Another Game and More Barbecue

The world of baseball has always been a small one, a fact proven again today when Al and I spotted former New Market Rebel General Manager and current 50-50 salesman, Tom Linski ushering at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. We had a nice chat, of course. The game between the Tigers and the Nationals ended in a 5-5 tie after 10 innings before some 6,600 fans. Detroit played its starting lineup for the first half of the game, which included Justin Verlander who threw 4 shutout innings before being relieved. Those Detroit folk are enthusiastic and we enjoyed witnessing such passion for a simple exhibition game. Winning does wonders for fans. (Peter Angelos take note.)

If you are ever at Marchant Stadium, I highly recommend that you try the “loaded nachos” which you can order with a variety of toppings. By the time the concessionaire finished adding taco meat, salsa, green jalapenos, and cheese, I literally could not see any nachos. It wasn’t long before there were no nachos to be seen anyway.

These exhibition ballparks allow you to get close to the action even from the cheap seats.

Al and I also highly recommend buying the cheapest ticket available at any of these ballparks. They are so intimate that you are close to the action no matter where you sit. Furthermore, the cheap seats usually aren’t as crowded and we have been able to go stand under a palm tree or sit at a picnic table or wander here or there at will, thus providing ourselves with many perspectives on the respective park and game. After all, these are exhibition games and we feel no need to sit close enough to see the location on every pitch and note when an infielder spits a sunflower seed toward an opposing base runner.

Our day was complete when we found the Rainbow Restaurant in Mascotte, especially since Friday and Saturdays are the barbecue buffet nights. And by now, you know how much we enjoy barbecue.

The one sour note of today, well actually as of 2:00 a.m. Sunday is that we need to set the clocks ahead. That means that we’ve been cheated out of an hour here in Florida. I suppose that’s not that bad, however, since the only time that’s mattered since we left is game time.

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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2 Responses to Another Game and More Barbecue

  1. Preston Douglas says:


    Hopefully you know that Tom Brookens, the 1st base coach of the Tigers played in the VBL, on one of the many championship teams that we had at Shenandoah. His twin brother Tim, who made it to AAA was on that team, as well. He probably would have been glad to talk with you guys, if you approached him, and/or told him that you were a friend of mine. Lots of VBL guys coaching out there in pro ball… Glad you are enjoying yourselves… Enjoy reading of your activities… Pres


    • Yeah, I knew Tom was a VBLer; he is also from Chambersburg, which is only 30 miles north of us. I’m sure he would have spoken to us, but there were many fans at the rail. We’re glad you’re having fun with us!


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