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Beer and baseball in the great Southwest

Posted by Paul Kandarian  March 2, 2012 07:52 AM

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Kimpton's Firesky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- an area that's home to the Cactus League's 15 Major League Baseball spring-training camps -- is offering a "Play Ball" package for the whole month of March. The package includes a welcome basket of baseball snacks, a welcome bucket of beer and free shuttle service for travel within three miles of the resort, which is 10 minutes from the home stadiums of the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The other 12 stadiums are within freeway access. Rooms are priced from $199 a night, and packages can be reserved at www.kimptonhotels.com by entering PBAS in the rate code box, or by calling 1-800-546-7866 and asking for the "Play Ball Spring Training" package.

Last year, the Cactus League hosted 233 pro ball games, attracting 1.5 million fans to the Valley of the Sun, as the area is known. The organization now known as the Cactus League started up in 1946, when its first two teams, the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants, headed west for spring training. Check out the league at www.cactusleague.com

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