Category Archives: Spring Training Trip 2012

We had quite the sojourn in Florida! I’ve been back every spring since, but that’s nothing compared to Al and Margo who moved there in October, 2012.

Safe at Home

After 15 days and almost 2,900 miles we arrived safely back in Williamsport around 4:00 this afternoon, but not before stopping by our “home” field at Rebel Park to play one more game of catch. We thought that doing so … Continue reading

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One Last Hoyt-Rah

We pulled into Huntersville, NC about 1:30 today, having left Jacksonville at 6:00 a.m. and having enjoyed a wonderful visit with the McClearys. After lunch, we set out to find a ballpark or an empty field on which to play … Continue reading

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Squeezing the Last Bit of Juice Out of This Trip

This post is coming to you from a McDonald’s just south of Jacksonville. We told our high school friends Joe and Janice McCleary that we’d be there at 6:00 so we’d thought we’d stop and post for the day–and not … Continue reading

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Great Day with a Brace of Rebels!

We made it to Lake Buena Vista today and visited with former New Market Rebels, Chris Masters (’07) and Blaine Sims (’10).  Both are southpaws and both are making their way through the Atlanta Braves system rather quickly. Our boys … Continue reading

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Today’s Game Banged; Streak Ends at 7

Our consecutive days with at least one game attended streak ended at 7 today, when the Astros and Tigers were rained out in Kissimmee. Originally, we were heading out to see Atlanta, but after checking the Braves’ ticket prices ($19.00 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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We’re Now in Lakeland

Motel 6 left the light on for us last night, but not the wi-fi connection. We could have bought one, but we went to McDonald’s for a milk shake and free wi-fi. Then the computer battery died before this post … Continue reading

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Old Home Week

Baseball has a funny way of bringing people together. As soon as we walked into Peach’s Restaurant this morning (for the third time this week) we heard a voice ring out, “I still want those shirts, guys!” It was a … Continue reading

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Bulls and Birds Are Winners

It’s been a very busy 24 hours for us. Last night we traveled to Tampa to watch the University of South Florida Bulls beat Jacksonville University 8-0. We took the scenic route across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and went right … Continue reading

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An Exhibition of Awful

We attended the Orioles official spring opener last night and had a wonderful time until the Orioles took the field. They lost 10-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates, gave up 18 hits, and never retired the Bucs in order in any … Continue reading

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