Yesterday, my friend and I went to Scottsdale Stadium to take in our first Arizona Fall League game of the year. We sat on the home team's side of the field and took in the action and the wonderful weather. It was a perfect day for baseball! The only annoyance we had was Superfan Susan and her BIG mouth right acrossed the aisle from us, chanting the SAME THINGS over and over at each player. She sure had the guys behind us laughing at her too. One guy said, "You know, there IS some entertainment value to her. Her manly voice makes everyone laugh!" A couple of the players were rolling their eyes at her as they came off the field but she didn't catch it. We did.
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper hit his first home run of the season in this game and had a few more hits alongside of that. Colorado Rockies player Jordan Pacheco (one of my two favourites in AZ Fall League, our very own A. J. Pollock being the other) was the Scorpions designated hitter and provided some hits and RBIs. There was lots of excitement in the last 3 innings as opposed to the whole game itself I thought. A few amazing leaps and catches in the outfield. Some awesome hits from each team. There were even a couple plunked batters by mere accident via control problems from each team's pitchers. Also, a player on the Saguaros was nailed in the face by a foul ball that screamed into the Saguaro dugout rather fast. I sure hope he's okay! He sat in the dugout holding a bag of ice to his face the rest of the game :( Pretty good crowd out there...5,000+ fans the announcer said. The end result? Scorpions 13, Saguaros 9. Daniel Stange got the victory. For a while there, it looked like the Saguaros were going to be the winners till the Scorpions turned on the heat once again in the 8th inning.
After the game, we got to talk to Jordan Pacheco, A.J. Pollock, Marc Krauss, Daniel Stange, Xavier Avery, and Alan Zinter. Alan and I know each other from his Sidewinders days and he's still just as awesome as ever. Always has a smile and a hello for the fans. His son was one of the batboys. Wow, how Alan's kids have grown since I last saw them! Alan told us he'll be coaching in Mobile this coming season. We congratulated Daniel Stange on his upcoming wedding. That's his first plan after the Fall League season ends. The rest of these guys are looking forward to the holidays and Spring Training.
All the autograph hounds were there in full force, pissed because Bryce Harper wouldn't sign for them. Bryce, when he was leaving, did give some kid his pair of cleats, however, so that made the kid's day. I thought that was great.
The Scorpions remain in first place and I hope they continue this the rest of the way.