This time it was the Twins visiting the Rays in Port Charlotte. It was a cold day for this part of Florida. It was 54º when we got back from the game, and windy. Not frigid by Minnesota standards, but a bit uncomfortable sitting in one spot in the stands.
The Twins brought most of their available players to the game, but Mauer and Morneau were off to the World Baseball Classic, and thus a fair amount of their offensive punch was gone. We had good seats near the first base dugout and close enough to be nervous about foul balls. The stadium is a nice venue for baseball, good sight lines and easy to get around. There is an aisle all the way around the outfield and plenty of places to buy overpriced, but actually pretty tasty ball park food. I had a gyro with lamb meat. We arrived early enough to watch some batting practice and infield, plus a chance to walk around the stadium.
The game was pretty good for the first few innings until the fifth when Jared Burton gave up three runs on four hits and the final score was 7-2 for the Rays. But it was baseball and pretty cool.
One of these fans is from Minnesota and the other spent the last three months in the snowbird haven near the Stone Crabs' home stadium. It was a cold day at the ball park, at least for this part of southwest Florida.
A little look at yesterday's activities and to add to Santini's blog, I'm posting a picture of banyan trees (and tourists) on Banyan Street in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. Yesterday was a bit warmer than today.