Francisco Casa Grande
With just 3 days to go until pitchers and catchers report we thought it would be fun to look back at our Spring Training facility before we came to Scottsdale. For over 20 years the Giants practiced at the facility Horace Stoneham (the Giants owner at the time) created near Casa Grande, Arizona. In case anyone is wondering, this was not a normal facility, this was a BASEBALL facility. The pool was shaped like a bat, while the hot tub looked like the ball. The top of the hotel was shaped like the brim of a cap, while the stairway looked like it would at a major league ballpark. In the center of it all stood the Crow’s Nest, an observation tower where baseball minds could watch all 4 practice fields, and if that wasn’t enough there was also a 3,000 seat ballpark for games. Even with all these unique features, our favorite thing about the complex is that anyone can still visit, and even stay at, a wonderful part of our history.