Who's ready for Spring Training?? The Padres are, and the rest of MLB is as well. Earlier today the Padres March schedule was released, and you can access it by clicking here.
The first game is March 4, 2010 in the annual charity game against the Mariners in Peoria, AZ. In fact the first four games of the Spring are against Peoria Sports Complex companion Seattle. The Padres will play each team in the Cactus League twice, with the exception of the Oakland A's. The Padres and A's meet just once, and it is at the A's training facility in Phoenix. The Cactus League welcomes a new member this season, the Cincinnati Reds have joined the Indians in Goodyear for the 2010 season.
If you're looking for a weekend to head to Peoria to check out the Padres, there are only 2 Saturday home games, one on March 6 against the Mariners, and one on March 27 in a split squad game against the Reds. The Padres have a stretch of 3 straight at home, March 14-16, with games against the Indians, a night game against the Giants and then face the Angels. The Dodgers make their only Peoria visit that same week, March 19 at 7:05.
We'll break camp on March 31, 2010, then travel to Anaheim to face the Angels on April 1 and head to Lake Elsinore to face the Storm on April 2, which will wind up the Spring Training schedule. The Padres will hold a workout at PETCO Park April 3, and then travel back to Arizona, to get ready to open the 2010 season against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, April 5.
Gearing up for Alaska...
Ok, as you probably know, I grew up in Chicago, and am pretty used to Winter weather, but even I'm a little wary of what I'm about to face in Alaska! I'll head there with the USD Toreros Monday for the Great Alaska Shootout. I've never been to our 49th state, but hear it's a beautiful place. Now to gear up, I went out and purchased a winter jacket, hat, scarf, gloves and thermal socks. I hope it snows, since I haven't seen a good snowstorm in a few years. There's something so peaceful about a steady snow once in a while. I know many of you readers have never actually seen it snow, trust me it's pretty cool unless you have to fly or drive in it. Different story there!
Now as far as the schedule in Alaska, join me for our first broadcast as the Toreros (2-1) face Oklahoma, Wednesday November 25. Air time, is 10:30pm, with the game tipping off at 10:45pm on XX1090 and www.usdtoreros.com. USD is off on Thanksgiving and will partake in a team Thanksgiving meal. Friday the Toreros face Houston, that game tips at 8:30pm on XX1090. The team will play a game against a team TBD (Washington State, Nicholls State or Alaska-Anchorage) either at 2pm, 4:30pm or 7pm on XX. I hope you'll be able to join me for one or all of the games as you enjoy your holiday with family and friends.
Have a great night!