Mar 15, 2013

Centerfieldmaz Reporting From Port St. Lucie Florida (Spring Training)

centerfieldmaz with Manager Terry Collins
Spring Training- May 14, 2013:

Just got back from a great trip to Florida, topped off by a visit to Mets Spring Training. It was a beautiful cool breezy day in Port St. Lucie although the Mets took a 9-1 beating from the A.L. Champion Detroit Tigers.

We had amazing seats, first row on the side of the Mets dugout, right at the on deck circle. It was great to see the players close up, hear the crack of the bat & the pitchers fast ball pop in the catchers glove.

Mets Coach: Tim Teufel
Spring Training is always a laid back old time baseball feel & worth the trip. A fun casual day at the ball park, sit back have a beer & a sausage sandwich & life is good.

Players are usually more accessible & the possibility of a photo op. or autograph is much better than during the regular season. After the game I got the opportunity to meet Manager Terry Collins, although he was in a rush he did give us a few minutes of his time.

Tradition Field is located off I-95 in St. Lucie & is a great place to see a ball park. The main facility has 7000 seats with a right field lawn seating, where you can bask in the beautiful Florida sun.

There is a right field party deck & any seat in the house is a good one. You get there early & watch the players work out on some of the side fields as well.

Out in the front entrance there is a 911 tribute from the retired FDNY members living in St. Lucie County, made from actual steel from the Twin Towers in New York City.

I just wanted to share some pictures of the day:

Ike Davis on deck

Ike Davis at bat

Ruben Tejada at bat

Marlon Byrd at bat
Mike Baxter & Zach Lutz
Terry Collins & Justin Turner
Jordany Valdespin
A.L. Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera


good luck in 2013

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