Every March back in Detroit the weather would still be nasty and to make matters worse you would pick up the sports section of the newspaper and there were all the daily reports from warm and sunny spring training in Florida. And every year I always thought it would be great to be down there enjoying the baseball and the weather. Well, this year, here we are!
And it was fabulous. We went to the spring training home of the Washington Nationals for their game with the Detroit Tigers. The Nationals are the closest venue to where we are staying.— only about a 30 minute trip. We didn’t order tickets in advance so we arrived early to get some tickets. We asked what might be available in the vicinity of the Tigers dugout. The ticket seller told us a block of tickets had just become available and she would check what she could do. “How about the front row immediately behind the Tigers dugout?” Wow, we could stretch out our legs right of top of the roof of the dugout.
We watched batting practice and then some of the players and staff signed for the fans right in front of us. After every turn of the Tigers in the field, the player who wound up with the ball would carry it back toward the dugout and toss it into the crowd. Leeanne caught one of the tosses! But as we already have a game ball of the Tigers from Comerica Park in Detroit, Leeanne gave it to a young boy and made his day.
The Tigers won the game and overall we were thrilled with our first spring training game. The only downside was that the game ran on for well over three hours – and for a spring training game . Why do these pitchers have to pitch so slowly. Something must be done to speed this game up for the fans.
We still are planning to get over to Lakeland and check out Tiger Town and see the Tigers at their spring training home.