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)