Thursday, March 19, 2015

College Baseball Action

Last night I attended the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball game against New Mexico. Rain threatened the game from happening, but eventually there was a break in the storm and the game was played.
The only thing that went through my mind was that it was my first night game at Phoenix Muni. It's such a great ballpark.
It's wide open, great sight lines, and just a gem of old school ballpark architecture.
I kept thinking of the old Phoenix Giants and Phoenix Firebirds teams that played there.
Eventually I got to thinking of the historic program at ASU. The outfield wall displayed the names of the great players who once donned the burgundy and gold. Rick Monday, Reggie Jackson, Oddibee McDowell, Larry Gura, Sal Band and Floyd Bannister to name a few. The beginnings of the success of the program was coached by Bobby Winkles and Jim Brock. They gave won five NCAA National Championships. I was happy to be watching a successful program play baseball.
The Sun Devils starting nine boasted 7 regulars hitting in the mid .300's. It was a very powerful lineup. But with the cold air, balls didn't fly out of the park. Normally the dry desert air provides a friendly hitters enviroment.
We left in the sixth as we had plans for dinner and drinks back in Scottsdale. But for one night it was great to be back at The Old Rockpile on Van Buren!
On the road back home tomorrow. I'll fill ya in on the Brewers/Giants experience tomorrow.

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