Four of Major League Baseball’s most exciting teams will call the city of Scottsdale home from now until opening day. Don’t miss this chance to check out one of several intimate stadiums (they’re just a lazy fly ball away from your Scottsdale vacation rental) and watch your favorite players show off their skills. Here are the local teams and a few reasons to get out and see some great Cactus League action.
San Francisco Giants: The 2010 World Series Champions come to Scottsdale Stadium in the heart of downtown to prepare for another run at the title. The Giants bring back the incredible one-two punch of hard-throwing right-handers Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, and 2010 Rookie of the Year Buster Posey is back behind the plate once more. Come see these great players, then walk to your favorite Old Town bar or restaurant for a beer after the game.
Arizona Diamondbacks: The hometown favorites come back for their second year at the beautiful new 11,000 seat Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Come see All-Star right-fielder Justin Upton launch baseballs toward the mountains while you take in the scenery of this gorgeous park.
Colorado Rockies: The boys from the Mile High City share the Fields at Talking Stick with their NL West rivals. Perennial MVP contender Troy Tulowitski heads a lineup of mashers including Carlos Gonzalez and future Hall of Famer Todd Helton. If you love to see baseballs flying all over the park, don’t miss the Rockies this March.
Oakland A’s: Just southwest of the city of Scottsdale lies Phoenix Municipal Stadium, which doubles as the training facility for the Oakland A’s. The team (which was recently featured in the Oscar-nominated film “Moneyball”) will rely on young pitchers like Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson as they battle their way through a tough American League West this season.
The city of Scottsdale is a baseball fanatic’s dream this March. If you’re a serious fan, take note: there are four must-see teams less than a half hour away from your Scottsdale vacation rental and 15 teams within the greater Phoenix area. You can spend the majority of your waking hours at the ballpark, just like the major leaguers. It’s pure fun – and unlike the players, you don’t have to practice bunt defense.