Waving Hello to Florida

Our day was beachy keen.Al and I have had a very busy day and we haven’t even seen any baseball. As we mentioned yesterday, we were determined to make sure the waves at Siesta Key Beach reached shore safely. We supervised them from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and we’re happy to report that all arrived on time and in good shape. We are also happy to report that there weren’t many middle-aged men who had a physique that suggested that they were about to give birth, although one gentleman appeared to be on the verge of delivering a Santa-sack full of bowling balls. I’m not being critical by any means, I’m just observing. Besides, I like having those guys around because they absorb more ultra-violet rays that might otherwise fall on me. After all, the sun can only do so much.

We have completed our itinerary which is as follows:

3/4–We are attending the Baseball Industry Network lunch here in Bradenton, which will be followed by the Pirates v Blue Jays game at 1:00.

3/5–Orioles v Pirates in Sarasota. Look for us on MASN at 7:00. We’ll be sitting to the fair side of the left field foul pole!

3/6–University of South Florida @ 7:00

3/8 Orioles v Twins in Sarasota @ 1:00

3/9 Rays v Orioles in Port Charlotte @ 1:00 and Florida Southern College in Lakeland @ 7:00. We hope to hook up with former New Market Rebel, Jake Guengerich at FSC.

3/10 Tigers v Nationals in Lakeland @ 1:00

3/11 Braves v Blue Jays in Lake Buena Vista @ 1:00

3/12 & 3/13 to be determined

This schedule is subject to change without notice. That’s because it might rain without notice.

Finally, from the Always Behave Yourself Department, our hostess at Bob Evans this morning overheard us saying that we were from Maryland. It turns out that Peggy lived in Glen Arm on Long Green Pike. I grew up in Hydes on Long Green Pike. Now Glen Arm and Hydes aren’t towns; they’re former whistle stops on the old Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad. When I was a boy, Hydes consisted of the post office which was next to the general store, which used to house the ticket station. It’s not as if you’re likely to run into anyone from either place because there’s not a lot of place in either place.

We’re tired, wind-burned, and happy and eager to start on in on some baseball tomorrow.

About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.
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4 Responses to Waving Hello to Florida

  1. Stewat Davis says:

    No trip to see the Blue Jays in Dunedin????


  2. Don Hoover says:

    Sounds like you guys are having a blast ! Reminds me of our days back in the early 70’s
    Will look for you on 3/5 on the fair side of the pole. (Funny, as for me, most of my life
    has been on the foul side of the pole !) Have a great time and take care.


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