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Arizona Fall League SnakePitFest: November 8th

It's your last chance to see professional baseball in the Valley until spring training rolls around again next March or so. So get your butts out to Salt River Fields next Thursday (November 8th), for the final SnakePitFest of the year.

This has become something of an annual tradition: last year, we froze our petunias off at Salt River Fields, part of a crowd of literally, dozens. It's amazing to think that two members of the Salt River Rafters starting line-up on that chilly November night, Ryan Wheeler (good Wheeler) and Adam Eaton, would be regular members of the Diamondbacks team, less than a year later - and playing in front of a good deal larger audiences. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were also present that night. Which of this year's crop will become household names in 2013?

After perusing the schedule, we're going to the game at SRF on November 8th. It's a 6:35pm first pitch, as the Rafters take on the Surprise Saguaros. The home team includes players from the Blue Jays, D-backs, Nationals, Rockies, and White Sox, while the Saguaros have prospects out of the Cardinals, Mets, Rangers, Red Sox and Royals organizations. Tickets are $7, and it's sit wherever you want - you can roam the park as much as you like, and I wouldn't expect there to be much of a rush - the last evening game at Salt River Fields had an announced attendance of 776. We'll probably be lurking behind the Rafters dugout, which I think is on the first-base side if I recall.

This is an entirely informal gathering. You're responsible for making your own way there, buying your own ticket, and supplying your own electric blanket - maybe the last was just the 2012 trip, though I don't think I'd be relying on that! Come out, show up, drink warm beverages and see some future MVPs*, before there's nothing left to watch except the NFL and NBA!

* - MVPs not contractual