Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Arizona is about more than desert photography

The past few days took me far away from worrying about computer work, photo editing, and for heavens sake, blog updating. I've just returned from a wonderful trip to Arizona, the Valley of the Sun, and more specifically instead of hiking and outdoor photography, we're taking baseball here! Peoria became our home as my son and I enjoyed four days of spring training as we have for a few years now. The magic never seems to end no matter how many years or days you go to the spring ballparks. And now my son seems to have become a master of athlete autograph stalking as he walked away with trophies to cherish a lifetime...signed balls by San Diego Padre pitchers Jake Peavy and Mark Prior, a ball signed by 17 Seattle Mariners (!!), and a true treasure: having been in the right quiet place yesterday morning at the right time and having Ken Griffey Jr. come by and gladly autograph a new baseball all to itself that we had just pulled out "just in case". Heck, he even came home with autographs of the Mariner's top three brass, Chuck Armstrong/Howard Lincoln/Jake Z. on a program from Saturday's Fan Fest 2009.

I've photographed thousands of images in Arizona the past 5-6 years....but the memories of spring training each year will reign as top of the list.

(photos: (top-to-bottom)signed baseballs and program shrine in hotel room; Ken Griffey Jr. signing the Bauer Boy baseball; Ken Griffey Jr. taking batting practice; a happy boy watching early morning practice at spring training 2009)

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