Today's game - No game, just Devil Rays practice at St. Petersburg.
Strong north wind blowing which means St. Pete is the place to be even if the Rays are on the road (Toronto at Dunedin). So I'm hoping whoever doesn't make the trip, stays behind for a little BP. Well, that hope is rewarded about 10:00 or so, when that familiar "thwack" starts filling the air.
Me and Sonny are the only ones there which means plenty of baseballs for both of us. Sonny is quite the local character - not sure how old he is, but he's still in good shape. Plays in about four different softball leagues so he's pretty much always in uniform. Has this telescoping ball retriever to get the balls that land in the fenced in area - pulls it close enough to the fence so he can snake a hand in there to get it out. Has a little basket on the other end so if a ball bounces into the bay, he can scoop it out before it sinks.
Sight of the Day:
On the way to St. Pete, I pass by Derby Lane, a greyhound racing park. 8:00 am and there's already quite a few cars in the parking lot. And I can't be sure, but it looks like there's a bunch of people tailgating. Tailgating? For greyhound races?? Must be some Bears fans down here on Spring Break...
Daily Ballhawk Totals: BP-11, HR-0, Foul-0
Spring Training Totals: BP-14, HR-1, Foul-0