Skip to main content

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

While visiting south Florida there's been a superfluity of sporting events in both Fort Lauderdale and nearby Miami. The NHL's Panthers played the Toronto Maple Leafs. One of the early rounds of March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament, was hosted in Miami as was the world baseball series and so on. But we didn't go for those big ticket items. Oh no. We decided to take in that great American pastime: Spring Training.

Fort Lauderdale Stadium was built in 1962 and up until about 1996 was spring training home to the New York Yankees. Since then, when the Yankees moved on to Legends Field in Tampa, the Baltimore Orioles have played there.
My buddy and I got tickets to the Orioles vs the Tampa Rays but unfortunately the game was rained out. Sure, fly 1500 miles from snow covered Canada in search of fun in the sun and encounter 17 straight hours of rain and flood alerts. We weren't off to a good start. Undaunted we traded our tickets in for a game with the Washington Nationals, which worked out well for a couple of Canucks. The Nats, you see, used to be the Montreal Expos.

Here's the main entrance of Fort Lauderdale Stadium...

Here's a shot of the press box...
Here's the opening pitch. The Nationals beat the Orioles 3-1.

Here's a shot of the Beer Guy
Here's a shot of the photo guy...
And here's a shot of the tourist guys, my snowbird buddy on the left and some other guy.
And a good time was had by the tourist guys for a grand total of $14 each. Geez, that's about half as much as the t-shirt I bought!

So when it comes to the Grapefruit League Spring Training? Been there, done that, got the t-shirt! (C'mon, you musta seen that comin',)

Comments

I am sports ignorant. I don't watch any sports. Did you have fun?
nonamedufus said…
Beer & baseball? Only in America. Well, in Toronto too but we don't like to talk about that.
Me-Me King said…
I grew up a Cardinals fan, but now I'm a Diamondbacks fan. I love going to the games, I'm a true bleacher bum. (Don't tell anyone, I was once ejected.....seriously!)
nonamedufus said…
Me-Me: Been to Blue Jays (Toronto) and Expos (Montreal) and our local Ottawa Lynx used to be the Expos AAA team. All fun to watch!

Only other stadium I've visited is Red Sox. Fenway Park is a fascinating ballpark.
freetheunicorns said…
I love to rock a spring training game. I'm glad it all worked out for you.
freetheunicorns said…
Oh yeah, I forgot to add, Go Jays!
nonamedufus said…
FTU: Yeah it's a lot of fun...ya get to see major league ball for $14.
nonamedufus said…
FTU: Yeah it's a lot of fun...ya get to see major league ball for $14.
I am sports ignorant. I don't watch any sports. Did you have fun?
freetheunicorns said…
I love to rock a spring training game. I'm glad it all worked out for you.

Popular posts from this blog

My Back Pages - October

Well, folks, I read seven (count 'em) seven books in October. One I didn't finish but even at that I hit the magic number 50 I estimated for myself by the end of the year. The six books I successfully waded through were, firstly, What Happened, Hillary Clinton's book on her bid for the Presidency. I''m a bit of a political junkie so I get off on this stuff but still it kinda struck me as one long whine over losing.
Next up was the excellent Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon. Laurel Canyon was the fabled area outside of Los Angeles where many musicians and artists lived. Known as a 60s enclave, the book takes a look at just who lived there over the last 80 years. A fascinating read.
Next up was Lightfoot, a biography of Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot. He may have been responsible for some iconic folk songs but he was also quite the womanizer and boozer. Enough said.
Then I read Dan Brown's new tome Origin, the fifth in the Robert Lan…

Tales From The Supermarket

Bob and Brenda worked in the supermarket. They weren't check-out clerks. And they weren't stock-boys. Brenda sure wasn't. And they weren't employees who worked in the fish section or the deli. No. They were on the shelves.

They hadn't been on the shelves very long but in that short time they'd developed a considerably close friendship.

The chatted all day when the store was busy and at night when the store was closed. They talked about everything. The talked about what raw products they came from. The talked about their manufacturing processes. And they talked about the long routes in semi-trailers that brought them to this store.

Oddly enough the one thing they never made clear to one another was just what product each of them was.

One day when Brenda was commenting on their friendship she told Bob she was grateful for their amity. "Are you Tea?" said Bob, pekoe-ing her way. "I thought I was Tea". You're coffee!"

This week's Tw…