Another of our long-standing traditions…
Each March, we try to attend at least one day of Major League Baseball’s spring training games.
Spring Training games are played in Florida (Grapefruit League) and Arizona (Cactus League) each year. Usually we drive to all-points Florida to catch the games, but in 2005 we finally made it to Arizona for the first time.
Our Favorite Spring Training Highlights:
- Being able to get up close and personal with the players, the coaches, and even “big” name major leaguers & former coaches who show up unannounced. (We have lots of great close-up photographs!)
- We actually got front row seats once – right over the Cleveland Indians’ dugout… on Jim’s birthday!
- Getting Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez’s autograph at the Texas Rangers / Cincinnati Reds game in 2000.
- Watching Garth Brooks play for the NY Mets. That was a pretty funny.
- Visiting Arizona for some Spring Training games for a change (instead of Florida)… and taking our friends Neil & Abby with us.
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