KINGMAN, ARIZ. â€“ This didnâ€™t go exactly as planned.
Yes, Iâ€™m speeding through the Arizona desert in a humungous white Chevy Suburban, while my friend from college, Paul, handles the driving for now. If we donâ€™t encounter any setbacks, we should arrive at Maryvale Baseball Park just in time for first pitch.
But let me back up a little.
After 14 years of visiting Arizona to watch the Brewers Spring Training, I felt like this year needed a change up of sorts. Iâ€™ve also visited Las Vegas each winter since 2008. Life has just gotten busier, so this year, weâ€™re combining the two trips into one.
Iâ€™ll tell you much more about the Vegas part of this trip later, but the plan was to leave The Tropicana at 7 a.m. so we could have plenty of time to enjoy this interesting 291-mile drive.
Of course, leaving Las Vegas at 7 a.m. takes a lot of discipline, and I donâ€™t have a lot of discipline in Las Vegas. We only had two nights in Sin City, and on Wednesday night, we wrapped up at 3 a.m. but were up by 8. The plan was to take it easy last night, and be asleep by 1.
The last time I looked at the clock before falling asleep it was 3:18 a.m.
Still, we got our bloated but dehydrated bodies out of bed this morning and hit the road at 8. The GPS says weâ€™ll get to Maryvale at 12:48, which gives us just enough time to pick up our photographer, Eron Laber, whoâ€™s already in Phoenix, and grab our press passes before plopping down on the right field berm.
Iâ€™m so excited. Tired, but excited.
Iâ€™ll do my best to take you along on the trip with daily updates, until I collapse into my seat on the plane Monday afternoon.
Spring Training trips can all seem the same after a while. So far, this one is very different.
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