This post is way late due to photos lost from my phone, but I had a few that survived, so here goes…
On our yearly trip to Florida, Mo and I stayed again in Ft. Myers at the same Cornerstone Resort condo we were at last year. Thanks to construction along the main drag, Ft. Myers Beach traffic was even more traffic-er than before. Still…no snow, though. And this year, we were joined for a couple days by my (retired) co-worker Ted and his wife Dixie.
Apparently attending a spring training game had been on Ted’s bucket list, so I was looking forward to treating him to the March 8th Cardinals vs. Twins game. Unfortunately, it was a Twins split squad game, plus the first day of their minor league camp, so the practice fields normally bustling with the veterans and promising prospects were empty. Still, it was a beautiful day for a game, and we both had our teams on the field.
Joe scores in the fourth
We had seats in the same location I’ve sat in the past trips to Hammond Stadium, which provided a great view of the field. The Cards went on to eventually win 5-3. We saw a little of everything, but we didn’t see Sano and Park homer, like in the other split squad game against Toronto in Dunedin.
One other disappointment with split squad games is the limited autograph opportunities. I did manage to catch one:
backup catcher Juan Centeno’s autograph
When it all comes down to it, though, you can’t beat the beach.
the view from our lanai
And it’s also time to post a few more baseball card acquisitions:
clockwise, from top left: 2016 Topps Scouting Report #SRR-JM Joe Mauer (jersey); 2016 Topps Scouting Report #SRA-JSU Kurt Suzuki (auto); 2013 Topps Supreme #SA-KG Kyle Gibson [25/25] (auto); 2015 Topps Chrome Refractor #AR-TM Trevor May [233/499] (auto); 2016 Topps Museum Archival Autographs #AA-KSZ Kurt Suzuki [199/299] (auto); 2004 Upper Deck SP Prospects Draft Duos #DD-PR Trevor Plouffe / Mark Robinson [144/175] (dual auto); 2015 Topps Chrome #AR-TM Trevor May (auto); 2016 Topps Spring Fever #SFA-ER Eddie Rosario [163/175] (auto)