During opening day for the Mesa Miners, one of eight teams in the brand-spanking-new Golden Baseball League, 3,500 spectators turned prospectors waved makeshift pickaxes made out of foam fingers and aluminum cans to celebrate a historic win. It was mass hysteria! Pure bedlam! Okay, maybe the pickax thing is an embellishment. Regardless, the fans do keep on a-coming. On Saturday, June 11, the Miners will square off against the Fullerton Flyers in doubleheader action, beginning at 6 p.m. at HoHoKam Park, 1235 North Center in Mesa. Every Saturday is family night, where $24 buys four tickets (good for admission to both contests), four hot dogs, and four Cokes.
Starting third baseman Michael Done, who was a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization for three years, says, "Playing for the Miners allows me to continue with pro baseball in order to reach an affiliated team." Call 480-396-4637 or visit www.mesaminers.com. -- Steve Jansen
Sign of the Times
If you bring it, he will sign
One of these things -- er, people -- is not like the other: Brandon Webb, Jose Cruz Jr., Brad Halsey, Chris Snyder, and former Brooklyn Dodgers legend Don Newcombe. Don't feel intimidated, young D-Backs, signing autographs with a Hall of Famer. The session begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 North Central. Admission is $1. Call 623-587-9766. -- Joe Watson
Burning Urban Rubber
Pay to drive fast
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Got a spoiler on your Honda? See how your souped-up speed box stacks up against other street cars on Friday, June 10, when "Street Drags" tears through Firebird International Raceway, 20000 South Maricopa Road in Chandler. Races start at 6 p.m. Admission costs $10, plus $7 to race your vehicle. Call 602-268-0200. -- Niki D'Andrea