It was a gorgeous, sunny Phoenix afternoon to enjoy Camelback Ranch, the new White Sox and Dodgers spring training facility. Why go to a regular season game again, I wondered, after the game (though my Sox lost 4-1 to the Colorado Rockies). For $8 lawn seats, we sat on the grass directly behind the bullpen–and I mean RIGHT behind it. The players were friendly, and the kids could see and hear how fast the relief pitchers throw the ball. Amazing.
With no commercial breaks, the game time is cut about 30 minutes, the giant beers stayed cold, there were accessible bathrooms, many vendors, and the kids could run around the grass–when the over zealous guardsmen weren’t watching our every move, and we had 7 kids with us, what could we really do?!
The kids ran over for autographs as the players left the field. Josh Fields came back from his exit as my son asked him to sign his shirt. And while many of the players ignored the tiny voices yelling “can I have an autograph?), Paul Konerko signed again and again, with a couple newcomers. You rocked! We appreciated it, even if you were done before you got to my kids.
There were many empty seats, but we found more than worth the $8 lawn seats and only $5 parking right next to the stadium. We’ll be back. Go Sox! C