Making the Trip

Making the Trip: Giants fan Sue Toth travels from Alaska to spring training

Making the Trip: Giants fan Sue Toth travels from Alaska to spring training

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Sue Toth had notes prepared when I arrived to greet her at her seats: Section 4 (behind home plate), Row F, Seats 1 & 2 at Scottsdale Stadium. 

Toth has been coming to spring training for 40 years, and with her moving to Alaska recently, this has turned into a trip that accumulates over 3,500 miles.

She doesn't mind at all.

"Well, it's not getting any easier as I get older," Toth told NBC Sports Bay Area. 

But all of the travel is worth it because baseball is such a big part of her identity. 

She's been a coach, involved in the booster clubs, a fan, and even a player herself. That's right, Toth can pitch. She was invited to play in the same league that was based on the movie "A League of Their Own," and in one game she struck out 19 people.

No big deal.

She always loved baseball. And despite spending a lot of time in Arizona, she loves her Giants and genuinely cares about the players and their successes.

"I love [Buster] Posey," she said. "I've known him forever."

Toth has lived many lives. I was lucky enough just to be a part of it, even for a moment. 

Making the Trip: A's fans reunite with friends after moving from Bay Area

Making the Trip: A's fans reunite with friends after moving from Bay Area

MESA, Ariz. -- Mary Pirritano and her wife, Leslie, told me to meet them at the pizza tent near the field at Hohokam Stadium. With pizzas and margaritas in their hands while sporting A's garb, they were beaming. 

We exchanged hugs.

Leslie, as she promised, was "the one with purple hair."

The Pirritanos previously lived in the Bay Area, but they found their way to Riverside, Calif. where they now reside. They once were the lucky owners of A's season tickets, but now that they can't enjoy the Green and Gold as much as they would like, they found themselves attending spring training with some special friends for the first time.

Kent Wong and Linda Lym, of Pleasant Hill, Calif., met the Pirritanos at an A's game. When you see the four of them together, you know they were meant to be close -- and you can tell that from the video above.

They even have their own secret language of sorts.

The quartet of A's fans likes to enjoy food and libations while shouting toward the field -- making up names for players and creating their own celebration in their section.

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While they no longer can attend as many A's games in person as they would want to, the trip to Arizona appeared to be everything they anticipated it to be.

You can see part of their afternoon watching the A's play the White Sox in the clip above.