Spring Training Going, Going, Gone in Tucson

From Steve Henson at Yahoo! Sports on February 22:

TUCSON, Ariz. – For the last 18 Februarys, the path alongside the Colorado Rockies’ practice diamonds adjacent to Hi Corbett Field was an ideal spot to grab an autograph or see a favorite player. Cleats crunching on the asphalt parking lot that separated the clubhouse from the fields, they all came through, from Larry Walker and Vinny Castilla to Todd Helton  and Matt Holliday to Ubaldo Jimenez and Troy Tulowitzki.

On some days the desert wind whipped so hard that players and spectators alike had to beware of palm fronds falling from the trees that lined the fields. The mood was buoyant nonetheless. It was spring training, and uniquely Tucson. Quaint. Secluded. And decidedly not Phoenix.


Read the full article here: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=sh-tucsonnospringtraining022211

Originally published: February 23, 2011. Last Updated: February 23, 2011.