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We know its spring (or at least its getting close) when the boys of summer start stretching their legs in the warm winter sun of Florida. I grew up in Maryland when we only had one baseball team and that was the Baltimore Orioles. The first professional baseball game I ever attended was at the old Memorial Stadium the Angels at Orioles. The Orioles Hall of Famer Eddy Murry hit a home run and Hall of Famer Cal Ripkin was still playing shortstop. I even remember that the manager at the time had planted a tomato garden near the bullpen. I say all this because Oriole baseball played a big part in my life growing up and it was a thrill for me to take in a spring training game in sunny Sarasota.

The best part of spring training is getting a closer view of the pros in the smaller suncoast stadiums. The 8,500 seat stadium was pretty packed, probably because the give away was a “Birdland” Hawaiian shirt. We got there late so we didn’t get the shirts. We did, however, enjoy a day in the sun setting right behind the dugout. Amanda, because the home team is from Baltimore, was able to get a crab cake sandwich.  I had a classic dog and Cracker Jacks.

The O’s had the game in hand from the outset. We were a bit worried as the Florida Marlins staged a rally near the 7th. The end result was a big win for the O-R-I-O-L-E-S. I look forward to exploring the other ballparks and watching more of the big league players in these small stadiums.



About No Kids, Will Travel

In the eyes of their friends and family, Amanda and Zeke are a young jet setting couple without any real responsibility. In real life, the stress of work and raising a kitten push them to flee reality at every opportunity. The "lack of obligation" gives them the chance to explore the world.

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