Sights & Sounds From Today’s Marlins/Mets Spring Training Affair
Well, as you may or may not know, I headed out to Jupiter today to catch a little Spring Training action between my Miami Marlins and the New York Mets.
The Mets don’t really have anyone on their roster that I am interested in seeing play, and the team that they threw on the field had several guys on it that I had not heard of.
But, as for my Marlins, this was going to be my first time seeing the ‘Miami’ version live in person. And even with Logan Morrison, Giancarlo Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, and Gaby Sanchez out of the line-up, I was happy to get to see ‘my team’.
Here is a great picture that my wife took of the new sign that leads you into the ballpark:
And once inside, here is a not shot of my new skipper Ozzie Guillen.
He looks pretty relaxed, huh? I love the atmosphere of Spring Training, and by the looks of it, so does Ozzie.
Team ace Josh Johnson was on the hill today, and thanks to my wife’s new ‘zoom’ lens, we got some great shots of JJ in action during the first inning:
And even though he gave up a run and three hits in the first inning, the ball was zipping nicely.
And I finally got to see my new lead-off hitter in action too – Jose Reyes!
Here are some great shots of Jose leading off the bottom half of the 1st inning:
While he did not manage to connect for a hit, I was very happy to bring home some quality images!!!
And then the rain started…
And it rained…
And it rained some more….
And then it really, really started coming down in buckets…
And after waiting around for 57 minutes, we left.
The day was exhausting due to the downfall of all of that rain. And if you have ever been to Roger Dean Stadium, there is very little cover. And there is nothing worse than hiding from the rain in a cramped stadium than doing it with soggy Mets fans – trust me on that one!!!
So, my Spring Training experience in 2012 lasted less than 40 pitches. We actually spent more time in the car making the round-trip than what we spent in the stadium.
But, every cloud has a Silver lining. And this journey was no exception.
Right before we entered the stadium, I was showing my wife the player clubhouse, parking lot, and the side fields.
All of a sudden, I ran into someone I know.
You may know him too:
Yep, I caught up with Andre Dawson yet again. It was great to see him, but he was definitely in a rush to get out of there quickly. He signed my baseball and one for a kid that ran up to him as I was chatting with him. He was not really in the mood to chat, but that is not something that I will take personally…
So, another great autograph for the collection – too bad there is no inscription though… Not really too sure what I am going to do with the ball since I only need inscribed ones for the collection these days… We’ll see.
Overall, the day was fun-filled as my wife and I enjoyed the day together sans kids. And while we may not have gotten to soak in the Florida rays that we wanted to this afternoon, we did get soaked and we were in Florida – and that has to count for something.
Thanks for reading. And thanks again Andre!!!