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    Hey all!

    I'm brand new to the forums here, just went down a rabbit hole of fantastic stuff for about an hour! My wife and I are both life long Rangers fans and this year for our anniversary we are finally going to Spring Training. Something I've been wanting to do since I was a kid.

    Anyway, as we're first timers thought I'd throw it out to the forum. Any advice? Things we should know? Restaurants we absolutely can't miss? Things to do in the Phoenix area that are awesome?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Congrats man! I'm sure somebody here has some good advice.

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    • #3
      I'm sure Jamey can help, he has been many times. Welcome to the forum.

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      • #4
        Rangers spring training roster

        No. Name B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Comment
        59 Lisalverto Bonilla R-R 6-0 175 06/18/90 The lone holdover from Michael Young trade
        57 Cory Burns R-R 6-0 204 10/09/87 Plus-changeup makes him a handy piece to have around
        56 Neal Cotts L-L 6-1 200 03/25/80 Feel-good story now a big part of bullpen
        11 Yu Darvish R-R 6-5 216 08/16/86 Cy Young contender entering third big-league season
        30 Neftali Feliz R-R 6-3 225 05/02/88 Says he wants to return to old closer role
        32 Pedro Figueroa L-L 6-0 214 11/23/85 Only big-league stints came past two years with Oakland
        53 Wilmer Font R-R 6-4 230 05/24/90 Needs to add command to all that talent
        44 Jason Frasor R-R 5-9 179 08/09/77 Veteran, still seeking postseason, re-signed quickly
        54 Matt Harrison L-L 6-4 240 09/16/85 His health could be the key to clubís success
        45 Derek Holland S-L 6-2 193 10/09/86 Out (knee) until at least All-Star break
        50 Michael Kirkman L-L 6-4 195 09/18/86 Out of options, this is a make-or-break camp
        55 Roman Mendez R-R 6-3 192 07/25/90 Stress fracture in elbow cut short 2013 season
        36 Miles Mikolas R-R 6-5 220 08/23/88 Triple A closer brings big fastball from San Diego
        41 Alexi Ogando R-R 6-4 200 10/05/83 Aiming to stay off disabled list; couldnít do it last year.
        58 Joseph Ortiz L-L 5-7 175 08/13/90 Freak foot injury has him out until May
        33 Martin Perez L-L 6-0 190 04/04/91 Now a rotation fixture after breakthrough rookie season
        46 Robbie Ross L-L 5-11 215 06/24/89 Wants to be in rotation, but wonít scoff at bullpen
        39 Ben Rowen R-R 6-4 190 11/15/88 Pitches from down under, but was born in California
        52 Tanner Scheppers R-R 6-4 200 01/17/87 Heíll start this spring, but expect him to be in bullpen
        28 Joakim Soria R-R 6-3 200 05/18/84 More experience as a closer than anyone on roster
        23 Nick Tepesch R-R 6-4 225 10/12/88 Enters camp as favorite to be No. 5 starter
        37 Shawn Tolleson R-R 6-2 210 01/19/88 Local product coming off back surgery
        75 Matt West R-R 6-1 200 11/21/88 Native Texan at full strength after 2012 Tommy John surgery


        Catchers

        No. Name B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Comment
        7 J.P. Arencibia R-R 6-0 203 01/05/86 A change of scenery could serve power hitter well
        61 Robinson Chirinos R-R 6-1 205 06/05/84 Ability to play infield corners helps his roster chances
        8 Geovany Soto R-R 6-1 220 01/20/83 Getting his first shot at full-time duty with Rangers


        Infielders

        No. Name B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Comment
        1 Elvis Andrus R-R 6-0 200 08/26/88 Looking to build off strong second half
        29 Adrian Beltre R-R 5-11 220 04/07/79 Will keep hitting in cleanup spot
        84 Prince Fielder L-R 5-11 275 05/09/84 Right field has never looked so inviting
        18 Mitch Moreland L-L 6-2 230 09/06/85 Still around, and needs big year to keep it that way
        13 Jurickson Profar S-R 6-0 165 02/20/93 Second base is his, now he needs to be a winning piece
        9 Adam Rosales R-R 6-1 195 05/20/83 Hoping to avoid waiver-wire yo-yo ride
        3 Luis Sardinas S-R 6-1 150 05/16/93 Some say prospect isnít far away from major leagues


        Outfielders

        No. Name B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Comment
        35 Jim Adduci L-L 6-2 210 05/15/85 Canadianís tools package intrigues Rangers
        43 Engel Beltre L-L 6-2 180 11/01/89 Out of options, could be this yearís Julio Borbon
        21 Alex Castellanos R-R 6-0 200 08/04/86 Looking for new home after no room in Boston
        15 Michael Choice R-R 6-0 215 11/10/89 Could get crack as fourth outfielder, part-time DH
        17 Shin-Soo Choo L-L 5-11 205 07/13/82 Newcomer has short spring commute from nearby Goodyear
        2 Leonys Martin L-R 6-2 190 03/06/88 Needs to make adjustments quicker in second season
        51 Alex Rios R-R 6-5 210 02/18/81 No complaints about his performance after August trade


        Non-roster invitees

        Pitchers

        No. Name B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Comment
        60 Nate Ad**** R-R 6-4 235 02/25/88 Sinkerballer struggled last year at Triple A (6.67 ERA)
        16 Daniel Bard R-R 6-4 215 06/25/85 Hopes thoracic outlet syndrome was cause for sudden drop-off
        25 Jose Contreras R-R 6-4 255 12/06/71 Heís 42, but was impressive during winter ball
        68 Ryan Feierabend L-L 6-3 190 08/22/85 Lefty reliever spent all of 2013 in Rangersí system?
        67 Justin Germano R-R 6-2 210 08/06/82 Made only one appearance in 2013, May 1 for Toronto
        48 Colby Lewis R-R 6-4 240 08/02/79 Rangers curious to see him perform after major hip surgery
        22 Rafael Perez L-L 6-3 195 05/15/82 Earned invitation with strong performance early in winter ball
        49 Aaron Poreda L-L 6-6 240 10/01/86 Former first-rounder on mend from Tommy John surgery
        62 Armando Rodriguez R-R 6-3 248 01/28/88 Enters camp a week removed from work in Caribbean Series


        Catchers

        No. Name B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Comment
        74 Jose Felix R-R 5-10 198 06/28/88 Defensive whiz back in camp yet again
        70 Brett Nicholas L-R 6-2 215 07/18/88 Parlayed big year at Frisco, in Fall League into invite


        Infielders

        No. Name B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Comment
        6 Kevin Kouzmanoff R-R 6-1 210 07/25/81 Former big-league regular hasnít played in majors since 2011
        20 Brent Lillibridge R-R 5-11 185 09/18/83 Veteran utility man played for five teams past two years
        73 Rougned Odor L-R 5-11 170 02/03/94 Top second-base prospect got invite on 20th birthday
        65 Kensuke Tanaka L-R 5-9 170 05/20/81 Former Yu Darvish teammate can also play outfield
        12 Josh Wilson R-R 6-0 175 03/26/81 Batted .200 in 60 at-bats for Arizona in 2013


        Outfielders

        No. Name B/T Ht. Wt. DOB Comment
        63 Bryan Petersen L-R 6-0 200 04/09/86 .363 on-base percentage in 2013 as a Triple A regular
        64 Brad Snyder L-L 6-3 220 05/25/82 Hit four homers in 17 games this winter in Mexico


        http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/02...#storylink=cpy

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        • #5
          Yu Darvish threw 34 pitches in a BP today. Get a rope!

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          • #6
            Richard Durrett ‏@espn_durrett
            From my untrained eye, looks like Yu Darvish came ready to go. Fastball has life even though it's Day 1. #welcometoSurprise

            Richard Durrett ‏@espn_durrett
            #Rangers Yu Darvish (34 pitches), Tommy Hanson (40) and Matt Harrison (44) threw bullpen sessions today.

            Bullpen video of the Rangers Yu Darvish
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gC3s...ature=youtu.be

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            • #7
              I wonder how Hanson and Harrison looked

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              • #8
                Back fields are always the best for me. Get there in the am and head to the back fields and roam around. You'll see the top prospects, pitchers bullpens, pitchers fielding practice, cage sessions, BP.....it's all great. So many new stadiums in AZ now, but I tend to go when the Rangers have a stretch of games at their stadium in Surprise because I like it there and I tend to hang out there. Going to see the Cubs new stadium this year though. Cubs have always had great food at their place, hope they do at their new place also. Food at Rangers park in Surprise is quite good IMO.

                Two years ago, I saw Yu in his first ST, and as soon as I saw his size and his catlike reflexes in fielding practice, and saw him scorch the shuttle drill, I told Kaiser he was going to be awesome. You just see it in drills.

                For non baseball things to do, I highly recommend a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Amazing and awe-inspiring. Recently voted one of the top 25 architectural wonders of the world by architects. Highly recommend it.
                Last edited by Doug; 02-16-2014, 02:34 PM.

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                • #9
                  Any word on the jumping jacks yet?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Doug View Post
                    Back fields are always the best for me. Get there in the am and head to the back fields and roam around. You'll see the top prospects, pitchers bullpens, pitchers fielding practice, cage sessions, BP.....it's all great. So many new stadiums in AZ now, but I tend to go when the Rangers have a stretch of games at their stadium in Surprise because I like it there and I tend to hang out there. Going to see the Cubs new stadium this year though. Cubs have always had great food at their place, hope they do at their new place also. Food at Rangers park in Surprise is quite good IMO.

                    Two years ago, I saw Yu in his first ST, and as soon as I saw his size and his catlike reflexes in fielding practice, and saw him scorch the shuttle drill, I told Kaiser he was going to be awesome. You just see it in drills.

                    For non baseball things to do, I highly recommend a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Amazing and awe-inspiring. Recently voted one of the top 25 architectural wonders of the world by architects. Highly recommend it.

                    Good tips, Doug. Thanks. Hope to check it out this year.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Doug View Post
                      Back fields are always the best for me. Get there in the am and head to the back fields and roam around. You'll see the top prospects, pitchers bullpens, pitchers fielding practice, cage sessions, BP.....it's all great. So many new stadiums in AZ now, but I tend to go when the Rangers have a stretch of games at their stadium in Surprise because I like it there and I tend to hang out there. Going to see the Cubs new stadium this year though. Cubs have always had great food at their place, hope they do at their new place also. Food at Rangers park in Surprise is quite good IMO.

                      Two years ago, I saw Yu in his first ST, and as soon as I saw his size and his catlike reflexes in fielding practice, and saw him scorch the shuttle drill, I told Kaiser he was going to be awesome. You just see it in drills.

                      For non baseball things to do, I highly recommend a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Amazing and awe-inspiring. Recently voted one of the top 25 architectural wonders of the world by architects. Highly recommend it.
                      I can't go this Spring but one year.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Doug View Post
                        Back fields are always the best for me. Get there in the am and head to the back fields and roam around. You'll see the top prospects, pitchers bullpens, pitchers fielding practice, cage sessions, BP.....it's all great. So many new stadiums in AZ now, but I tend to go when the Rangers have a stretch of games at their stadium in Surprise because I like it there and I tend to hang out there. Going to see the Cubs new stadium this year though. Cubs have always had great food at their place, hope they do at their new place also. Food at Rangers park in Surprise is quite good IMO.

                        Two years ago, I saw Yu in his first ST, and as soon as I saw his size and his catlike reflexes in fielding practice, and saw him scorch the shuttle drill, I told Kaiser he was going to be awesome. You just see it in drills.

                        For non baseball things to do, I highly recommend a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Amazing and awe-inspiring. Recently voted one of the top 25 architectural wonders of the world by architects. Highly recommend it.
                        Awesome, thanks Doug. We are going to three "home" games at Surprise Stadium and one @ the White Sox. We'll probably pick up tickets to at least one more, I'll look into the new Cubs park. Good to know about the back fields. Only 42 days til Opening Day!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ProfarMVP View Post
                          Good tips, Doug. Thanks. Hope to check it out this year.
                          Don't do it MVP. You will never go back to Alaska.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Centerfield View Post
                            Don't do it MVP. You will never go back to Alaska.

                            Haha. In truth I've been looking into owning a home in the Phoenix area, though keeping my business (primarily) in Anchorage. If I'm going to deal with that serious climate change you've warned me about...I best get some practice.

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                            • #15
                              The first day of Spring Training and Opening Day should be a national holiday

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