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Today’s game was at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, home of the Oakland A’s. This is the most primitive stadium I’ve seen in the Cactus League. There’s really nowhere to get close to the players, no lawn seating, and plenty of bleachers. It’s just ok.
Things got started with quite a bang! Lead-off hitter Alex Gordon for the Royals hit another homerun to get things going. Now deep into pre-season, Gordon is still hitting over .500. In fact, very few guys on Kansas City’s roster seem to be hitting below .350. They’re still tearing it up in spring training.
My mistake, Billy Butler is only hitting .343…
Perhaps what I’ll really remember about this game is seeing one of my favorite players growing up, Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals…
He was signing autographs alongside Rollie Fingers and Bert Campaneris. Willie was quite the speedster. He stole a lot of bases and led the league in triples nearly every year. I couldn’t afford the autograph, but when he got up to smoke a cigarette, I nearly went over and chatted with him. Only I really couldn’t think of much to say that he hasn’t already heard. (Yes, he was smoking a cigarette)!
Final Score : Oakland Athletics 6, Kansas City Royals 3