I’m not much of a baseball fan but I’m a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays because they hold spring training in my backyard of Port Charlotte, Fla. Here in Florida, 15 MLB teams take to the field during the spring and collectively it’s called the Grapefruit League (Arizona is the spring training grounds for other teams and collectively it’s called the Cactus League.)
Spring training is a totally different beast from regular play. It’s human-sized, so to say and specifically, fans can interact more with players than during the regular season. It’s typically free to watch practices and games are less expensive than regular season play. Spring training is also an opportunity to see that the players are just as human as the rest of us.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, I strapped on my GoPro and headed to the Charlotte Sports Park to see what the team was up to and watched fans seek autographs from players Chris Archer, Álex Colomé, Joel Peralta and Evan Longoria. I’m pretty fascinated at the whole autograph collecting game and how prepared some people are.
Photos from the day can be found on my Flickr account.
Here’s the video…
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Are you a spring training fan?