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Take me out to the ballgame!

Can't beat this when there's snow on the ground at home!
Can't beat this when there's snow on the ground at home!
Renee Wooster

This time every year I start to get a little antsy. I think it is the combination of snow, cold, college football ending, and not having a paid holiday until Memorial Day. Ouch. At any rate, I do however start to think about baseball. Yes, in January! Reason being: BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING. Where? Scottsdale, AZ; where its warm temperatures, sunshine and love of baseball get me through the winter. I realize I am in Colorado Rockies territory being in Denver, BUT I did just purchase 4 lawn seats for the San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics for St. Patrick's Day. We've been attending Giants Spring Training games for 3 years now, and it's become a bit of a tradition with a group of our friends.

The Cactus League has 10 stadiums in the greater Phoenix area, all the way out to Surprise and hosts both AL/NL West teams. With 300 days of sunshine a year I can see why there's a league here!

Scottsdale is one of my favorite places; it's fun, laid back, great atmosphere, known for its art, cuisine and abundance of watering holes to quench your thirst. The minute we step off our plane at PHX, we are in a cab and off to Loco Patron, which in our opinion has the best fish tacos north od Mexico. $25 Margaritas and buckets of beer are also a favorite. The Salty Seniorita is a pre-game and post-game institution for all Giants Spring Training goers and is typically packed to the gills - but it does have a sweet outdoor patio to people watch and party.

Book your hotel and airfare early, as rooms AND flights go quick!