Play Ball 2014
The Best of Arizona Cactus League Spring Training.
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T H E L E A D E R I N U P S C A L E G O L F C O U R S E M A N A G E M E N T ImgAZ_Play Ball.indd 1 1/6/14 3:38 PM 2 | Play Ball Magazine CONTENTS 6 8 10 Spring Training Tips Cactus League Spring Training Schedule Stadium Locator Map Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Chicago White Sox Los Angeles Dodgers 12 Camelback Ranch Chicago Cubs 14 GOODYEAR BALLPARK Milwaukee Brewers 16 CUBS PARK 18 MARYVALE BASEBALL PARK San Diego Padres Seattle Mariners Oakland Athletics 20 PEORIA SPORTS COMPLEX 22 Arizona Diamondbacks Colorado Rockies PHOENIX MUNICIPAL STADIUM San Francisco Giants SALT RIVER FIELDS AT 24 TALKING STICK Kansas City Royals Texas Rangers 26 SCOTTSDALE STADIUM Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 28 4 | Play Ball Magazine SURPRISE STADIUM 30 TEMPE DIABLO STADIUM President & CEO: Michael Atkinson Publisher: Cheryl Green Vice President of Operations: Audrey Webb Editorial Editor in Chief: michael gossie Associate Editor: Amanda Ventura Contributing Writer: MEG KRIVANEC Art Art director: Mike Mertes graphic designer: Lillian reid Digital Media Web Developer: eric shepperd Web & Graphic Designer: PERRI COLLINS Marketing/events manager: Angela Vaughn Experience Arizona/PLAY BALL Director of Sales and Marketing: ZOE TERRILL Arizona Business Magazine Senior Account Manager: David Harken Account Managers: Ann McSherry shannon spigelman Arizona Commercial Real Estate Account Manager: Steve Koslowski Ranking Arizona DIRECTOR OF SALES: SHERI KING Scottsdale living Account Manager: MARIANNE AVILLA AZ BUSINESS LEADERS Director of Sales: JEFF CRAIG Scottsdale home & Garden SHOW Exhibit Directors: Kerri Blumsack • Tina Robinson Office Special Projects Manager: Sara Fregapane Executive Assistant: mayra rivera Database Solutions Manager: Cindy Johnson A League Of Its Own F or one month, the stars align in Metro Phoenix — 15 professional baseball teams call the Phoenix Metro home. It’s a glorious time for locals and out-of-towners alike, who make it difficult to visit anywhere near Phoenix without catching a whiff of onion-covered hot dogs, the sounds of hundreds of peanuts being shelled and the urge to spend a string of sunny March days at the ballpark with thousands of cheering fans. Spring Training is a 67-year tradition in Arizona, since the Giants and Indians became the first two teams in the franchise in 1947. Those that have joined since run the gamut of talent. There are World Series champions as well as teams that have never contended for the Commissioner’s Trophy (see which on page 20). With 15 MLB teams playing at 10 parks all within a short drive of one another, the Cactus League offers the largest concentrated area of professional baseball facilities in the U.S. Unofficial fact: It’s also the leading cause of locals sneaking away for extended lunch breaks. Whether you’re a Phoenician or from Cincinnati, “Play Ball!” is a guide to making the most of spring training — from the entire league schedule on page 8 to guides on where to eat, play and stay near your stadium of choice. For the first time in three years, the Cactus League welcomes a new stadium. The Wrigleyville-inspired Cubs Park in Mesa will host its first Spring Training game on Feb. 27. The little piece of Chicago and its surrounding infrastructure is expected to have an economic impact of $137 million — that’s about 20 percent of the Cactus League’s last reported impact. Hohokam Stadium, the former home field of the Cubs, will undergo renovations through 2014 to open next season for the Oakland A’s. So, unpack your lucky jersey, grab your cap, slather on some sun screen and root, root, root for one of the 15 home teams! PHOTO BY / Lillian Reid 3101 North Central Avenue, Suite 1070 Phoenix, Arizona 85012 (602) 277-6045 azBIGmedia.com Amanda Ventura Associate Editor 602.277.6045 email@example.com Play Ball Magazine | 5 T he Arizona Cactus League welcomes you to our beautiful state and the 2013 Spring Training Season. In addition to enjoying the highest quality baseball and the best weather in America, you are part of one of the stateâ€™s most important economic engines. In 2012, a record 1.7 million fans attended Cactus League games at the ten state of the art stadiums throughout Maricopa County. The Arizona Cactus League has a $422 million dollar economic impact on our state during the Spring Training season. Throughout the rest of the year, the events at these magnificent facilities generate another $210 million. All told, the Cactus League and our associated facilities generate more than $630 million dollars of economic activity every year, not to mention the good times and great memories fans like you get to experience! This season, as you enjoy watching our 15 Cactus League teams, please take a moment to recognize the stadium volunteers and community leaders whose dedicated efforts ensure that your Spring Training experience is enjoyable and memorable. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to new ways we can continue to keep the Arizona Cactus League an unforgettable experience for you and your family. Thank you and enjoy the game! 6 | Play Ball Magazine cactusleagueaz.com $ NO DAILY RESORT FEE 244 SPRING TRAINING RATES FROM * YOU IN Talking Stick Resort is excited to welcome back the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies for Spring Training. And we’re thrilled to welcome back their fans – book now to enjoy spectacular Spring Training room rates from $244 per night, March 1st through 31st. 101 & INDIAN BEND | 480. 850.7777 | TALKINGSTICKRESORT.COM *Based on availability March 1-31, 2014. Not valid for groups or with any other offer. Locally owned and caringly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. 2014 SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL SCHEDULE For updates: CactusLeague.com Games start at 1:05 or 1:10 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise indicated. Dates, times and teams are subject to change. Tickets available through these ticket agencies: tickets.com (800.905.3315), ticketmaster.com (800.745.3000), Fry’s Marketplace locations or stadium box offices FEBRUARY / MARCH SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY FEBRUARY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY AZ - Arizona Diamondbacks CHI - Chicago Cubs CIN - Cincinnati Reds CLE - Cleveland Indians COL - Colorado Rockies CWS - Chicago White Socks KC - Kansas City Royals LAA - Angels of Anaheim LAD - Los Angeles Dodgers MIL - Milwaukee Brewers OAK - Oakland A’s SD - San Diego Padres SEA - Seattle Mariners SF - San Francisco Giants TEX - Texas Rangers Red = Night Game 26 LAD @ AZ CIN @ CLE OAK @ SF 27 AZ @ CHC CLE @ CIN TEX @ KC AZ @ LAD MIL @ OAK SD @ SEA 28 COL @ AZ CIN @ CLE CHC @ LAA CWS @ LAD SF @ OAK SEA @ SD MIL @ SF KC @ TEX 1 MARCH CHC @ AZ MIL @ AZ SF @ CHC CIK @ CIN CLE @ CWS SD @ KC LAD @ MIL TEX @ OAK LAA @ SEA 2 SEA @ CLE MIL @ COL KC @ CHC OAK @ LAA SD @ LAD CIN @ SD AZ @ SF CWS @ TEX 3 COL @ AZ LAA @ AZ SEA @ CIN KC @ CWS CHC @ MIL LAD @ OAK SOL @ SEA SD @ SF CLE @ TEX 4 OAK @ CHC CWS @ CLE SF @ COL CIN @ KC TEX @ LAA SEA @ LAD MIL @ OAK AZ @ SD 5 KC @ AZ COL @ CHC LAD @ CIN SD @ CWS OAK @ MIL CLE @ SEA LAA @ SF COL @ TEX 6 OAK @ AZ CHC @ CLE SEA @ CWS CWS @ KC LAS @ LAA COL @ MIL TEX @ SD CIN @ SF 7 CLE @ CHC CWS @ CIN LAA @ COL SF @ KC CHC @ LAA TEX @ LAD SD @ MIL AZ @ OAK CIN @ SEA 8 CHC @ CIN OAK @ COL AZ @ CWS KC @ MIL AZ @ LAA SEA @ LAD CLE @ SD SEA @ SF LAD @ TEX 9 SD @ AZ MIL @ CHC MIL @ CLE COL @ KC SF @ LAD CWS @ OAK TEX @ SEA 10 SEA @ AZ LAA @CLE SD @ COL CWS @ MIL OAK @ LAD KC @ SEA CHC @ SF CIN @ TEX 11 CLE @ AZ COL @ CHC SF @ CIN TEX @ CWS LAD @ KC SEA @ LAA OAK @ SD 12 SD @ CLE AZ @ COL CIN @ COL MIL @ LAA AZ @ LAD KC @ OAK CHC @ SEA CWS @ SF LAA @ TEX 13 SEA @ AZ KC @ CLE CWS @ LAA CIN @ LAD COL @ OAK MIL @ SD FS @ TEX 14 LAD @ CHC TEX @ CIN SEA @ COL CLE @ CWS OAK @ KC AZ @ MIL LAA @ SD COL @ SF 15 AZ @ CLE LAA @ COL LAD @ CWS CHC @ KC CIN @ MIL SD @ LAD TEX @ OAK SF @ SEA OAK @ SF @3:05 16 MIL @ AZ CLE @ CHC OAK @ CIN SEA @ LAA COL @ LAD KC @ SD CLE @ SF CWS @ TEX 17 LAA @ CHC CLE @ CIN TEX @ KC CWS @ MIL SF @ LAA CHC @ OAK COL @ SD 18 SF @ CLE OAK @ CWS TEX @ MIL SD @ SEA CHC @ TEX 19 OAK @ CLE CHC @ COL LAA @ CWS CIN @ KC MIL @ SEA 20 SEA @ CHC TEX @ CIN MIL @ COL LAA @ KC SF @ SD 21 KC @ CIN CLE @ COL CHC @ CWS KC @ LAA SD @ SEA OAK @ SF MIL @ TEX 22 CIN @ CHC COL @ CLE SEA @ COL SF @ CWS TEX @ KC LAA @ MIL SEA @ OAK CWS @ SD 23 CWS @ COL CLE @ LAA CHC @ OAK MIL @ CIN OAK @ SEA KC @ SF SD @ TEX 24 SD @ CHC CLE @ CIN KC @ COL SF @ LAA CWS @ SEA OAK @ TEX 25 LAA @ CHC TEX @ CLE COL @ CWS SEA @ KC SF @ MIL CIN @ OAK CHC @ SD 26 CHC @ AZ MIL @ CLE CIN @ CWS LAA @ OAK KC @ SD @ 12:05 COL @ SF SEA @ TEX @12:05 27 CLE @ AZ CWS @ CHC@12:05 AZ @ CIN@12:05 CIN @ MIL 28 CLE @ SD COL @ SEA 29 SEA @ COL @12:10 CLE @ SD 8 | Play Ball Magazine Old West Where the meets the new west If you want it then weâ€™ve got it. Downtown Scottsdale is the place. From carriage rides to singing cowboys. From food to fashion. From art galleries to nightlife. The Scottsdale Downtown Districts feature a variety of dining, shopping, hotels, special events, arts and entertainment catering to every visitor. Explore Downtown and find your next piece of art, idea, and experience. Park once and explore all that Scottsdale Downtown has to offer on the FREE TROLLEY. www.scottsdaledowntown.com | find us on Thank heaven for 1947 The groudbreaking year that gave baseball fans more than just the Cactus League C actus League baseball was born in 1947 when two teams — the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants — traveled to Arizona to prepare for the long season ahead. Teams soon realized that the Grand Canyon state boasts the perfect climate and conditions for baseball. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. Beyond being the beginning of the Cactus League, 1947 goes down as one of the most significant years in baseball history. Here are some of the highlights from that groundbreaking year: April 15: Major League Baseball’s color line is officially broken when Jackie Robinson makes his major league debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. April 27: It is Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. Despite having throat cancer, Ruth speaks to the packed house, proclaiming, “The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball.” July 5: Larry Doby makes his debut for the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black baseball player in the American League, and fully integrating Major League Baseball. July 19: Hall of Fame Negro League player Willard Brown makes his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns. Brown would only appear in 21 games for St. Louis in his only major league season, batting .179 with one home run and six runs batted in. July 20: With both Hank Thompson and Willard Brown in the starting line-up, the St. Louis Browns become the first major league club to field two black players at the same time. Both players play all nine innings of both games of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox. August 26: Brooklyn Dodgers’ Dan Bankhead became the first black pitcher in the majors. He homered in his first major league plate appearance, but didn’t fare well on the mound. In 3⅓ innings of relief, he gave up 10 hits and six earned runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the game, 16–3. October 6: The New York Yankees defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-2, in Game 7 of the World Series to win their 11th world championship, four games to three. This was the first World Series involving a nonwhite player, as Dodgers 1B Jackie Robinson had racially integrated Major League Baseball at the beginning of the season. It was also the first Series to be shown on television although coverage was limited to New York City and surrounding environs. November 27: Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343 BA, 32 home runs, 114 RBI) is edged out by Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP Award by one point. One BBWAA member fails to include Williams anywhere on his ballot. GETTING TO THE GAMES 9 Surprise 5 Sun City Peoria Phoenix Scottsdale 8 6 7 Glendale 1 4 2 Avondale Phoenix N 1 2 3 4 4 3 Mesa 10 Tempe Gilbert Chandler Camelback Ranch Goodyear Ballpark Cubs Park Maryvale Baseball Park 5 Peoria Sports Complex 6 Phoenix Municipal Stadium 7 Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Scottsdale Stadium Surprise Stadium 10 Tempe Diablo Stadium 8 9 10 | Play Ball Magazine MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR UNFORGETTABLE. 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Camelback Rd., Glendale Seating Capacity: 13,000 Year Opened: 2009 Phone: 623.302.5000 HOME SCHEDULES CHICAGO WHITE SOX Date Time Opponent March 1 March 3 March 5 March 6 March 8 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Indians Royals Padres *Mariners Diamondbacks Rangers Indians Dodgers Athletics Cubs *Giants Rockies Reds March 11 1:05 March 14 1:05 March 15 7:05 March 18 1:05 March 21 1:05 March 22 7:05 March 25 1:05 March 26 1:05 *Split Squad Chicago White Sox When the White Sox moved from Florida in 1998, they helped christen Tucson Electric Park with the Diamondbacks, creating the league’s second shared facility. Their arrival also created a great crosstown spring training rivalry with the Cubs in Mesa. Games between the two teams continue to be among the league’s biggest draw. DID YOU KNOW: The fuzzy, green Chicago White Sox mascot is called “Southpaw,” a nickname for lefthanded pitchers. Eat Babbo Italian Eatery Hell’s Half-Acre A contemporary take on Italian fare you can spin your fork around This western bar within Westgate City Center has floor space perfect for two-steppin’ the night away Max’s Sports Bar LOS ANGELES DODGERS Date Time Opponent The writing’s on the wall — one look at the murals and you know Max’s is all about baseball Play Stand Up Live Class-A comedy club with adjoining bar and restaurant Copper Blues Feb. 27 Feb. 28 March 2 March 4 March 7 March 8 March 9 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 7:05 1:05 Diamondbacks White Sox Padres Mariners Rangers *Mariners Giants Athletics Diamondbacks Reds *Padres Rockies Westgate Entertainment District Immerse yourself in a vibrant dining and entertainment experience Los Angeles Dodgers The Dodgers have provided two of the biggest surprises in baseball — both nationally and locally. First, they left Brooklyn in 1958 and moved to the West Coast. Then almost as surprising as their move from Brooklyn to L.A. was their departure from their long-time “Dodgertown” spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., to Camelback Ranch in Glendale in 2008. DID YOU KNOW: The L.A. Dodgers were recently bought for $2 billion. Tanger Outlets Westgate Save up to 40% on brand name clothes, accessories, decor — even specialty food March 10 1:05 March 12 1:05 March 13 1:05 March 15 1:05 March 16 1:05 *Split Squad Stay Sheraton Crescent Hotel Olympic-sized pool and 166-foot waterslide as well as racquetball, sand volleyball and basketball Residence Inn by Marriott Renaissance Glendale Root for the home team, then retreat to your home away from home This hotel and spa is inspired by the colors of the desert sunset 12 | Play Ball Magazine COME AS YOU ARE, PLAY AS YOU GO. Play Ball Magazine | 13 flagstaffarizona.org | 888.774.6789 SPRING TRAINING LOGO CUBS PARK CHICAGO CUBS Stadium Info: 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa Seating Capacity: 14,000 Year Opened: 2014 Phone: 480.964.4467 PMS 1 Color Secondary Icon Lockup CHICAGO CUBS 1060 WEST ADDISON STREET CHICAGO, IL 60613 773.404.2827 CHICAGO.CUBS.MLB.COM Cubs Park After calling Hohokam Stadium in Mesa home away from home for 36 years, the Chicago Cubs will break in a new spring training facility with six home games starting on Feb. 27. The new Cubs Park in Mesa is fashioned after Wrigleyville in Chicago with amenities meant to remind fans of the homeland. The field, which cost more than $85 million, is expected to have an economic impact of $137 million for Arizona. As for Hohokam, the Oakland A’s are beginning renovations of the stadium with intent to play ball in it next year. The Cubs joined the Cactus League in 1952, when former owner Phillip K. Wrigley moved the team’s spring home from Catalina Island in California to Rendezvous Park, which is now downtown Mesa. Only the San Francisco/New York Giants have been a member of the Cactus League circuit for longer than the Cubs. DID YOU KNOW: The Chicago Cubs are still afflicted by the Curse of the Billy Goat. Rumor has it that when a fan wasn’t allowed to bring a goat into the stadium, he put a curse on the team that would never allow another World Series to be played at their home stadium, Wrigley Field. 14 | Play Ball Magazine Eat Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill! Two-step your way to a country dining and nightlife experience HOME SCHEDULE Cubs Date Time Opponent Portillo’s A true Cubs fan doesn’t need any introductions to this Chicago-based hot dog joint Feb. 27 March 1 March 2 March 4 March 5 March 7 March 9 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Diamondbacks *Giants Royals Athletics Rockies *Indians Brewers Rockies Dodgers *Angels Mariners Reds Padres White Sox Oregano’s This local chain pulls its inspiration — and deep dish pie recipe — from the owner’s Chi Town upbringing Play We-Ko-Pa Golf Club A hole-in-one: shopping, dining, top-ranked 18-hole courses, beautiful desert landscape Swing like it’s the ‘40s at the Big Band Dance on March 8 Air Force Aviation Museum Dave & Buster’s March 11 1:05 March 14 1:05 March 17 1:05 March 20 1:05 March 22 1:05 March 24 7:05 March 27 12:05 *Split Squad Play your favorite arcade games while slightly intoxicated — cheers! Stay Phoenix Marriott Mesa Near Mesa Arts Center, Natural History Museum, Arizona State University and Golfland/ SunSplash Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa Arizona Golf Resort Hotel Located in Mesa Riverview Shopping Center, stay near the action Located on a PGA-rated Championship Golf course, this place is an escape yet centralized Goodyear Ballpark Cincinnati Red/Cleveland Indians Stadium Info: 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear Seating Capacity: 10,311 Year Opened: 2009 Phone: 623.882.3120 HOME SCHEDULES CLEVELAND INDIANS Date Time Opponent Feb. 26 Feb. 28 March 2 March 4 March 6 March 9 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Reds Reds Mariners White Sox Cubs Brewers Angels Padres Royals Diamondbacks Giants Athletics Rockies Rangers Brewers March 10 1:05 March 12 1:05 March 13 1:05 March 15 1:05 March 18 7:05 March 19 1:05 Cleveland Indians The Indians are the Cactus League’s prodigal son. They returned to Arizona in 2009 after a 16-year hiatus in Florida, moving to the West Valley city of Goodyear. Prior to their departure at the conclusion of the 1992 Cactus League season, the Indians spent 45 springs at historic Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. DID YOU KNOW: Since 1973 a true Indians fan, John Adams, strikes a large drum bass at every home game. Eat Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Johnson was an entrepreneur, pilot, actor, stuntman, hypnotist, inventor, cowboy and disher of famous Western-style steaks and burgers March 22 1:05 March 25 1:05 March 26 1:05 *Split Squad Majerle’s Sports Grill This chain was started by former Phoenix Sun Dan Majerle — no wonder this menu will bring out your A-game CINCINNATI REDS Date Time Opponent Bella Luna Ristorante Lamb, steak and fish are flown in daily to this family-owned Italian restaurant Feb. 27 March 1 March 3 March 5 March 7 March 8 1:05 1:05 1:05 7:05 1:05 1:05 Indians Rockies Mariners Dodgers *White Sox Cubs Giants Rangers Athletics Indians Rangers Royals Brewers Indians *Diamondbacks Play Skate Zone Roller Rink Wildlife World Zoo Everything’s more fun on four wheels. Try it. Visit more than 6,000 animals representing 600 exotic and endangered species Cincinnati Reds Baseball’s first professional team became the Cactus League’s latest addition in 2010, joining the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear. A charter member of the American Association, the Reds joined the National League in 1890 and have the longest professional lineage of any current major league team. DID YOU KNOW: The 1998 season was all about brotherly love for the Reds. They started brothers Barry and Stephen Larkin at shortstop and first base, and Bret and Arron Boone at second and third bases. March 11 1:05 March 14 7:05 March 16 1:05 March 17 1:05 March 20 1:05 March 21 1:05 March 23 1:05 March 24 1:05 March 27 12:05 *Split Squad Phoenix International Raceway This one-mile track built in 1964 hosts two NASCAR race weekends a year in spring and fall Stay Comfort Suites Hop, skip and a fly ball away from Goodyear Ballpark and other sporting hubs Holiday Inn Express Phoenix I-10 West/Goodyear With a little imagination, you can practically smell the outfield grass from your hotel room The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa 16 | Play Ball Magazine Looking for luxury after a day at the ballpark? The golf course and spa are top-notch Save up to 70% off designer and name brands every day! Shop Arizona Mills, the state’s largest outlet and value shopping destination, where you’ll save up to 70% off everyday on designer and name brands. Arizona Mills features the only GameWorks and SEA LIFE Aquarium in the state, as well as the largest Harkins’ IMAX theater. With hundreds of famous name stores, specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment all under one roof, Arizona Mills gives a whole new meaning to more without loosening your purse strings! Mention this ad at Guest Services to receive a complimentary gift. INTERSECTION OF I-10 EXIT BASELINE RD. EAST AND HWY. 60 EXIT PRIEST DR. SOUTH. 480.491.9700 Maryvale Baseball Park Milwaukee Brewers Stadium Info: 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix Seating Capacity: 10,000 Year Opened: 1998 Phone: 623.245.5555 Milwaukee Brewers When the Brewers played at Compadre Stadium in Chandler starting in 1985, their run was a 12-year tailgate party among the citrus farms. The Brewers are also nomads of sorts. They have played at Tempe Diablo Stadium, Sun City Stadium, and their current home, Maryvale Baseball Park. DID YOU KNOW: After the first half of the sixth inning at a Brewers home game, fans watch guys in sausage costumes race. Eat Macayo’s For more than 60 years, this Phoenix-based chain has won over discerning tastebuds with its family recipes HOME SCHEDULE Milwaukee Brewers Date Time Opponent Presto Pizza & Wings Haus Murphy’s Stop by this family-owned pizzeria’s website for sweet deals before ordering Grub on German-inspired nosh to the sounds of a tuba and accordion player March 1 March 3 March 5 March 6 March 7 March 8 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 *Dodgers Cubs Athletics Rockies Padres Royals White Sox Diamondbacks Reds White Sox *Rangers Angels Giants *Reds Play An award-winning Native American culture and art museum Heard Museum March 10 1:05 March 14 1:05 March 15 1:05 March 17 1:05 March 18 1:05 March 22 1:05 March 25 1:05 March 27 1:05 * Split Squad Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary, ancient and modern mediums meet at this multi-floor museum. Don’t miss The Firefly room! Arizona Science Center This hands-on learning center makes science engaging regardless of a visitor’s age Stay La Quinta Inn & Suites West Phoenix Surf the free Wi-Fi and grab a complimentary breakfast before heading to the ballpark! Holiday Inn West As the only full-service hotel near the ballpark, take advantage of complimentary guest laundry, 24-hour business center and on-site dining Hotel Palomar This modern boutique hotel comes with a view of the 6th largest U.S. Metro 18 | Play Ball Magazine ARIZONA'S CANYON LAKE , ARIZONA There's a different kind of adventure waiting for you aboard a steamboat. See an Arizona rich in history, lore and legends. Cruise the secluded inner waterways of the â€œJunior Grand Canyonâ€? on a Nature Cruise or Twilight Dinner Cruise. Bring your camera and binoculars! (480) 827-9144 - www.dollysteamboat.com WORLD CLASS CRUISE SCORE! Serving up great food, drink & entertainment for your pre-game and post-game party. 365 days a year. Wear your team apparel or bring your ticket stub to the Glendale Visitor Center for a free gift bag.* 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Ste. 140 623.930.4500 GlendalesGotGame.com *While supplies last Play Ball Magazine | 19 Peoria Sports Complex San Diego Padres/Seattle Mariners Stadium Info: 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria Seating Capacity: 11,333 Year Opened: 1994 Phone: 623.773.8700 HOME SCHEDULES Seattle Mariners Date Time Opponent Feb. 27 March 1 March 3 March 5 March 7 March 9 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Padres Angels *Rockies Indians Reds Rangers *Royals Cubs Giants Padres Brewers Padres Athletics White Sox Rockies March 10 1:05 March 12 7:05 March 15 1:05 March 18 7:05 March 19 1:05 March 21 7:05 March 23 1:05 March 24 1:05 March 28 7:05 * Split Squad Seattle Mariners The Mariners are the fourth expansion team to begin play in the Cactus League before playing an official major league game. They called Tempe Diablo Stadium home before permanently moving into the Peoria Sports Complex in 1994. Sharing that facility with the San Diego Padres, the two started a trend by becoming the first pair to share a spring training facility. DID YOU KNOW: The only time two perfect games occurred at the same stadium during the same year was in 2012 at Seattle’s Safeco Field — a first in Mariners history. The Mariners are also one of two teams to never play in a World Series. Eat Buca di Beppo Italian classics served in small- (two person) and family-sized (four person) proportions Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse/Wine Bar Flanks of juicy meat and wine are a winning combo at this successful chain Smashburger San Diego Padres Date Time Opponent Smashburger is a fast-casual restaurant offering great tasting, cooked-to-order burgers and more. Feb. 28 March 2 March 4 March 6 March 8 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Mariners *Reds Diamondbacks Rangers Indians Athletics Brewers Angels Royals Rockies Giants White Sox Cubs Royals Play Out of Africa Take a day trip to experience, interact and watch the animal species native to Africa through shows and tours. Park located 30 minutes from Sedona. Castles -n- Coasters Lake Pleasant March 11 1:05 March 13 1:05 Marhc 14 1:05 March 16 1:05 March 17 1:05 March 20 7:05 March 22 1:05 March 25 7:05 March 26 12:05 *Split Squad Mini golf, go karts, bumper boats, arcade and a collection of rides and other attractions Take your pick: camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking or wildlife viewing San Diego Padres One of four expansion teams to join Major League Baseball in 1969, the Padres set up spring training camp in Yuma. Despite the distance, they held spring training in Yuma for 25 years before entering into their current partnership with the Seattle Mariners and the city of Peoria at the Peoria Sports Complex. DID YOU KNOW: Just behind the right field fence at Petco Park, home to the Padres, there is a white sand beach. 20 | Play Ball Magazine Stay Comfort Suites Stay near the stadium and Westgate Entertainment District and Tanger Oulets for post-game fun Springhill Suites Newly renovated and centrally located to entertainment and nightlife La Quinta Inn & Suites Across from the stadium and near Arrowhead Towne Center and Polar Ice Hockey Arena Phoenix Municipal Stadium Oakland Athletics Stadium Info: 5999 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix Seating Capacity: 7,885 Year Opened: 1994 PHONE: 602.392.0074 Oakland Athletics The Athletics are one of the Cactus League’s most nomadic teams. In 1969, one year after relocating from Kansas City (after starting out in Philadelphia), the Athletics moved their spring training operations from Bradenton, Fla., to Rendezvous Park in Mesa. The A’s left Rendezvous Park to move into a new Hohokam Park in 1977, played at Scottsdale Stadium in 1979, and in 1984 moved to their current facility, Phoenix Municipal Stadium. DID YOU KNOW: In 2002 the A’s set a MLB record with its 20-game winning streak. Eat The Handlbar & Grill Crescent Ballroom Bring your bicycle and beard to this trendy beer garden One of the hottest music venues plus a delicious lunch and dinner menu in the lounge HOME SCHEDULE Oakland Athletics Date Time Opponent Feb. 27 Feb. 28 March 1 March 2 March 3 March 4 March 7 March 9 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Brewers Giants Rangers Angels Dodgers *Brewers Diamondbacks White Sox Royals Rockies *Rangers Cubs Mariners *Cubs Reds Giants Four Peaks Brewing Co. Try some of the best local brews at this large brewery tucked into the side streets of Tempe Play Rawhide Even the locals dig this western town, perfect for a day or night trip on your team’s off day Papago Park Phoenix Zoo Family-friendly hiking through red rocks, and home to the zoo and Desert Botanical Garden 2.5 miles of walking trails, 1,400 animals. Bring your own food for a picnic! March 12 1:05 March 13 7:05 March 15 1:05 March 17 1:05 March 22 1:05 March 23 1:05 March 25 1:05 March 29 1:05 * Split squad Stay Hotel Palomar Aloft This modern boutique hotel is right in the middle of Phoenix’s cultural hubs So trendy, you’ll want to play more than sleep Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport North Less than 10 minutes from multiple shopping centers, attractions, the airport and Chase Field 22 | Play Ball Magazine YOUR SPRING TRAINING HOME Vote for your favorite places to PLAY , EAT & STAY in Arizona! 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Gainey Suites Drive | Scottsdale, AZ 85258 800.970.4666 | 480.922.6969 | gaineysuiteshotel.com L-W INTER 0 201 2 2013-2014 Edition $9.95 74470 25431 Edition $9.95 7 SPONSORED BY 9/25/13 12:00 PM 13-GAIN-2097 AZBigMedia PlayBill R01.indd 1 12/19/13 3:38 PM FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA Visit one of the world’s most important architectural treasures. Tours range from 1–3 hours. Contact Us (888) 516–0811 www.franklloydwright.org Visit Us 12345 N. Taliesin Drive Scottsdale, Arizona 85258 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. & Cactus Road Intersection Play Ball Magazine | 23 Salt River Fields Arizona Diamondbacks/Colorado Rockies Stadium Info: 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale Seating Capacity: 11,000 Year Opened: 2011 Phone: 480.270.5000 HOME SCHEDULES Arizona Diamondbacks Date Time Opponent Feb. 26 Feb. 28 March 1 March 3 March 5 March 6 March 9 1:10 1:10 1:10 1:10 1:10 1:10 1:10 Dodgers Rockies *Brewers *Angels Royals Athletics Padres Mariners Indians Mariners Brewers Cubs *Indians 7:10 *Cubs 7:10 *Rockies March 10 7:10 March 11 1:10 March 13 1:10 March 16 1:10 Arizona Diamondbacks The Diamondbacks enjoy the distinction of being the Cactus League’s only home team. They started spring training in the Old Pueblo in 1998, sharing Tucson Electric Park with the Chicago White Sox. They opened spring training in 2002 as World Series champs after beating the New York Yankees in a memorable 7-game series. DID YOU KNOW: According to a poll by teammarketing.com, the cheapest place, out of all the MLB teams’ fields, to buy beer and a hot dog is at the D-Backs’ Chase Field. This past season it cost $5.50. Eat Zipps Sports Grill In a large group? Get a lift to/from the game with Zipps Xpress! March 26 1:10 March 27 1:10 * Split Squad Blue Coyote Bistro Handlebar J Talking Stick Resort guests can eat Blue’s sushi & American and Southwest cusines around the clock Scottsdale’s last authentic Western style steakhouse and saloon Colorado Rockies Date Time Opponent March 2 March 4 March 7 March 8 1:10 1:10 1:10 1:10 Brewers Giants Angels Athletics Padres *Reds *Mariners Angels Cubs Brewers Indians *Mariners White Sox Royals Mariners Play Troon North Golf Club Casino Arizona Taliesin West Two 18-hole courses weave through the desert landscape Where fun is limited only by the imagination Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s abstract masterpiece in the McDowell Mountain foothills March 10 1:10 March 12 1:10 March 14 6:40 March 15 1:10 March 19 6:40 March 20 1:10 March 21 1:10 March 22 1:10 March 23 1:10 March 24 1:10 March 29 12:10 *Split Squad 7:10 *D-backs Colorado Rockies As Major League Baseball continued to expand, it also fueled the Cactus League’s growth. The Rockies joined the National League and played at historic Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. In 2008, the Rockies opened spring training as World Series runners-up, after being swept by the Boston Red Sox. DID YOU KNOW: The idea for the Rockies mascot, a purple stegosaurus named Dinger, was spurred by a 66 million-year-old dinosaur bone found during the construction of Coors Field. 24 | Play Ball Magazine Stay Gainey Suites Hotel Looking for the quieter side of Scottsdale? Try Gainey! Talking Stick Resort Zona Hotel This resort houses award-winning restaurants, an entertainment venue and Casino Arizona Fully equipped suites spread over 14 acres of gardens and pools �� A����. � � � � T � I � ����������. D ����� � � � � E � � � � � � � � � � �� W �� � E�� A C����� C��� S Talking Stick is conveniently located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Indian Bend and the 101 Pima Freeway. We’re just 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and 10 minutes from Scottsdale Airpark. We invite you to play, dine, shop and stay with us at Talking Stick and be a part of what everyone is talking about! T������S����A������.��� S��� R���� P���-M������� I����� C�������� S���������, A������ • 480.362.2720 Talking Stick Spring Training Trolley Complimentary Trolley service • February 22 thru March 30th 11a-6p daily (service extended to 11:30p for evening games) Departs every 30 minutes from the following trolley stop locations: • • • • • Scottsdale Fashion Square W Scottsdale Hotel Chaparral Suites Resort Indian Bend & Scottsdale Road Scottsdale Resort & Athletic Club • Pavilions at Talking Stick (drop off location for Salt River Fields) • Talking Stick Resort/Casino • Talking Stick Golf Club ND A D R A O AME! B G E A H T P N I HO GET Not going to the game? We invite you to come shop, dine, play and stay with us at Talking Stick Golf Club, Talking Stick Resort/Casino and the Pavilions at Talking Stick shopping center! Trolley rides are always free. We look forward to seeing you. The Talking Stick Spring Training Trolley is proudly presented by the Talking Stick Destination and its many partners. To learn more about the Talking Stick Destination and the Salt River Indian Community, please visit the Talking Stick Visitors Center at the Pavilions at Talking Stick, near YC’s Mongolian Grill. Bring this ad in to the Visitors Center and receive a complimentary gift! (One gift per person, while supplies last. 18 and older.) T������S����A������.��� S��� R���� P���-M������� I����� C�������� S���������, A������ • 480.362.2720 Play Ball Magazine | 25 Scottsdale Stadium San Francisco Giants Stadium Info: 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale Seating Capacity: 12,000 Year Opened: 1992 PHONE: 480.312.2580 San Francisco Giants When the Giants returned to Scottsdale as reigning World Series champions in the spring of 2011, it marked the second time the team had come back to Arizona as champs, and just the fourth time that both series participants (the other being the Texas Rangers) were members of the Cactus League. [They returned to spring training as World Series champs, having beaten the Detroit Tigers in 2012.] DID YOU KNOW: At the Giant’s AT&T Park, home runs in the right field fall into the San Francisco Bay. Eat Cornish Pasty Brathaus RNR Take a bite out of Cornish mining food — a local fave. An urban beer garden with pretzels, weiners, beers and jumbo Jenga From a light lunch to an extravagent dinner — and maybe a run-in with a ball player HOME SCHEDULE San Francisco Giants Date Time Opponent Feb. 26 Feb. 28 March 2 March 3 March 5 March 6 March 8 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Athletics *Brewers Diamondbacks Padres Angels Reds Mariners Cubs White Sox Rockies *Athletics Indians Athletics Royals Rockies Play 200 brews, 50 breweries - March 1 @ Tempe Beach Park, 2-6 p.m. Great Arizona Beer Fest Scottsdale Fashion Square More than 250 shops, including Neiman Marcus and Ferragamo March 10 1:05 March 12 1:05 March 14 1:05 March 15 3:05 March 16 1:05 March 21 6:35 March 23 1:05 March 26 1:05 * Split Squad Butterfly Wonderland / Mirror Maze America’s largest butterfly atrium is situated next to the amusing mirror and laser mazes sure to entertain all who attempt to navigate to the end. Stay W Scottsdale This hub of Scottsdale nightlife is modern and glamorous The Phoenician Talking Stick This luxurious resort is tucked away on a beautiful golf course Play in style at this casino and entertainment venue, dine at one of six tasteful restaurants or recoup at the 13,000-square-foot open-air spa. 26 | Play Ball Magazine The #1 attraction in Scottsdale! (480) 800-3000 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 butterflywonderland.com he fun continues next door. T NOW OPEN! NOW OPEN! Be Amazed. Be Amused. Join the Hunt for the Elusive ButterďŹ‚y odyseamirrormaze.com (480) 270-6200 9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85256 Play Ball Magazine | 27 Surprise Stadium Kansas City Royals/Texas Rangers Stadium Info: 1580 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise Seating Capacity: 10,400 Year Opened: 2003 PHONE: 623.222.2222 HOME SCHEDULES Kansas City Royals Date Time Opponent Feb. 27 March 1 March 4 March 6 March 7 March 9 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Rangers Padres Reds White Sox Giants Rockies Dodgers Athletics Cubs Rangers Reds Angels Rangers Mariners March 11 1:05 March 14 1:05 March 15 1:05 March 17 6:05 March 19 6:05 March 20 1:05 March 22 1:05 March 25 6:05 Kansas City Royals The Royals, another team that led a bedouin existence, moved into a new Baseball City spring training complex in Davenport, Fla., in 1988 where they would remain for 15 years before joining the Rangers at their current home, Surprise Stadium, in 2003. DID YOU KNOW: The Kansas City Royals stadium features a baseballthemed mini golf course. Eat Lucky’s Pizza NYD Pizza A family-owned place that’s been serving Italian fare for 20 years Hand-tossed pies, East Coast flavor * Split Squad Texas Rangers Date Time Opponent Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub Feb. 27 Feb. 28 March 2 March 5 March 8 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Royals Royals White Sox Rockies Dodgers Reds Dodgers Giants White Sox *Cubs Brewers Padres Athletics Mariners Come here when your team (or an opponent) needs some Irish luck Play Outlets at Anthem A 374,000-square-foot outlet mall featuring a variety of name brands discounted by 30 to 70 percent. Texas Rangers After a five-year drought, the Cactus League expanded to 12 teams with the arrival of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals in 2003 to Surprise Stadium. The Rangers represented the A.L. in the fourth All-Cactus League World Series against the Giants in 2010. It marked their first appearance in the Fall Classic in the team’s 49-year history dating back to its origin as the 1961 Washington Senators. DID YOU KNOW: In the 2008 home run derby, the Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton blasted 28 home runs in only the first round, beating the next-highest totals by 20. 28 | Play Ball Magazine March 10 1:05 March 12 1:05 March 13 6:05 March 16 1:05 March 18 7:05 March 21 1:05 March 23 1:05 March 24 1:05 March 26 12:05 *Split Squad White Tanks Mountain Regional Park K1 Speed Hike, camp and bike the largest regional park in Maricopa County Round the curves of this go kart track like Elvis Andrus Stay Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites The stadium could be right in your backyard! Residence Inn Phoenix NW/Surprise Wait out your hangover; Get the extendedstay experience Comfort Inn & Suites Use the money you’ll save staying here for those ninth-inning brewskis ZONA Buddy 3.5x2.3_Layout 1 1/2/14 12:02 PM Page 1 • DAYTIME TOURS • TELESCOPE VIEWING • TRAVELING EXHIBITS • FAMILY FUN! 1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ www.lowell.edu • (928) 233-3211 THE GOLF BUDDY TRIP. ONE CALL FOR THE PERFECT GOLF VACATION PACKAGE BOOK NOW! 800.903.4057 ZonaScottsdalegolf.com Scottsdale AZ 85255 Welcome to Macy’s The best brands, the biggest selection, plus 1O% off * for visitors. Stop by any Macy’s and ask for your Macy’s Visitor Savings Pass*, good for 10% off* thousands of items throughout the store! Plus, we now ship to over 100 countries around the world, so you can enjoy international shipping online. For details, log on to macys.com/international Macy’s Biltmore Fashion Park (602) 468-2100 Macy’s Scottsdale Fashion Square (480) 840-0333 * Restrictions apply. Valid I.D. required. Details in store. PLAY BALL MAGAZINE (1/2014)- Half Pg Horiz (Arizona Cactus League) 53877_M3110029_Playball_Jan_R1.indd 1 Play Ball Magazine 10/29/13 5:45 PM | 29 Tempe Diablo Stadium Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium Info: 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe Seating Capacity: 9,600 Year Opened: 1969 PHONE: 480.350.5205 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim When the Angels joined the Cactus League prior to their inaugural season in 1961, they played their home games in Palm Springs, Calif. They were the only Cactus League member to hold spring camp outside of Arizona. This, of course, made for the longest road trip in the league for visiting teams. The Angels, now owned by Phoenix businessman Artie Moreno, opened the 2003 Cactus League season as World Series champions after beating the Giants in the 2002 Fall Classic. DID YOU KNOW: During every seventh inning stretch at an Angels home game, fans belt out “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations after “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Eat Casey Moore’s Oyster House Chompie’s Just off the beaten path, Casey’s patio is always bustling with locals A New York-style deli is worth its weight in latkes HOME SCHEDULE L.A. Angeles of Anaheim Date Time Opponent Cornish Pasty Feb. 28 March 2 March 4 March 6 March 7 March 8 March 9 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 1:05 Cubs Athletics Rangers Dodgers *Cubs Diamondbacks Reds Mariners *Brewers White Sox Mariners *Giants Royals Indians Giants A menu of glorified hot pockets perfect for a vegan, vegetarian and meat-lover Play Big Bang ‘Get Banged’ at this underground dueling piano joint Arizona Mills This outlet mall features a Gameworks, IMAX theater and lots of bargains March 11 1:05 March 12 1:05 March 13 1:05 March 16 1:05 March 17 1:05 March 21 1:05 March 23 1:05 March 24 1:05 * Split Squad Tempe Improv Comedian David Spade got his start on the original Tempe Improv stage Stay Holiday Inn Express - Tempe Four Points Sheraton Easy access to Arizona Mills outlet mall, Phoenix Zoo and Big Surf Water Park Close to the airport, closer to Arizona State University and Mill Avenue The intimate hills of the Tempe Buttes are stumbling distance from the stadium Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes 30 | Play Ball Magazine