Spring Training Redux


Al and me at Spring Training last year. I need to wear this shirt more often.

As many of you know, Al Smith and I ventured to Florida for two weeks last year to take in Spring Training. Al enjoyed Florida so much that he and his wife Margo bought a house at The Villages and moved there! Needless to say, they’re getting company the first week of March as Martha and I will fly down for a visit. Naturally, we will be taking in a couple of games which at the moment include Orioles v Toronto at Sarasota, the University of Florida v the University of Indiana at Gainesville, and Astros v Phillies at Kissimmee. Mostly, we’ll be walking around wearing shorts just to enjoy walking around wearing shorts.

If I’m as smart as my smart phone, I will be able to post the next Five Minute Fiction For Free story entitled “Living Life at the 98th%tile” from Florida on the 9th. That’s even-money though, so if it doesn’t show up on the 9th, I’ll post it when I get back. I’ll also be posting interesting things from our trip via Twitter which you can follow @AustinGisriel

To whet your appetite for a little baseball, you should view the video below. It ain’t Florida, but it is Lonaconing, MD, home town of Lefty Grove, arguably baseball’s greatest left-hander. (Well, obviously he was left-handed with that nickname. On the other hand [pun intended] the Hagerstown Owls of 1948 had a right-handed catcher nicknamed “Lefty,” but that’s another story.)

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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6 Responses to Spring Training Redux

  1. Larry says:

    Hi Austin, you and Martha have a safe and fun trip. Isn’t it great having friends living where you like to travel? The University of Indiana baseball team is currently here at Georgia Southern University and they were trailing last night 5-0 in the third when they were “FOGGED” out! Take care…Larry


    • Hi Larry! I’ve been at a fog-out game and it’s amazing how fast it can roll in. It is great to have friends in many places. One of these days I’m going to travel through Georgia and look up a couple of friends whom I haven’t met in person yet!


  2. Don Hoover says:

    That will be a great way to spend your ??? birthday! I know how old you will be but I’ll keep that between us! Hey, that’s what friends are for! Have a great time, and give us your scouting report while you are there. I think Toronto will be the team to watch out for this year instead of New York.


  3. Bonnie Lane says:

    LOVE your twin shirts! What a pair of cutie pies……(in a good way)! 🙂


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