Happy Easter everyone

And hi from Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, the quaint little home of the N.L. champion Colorado Rockies. This isn’t the most modern facility in the Cactus League, but it sits in a beautiful setting, with a lush golf course behind it and a lot of palm trees and other foliage beyond the outfield wall. It used to be a dump when the Cleveland Indians trained here, but the Rockies had it redone shortly after they came into the league back in the mid-90s, and they did a great job with it. The ushers and security people here are among the best anywhere, very friendly and professional, which is also true of Coors Field in Denver. I don’t know that I appreciated that when I was covering the team back in the late ’90s. It was the first team I had ever covered, so I probably thought things were done that way everywhere. But as a visiting writer, it’s a very nice thing to encounter when you walk into a strange ballpark, and I haven’t been here since 1999. … Chin-lung Hu is in the lineup playing third base today, with Tony Abreu at SS and Ramon Martinez at 2B. Everything else is basically the same, with an outfield of Pierre, Kemp and Ethier. Gary Bennett is catching, Billingsley pitching. Off to the clubhouse. Check with ya later.

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