Wearing boot-cut blue jeans, a pair of Vans, a two-toned blue Rays jersey, dark shades and donning what some called auburn-colored hair at today’s pre-spring training press conference at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., there’s no doubt Tampa Bay Rays’ Manager Joe Maddon has some serious style. I’m no expert in fashion or baseball but over the past four years during Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training I’ve observed Mr. Maddon’s constantly evolving look.Read More
Saturday was Rays Fan Fest, a time for Tampa Bay’s beloved Major League Baseball team to interact with fans and get them pumped up for the upcoming season. Yes, it may be February but the boys of summer are already looking forward to baseball season, which swings into action in early April.Read More
Yeah, yeah. I know Monday’s post was about baseball but hey, it’s spring training time here in Florida so here are additional snapshots from recent spring training games.Read More
Saturday I journeyed an hour north to see the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox during spring training play. What I ended up actually doing was explore the renovated Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, spring training home to the Orioles. It’s a fabulous stadium and it wasn’t my intent to spend so much time discovering its nooks and crannies but since I purchased an “affordable” ticket (yeah, I’m cheap and picked up a Standing Room Only ticket for $10 plus service charge) and couldn’t find a comfortable vantage point to watch the game, I spent my time wandering.Read More
It’s the end of February here in Port Charlotte, Fla., which means 2011 Spring Training Season for the Tampa Bay Rays is in full swing at the Charlotte Sports Park. Since Monday was President’s Day and I had the day off, I spent the morning watching players practice, chatting with fans and constantly looking up when players as Manny Ramirez took the batting cage and balls were flying into the spectator area. I was speaking with a fan who had brain surgery in December and I was really worried she’d take one in the head. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.
Honestly, I’m not really a baseball fan but love the energy around spring training. Enjoy these snapshots.Read More