People ask me what I do in winter when there is no baseball. This is what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
|Top photo: I'm posing in front of Jack Russell Stadium in 1984.|
Bottom photo: Entrance to the Phillies current spring training facility—
Bright House Field. (Internet photo).
|Top photo: The Phillies play in Jack Russell Stadium in 1984.|
Bottom photo: Pre-game ceremonies at Bright House Field in 2007.
And yet... It’s March, and Florida’s 80 degree temperatures, blue skies and palm trees beckon, inviting me to return. If you’re a baseball fan, go ahead and indulge your springtime fancy—visit this website to find out how: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/tickets/spring_training.jsp
“That's the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball.”
*Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963), considered one of the best hitters of all time, played 23 seasons of Major League Baseball.
**Bill Veeck (1914-1986), longtime owner of the Chicago White Sox, was known for the innovations he brought to Major League Baseball.
|Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, 2006 National League's Most Valuable Player,|
autographs baseballs for devoted fans. My nephew Mark—on left—is next in line.
|Wonderful McKechnie Field in Bradenton—home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.|
You can still catch a game here for $20.00
My nephews Paul and Bob are standing at the base of the palm tree.
|"Two All Stars"|
Phillies All-Star (and all-around good guy) Jimmy Rollins
poses with my nephew Bob (an all-around good guy too!).
|View from Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, former spring training home|
of the Tampa Bay Rays.
In 2009 the Ray moved to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte.