Desert sky, dream beneath the desert sky
Greetings from Goodyear, Ariz., the new spring home of the Indians and, therefore, me.
A few first impressions and pieces of excruciating minutia…
- It was 56 degrees here today. It was 61 in Cleveland. Way to steal our thunder, Mother Nature.
- The facility is as awesome as advertised. I haven’t seen every nook and cranny just yet, but the clubhouse makes the one in Winter Haven look like a closet, the access to the practice fields and cages is much more streamline, and, on a completely selfish note, the media workroom does not induce existential thoughts such as, “How did I get here?” and “What did I do to deserve this?”
- When you drive up to the ballpark, you almost wonder where it is. It’s dug out in a bowl, so the entrance is actually the “upper deck,” so to speak.
- The city… Well, it’s definitely a work in progress. In one sense, it has all the modern acoutrements a person could need, be it the gargantuan Lifetime Fitness facility or the fact that there’s a Best Buy or Wal-Mart on seemingly every corner. In another, just-as-accurate sense, this town has no character or charm whatsoever. It’s nothing but chains. Mind you, this is merely a first impression, and I hope to be proven wrong very soon, but it looks like it’s going to be difficult to find a decent locally based restaurant or a good, stealth, shot-and-beer joint. If anyone knows of any, let me know. And remember… Goodyear is still growing.
- Quite a few players already here. The happiest of the bunch is Zach Jackson, who had seats on the 20-yard line, 20 rows up, to watch his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers capture their sixth Super Bowl title a week and a half ago.
- Plenty more observations in the coming days, and plenty of news to come, too. For now, the biggest news of the day is that former World Series MVP and Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola will be in camp as an instructor.
- Be sure to check this blog and Indians.com frequently throughout the spring for all the latest on what’s shaking in camp.