Scottsdale

Social-side-scottsdale_fullsize_story1

The social side of spring training: Scottsdale style

Published March 4, 2019

While you can make your home base for a Spring Training trip anywhere in the valley, the gold standard is still Scottsdale, which very much feels like the Beverly Hills of the Southwest. The restaurants are better, the nightlife is livelier, and the post-game activities are top notch.

7reasonstolovespringtraining_fullsize_story1

7 less obvious reasons I love Brewers Spring Training

Published March 19, 2015

My 18th annual Brewers Spring Training trip is now complete, and I'm back in chilly Milwaukee, which actually feels a little better after a few days under the beating hot sun of the desert. This trip was a good one. A really good one. New experiences, old friends and lots and lots of baseball. But you probably know about all that if you read my blog entries this week.

Scottsdale031815_fullsize_story1

Getaway day: behind the scenes, behind the plate

Published March 18, 2015

When I left off yesterday, I was feeling tan, rested and ready for baseball, and we made the 30-minute drive from Talking Stick Resort to Peoria Stadium a little before noon. Brewers fans were out in force for the game against the Padres. St. Patty's Day revelry was in full effect.

Scottsdale031715_fullsize_story1

The off day: St. Patrick's Day Eve in Scottsdale

Published March 17, 2015

I've said this before, but sometimes Spring Training feels a lot like the movie "Groundhog Day." Events, games and trips tend to run together, because with only a few variations, you're basically doing the same thing every day (and of course, that's a very good thing). But yesterday, we did something that we've only done one other time in 18 years: we didn't go to a Brewers game.

Scottsdale031615_fullsize_story1

Back in the swing of things

Published March 16, 2015

When you've been awake for 24 consecutive hours, due to an early flight, a time change and the excitement of an 18th consecutive Spring Training trip to Arizona, it's understandable to make a few bad decisions. Fortunately, the only one I regret is that humungous carne asada burrito from Filiberto's at 2 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, before collapsing into a few hours of sleep at the Talking Stick Resort here in Scottsdale.

Springtrainingguide_fullsize_story1

Brewers spring training guide, 2015

Published March 4, 2015

When Brewers fans talk to me about Spring Training, I always see the same look in their eyes. "I've always wanted to do that," they say wistfully, like Arizona exists in some far-away land, where you sit right next to the field and talk to the players in between in innings. Well, actually, most of that's true. Except for the far-away land part.

Springtraining031814_fullsize_story1

Until next time, Arizona

Published March 18, 2014

And just like that, the trip is over. The one that I spend 360 days a year daydreaming about. The one that almost didn't happen. On one hand, it feels like we just got here. On the other hand, when I look at myself in the mirror right now, it feels like I've been here for a month.

Springtraining031714_fullsize_story1

Scottsdale sizzle

Published March 17, 2014

When I last left off, it was Saturday night in the desert and we were starving. After a little pool time at the Camelback Inn, we headed to Old Town Scottsdale to see what awaited us.

Springtrainig031514_fullsize_story1

Hank brightens already sunny Arizona days

Published March 15, 2014

When I left off last night, we were heading out to dinner, our first actual meal of this year's spring training trip. It's really been a great 24 hours in the Valley of the Sun, and we're all now in full-on Cactus League mode.

Cactusrookie_fullsize_story1

Cactus rookie

Published March 15, 2014

The first day of our trip saw me leave Washington, D.C. and its never ending polar vortex cycle, only to touch down in sunny Phoenix, Arizona where I felt a sunny 88 degrees burn my pasty skin.

Springtrainig03014014_fullsize_story1

Hope, once again, springs warmly eternal

Published March 14, 2014

After 15 years of consecutive Brewers spring training trips, this one almost didn't happen. My tradition of fleeing the Milwaukee winter and heading to Arizona to watch the Crew tune up for the regular season pre-dates the creation of OnMilwaukee.com by one month. It's a working vacation that I cherish, a time for rejuvenation and renewal when I hear that first crack of the bat.

Golfarizona13_fullsize_story1

Golfing Arizona's finest courses, 2013

Published March 23, 2013

The 2013 OnMilwaukee.com Arizona golf tour allowed us a chance to go back and see how a course that we reviewed a few years ago has held up, and it offered the opportunity to play three courses for the first time. We allowed for different budgets and for different layouts and got a taste of the best the region had to offer.

Phoenixwrap_fullsize_story1

"Working" media, Arizona style

Published March 18, 2013

It's hard to call this spring training trip work. It definitely is, because as I do every year, I strive to take our readers along for the ride. Inevitably, when I tell people I come to Arizona, they always say, with a glint in their eyes, "I've always wanted to do that!" And I always tell them that they should.

Desertburn_fullsize_story1

Desert burn

Published March 17, 2013

No amount of sunscreen could keep me looking like a lobster when I looked in the mirror this morning. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.

Springtrainingguide2013_fullsize_story1

2013 Brewers Spring Training guide

Published Feb. 28, 2013

If you've ever been on the fence about making the trip to the Phoenix area to watch the Brewers tune up for the upcoming baseball season, consider this: the 2013 Spring Training campaign is your first opportunity to watch this year's Crew in action. Here's a comprehensive guide.