Well, as my trip wound down I finally got to Franklin Covey Field in Salt Lake City. What a beautiful ballpark. The park itself is stunning, set in a nice little neighborhood in Salt Lake. It’s clean and impressive and the view beyond the center field fence rivals the one I saw up in Ogden. The mountains are incredible — I know I keep saying that.
The Stingers to whom I spoke, catcher Jeff Mathis, pitching coach Bryn Smith and manager Dino Ebel were fantastic. In fact, if Ebel ever reaches the Major Leagues as a manager, he’s going to make any group of beat writers happy because he was a fantastic interview and a pleasure with which to deal.
All in all, I’d like to rate my trip to Utah just a tick ahead of the trip I took to Tennessee back in May. The scenery and the people were spectacular and there’s just so much to do when you’re not watching baseball.
See you in two weeks from the New York-Penn League All-Star game.