One dream as a Milwaukee Brewers fan has always been to make the trek to Arizona for a spring training game. This adventure can now be checked off of my bucket list. It was worth the wait.
Making my way from Milwaukee to Denver and Denver to Phoenix was worth the adventure of spring training. Escaping the cold winter weather of Wisconsin to the warm weather of Arizona was an added bonus.
The Brewers took on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, March 17 at Salt River Fields at the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix.
Both teams look solid coming out of their offseason and did not disappoint my expectations for spring training.
The facility at Talking Stick Resort was outstanding. The smaller field brought you closer to the game and the players. This made it feel more like a minor league game with the big boys playing.
Being a poor college kid, I normally sit in the nosebleeds when I go to Brewers games. In this facility there are no nosebleeds, any seat is a good seat.
I sat next to the Brewers bullpen, which provided some great views of the entire stadium, including the bullpen.
Starting pitcher and catcher for the Brewers was Yovani Gallardo and Jonathan Lucroy. The Diamondbacks matched with pitcher Trevor Cahill and Miguel Montero catching.
This matchup was interesting to see because Gallardo will be the Brewers opening day starter. In warm-ups, he threw with confidence but still joked with teammates.
When it came time for the first pitch, he looked great. It was good to see him hunker down and throw some strikes. He threw for five innings and only allowed seven hits and three runs.
When it came to offense, the Brewers looked fresh and determined. They seem to have intensity about them. They batted off tough pitches and hung in there for the right one.
Three Brewers batters shined at the plate on Sunday, Scooter Gennett, Khris Davis, and Caleb Gindl.
Gennett was more confident at the plate with his first year in the majors under his belt. He had a nice double to the gap in left center.
Davis surprised me with his plate presence throughout the game. He bombed a ball to left field to put the Brewers to get on board. Davis looks like he could have a great chance at the left field position.
Gindl also hit a homerun to right field, which looked to be at least 30 feet past the fence. Gindl also had two RBI’s on the day and looked to be in a great place for the start of the season.
The Brewers lost to the Diamondbacks 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth but it was not about winning or losing for me. It was more about the experience of being so close to the players and see them develop before the season kicks off on March 31.
For any baseball fan, spring training is a must at least once in your lifetime.