Archive for: Spring Training


Feb 22nd, 2008


There is such a thing as too much coverage. I never thought I’d say that, but it’s only the first week of Spring Training and I already have information fatigue. Just like most of you, I am reading everything I can get my hands on, and I’ve resubscribed to everything I had unsubscribed from in the offseason. I like reading different perspectives. I especially like the blogs the beat reporters kept during Spring Training last year. I felt like the blogs captured the color of what it was like to be down there. I liked hearing writers complain about how boring PSL is, I liked hearing where they went for lunch, I liked getting a feel for what they were doing, even if it was boring.… [more]


Jan 15th, 2008


Tickets for the 2008 Spring Training season go on sale January 19th. Although I only went to Spring Training once, since it pleases me to think that I am an excellent traveler (having gone 3/4 of the way around the globe) and so in that spirit, I offer these tips that will hopefully benefit the new spring training visitor as well as offer additional perspectives to veterans. If you are on a budget, this guide is definitely for you. YMMV, do not taunt happy fun ball, et cetera. Feel free to offer your own suggestions in the comments. WHEN TO GO: I consider there to be three phases to Spring Training that you can choose to attend: –Go not long after pitchers and catchers report.… [more]


Mar 27th, 2007

the official metsgrrl spring training report

[Administrative note: I know this post is incredibly long. But this will likely be one of the last posts before the blog moves out of Blogger and onto a proper web site, one that will allow me to have excerpts on the front page and each post on its own page. So I beg your indulgence, but if I don’t post this now, once the season gets started it will never get posted.] ] Spring training wasn’t about the tickets or the hotel or any of the other innumerable details it took to get TBF and I down to Florida last weekend.… [more]

Mar 26th, 2007

spring training, day three

MG is sunburned and exhausted and happy and sad and jesus god am I TIRED. Honestly, I expected to come home every night and write long thoughtful missives and carefully process photos but nowhere in my spring training plans did I account for TIRED. And I somehow have 256 photos from Sunday, between workouts and the game. No, I am not exaggerating. 256. Some are really kickass. I will post them tomorrow. Along with more coherent thoughts. —–… [more]

Mar 25th, 2007

spring training, day two

TBF and I were up this morning promptly at 7:30, bright-eyed and bushy tailed. We headed over to Tradition Field, the plan being to watch the open workouts and then get back in the car and drive down to Jupiter – split squad playing the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Rule #1: Don’t go see the split squad on the road. I know you’re all going to write in and tell me that you knew this, but ya know, we didn’t. And it seemed like a good idea at the time, let’s watch David Newhan take four at-bats and let’s watch Lastings Milledge somewhere outside of Shea Stadium, and heck, what’s bad about watching Johnny Maine pitch from seats right behind home plate?… [more]


Mar 24th, 2007

spring training, day one: mets v. cardinals, 3-23-07

Mets Grrl has baseball hangover right now. It’s delightful, but I am beyond exhausted. So for now, enjoy a few photos and take a look at the Flickr feed for today’s game. It was nice to win, it was nice to watch us win, and neither TBF nor myself found ourselves embroiled with Cardinals fans, aside from allowing ourselves a few boos in the direction of Eckstein and Spezio. Tomorrow we are off to Jupiter — it’s a split squad, with the Orioles in Port St. Lucie while we watch the whoever gets sent to play the Marlins. We’ll hit open workout again in the a.m., and then off to Roger Dean Stadium.… [more]

Mar 21st, 2007

guess where i’m going tomorrow?

BASEEEEEEEEEEEEBALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL FLOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s ridiculously cold, my car is still snowed in, but TBF and I are off to Port St. Lucie tomorrow evening. FINALLY! There’s a 16 pack of AA’s for the camera, a new laptop backpack for the iBook, and I signed up for Gabcast, which will allow me to audioblog via cell phone. (This experiment may or may not be successful – we’ll see how it goes. :) ) We have free wi-fi at the hotel and a whole lot of nothing else scheduled (deliberately) so expect updates & the full spring training report while I’m gone. And if you’re going to be in PSL, look for the sneakers!!!… [more]