The Mariners 2017 spring training is coming to a close and opening day is just around the corner. Plenty of M’s fans were able to travel down to Peoria to watch the team ease into season form this March. Fortunately, I was one of them. Here’s all of what you can do next year at Mariners spring training.
For me, this week was the first time I have ever been able to go to Spring Training. Over four days, I went to two games and experienced all there was to offer.
The first night I was there, Saturday, March 25, I went to dinner at a fast food place in Peoria near the complex. As I sat down with my food, in walked my old high school baseball teammate Jordan Cowan who last year played 43 games in Advanced-A ball in the Mariner’s system.
He was with a pair of teammates, second baseman Donnie Walton and third baseman Nick Zammarelli, and we all talked for about 15 minutes.
That just goes to show the type of atmosphere there is at spring training and gave me an early glimpse into the kind of player access a fan has down there.
The first game I attended was against the Reds on Sunday in Goodyear, and the second was against the Padres in Peoria on Monday. Prior to each game, I explored the practice complexes and watched the teams workout.
Each fan is unique, and everyone has different expectations of what they want to do on their trip to spring training.
While some fans just want to go to watch the games, others may want to go view the practices, collect autographs or even sample the different food and drink options at the stadium. Then there are the fans who look to absorb everything there is to offer.
For those fans who have yet to travel to spring training and those that have been but want to gain a new perspective, this article will summarize the different fan experiences and shed light on what to expect your first time down to spring training in Arizona.