SAT 6/11
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 -- Steve Jansen

Sign of the Times
If you bring it, he will sign

SAT 6/11
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

FRI 6/10
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

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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Steve Jansen
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Joe Watson