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RiverCat Journal : Goodyear Ballpark

Posted by on March 11, 2013

Current Venue:  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Area)
Campground: Tempe Travel Trailer Villa
Visiting : Goodyear Ballpark

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When I arrived at Goodyear Park I was under the impression it was perhaps the oldest one in the Cactus League.  Not true.  It’s crude appearance is due to the fact it was never really finished.  Now here’s a park I can relate to — financial distress is my specialty lately!  Luckily yesterday’s ballgame only cost $5 — for parking.  I was fortunate enough to be standing in line when a nice old fellow was looking for someone to take a free ticket off his hands!  RiverCat to the rescue…

goodyear ballpark, stadium

Five rows behind home plate!  Here’s a shot of first-base coach Sandy Alomar exchanging lineup cards…

goodyear ballpark, lineups

And first-base prospect Mike McDade at the plate…

goodyear ballpark, mcdade

The Rangers versus the Indians is not exactly the most premium match-up on my schedule.  It simply worked out to be the best one this day “on the way” to work.  My hope was that I’d stay entertained by lots of scoring.  Perhaps Brett Myers would give up a few runs…

goodyear ballpark, bullpen

It turns out the action on the field would be quite entertaining.  David Murphy is clearly a fan favorite amongst the Texans.  While he’s never put up superstar numbers in the major leagues, he seems to have an enthusiastic style and charisma at the plate that appeals to everyone…

goodyear ballpark, murphy

Bar none, this game had the best between-inning entertainment than any I’d been to this year.  Here’s a video of “Shark McGwire” in a dance-off with one of the players…

And I really enjoyed chatting with my neighbor, too…

goodyear ballpark, Indian fan

Ok, that wasn’t him.  But not only was he generous enough to give me a ticket, he was just a really nice guy enjoying his retirement and a pleasure to chat with.  And there was plenty to talk about as the two teams combined for 13 runs!

As I look at my remaining 6 games, I’m realizing that I’m taking a keen interest in this Kansas City club — as they are playing in three of them.  The Royals are 13 – 1 and are blowing teams away, scoring 17 runs versus the Angels yesterday!  Speaking of the Angels, they sort of got “bumped” from my schedule.  But I do want to see that incredible lineup again and perhaps try to get my baseball autographed by Albert Pujols, if I can find him.  I think a “bonus game” is in order at the end of the month…

Final Score : Texas Rangers  7,  Cleveland Indians  6



4 Responses to RiverCat Journal : Goodyear Ballpark

  1. Sandie

    Isn’t that neat that you were able to use that ticket and meet a new friend. Sounds like you are having a great time and that’s what’s important.

  2. RiverCat

    Definitely. The ticket was worth over $20 and he could have easily sold it for $10.

    • chey

      how neat being in the right place at the right time, same thing happened to me last summer and as I sat next to the guy who gave me the ticket we became fast friends.
      Glad the indians lost!!!! go tigers!! (smile)

  3. RiverCat


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