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Southsider101
03-24-2010, 07:38 PM
Jim Caple's ESPN Page 2 tribute to Hy Corbett's last Cactus League season.

Next season the Rockies move to a shared facility with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale leaving Tucson without a Cactus League team.


http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/100324&sportCat=mlb

october23sp
03-24-2010, 09:09 PM
Goodbye* Hi*

102605
03-24-2010, 09:24 PM
Pretty cool place. The one thing I remember is all of the military jets zipping back and forth in the skys behind center field.

Tucson also introduced me to Saguaro National Park. Awesome place.

jamokes
03-24-2010, 09:46 PM
This stadium must be one of the oldest for Spring Training sites!

manders_01
03-24-2010, 10:18 PM
My first year going to Spring Training, I didn't go to Rockies games since I can see them here a lot. But my second year I decide to head to a game. It unfortunately was rained out and I never actually got to see a game. But I really liked the park and wished I had gone earlier. It's a very cool place.

Viva Medias B's
03-24-2010, 11:18 PM
I liked going to games at Hi Corbett Field. Tucson Electric Park is nice for its amenities and the Catalina Mountains backdrop (one of the best backdrops in sports, I believe), but Hi Corbett has a pastroal charm to it with all the trees of Reid Park surrounding it. With that look, it seemed more like a spring training enviornment from the Grapefruit League as opposed to the Cactus League. The USAF jets flying overhead were always a sight. Hi Corbett is situated in the flight pattern of the runways at Davis-Monthan AFB.

I'll still be making my annual Tucson trip, but it has shifted to the fall in order to see Arizona Wildcats football. I'll miss going to spring training games at Hi Corbett and TEP Park, and it's a shame that Tucson is losing spring training in spite of their own role in losing it.

TDog
03-24-2010, 11:30 PM
I saw the Tucson Toros play there in the '70s and '80s, and I got to play in Hy Corbett in the '90s. I also got to play a game on one of the practice fields next to the stadium. The place has its charm. I don't know how they have things set up security-wise, but the complex appears more fan-friendly for spring training fans than the newer complexes, although the newer complexes blow it away from the players' and trainers' perspective.

Hy Corbett is a remnant of the old Cactus League, with teams in four counties and communities getting behind their spring teams and players did things in the communities. (Eric Show even addressed the Yuma chapter of the John Birch Society when he trained there with the Padres.)

Now security is tighter and communities are burdened by the demands of their spring teams who threaten to leave without constant improvements, which communities give in to because they don't want to lose the tourist dollar (although no city gets the gains that Phoenix does because most visitors eat and sleep there, even though their team may play in the suburbs).

It's too bad, really.

Dub25
03-24-2010, 11:51 PM
I will always remember Willie Mays Hayes celebrating making the team with a snake dancing in front of the park.

michned
03-25-2010, 01:46 AM
Another cool thing about Hi Corbett is the visiting team has to walk from their dugout onto the concourse to get to the clubhouse. It's funny watching the kids chase the players down the concourse. Definitely old school. At least there will still be baseball there, the Toros of the Golden League still play in the summer.

Parrothead
03-25-2010, 07:30 AM
Tucson also introduced me to Saguaro National Park. Awesome place.

Agreed. I would rather the Sox stayed in Tucson. I liked going to Tombstone, Bisbee and the caves around Tucson.

I saw the Tucson Toros play there in the '70s and '80s, and I got to play in Hy Corbett in the '90s. I also got to play a game on one of the practice fields next to the stadium. The place has its charm. I don't know how they have things set up security-wise, but the complex appears more fan-friendly for spring training fans than the newer complexes, although the newer complexes blow it away from the players' and trainers' perspective.

Hy Corbett is a remnant of the old Cactus League, with teams in four counties and communities getting behind their spring teams and players did things in the communities. (Eric Show even addressed the Yuma chapter of the John Birch Society when he trained there with the Padres.)

Now security is tighter and communities are burdened by the demands of their spring teams who threaten to leave without constant improvements, which communities give in to because they don't want to lose the tourist dollar (although no city gets the gains that Phoenix does because most visitors eat and sleep there, even though their team may play in the suburbs).

It's too bad, really.

The Toros are still there only now they play in the Golden Baseball League.

Viva Medias B's
03-25-2010, 09:43 AM
Agreed. I would rather the Sox stayed in Tucson. I liked going to Tombstone, Bisbee and the caves around Tucson.

I have expressed my desire for us to stay in Tucson many times. Tucson and Pima County > Phoenix and Maricopa County. It was the White Sox that brought me there for the first time in 1999, but it was Tucson itself that captured me and enticed me to return on an annual basis. That is why I'll continue to make the annual trek there, even though the trip has shifted from March to September in order to experience better weather and see UA football.

Sites I like to visit in Tucson include Mission San Xavier del Bac (http://www.sanxaviermission.org/Index.html) and the Pima Air and Space Museum (http://www.pimaair.org/) (including the AMARG (http://www.pimaair.org/images/hires/AMARC%20P1010034.JPG) tour on DMAFB), and I would be remiss if I did not reference Mama Louisa's (http://mamalouisas.com/map.html).

Railsplitter
03-25-2010, 11:19 AM
I will always remember Willie Mays Hayes celebrating making the team with a snake dancing in front of the park.

For those early scenes in Major Leauge, HCF will always be remembered.

Southsider101
03-25-2010, 01:08 PM
I have expressed my desire for us to stay in Tucson many times. Tucson and Pima County > Phoenix and Maricopa County. It was the White Sox that brought me there for the first time in 1999, but it was Tucson itself that captured me and enticed me to return on an annual basis. That is why I'll continue to make the annual trek there, even though the trip has shifted from March to September in order to experience better weather and see UA football.

Sites I like to visit in Tucson include Mission San Xavier del Bac (http://www.sanxaviermission.org/Index.html) and the Pima Air and Space Museum (http://www.pimaair.org/) (including the AMARG (http://www.pimaair.org/images/hires/AMARC%20P1010034.JPG) tour on DMAFB), and I would be remiss if I did not reference Mama Louisa's (http://mamalouisas.com/map.html).

And don't forget "The Boneyard."

It is next to Davis-Monthan AFB and it's offical name is the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. This is the base's aircraft "graveyard", the largest in terms of number of planes in the world, where old military and other aircraft are stationed either to be stored indefinely, stripped or restored for
service. While off limits to civilians, a good portion of it can be viewed from the surrounding roads.

Medford Bobby
03-25-2010, 06:04 PM
Could not schedule a spring training goodbye game to Hi, but I'm making a 2sd visit to TEP Sunday to say goodbye.....:whiner:

Viva Medias B's
03-25-2010, 08:27 PM
And don't forget "The Boneyard."

It is next to Davis-Monthan AFB and it's offical name is the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. This is the base's aircraft "graveyard", the largest in terms of number of planes in the world, where old military and other aircraft are stationed either to be stored indefinely, stripped or restored for
service. While off limits to civilians, a good portion of it can be viewed from the surrounding roads.

I mentioned it, and you can take tours of it on bus through the PA&S Museum.

Parrothead
03-25-2010, 09:22 PM
I have expressed my desire for us to stay in Tucson many times. Tucson and Pima County > Phoenix and Maricopa County. It was the White Sox that brought me there for the first time in 1999, but it was Tucson itself that captured me and enticed me to return on an annual basis. That is why I'll continue to make the annual trek there, even though the trip has shifted from March to September in order to experience better weather and see UA football.

Sites I like to visit in Tucson include Mission San Xavier del Bac (http://www.sanxaviermission.org/Index.html) and the Pima Air and Space Museum (http://www.pimaair.org/) (including the AMARG (http://www.pimaair.org/images/hires/AMARC%20P1010034.JPG) tour on DMAFB), and I would be remiss if I did not reference Mama Louisa's (http://mamalouisas.com/map.html).

The Mission place looks cool. I will have to remember that next I go.

DSpivack
03-26-2010, 12:51 AM
The Mission place looks cool. I will have to remember that next I go.

I've been there, and it's beautiful. Definitely worth a trip. The Sonoran Desert Museum was pretty cool, too.

Southsider101
03-26-2010, 01:05 PM
I mentioned it, and you can take tours of it on bus through the PA&S Museum.

Oops! Should have noticed your link!

Good to know that tours are available again. When I was at the museum a few years back, the tours had been suspended. Such is life in the post 9-11 world.

Viva Medias B's
03-26-2010, 02:30 PM
Oops! Should have noticed your link!

Good to know that tours are available again. When I was at the museum a few years back, the tours had been suspended. Such is life in the post 9-11 world.

Here is more information (http://www.pimaair.org/view.php?pg=16) on the AMARG tour. I took it a few years ago and intend to take it again when I go to Tucson in September.