We're a little over one week into spring training, although it's hard to believe with the winter most of us have been having. I happen to live with a huge Cubs fans, so much so I'm convinced that his love of the team is the real reason we moved to Chicago (jobs, cost of living, and family were a good ruse). So I used his birthday in my own sort of ruse as an excuse to get down to Arizona for spring training and a break from Chiberia and all things Polar Vortex.
We've both been to Arizona before, but never to for a spring training game. Between the two of us, we've hit many of the major tourist sites on previous trips, like Sedona and the red rocks, the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Gardens, and Taliesin West. This time around we split our time with friends in the suburban West Valley area and posh Scottsdale, east of Phoenix.
If you've never been, one thing to keep in mind is that you'll need a ride. The Phoenix metro-area is huge, very spread out, and without a great public transportation system. I think Scottsdale is a great home base with a walkable downtown with lots of bars, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. This time of year the area really caters to the spring training crowd, but it more expensive than other parts of the area.
But enough about logistics and back to baseball! Here are ten reasons to head down to Mesa and check out Cubs spring training.
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