Spring Training 2011 - Trip 1

I'm back from my first of two Spring Training trips! While it was a lot warmer than I expected (I'm not a fan of hot weather), it was still a lot of fun! Here's my top 10 favorite photos (in no particular order):

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wsbanner

{My first view of Scottsdale Stadium. These are the banners that were used in the World Series parade. Isn't it a thing of beauty?!?}

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freddysanchez

{I planted myself along the first base line, next to the G's dugout, with all the other kids to get autographs and photos. Here's 2B Freddy Sanchez signing for the fans.}

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DSC00042

{I love the shadow of all the fans in this photo! This is prospect Charlie Culbertson who signed autographs for a long time. Since he stood right in front of me signing for so long, I asked him if he ever autographs a baseball on the sweet spot. He replied, "Oh no, that's for the manager. You get in trouble if you sign there." LOL}

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DSC00046

{I got a photo op with LHP Jeremy Affeldt. Why do I always look so terrible in these photos? Well for one thing, the wretched heat!}

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brandonbelt

{This is top prospect, 1B Brandon Belt. I was most excited to see him play in person and he did not disappoint! He crushed a HR to right field. Giants fans, get excited about this kid! He's the real deal!}

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islandnoodles
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noodles

{I have *dreamt* of these noodles since Spring Training last year! Best ballpark food ever!}

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firstpitch

{This is the first pitch of the ballgame. I've sat in these seats for the past few years. They're right behind the scouts from the other teams. I always try to read what they're writing and watch the gun to see how fast the pitcher's pitches are.}

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burrelab

{Pat Burrell at the plate and Charlie Culberson on 2B.}

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DSC00075

{This photo was taken during the national anthem at a game in Phoenix vs the Oakland A's.}

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trophy

{Wouldn't this be the best promotional giveaway ever?!?}

I'm headed back to Scottsdale in 9 days for my second and final Spring Training trip. Can't wait!