TBT: Baseball Fever

In 1994 my parents took four of their grandchildren who lived in Ocala to the grand opening of the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame in Citrus Springs. Due to a bad case of baseball fever, the four missed a day of school to rub elbows with some of the best players of our nation’s pastime.

They met and got autographs from Brooks Robinson, Bob Feller, Ennis Slaughter and the grandson of Ty Cobb.

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Meghan, Emily, Steven and Brent had a fun day with their grandparents while celebrating our nation’s pastime. A great daycation  to the Hitters Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is no longer located in Citrus Springs having moved to Tropicana Field several years ago. It’s open two hours before all Tampa Bay Rays home games through the sixth inning free to those with game tickets, a good reason for another daycation in St. Pete.

 

 

March…the best month of the year

On Tuesday I awoke to the words, “Yes…March…my favorite month of the year.” While fall is my favorite time of the year, John reminds me frequently that he prefers spring, and especially March.

So what is it about March? 

Good month for fishing. The bass are big.

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7 pounder caught 3/5/16 

College baseball is back on the calendar.

The clocks spring forward adding an extra hour of sunlight to each afternoon.

The wind pipes up for better sailing.

The warmer weather means more time spent outside.

The smell of orange blossoms fills the air.

Flowers are in bloom.

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March Madness brings the best basketball of the year.

Great weather for bicycling.

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Perfect time for a trip to the beach.

And of course, it’s his birthday.

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March…a pretty terrific month for more bicycling, hiking, sailing, fishing and celebrating a birthday.

3 Down; 13 To Go

In 2013, John and I developed a list of 13 things we wanted to do that year. One of the main reasons we developed this list was to make sure we got out and did things instead of wasting away free time just sitting around the house. As a result, we spent Thanksgiving in NYC where we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we watched the sunrise over the Atlantic and the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in the same day, I caught an 8lb. bass and my first snook and we saw sea turtles hatch on Fernandina Beach.

We enjoyed making and completing a yearly bucket list so much that it’s become a tradition. We checked off the items on our 14 in 14 and 15 in 15 lists the past two years so of course, this year, we’re working on our 16 in 16 list. So far, we attended a Jackson Browne concert and a took a daycation in St. Petersburg.

Last weekend, we completed the third item on this year’s list when we spent the weekend in Miami watching Hurricane baseball. Devoting three days to college baseball between two top ten teams is really just too good to pass up. And of course, since Miami is one of our favorite places, it was really a no brainer to add the Gator v Hurricane baseball series to the list for 2016.

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College baseball and world famous milkshakes.

As Hurricane fans, we would have preferred a different outcome on the Friday and Sunday games when the home team’s bats were cold, but Saturday’s game reminded the Gators not to take the team to the south for granted.

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This year we not only watched baseball, but since the Hurricanes were hosting the University of Louisville basketball team, we saw two top ACC teams battle in front of the sold out Bank United Center crowd. Our first UM basketball game resulted in a win for the Hurricanes, and it definitely won’t be the last. What a great bonus to our college sports weekend!

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