Henry, my brother, Noel, my Dad and I are in Phoenix for Spring Training. While the athletes prepare for the baseball season, we fans are working our way up to mass consumption of garlic fries and polish dogs.
We flew in this morning, rented a Sebring convertible at the insistence of the boys, and drove straight to the Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The game was sold out – standing room only – but we were able to buy tickets behind home plate from a scalper. The As shellacked the defending champion Angels 13-1. Barry Zito pitched five innings and gave up only one run on three hits. Hot prospect Graham Koonce hit a grand slam, and Stanford grad Dave McCarty hit a two-run homer. All-in-all a satisfying victory, even for a Giants fan.
For dinner we went to Ayako, a Benihana clone, to celebrate my dad’s birthday. Now we’re back at the hotel and Henry and Noel are relaxing playing video games. Relaxing for them, anyway.
Tomorrow we watch the Giants get their revenge against Disney’s finest. Then it’s back home tomorrow night.
Monday I fly to Denver for a Charlie Chat, live Monday night at 9p Eastern on the DISH Network, channel 101. I’ll be back on The Screen Savers on Tuesday. The garlic miasma should have subsided by then.