Beautiful day here in Phoenix where we’ve arrived to have some fun this week at the Arizona Fall League (AFL). If you Google AFL you’ll find 17,012 posts on it, but most are by people reporting whose been selected. For example, take a look at the insightful post from Baseball Ross here. And there’s a great primer about the AFL you can read from Philly.com here. But that is reportage — my interest is in hearing from people who’ve witnessed the game, which is why Miriam and I will now be able to check off a bucket list item of the fan experience at AFL games. I’m getting ahead of myself, though, as most baseball fans don’t know much about the Arizona Fall League. Take a look at their website to gain further background.
The stadia in which they six clubs play are the same as the major league clubs use who play in the Cactus League during spring training. The home stadium for the Javelinas is where the Padres and Mariners play in March. In prior years, the six or seven best prospects that each team sent to the AFL were scattered among the six teams. This year, each team sends its prospects to only one team. For example this year all the Phillies players on the Peoria Javelinas. So we’ll be driving to wherever the Javelinas are playing this week whether home or away, except for Wednesday, when I’ll be attending meetings at the American Academy of Optometry in Phoenix. I won’t gross you out with a picture of a Javelina, but if you’re dying to know what one looks like and its origin, take a look here.
In the meantime, here’s a teaser for tomorrow, when the 7-4 thus far Javelinas (best record in the AFL) play the Surprise Saguaros (yes – there is a town called Surprise, Arizona). Tommy Joseph, Catcher – one of the Phillies’ leading prospects, obtained in the Hunter Pence deal with the Giants.