training facility for two major league baseball teams -- the Padres and the Mariners.  It sits on 145 acres and in the center there's a baseball stadium that seats over 11,000 people.  It is surrounded by 12 major league-sized practice baseball fields. The 'tower' pictured here provides views of four of the fields to the hundreds of coaches and scouts that attend from all over the country.

I know there are hundreds of them because I counted them, when they were all standing in front of  me at the concession stand.  I said, "Excuse me!  There's an awesome, talented and might I add very handsome, 6' 2" pitcher, playing over on field #5 in about 20 minutes, and he's worth taking a look at."  No one said anything except the one balancing his Coke and hot dog and clip board.  He said, "Could you please pass the ketchup?"
It's been quite an experience seeing so many great athletes and so much talent all in one place.  Not to mention the years of experience that the coaches have and their passion for sharing their knowledge with the next generation of players. The boys are having a great time playing the game they love better than any other. They can't get enough, and in the evenings they are gathered around the t.v. watching the Yankees and the Rangers play.

Our time here is going by too fast.  Tomorrow morning we have one more game before heading home.

"Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off."  Bill Veeck


Donnetta said...

WOW! This sounds like quite the experience. To add to it you are generating quite a list of "stories" to remember from the trip as well. :-)

Stay cool....

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like you are having great time!

Have a safe trip home.


Bill said...

Pack carefully! You don't want to leave anything behind. Wishing you a safe trip to home-sweet-home.

Susanne said...

Looks like you guys are all having a wonderful time. I always loved watching my daughter play in tournaments.