The two games were Cardinals at Nationals (ss) at the brand new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach and then Nationals at Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter.
|Strasburg's first pitch to Tommy Pham|
|Bryce Harper swinging way over this pitch.|
Saturday 4 March 2017:
Speaking of Roger Dean Stadium... that's where we were Saturday. The Nationals and Cardinals tied the second game 1-1 which was started by Gio Gonzalez versus Lance Lynn (Box Score). Roger Dean is a little older and therefore not as open as the Ballpark at Palm Beaches, but for whatever reason, the experience was far superior. We got to watch Nationals batting practice and my nephews got 11 and 12 autographs on a baseball. Some of the signatures I think they got were Dusty Baker, Chris Heisey, Michael A. Taylor, Clint Robinson, Austin Adams, and Brandon Snyder. There were others but I don't recall who. One of my nephews had Chris Heisey sign one of the tickets, which I kept. After the top of one inning, centerfielder Michael A. Taylor threw my nephew the last-out ball. It bounced off his glove and me, being the cool uncle I am, caught it off the ricochet. Not a lot of "starters" at this game but that's ok. It was baseball. Had another pretzel and enjoyed a can of Victory's Summer Love Ale.
|Michael A Taylor|
|Michael A. Taylor signing my sister's game-worn Taylor jersey|
|Our seats right behind the Nats dugout|
|Due South 3 IPA in a souvenir cup, West Palm|
|Goose Island IPA in a throw away cup |
with the Racing Presidents, West Palm
|The Goose tap! West Palm|
|Victory's Summer Love Ale, Jupiter|
Spring Training is so wonderful and relaxed. You can hear a lot of the action like the coaches instructions. It's very cool and the players are also more approachable because, of course, the games mean nothing. At Spring Training you can stick your balls in a guys face and have him happily smile and accept them into his hands.
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