Baseball fans in Arizona are breathing a sigh of relief this spring after all the off-field problems surrounding the Cardinals and the Padres, and at least they have an interesting spring training schedule to choose from this year.
The Angels are hosting the Cleveland Indians on March 9; the Oakland Athletics are in Tempe against the Dodgers on March 10; the Arizona Diamondbacks host the Minnesota Twins on March 14; the Padres play the Kansas City Royals on March 15; and the Arizona State Sun Devils open spring training play March 14 with the University of Tulsa Titans.
If you're still sleeping, here are seven great off-field activities that you should take advantage of during your trip to Arizona.
1. The Beatles' Cavern Club in St. Louis (gimmick basketball-like games and music)
2. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (touch football games)
3. The Mormon temple in Mesa, Ariz. (chili and bratwurst festival)
4. The Native American museum in Tempe (American Indian exhibit)
5. The Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles (jewelry industry museum)
6. The baseball diamond in the Camelback Ranch complex in Glendale (arts, culture, sports and outdoors exhibit)
7. The Natural History Museum in Phoenix (galaxy exhibit)
Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times Visitors try out the baseball diamond at the Camelback Ranch complex in Glendale. Visitors try out the baseball diamond at the Camelback Ranch complex in Glendale. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)
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