This year it occurred to me that we should choose a Papa-themed vacation and let his heart's desires lead the way for once. And of course, his heart pointed us in the direction of the SF Giants. We touched down at the Phoenix airport at 10:30am on a Saturday morning and 2 hours later we were sitting 3 rows behind 1st base at Scottsdale Stadium watching Tim Lincecum throw out the first pitch of the Giants' Spring Training 2012.
|our amazing seats for only $20!!!|
|Getting Bruce "Mr Big Stuff" Bochy's autograph|
|The 1st of many: Jeremy Affeldt|
|Chuli's Pre-Game Warm Ups|
|Enjoying their snow cones|
As for Papa, it would be hard to pick what one thing was the best about this vacation. He got to shake hands with John Miller aka "The Voice of The Giants" (who he has been listening to since he was a youngin'), catch a ball thrown to him by Melky Cabrera, personally say "thank you" to Brain Sabean for bringing his city a world championship, but most importantly he got to experience his most favorite pastime with his most favorite girls. There is no brighter smile than the one Papa gets when he sees his girls getting pumped up about Giants baseball. To have them find joy for something that has brought so much happiness into his own life makes him one extra proud Pop.
Despite all of the exotic, international locations I have guided him to, I have a feeling that Scottsdale, AZ is going to make it to the top of his list of most amazing vacations. As long as my family is smiling and the sun is shinning I guess even Mama can be convinced to return to this much desired destination.
One thing's for sure, with the souvenir Papa took home from this trip we will be reminded of our Spring Training trip every day of our lives:
|World Champion Ink By Clifton Carter, Living Ghost Tattoo|