Spring Training Guide
Where to eat, stay, play, and more!
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Just down the road from where the Padres train/play in Peoria, Arizona, is the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa (9495 West Coyotes Boulevard). If you really want to pamper yourself, stay at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (10600 East Crescent Moon Drive), or, if you desire something wilder, lounge poolside at the funky Hotel Valley Ho (6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale).
Order yourself a juicy steak at the venerable Pink Pony (3831 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale). And you can’t go wrong with a Wiseguy pizza (roasted onion, smoked mozzarella and fennel sausage) at Pizzeria Bianco (623 East Adams Street,Phoenix). Need a postgame beer? Try the back patio at O.H.S.O. (4900 East Indian School Road, Phoenix). Also, dogs are welcome. For cocktails, try a drink at sunset at Degree 270 (Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale) with a free, breathtaking view of the Sonoran landscape.
Take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s expansive campus, Taliesin West (12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale), for a look at his distinctive architectural style. If nature is your thing, swing by the Desert Botanical Garden (1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix). Work off those poolside margs with a hike up Camelback Mountain. Don’t forget sunscreen and water! Best spot to watch a game? Try the nearly new Salt River Fields stadium complex at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. Look for the free sunscreen dispensers.
Unwind with a massage at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley (5700 East McDonald Drive, Scottsdale). Want to go all out? You can have your own two-bedroom spa villa for the day with a flat-screen TV, private patio, and soaking tub at Royal Palms Resort and Spa (5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix). Padres, what?
5 Padres To Watch
1B Yonder Alonso hopes to follow up a big rookie season that saw him hit 39 doubles. With Petco bringing in the fence, it could mean more hits.
3B Chase Headley won a 2012 Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and led the league with 115 RBIs. What will he do in 2013? And will he get a contract extension?
OF Carlos Quentin, the local kid, is signed through 2015. He’s cut some weight and is hopeful his surgically repaired knee allows him to stay on the field more in 2013.
Bud Black, the man who holds it all together. Manager of the Padres since 2007, Black—who is an SDSU grad—has command of the clubhouse and the respect of his team.
RP Brad Brach had a nice rookie year in the Padres’ bullpen. A durable kid with a bright future. And, he’s dating Nashville singer-songwriter Jenae Cherry.
Can’t make it to AZ?
FOX Sports San Diego will air 10 games during spring training, March 3–30. First up: Sunday, March 3 vs. White Sox, 12:00 p.m. This year, four of the five San Diego cable providers will carry FOX Sports San Diego, up from two last season. Come on, Time Warner! Why are you holding out on us?