Cubs Spring Training Wrap-Up: 2016 Edition

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 11.53.35 AMMarch provided a great opportunity for us to spend time at Chicago Cubs training camp in Arizona. This year we took in games at Surprise, Scottsdale, and of course, Mesa, which houses the Cubs’ new Sloan Park facility. While the Cubs had a rough spring, they’re favored for a World Series run this year.

Spring training is an interactive experience; fans have the opportunity to watch batting practice up close and visit with coaches, trainers and former players. A number of stars make appearances (we met Andre Dawson, Gaylord Perry, and Fergie Jenkins over several days — Check out the pictures below).

We also found time for plenty of hiking, and visiting with a great friend of mine who lives in the Phoenix area. 

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Congratulations, Hawk

The LA Times has a great anecdote about Andre Dawson, who tomorrow will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“In 1987, we worshipped at the altar of Andre Dawson,” WXRT’s Lin Brehmer said. “Dawson was a stoic crippled figure who had that glorious MVP season. All season long, everyone in the bleachers would stand up and bow down to him. In his last at-bat of the season, he hit a home run. We were standing on the slabs in the bleachers. After he took the field, Andre Dawson for the first time all year bowed down to the bleachers to thank us, and I wept like a teeny tiny little baby.”