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.
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.
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.
Five whole days to spend in the valley of the sun. 120 hours to soak in the Brewers, cacti and the most perfect weather. So what does Jake Hay do? He gets outside, climbs a few mountains and competes in a mud run. Sound relaxing?
It struck me on the way back from the Brewers-Rockies game at stunning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, somewhere along the route as we drove through the scenic foothills community of Paradise Valley. I may be starting to take this trip for granted.
Over the last 14 years, I've come to know the Phoenix area as almost a second home. I've eaten at everything from corner taco stands to the finest area restaurants, but I'd never call myself a foodie. One OnMilwaukee.com reader, however, has experienced a different type of Phoenix dining adventure.
Sunday and Monday consisted of one more Brewers game, a nap, some excellent sushi and a nightcap at a cool bar. The biggest fireworks were at the airport this morning, as TSA shut down the terminal, screaming "bravo" because someone presumably skipped through the security line.
You'd think after 12 consecutive years of following the Brewers to spring training in Arizona that I wouldn't be absolutely giddy to be here, every second of every day that I'm awake. But you'd be wrong.
Wisconsin's most renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed buildings all over the world. But the last project Wright designed before he died in 1959 probably wouldn't be standing today if it was built in its intended location -- as an opera house in Baghdad, Iraq.