After climbing Lookout Mountain, we all needed a break, so Pops thought it would be fun to check out a baseball field where Spring training was in progress! The field we were closest to is in Peoria, where the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners practice and play their pre-season games.
We had fun walking around the facilities and even saw some baseball players practicing!
Levi walked right up to the fence, figuring if the manager saw him, he would be drafted on the spot.
“It’s worth a shot!” he said, “I’m great with balls!” and then he turned around and gave me his best Pitboxer smile.
“A lot better than you are, right short stuff? Unless they are looking for a ‘short’ stop!!” he said and laughed.
I didn’t see the humor in that statement at all…
On our way around the park, I started getting hot. It is the desert, after all, so I started looking around for a place to cool off. It didn’t take long for me to find the perfect spot!
I might not be great at fetching and catching balls, but I sure am good at sitting on them. I’d like to see Levi Pitboxer try to do that! Fat chance of that ever happening!
After I felt up to walking around again, we found our way to the ticket booth and I was first in line to get the very best seats, but then MaMa told me that dogs aren’t allowed in the ballparks. That was really bad news. I mean, all that beautiful green grass…such a waste!
As we were leaving the park, we saw a sign for a restaurant and Levi couldn’t help but make one last quip, when he suggested I stand in front of the sign, because I was the saltiest Senorita he knew!
“You’ve got the right color AND the right disposition, GiGi!!” he barked out loud. I had to agree that I was a bit salty at times, so I played along and let him take my picture.
Eventually it was time to go home so MaMa and Pops could go visit their friend. While they were there, they met some authentic Arizona pups! I sure wish I could have tagged along…they looked like super nice dogs, and I’m sure they could have told me what it’s like to live in Arizona year-round. I mean, I was curious how hot it really got there in the summer!
When they got home that night, Pops thought it would be nice to take us to see another ballpark. So we all hopped in the car and went to the field shared by the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers in Surprise. We arrived right around sunset, so it was nice and cool and I was ready to explore.
As we were walking around, we noticed that the gates were open to the practice fields, so Levi and I decided we should walk in and look around. Who would stop us, right?
While exploring the park, we saw was a sign for the 2015 World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals. We were just about to take a picture with it, when a security guard started walking towards us. Before we could get a good shot, Levi skulked off, while I stared at the guy, challenging him to say something to us.
Which is exactly what he did! He asked MaMa and Pops what we were doing there, and told us the area we were in was off limits. Ooops! MaMa thought quickly and decided to play the ignorant tourist card, and told him we’d seen the open gates and didn’t know we weren’t supposed to walk through there. He was nice to us after that, and even escorted us out of the park!
Our last day in Arizona sure was adventurous! After our run in with the security guard, it looked like we’d only be able to check out the ballpark from behind bars, but at least we hadn’t been thrown in jail!