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The Cactus League kicked off with just a couple spring training baseball games, including a unique match-up between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona State University's baseball team.
"It's such a special experience," Tracey Frazier told 3TV. He took his son, Kyle, out of school for the game.
"It's really fun to be here, and I'm rooting for ASU," Kyle said, as he lined up along the fence to get autographs from Diamondbacks players.
The Major League players were not overly confident before the game, noting ASU is in "mid-season form," while this would be the first time the 2015 Diamondbacks take to the field.
"I'm going for ASU. They're the underdogs, and it's more of a challenge for them," fan Steve Sanchez said.
"Well, my kids were born in Tucson and I'm a University of Arizona fan, so I'm rooting for the Diamondbacks today," Ken Chandler said.
Nearby in Mesa, the newly renovated Hohokam Stadium reopened, and hosted a Bay-area rivalry.
The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants played the Oakland Athletics on Oakland's new field.
"It's nicer than the coliseum they play on in Oakland," said fan Melissa Plaisance, who came from California to watch the game.
"I drove through three blizzards to get here and it's worth it," said Jeff Grimm, a Giants fan who drove to Mesa from Ohio specifically for Cactus League games.
Oakland beat San Francisco, 9-4.
Most of the League's teams begin playing on Wednesday.