Planes, Threshers, and Automobiles

We had a wonderful time in Florida, and it did indeed, prove to be a good week to be there considering the weather back home. We had to don jackets at the Florida v Mississippi State game on Saturday evening, but since it was snowing in Williamsport, we managed to

Dunedin baserunner takes off for second in the early innings of Opening Night.

Dunedin takes off for second in the early innings of Opening Night.

maintain our perspective. Mississippi State, ranked #10 at the time, defeated the then-ranked #1 Gators 10-4 in an entertaining game. Two nights before, we attended Opening Night in Dunedin, thus adding a new ballpark to our list of venues. The Blue Jays defeated the Clearwater Threshers, a farm club of the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-2. I have no idea why a Clearwater team is named the “Threshers” when there was nary a wheat field in sight, but then I have no idea what a “Baysox” is either.

A hazy view of the Seven Bends at 8:50 a.m., April 11th.

A hazy view of the Seven Bends at 8:50 a.m., April 11th.

Our flight was uneventful which is ALWAYS good. We saw the Seven Bends of the Shenandoah from the plane’s window and eight minutes later we touched down in Hagerstown. That’s probably 60 miles as the crow—or our airplane—flies, which by my calculations meant that we were traveling about 400 miles an hour, or approximately the speed of half the idiots driving on Interstate 81 below.

We visited Clearwater Beach one beautiful sunny day. There, we discovered that the traffic patterns were laid out by an 8-year old with an Etch-a-Sketch. I don’t want to say that the roads were crowded, but it’s possible that the backup across the causeway that we witnessed heading out to the beach as we were leaving has not cleared yet.

As always, Martha and I are grateful to our hosts, Al and Margo Smith for their hospitality. And for taking us to Sonny’s Barbecue three different times during our stay. Forget orange juice: Nothing says “Florida” like Sonny’s Barbecue!

Post-game fireworks in Dunedin. I wasn't done eatin' pork barbecue the entire week.

Post-game fireworks in Dunedin. I wasn’t done eatin’ pork barbecue the entire week.

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 Planes, Threshers, and Automobiles

  1. Don Hoover says:

    Thanks for texting me last night, eventually I will get around to setting up an E-mail address. Quite surprised when I learned about you moving, and I know from past experience what that is like! As far as getting together for a keys game, whatever works for you is fine with me, believe me Mary & I understand how busy & stressful relocating can be! When things settle down, feel free to call or text me, and as always will follow your blog, & look forward to seeing you, take care.


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