We have another book release: The Complete Guide to Spring Training 2014 / Arizona eBook is now available for purchase and download.
We’ve overhauled the title and completely updated it for Spring Training 2014. Spring training is America’s annual transformation from darkness to light, from cold to warm, when millions of baseball fans – both hardcore and casual – descend upon warmer climes to shed their winter blues. For those of us living north of the Mason-Dixon line, baseball’s spring training is not a luxury but a necessity, our reward for living in climates filled with overcast skies, snow, ice, and rain.
Beer and brats in hand, we arrive in Arizona every February and March to soak up some sun and catch some baseball. We wait months for that first whiff of freshly mown grass at the ballpark, that first foul ball, that first inevitable sunburn. Who cares whether the starting pitcher is some kid who will likely begin the season in Double-A Frisco? As long as the drinks are cold and the dogs are hot, all is right with the world.
This book covers the best of spring training in Arizona, with extensive guides to all the major-league camps, completed with schedules, workout times, concessions highlights, seat recommendations and more. Also included: where to stay near the camps (including RV camps), what to do when not at training camp, and other areas of interest to both hardcore fans and casual attendees.
This book is both for the hardcore baseball fan – who goes to spring training to scout out their favorite team in depth – as well as the more casual fan who heads to spring training more in search of the perfect suntan than in search of this year’s spring phenom. While the hardcores just want to know the shortest route between their hotel and the ballpark, the casual fan knows that the richness of spring training is augmented with visits to local restaurants, shopping areas, and area attractions.
We’re arranged this book by ballpark, in alphabetical order: Camelback Ranch–Glendale (Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers), the new Chicago Cubs spring training home (with an exclusive look at the facilities and the surrounding area), Goodyear Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians), Maryvale Baseball Park (Milwaukee Brewers), Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Oakland Athletics), Peoria Stadium (San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners), Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies), Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants), Surprise Stadium (Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers), and Tempe Diablo Stadium (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). We’ll also include a look at Tucson’s Kino Stadium and Las Vegas’s Cashman Field, where games should be held in March, as well as college games both in Tempe and Tucson.
- Detailed guides to every ballpark
- Workout times and locations
- Complete schedules for every team (as available)
- Game-day schedules for every team
- The complete ballpark experience: best spots for autographs, best seats, things for kids, and parking
- What to do outside the ballpark: Local attractions, historic baseball sites, and local restaurants
- Where to stay near the ballpark and in the area
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