The best words for any diehard baseball fan: Pitchers and Catchers report tomorrow.
It’s that time folks. Baseball season officially begins tomorrow. Pitchers and catchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to arrive in Arizona tomorrow. Yes, the Dodgers are reporting earlier than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim because of the Blue Crew kicks off the 2014 season a week early in Australia against the rival Arizona Diamondbacks.
This is the most exciting time of the year for baseball fans. Every team has an opportunity to hold up the trophy. Everyone is excited about their teams offseason moves. However, few teams have as good of a chance at winning the World Series this year as the Dodgers. There is extra incentive for Dodger fans to make it down to Arizona this season.
It was only last year that I myself took in the Cactus League first hand. What a fantastic experience. The access to players and management is unparalleled as is the proximity to the action. There isn’t a bad seat to watch a ballgame in the entire state of Arizona, outside of Chase Field.
If you want to catch Vin Scully in perhaps his last season in Los Angeles, you’re best chance is to catch him in Arizona. Want to meet Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp or any of your other favorite Dodgers? Head to Arizona. However, the best part of going to Spring Training is driving around from stadium to stadium and creating your own double headers. The sheer amount of teams you can cross off your list in a single day is staggering. There’s nothing like it in sports.
Do yourself a favor and head to Phoenix sometime in the next six weeks. You won’t be sorry.
Los Angeles Dodgers
10710 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85037
If you’re planning on heading down to Arizona may I suggest using this handy trip-planning tool? I guarantee this will make you’re planning much easier. Lastly, are my Power Rankings for Cactus League Stadiums from best to worst.
1. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies)
2. Camelback Ranch (Dodgers, Chicago White Sox)
3. Goodyear Ballpark (Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds)
4. Surprise Stadium (Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals)
5. Tempe Diablo Stadium (Angels)
6. Peoria Sports Complex (San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners)
7. Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants)
8. Maryvale Stadium (Milwaukee Brewers)
9. Cubs Park (Chicago Cubs)
10. Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Oakland A’s)