Enjoying Sarasota Part IV - Baseball
The below is written by Kyle Wood, a fun and energetic Sales Representative here at Linens by the Sea! He's always full of creative ideas about how linen colors can work wonders at your upcoming event. Now, from Kyle:
If you truly know me (family member or close friend) you know how much pride I take in my hair. My wife always jokes because my grandpa has this full head of glorious hair, and she tells me that I’m going to be just like him someday when I’m 80 and walking the halls of a retirement community flaunting my hair – ha, ha. Well, even for a guy who has all this pride in his hair, I love my baseball caps even more, specifically my Tampa Bay Rays hat.
Above: Kyle at his desk in the Linens by the Sea office!
I am a HUGE baseball fan, which is evident by the many signed posters / baseballs / bats / photos I have hanging in my office. Side note: my sister works for the NFL, so I do have to give a shout out to the Bucs & the NFL – love you, too! Ok, back to baseball. Sarasota is a great town if you are down here in sunny Florida in the month of March. It’s Spring Training Baseball Season! The Baltimore Orioles play at Ed Smith Stadium. You get to see a Major League team for half the cost, & it is in a smaller more intimate venue. It’s like getting to see Justin Timberlake at the Van Wezel or other small venue!!!
Above: Tampa Bay Rays Stadium
Other spring training teams in Florida include the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, New York Mets in Port. St. Lucie, New York Yankees in Tampa, Washington Nationals in Viera soon so be West Palm Beach, and the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte! Go teams!
Tampa Bay Rays stadium
So don’t plan on just seeing one game or one team, make a road trip out of it and try to catch them all!! Or you can be like my sister who lives in Tampa. I told her once that I had tickets to the Rays vs. Orioles game assuming she knows I live in Sarasota so she would come to Sarasota, but she ended up driving all the way to Port Charlotte with her two kids and husband at game time & found an empty stadium. Kids were placed back in the car, & then they got car sick because of all the driving! To my surprise she still made it by the 2nd inning! Once Spring Training comes and goes, we still get the minor league games in the same venues. So much to enjoy!
Keep an eye on the MLB website http://mlb.mlb.com/springtraining/ for the upcoming schedule. I will see you there! Of course, if you have time, also stop by our Linens by the Sea warehouse location. We'd love to show you around!