"Welcome to the quietest stadium in America." - Salt River Fields, beer vendor
Today was my first visit to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. I arrived at the Stick around 12:30pm, just in time to see the players running and stretching along the side lines. Also, it turned out, just in time to watch them throw some game at all the pretty ladies along the foul lines.
I must admit, I was a little disappointed. On my drive over, I was so excited about seeing the new stadium, I could hardly contain myself. Hence, why I arrived early. I gotta say though, I just wasn't feeling it. It's nice, don't get me wrong. And it's big. It just doesn't have the character and feel of Scottsdale Stadium, Hohokam or Phoenix Muni. Also, note to the concessions stands, more jalapenos and cheese, less chips.
Sigh. The things I have to deal with.
Anyway, good game. Ian Kennedy dominated. J-Up, Justin Upton, tore the cover off the ball twice and had two doubles. Paul Goldschmidt hit a mammoth home run to straight away center field that I'm saying went at least 440 feet. Miguel Montero almost knocked the wall down in right field with the world's longest single and aside from Ian Stewart and his mac-central status, the Cubs looked pretty much uninspired.
Not that I expect much from the Cubs this year anyway. The D'Backs on the other hand, look like serious contenders.