February 27-29, 2016
The Losher boys went with Trey and I on our annual Spring Training trip to Phoenix, again this year. We were on separate flight, but landed in Phoenix at the same time. We were a little earlier than them, so we go the rental car and picked them up. We got a suite Cadillac SUV. Our first stop was in Mesa for the Cubs spring training facility. We watched them work out on the different fields for a while and then we went outside the gates to catch home run balls. We caught about 12 between the 3 of us. Trey stayed back to get autographs. The boys got autographs from Kyle Hendricks and Kyle Schwarber. After that, we played golf at a course called the Tribute. It was a nice, desert style course. I played horrible and the Newhouse boys lost. After that, we went to the hotel to check in. We were staying at the Hilton Squaw Creek resort, for the second year in a row. We love this resort because of all the games around the pool area.
The next day we got to the Rangers complex in Surprise before the gates opened. We spent the entire time getting autographs and watching practice. They had a scrimmage that we stayed to watch for a while too. After that, we went back to the hotel for lots of mini golf, water basketball and nukem. Some of the games got pretty rough and Trey had a nice scar to show for our victories. The hotel gave us $50 in vouchers, because they didn’t have a casita available for us. We spent is all at the pool on smoothies, nachos and other snacks.
The last day, we went back to the Rangers facility for more of the same. We spent extra time trying to catch home run balls. We visited the Royals facility also. After that, we went back to the hotel for a quick swim, before we then headed to the airport. The Losher boys were on a later flight, so they dropped us off at the airport before returning the car.