Spring Training Trip – Day 3
Day Three: #Brewers finished 2-0-1 in games we attended. Day three was just as fun as before. Watched part of the game before wandering out to see the @missionsmilb play the #Padres . Good to see Matt Albers pitch 2 strong innings in relief during that game. #ST19 #ThisisMyCrew pic.twitter.com/vp9ZMrY8rM
Like the days prior, we always started our day in the minor league camp, talking with players and coaches. The Brewers were playing the Rockies, and crowds were once again very light, but Rockies fans are very passionate and lined up near the entrance waiting for the team to come in. This was also the only day of the trip that fans got a promo item at the gates. I was able to score a Bob Uecker bottle opener from last season. I was also lucky enough to walk right down to the field and snag an autograph from the battery of Corey Knebel and Manny Pina on this day.
The Milwaukee Brewers had a split squad that day with half the team going to Surprise to play the Royals. Our game featured many of the starters including Jhoulys Chacin who went 5.1 innings and looked ready to go for the season opener. Jimmy Nelson was electric in the game, going three innings, giving up just one run and Brewers would win the game on a Tuffy Gosewisch single.
While these two games were happening, Matt Albers, Alex Claudio and Junior Guerra were out with the Triple-A team working out of the bullpen. It’s amazing to watch major league players pitch when you are only separated by a chain link fence. After his inning and a half, I chatted with Matt Albers for a minute, he mentioned his arm felt better after the injury and was ready for 2019.
If you have the chance, do Spring Training, it is a baseball fan’s dream vacation and you couldn’t have better access to players and coaches. Also watching a total of three major league and three minor league games was the right amount of baseball to get us excited for the season.
Things to know
Book your room early, get your flights on sale, and prepare to pay a lot for your rental car. Also pay attention to when tickets go on sale or find a group of people to go in with to buy tickets for Arizona with, because baseball is always better when you share the experience. Lastly prepare to spend money on food, drinks, souvenirs and sun tan lotion.
If it’s a yearly tradition or a once in a lifetime trip, enjoy it, take it all in and have fun, its baseball!