28 March 2009

Welcome To Spring Training

The Twins practice baseball in Fort Myers in the spring. My brother Russ and I went down there from our Sarasota lair in the house of George Loessig late this morning without tickets. An elderly couple kindly provided us with 1/2 price tickets in the shade, which are the seats near the back.

The only problem was the uncomfortable metal seats probably the right size for 6 year old butts. And the fact that 18 people were trying to squeeze into the space for 16. And the fact that the yahoo announcer had to ham up every announcement made as in most minor league parks. Oh, wait a minute this is a minor league park.

This was a good-sized crowd of about 10,000. We could only stand the seat for 5 innings. Saw a number of home runs by the Twins. And a fair number of Minnesota folks come south to live out their days. I'm pretty sure this Fort Myers area must look and feel like Paradise to them. It was 27 deg in the Twin Cities.

The mascot from the Twin Cities apparently came down to scare kids up close. From a distance this critter is fairly appealing but up close he scares them.

There were at least two other games going on in the surrounding fields. Apparently the lower minor league players belonging to the Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays.

They looked to be playing some exciting baseball, what other kind is there, though some goofy errors showed up too.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thinking about AZ next year. Sound like a plan.

Bryan

Ken & Carol said...

I'm thinking a condo somewhere in Phoenix with an extra bedroom or two for about 6 or 8 weeks, say from middle of Feb to middle of April might be just the ticket. Should I put you down for a week or two?

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