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Current Venue: Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Area)
Campground: Tempe Travel Trailer Villa
Visiting : Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, AZ
Peoria Sports Complex is home to the Padres and Mariners. After seeing a small crowd at the Rangers-Royals game, I wasn’t expecting over 11,000 fans at this one! But it seems Giants and Cubs are consistently the big draws in the Cactus League.
I couldn’t resist the speed-pitch contest!
The $1 entry goes to charity, and then winners in each age category receive a t-shirt. The radar seemed a little “suspect” to me. My first throw was just a warmup at 71 so I figured I at least had a chance of the 76 mph top-score in the old-folks category. My next pitch was easily my fastest and I thought for sure I was the new leader — the reading said 10 mph! Ooook. Apparently the machine is not capable of 3-digit readouts — I’m sure it was 100 mph. My last pitch I bounced it for a 46 mph reading. Oops.
Here’s Seattle’s Michael Morse…
Much of the entertainment this evening on the lawn was an unnaturally large moth terrorizing the spectators. Finally a young lady won my admiration when she casually picked it up citing that moths don’t bite. Very true. But she lost my respect a tiny bit when she returned the moth to the wild — 50 feet away. Yeah, right, that’ll work.
I believe this would be the closest game I’ve seen in the Cactus League, incredibly enough. There were a couple lead changes but even this one was pretty much over by the 8th inning…
Final Score : Seattle Mariners 6, San Francisco Giants 3