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Zito and James


Three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and former Cy Young Award winning pitcher, Barry Zito, of the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants, and national recording artist Kelley James, will headline “A Night for the Troops” on Saturday, March 9, at W Scottsdale. The show will benefit Strikeouts for Troops®, a non-profit charity founded by Zito in 2005.

strikeouts for troopsPerforming together for a fifth time, Zito and James will perform their unique mix of acoustic music for a very special cause. Strikeouts for Troops gives back to injured military service men and women through grants by providing the ‘comforts of home’ to injured troops, uplifting spirit and morale, and offering support to their families.

Zito, a 13-year MLB veteran, is also an accomplished songwriter who has always had a love for the stage. Zito’s roots and influence in music began with his parents. His father, Joe, was a classically trained musician and conductor/composer for Nat King Cole and his late mother, Roberta, performed with the Merry Young Souls, the back up singers for Cole.

James has toured the nation with acts such as Mike Posner and O.A.R., and has performed over 800 shows in the past four years. He has sold out shows at the Key Club and Troubadour in Los Angeles as well as the House of Blues in Chicago and he is a regular performer at PGA events including the Coors Light Birds Nest at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Farmer’s Insurance Rock Ball, HP Byron Nelson Pavilion After Dark and many more.

Tickets are on sale now at wscottsdaletickets.com, with a limited number of pre-sale tickets starting at $20.

What: A Night for the Troops

Where: W Scottsdale Hotel at 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Arizona

When: Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m.

Play Ball Magazine

Play Ball 2013 – Arizona Spring Training


There’s nothing quite like kicking back on a balmy spring day at one the Valley’s 10 Cactus League baseball stadiums. The smell of fresh-cut grass … stadium vendors barking out “beer here” … kids lined up hoping to get their favorite player’s autograph.

Yes, there are no two bigger little words that warm the hearts of sports fans in Arizona once March rolls around than spring training.

For the second year AZ BIG Media rolls out “Play Ball!” — a guide to 2013 Cactus League spring training.

Within these pages you will learn facts about your favorite team (the Valley is home to the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants … hooray!); find out where to eat, play and stay near your favorite spring training stadium; and most important — pick what games you want to attend. Play Ball! includes each teams’ home schedule and on page 8 you will find the Cactus League daily schedule for all teams.

What also makes spring training special to Arizona is its economic impact. The Cactus League, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Office of Tourism released the results of two year-long studies. Those studies show that the Cactus League is a grand slam for our economy. The studies showed that the overall economic impact during and after spring training is $632 million, including $422 million during the season itself. Th at amount ($422 million) is an increase of $112 million from fi ve years ago when the last study was conducted, Cactus League officials said.

So … grab your scorebook, slather on that suntan lotion, dig out your favorite jersey or T-shirt, get comfy in your seat and let’s … Play Ball!

Peter Madrid

Peter Madrid, Editor


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Play Ball Digital Issue | Spring Training Stadium Guide | Spring Training Schedule
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