Are you a Brewers fan? If you are and you’ve never been to spring training before, let me tell you to add it your bucket list. I know in the middle of the winter in Wisconsin, you probably can’t wait for baseball to start at Miller Park. There isn’t much better then showing up at Maryvale Baseball Park in Arizona to smell the different things cooking in the concession stands. Then it’s the crack of the bat coming from the field as you’re walking up to the gate, under the beautiful sunny skies in Arizona.
If you have kids who are baseball fans, they also can take advantage in the mornings at the minor league complex right across from a parking lot from the major league complex where all the players go to do their morning drills. You can sit right behind the backstop screen and watch each group of players do their drills while they are on the field you are sitting at. Then when the morning stuff is done, they head across the parking lot back to the major league clubhouse, but along the way they will sign autographs for the kids.
The other great part of Cactus League action is the fact that everything is so close together, with most team’s ballparks being within 30 minutes or so of another one. Looking for things to do? I like The Tempe Marketplace, which brings great shopping and different places to eat. If you’re a college student, hanging out on Mill Road in Tempe is the place to be. I’m a big fan of going to Scottsdale, but to be honest, it’s a little too rich for my blood, but if you are well off you can certainly have a good time.
So once you've crossed off Brewers Spring Training from your bucket list, let me know what you think!