‘On The Road With psugator02’ – Spring Training Road Trip – Day 1
Salt River Flats, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Saturday, March 12
7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
For the record, it is not necessary to arrive at this park until 9:30 a.m. It didn’t start so great but it really picked up toward the end. Salt River Flats looks a lot like Camelback and has some of the same food stands. I tasted the $8 Yaki Soba noodles (yummy) and had a $5 strawberry-banana shish kabob.
Kelly Johnson: 2/2 (’08 Ginters)
Kirk Gibson: 0/1 “I can’t do that now” before the team boarded the bus for the 1 p.m. away game. 0/1 “I can’t do that now” near the dugout before the start of the night game
J.J. Putz: 0/1 as he walking back toward the clubhouse after work on the backfields and then 1/1. I shouted out for him but he never acknowledged me. He obviously heard me, though, because once he finished running he actually walked back toward me and asked if I still wanted his autograph. Cool dude. Told him that I saw him at the WBC game in Miami (the game where Matt Lindstrom blew out his arm).
Alan Trammell: 1/1 (11×14 SI image), 1/1 (5×7 Topps card from the 1980s)…….I asked him about the Magnum PI episode in which he and Lou Whitaker appeared and he wouldn’t stop talking about it.
Ubaldo Jimenez: 1/1 (11×14) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie, picwith, all after finishing a run (He was the starter in the day game). Went back in the clubhouse to change and then signed again on his way out…….2/2 (’09 Ginters)
Todd Helton: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie before the night game…..He walked over during batting practice and signed through a spot in the fence. I tried to make small talk, asking him if he followed the Tennessee basketball team. He doesn’t.
Bob Apodaca: 1/1 (card) in blue Sharpie before the night game
Carlos Gonzalez: 1/1 (11X14) in silver paint, 1/1 (SS of ROMLB) in blue ink pen…real cool dude
Troy Tulowitzki: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in a dead black Sharpie given to him by a fan. Glad I didn’t give him the 11
Dexter Fowler: 1/1 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie.
Jarrod Parker: 2/2 (8x10s) in blue Sharpie…..the only player on either team I got in the stadium before the night game
Didn’t attend the day game, instead choosing to pick off guys as they left. These teams really do it right, signing for everyone from when they enter the stadium until they reach the dugout. Every Rockies’ player signed entering the stadium before the night game. I was on the Dbacks’ side, though, hoping to get Justin Upton and Chris Young. Of course they were the only ones on the entire team who didn’t sign.