Found March 14, 2013 on Taking Bad Schotz:
Sun, warm weather, and baseball. Every year in Florida and Arizona, MLB teams open up Spring Training camps in minor league stadiums and practice facilities. It brings the big leagues to communities that would otherwise never really see MLB action. The players are separated from the fans by a simple chain link fence, like a set of neighbors in the backyard. I have been lucky enough to go to a few spring training camps, and each one has its own distinctive taste. The Yankees are business as usually. They try to limit fan-player interaction much like they do up north at Yankee Stadium. The Rays on the other hand want fans to get as close as they can and have fun while they watch the game. The Dodgers old facility in Florida was a whole community built in the 1950s because Jackie Robinson wasn’t welcomed in other areas of the state. The Marlins players walk amongst the fans as they go from field to field. For most fans, Spring Training is all about the prime autograph opportunities. I ...
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