Sunday, March 2, 2014

Goodyear Ballpark

It's a long way from Fort McDowell to Goodyear, Arizona. We figured it would take us two hours to go the 42 miles from our RV Park to the Mariners game at Goodyear Ballpark. As we got closer to the turn to Goodyear, we started to see all kinds of airplane tails sticking up in the distance. It is a VERY strange sight to see.

This is one of the airplane "boneyards" that we have all heard or read about. The Goodyear Airport is home to thousands of outdated aircraft that have been parked in the (usually) dry desert air to await either recall or use as parts or?

Within sight of the aircraft is the Goodyear Ballpark. Built only six years ago by the City of Goodyear, it is a gem in the desert. It is home to both the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians.

I usually like to get tickets on the First Base side of the field, but there were no tickets available on that side (sold evidently to season tickets holders), so we ended up behind the third base dugout amongst a whole crew of Mariner fans.

It was still a bit damp from all the rain yesterday, especially for those folks sitting out on the grass beams. We were each given a nice fleece Spring Training blanket as we entered as the Park's Opening Day giveaways --

The rain had been pretty hard on the Ballpark's designs. A crew was still working on touching up the paint on the grass when we arrived (It hadn't taken nearly as long as we had thought.)

The first crew of the Mariners did well. Dustin Ackley hit a home run and they left with the score 3-0.

Unfortunately, the second crew couldn't hold on and the final score was 6-3 Indians. It was good to see Randy Wolf pitch 2 scoreless innings, his first after the successful TommyJohn surgery on his elbow.

We made it home in time to watch the last half of the Iron Man Bull Riding competition. It was a very good day!

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