Monday, March 17, 2008
The last MLB game I attended was last August at Fenway Park. I was on my way out of town, and the Boston Red Sox were on their way to winning the World Series.
Now that I've moved from Red Sox Nation to Twinkie Territory, I thought it was appropriate that this visit to Ft. Myers included not a visit to City of Palms Park to see the Red Sox, but instead a stop a few miles away at Hammond Stadium, the spring home of the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins were unable to keep some of their stars from last year, so will be depending heavily on first baseman Justin Morneau and pitcher Francisco Liriano. During today's St. Paddy's Day game with Florida, Morneau had one single and a hard out, but Liriano looked like he's still not 100% from his surgery more than a year ago. I don't know that the Twins have the firepower to stay competitive with other teams in their division.
Regarding the Florida Marlins, even though they won this game 5-3 it would be safe to say no one in the stadium had ever heard of anyone in their lineup. The most surprising thing was when the Marlins put up a few runs, I saw a few guys raising a cheer. Apparently all four of their season ticket holders decided to carpool and make the drive from Miami.
If I'm counting correctly, I've been to all nine current spring training facilities in Arizona, but only two (the two in Ft. Myers) in Florida. Hammond Stadium is a fairly standard 7,500-seat spring training facility with decent parking. One thing I didn't like is the berm/lawn seating is a fairly small area down the right field line rather than in the outfield.
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