Rays vs. Orioles Spring Training Game

Friday March 23rd 2018

It was cool again this morning. The inside temperature was 44 when I turned on the heat. With the help of the sun it didn’t take long to become comfortable in my RV home. The rest of the day was a little better than yesterday. The temperature got into the low seventies and the wind wasn’t as strong and persistent.

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Ground crew getting the field ready for play.

I attended my last spring training game of the year today. This game was in Sarasota between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles. It was a quick game with a lot of sloppy play. The O’s won the game 6 to 1, but where the offense came from is a mystery.

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Orioles star Manny Machado at bat.

I’ve enjoyed all the games I’ve seen this year. Watching baseball at the stadium is so much more interesting than on TV. In addition to the atmosphere in the ballpark, you get to see so much more of the game. At the ballpark you can see the alignment of the defense. On TV you find out about the coverage in the field when the ball falls in for a multi-base hit. Between pitches at home in front of the TV you get distracted. At the stadium you can watch the work of the Ball Boys, the antics of the coaches, the weird signals between players or bizarre people in the crowds. Going to the game is a much more fulfilling experience.

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Alligators in the Myakka River

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After today’s game I started getting ready to move tomorrow. This included another check of the alligators in the river as well as doing some packing. The gators were back on the river bank taking the sun today. The bird population wasn’t as well represented this afternoon. I only saw one great blue heron standing in the river to the north of the bridge.

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Great Blue Heron standing in the Myakka River.

Checkout time tomorrow is 1PM. I only have a short distance up Interstate 75 to travel, so I’ll checkout around 12:30. This will give me time to visit the alligators one more time in between packing and getting ready to hit the road.

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