Baseball begins with actual games this week in both the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.
If you’re traveling to Florida or Arizona to catch some rays and Spring Training games this week just know that several thousand baseball fans will be jealous. You should also know that while the action won’t be exactly filled with drama and big name players at all times, it’s great to get away, if only for a game a two.
Today we’ll take a look at what’s on tap in Florida’s Grapefruit League and tomorrow we’ll dive into (or crawl around) the upcoming Cactus League action in Arizona.
The Philadelphia Phillies will be the first MLB team to throw a live pitch in 2015 as Ryne Sandberg’s squad squares off against the University of Tampa Sunday at 1:05 pm EST. The Tigers host Florida Southern while Giancarlo Stanton‘s Miami Marlins play host to Florida International on Monday afternoon.
If professionals facing college kids isn’t exactly your thing, then Tuesday will begin to quench your professional baseball thirst as three all-MLB games take place in the Grapefruit League. The Orioles will play at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, the home of the Tigers. Fans may or may not get their first look at A-Rod in action at first base as the Yankees travel to Clearwater to take on the Phillies at Bright House Field and the Toronto Blue Jays will host the Pittsburgh Pirates in Dunedin.
If college kids taking on their local big league idols piques your curiosity, Tuesday has that as well when the Marlins host the University of Miami Hurricanes at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter and the Boston College Eagles take on the Red Sox at Fenway South in Fort Myers. Red Sox Nation won’t be too distraught if John Farrell’s squad doesn’t come out on top–at least they shouldn’t be believes Today’s Knuckleball managing editor and resident Boston-reactionary @ASmolokoff. This die-hard says fans should still be celebrating the Patriots fourth Super Bowl title and has faith his Sox will bounce back with another worst-to-first year.
Book your flight or load up the Griswold family truckster and make it down to Florida to celebrate the return of Spring Training games and don’t forget the sunscreen and an umbrella.
Plan ahead by checking out each Grapefruit League Team’s website for directions, tickets and scheduled events. Someday soon I’ll make the trek to the Sunshine State for a little fun in Florida, but until then I’m looking for some pointers and recommendations from fans.
I have spent time traveling around the Cactus League and will detail much of that tomorrow. I will be in Arizona, home of @FanRagSports world headquarters shortly after the Burton US Open. A little reprieve from the cold and snow should be great.
FanRag Sports Wants to Know:
Which Grapefruit League stadium is your favorite place to catch a game?
Would you rather go to Spring Training games in Florida or Arizona and why?
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