After going to Nick’s Coney Island for hot dogs on opening day with some of my colleagues, I got on a plane to Phoenix where I joined my son, Eli, for a D’Backs vs. Rockies game at Chase Field. It was about 95 degrees in Phoenix that day, but they opened the roof just before gametime, so we enjoyed a desert evening and a good game, with Trevor Story showing off his home run skills and the D’Backs winning 11-6.
Next day, we drove through the desert and over the mountains to the coastal air of San Diego and took in the Padres game against the Dodgers at Petco Park (shouldn’t the dirt there be made of Kibble?). Dodgers rookie Kenta Maeda made an impressive major league debut by shutting out the Padres (as the Dodgers did for the whole series) but also by hitting his first big league home run.
Next night, we saw a terrific game at the Big A in Anaheim with the Angels beating the Rangers when Albert Pujols hit a walk-off single to win it with two out in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded.
Hard to imagine a better start to the 2016 season!