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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Thoughts on a Rangers-Brewers game

PHOENIX -- The Brewers' spring training ballpark technically owns a Phoenix address, but everyone refers to the neighborhood as Maryvale, part of West Phoenix developed in the 1950s and '60s. Phoenix divides itself into areas called urban villages, with Maryvale one of those 15 urban villages, although with Phoenix's grid layout, it's hard to know you driving from one village into another unless you happen to see the street sign.

Tickets to Brewers games are much less expensive than you'd find for the Giants, Cubs or Angels, but plenty of good seats were available. If you're just looking to watch a spring training game with a seat as close to the field as possible, I'd recommend checking out Maryvale. Plus, you can buy a souvenir beer or soda in a Seattle Pilots cup, which is worth the trip all by itself.

A few random thoughts on a game that featured an interesting pitching matchup between the Rangers' Martin Perez and the Brewers' Marco Estrada.