12-year-old youth baseball teammates make the most of spring break

Charlie Downey and Kendall Hailey have played together at Toluca League Youth Baseball since they were five. As their first trip to baseball’s spring training bears out, the 12-year-olds take their hardball seriously.

Making the most of their spring break, the two Los Angeles kids, with some willing navigation from Charlie’s father Jake, visited seven Cactus League games in four days. They even made time to go a Phoenix Suns NBA game, play paintball and have lunch at BankOne Ballpark, home to Arizona’s Major League Diamondbacks.

Cactus League aloha and a look at the scribblings

A post-note on this final day in Arizona. I’ve been doing this broadcasting/sports stuff for more than three decades, and I still screw up. This week, I not only failed to record, somehow, an interview with split squad skipper Mark McGwire after the Padres game against the Halos, I also screwed up a TERRIFIC interview…

Cactus League with Scioscia’s Angels

Scorecard Scribblings stops off in Tempe at Angels camp and we hear from Mike Scioscia about roster spots, Ji-Man Choi (who homered later in the day), and Brent Weber talks to catcher Carlos Perez. More will be coming from the Cactus League, including a feature for California Life. Angels won the game 6-5.