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To play in the All-Star Futures Game is an honor for everyone involved, whether you’re playing for America or the Americas. For many, like Seattle Mariners prospect and Gilbert’s own D.J. Peterson, it’s a glimpse of the big league dream.
Two fixtures of summertime: baseball and fireworks. The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing them together with a series of Friday Night Fireworks games featuring shows that will light up the field and the sky with explosive pyrotechnics after each baseball game.
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Mesa LDS Temple
101 S. LeSueur St.
(480) 833-1211 or lds.org/church/temples
Crews broke ground nearly 90 years ago on the 20-acre temple site, one of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ holiest places reserved for the most sacred of religious ceremonies. Since then, the building’s shimmery white exterior, carved friezes and manicured grounds have provided a welcoming oasis in the heart of Mesa. A visitor’s center is open to the public, and a lavish outdoor Easter pageant and Christmas lights display draw thousands of the faithful — and non-Mormons — each spring and winter.
Red Mountain Park
7745 E. Brown Road
(480) 644-4271 or mesaaz.gov/parksrec/parks/redmountain.aspx
2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway
(480) 668-0500 or mlb.com/chc/mesa/
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MLB great Tommy Lasorda with Logan White, vice president of Amateur Scouting for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Gilbert resident. White, who lives in Gilbert, is a parent at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler, which hosted a special event at the school, "Take Me Out to the Ballpark with Tommy Lasorda," on March 8. [Photo by Cindi Friedl]
MLB great Tommy Lasorda speaks to a crowd at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler on March 8. He spoke about what it takes to motivate others to reach their highest potential. [Photo by Cindi Friedl]
Hall of Fame baseball player Ozzie Smith wants opening day to the major league season recognized as a national holiday. He, along with the Budweiser Clydesdales, took to the streets of Chandler on Wednesday to help get out his message.
Sunday, March 9
Baseball figure Tommy Lasorda is coming to Seton Prep High School in Chandler to give a motivational speech.
With spring training finally in full swing and the start of baseball’s regular season less than a month away, the Chicago Cubs hope their new Cactus League digs in Mesa can aid in the development of their prospects and net them their first World Series victory in more than a century.
Mesa Youth Sports is partnering with the Chicago Cubs to host a free MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition on March 5. The event is free to the public and starts at 6:15 p.m.
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Chicago Cubs Spring Training
2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway
(480) 668-0500 or chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/mesa/
Aren’t spring and spring training two of the biggest reasons we live in the Valley? After 34 years, the loveable losers (108 years and counting since they won a World Series) from Chicago’s North Side bid farewell to Hohokam Stadium as their spring home — where the Oakland A’s will move into a renovated park in 2015 — and moved into something more grand in Cubs Park at Mesa Riverview. Take in a game or two, and you’ll realize spring somehow found a way to be better.
Christmas Lights on the Mesa LDS Temple grounds
101 S. Lesueur
(480) 833-1211 or mesachristmaslights.com
Mesa Arts Festival
1 E. Main St.
(480) 644-6627 or mesaartscenter.com
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Major League Baseball managers are getting ready to test the expanded instant replay system.
In this Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright watches as umpires discuss a ruling during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Major League Baseball announced it will greatly expand instant replay to review close calls starting this season. Each manager will be allowed to challenge at least one call per game. If he's right, he gets another challenge. After the seventh inning, a crew chief can request a review on his own.
It is not hyperbole to call the 1998-99 Chandler High girls basketball the best in Arizona history.
Those crazy Regressives keep trying new avenues to convince us that “trickle down” economics actually “works” and their latest scam is the “Fair Tax,” a misnomer if there ever was one!
Local baseball fans who want to watch a few more games live this season can visit Hohokam Stadium and check out the Mesa Solar Sox play.
Watch the Arizona Diamondbacks play the San Francisco Giants, then enjoy a post-game concert featuring Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers. The Tempe Rock band wrote and performed the theme song for Fox’s animated series “King of the Hill” and “D-backs Swing,” which has played following every Diamondbacks’ home win since 2007.
It’s been more than eight years since Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and the rest of the original ‘Roid Pack marched in front of Congress and said, in order: (a) I just want to move forward, (b) I don’t understand English and (c) I’ve never taken anything (insert finger wag here) during some of the most uncomfortable programming in C-SPAN history.
It’s been quite a ride for several East Valley baseball players over the past few months. They went from starring in high school to being selected in the Major League Draft to entering the minor leagues.
Now in the San Diego Padres organization, infielder Dustin Peterson has transitioned well from the aluminum bats of high school to the wooden bats in the Arizona League.