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Spring Training Day 2

Like I mentioned yesterday, I decided that I didn’t want to waste four hours of my day standing around at a run down parking lot behind the left field wall of McKechnie Field.  With my girlfriend Amy, we decided to make better use of our time in Florida and head to a different beach. 
DSC00475.JPGThere were thousands of sea shells on the beach, so we wrote something in ‘shelligraphy.’  Here’s the finished product.  I wrote ‘Amy.’
DSC00492.JPGAfter some beach fun, which included swimming in a cold, empty ocean, we headed to the Orioles Spring Training complex on the way to Bradenton.

When we arrived there around 11:30, and Orioles player named Anderson had just finished hitting.
100_7559.JPGHe and some coaches were picking up the balls in the outfield.

I called out to one of the coaches and asked if he could toss a ball over.  He did.
100_7573.JPGThen he asked, “How tall are you?”  “About 6’5″ I answered.  I must’ve looked way taller because my whole head was above the six foot fence.  I think there must’ve been a tiny mound or something I was standing on.  “You look way taller than that!”  The coach replied.

Not sure who he is, but thanks.
100_7560.JPGThere was nothing else going on at this point, so we walked around and took some photos.

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There were some cool trees bhind the center field wall:
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And a woodpecker that kept drilling holes in the trees above us:
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A view of Ed Smith Stadium off in the distance:

A look at the area behind the fences:
100_7579.JPGA baseball graveyard, protected by barbed wire:
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One that didn’t make it:
100_7580.JPGHere’s a short video of the area where I got the ball at:

After a few minutes, we headed back to our illegally parked car (we weren’t going to pay $9 for 15 minutes of standing outside of a baseball practice field).  We then made the trip to Bradenton.

When we arrived, these are the lineups that both teams would put on the field today:
100_7583.JPGThe Red Sox lineup was pretty disappointing – no David Ortiz, no Carl Crawford, no Adrian Gonzalez, no Dustin Pedroia.

We got there just as the game was starting and Mike Cameron was digging in for the Red Sox.
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Here was a view of our seats.  Notice the large crowd?  It was the largest crowd ever in McKechnie Field’s 42 year history.
100_7585.JPGHere’s some pictures from the game, taken courtesy of Counting Baseballs’ official blog photographer, Amy:

Jose Tabata, the Pirates starting left fielder, awaits a pitch.  Hopefully Tabata can improve on his power numbers this year:
100_7587.JPGJosh Beckett, Boston’s ace, took the mound for the Red Sox.
100_7588.JPGHere’s a short video of Josh Beckett battling Garrett Jones:

Panorama of a packed house at McKechnie Field:
100_7593.JPGPedro Alvarez prepares to react to a pitch:
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The Grandstand at McKechnie Field:
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John Bowker’s home run swing, as he watches a towering fly ball clear the right field fence:
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Brad Lincoln delivers a pitch:
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JD Drew, one of the very few regulars from the Red Sox, at the plate:
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Another long time Red Sox player, Jason Varitek:
100_7655.JPGBefore we left, we checked out the Pirates’ clubhouse store.  Check out the new Pirates hoody this year.  Amy is going to get it for me at PNC Park and use my Pirates’ clubhouse store discount.
DSC00497.JPGAfter the game, we headed back to the ocean for some beach fun.

Later, we had an epic game of miniature golf.  On the way back to the hotel, we passed a miniature golf place.  Trash talking ensued, and it was on.
DSC00638.JPGThe course had a big lake with fountains in the middle of it along with live gators.
DSC00504.JPGBy the third hole, I had a slim lead, and was feeling confident.
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However, Amy, who typically slugs the heck out of the ball as if it were a driving range, started putting like a PGA pro golfer. 

This video just demonstrates my bad luck:

DSC00510.JPGI managed to hold a three stroke lead through the first 9 holes.  I had a little bit of trouble in one of the mini golf caves,
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but bounced back with a ridiculous hole in one soon after, the only one of the day.
DSC00555.JPGI managed to keep a two stroke lead through most of the game, but started to get too overly confidant. 

DSC00589.JPGAnother cave brought more bad luck for me.
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I tried to distract Amy by pretending that I thought that the caves were actually real and that the golf course was built around the caves.  The distraction didn’t work, as she worked her magic and tied up the score.
DSC00613.JPGThe game came down to the very last hole.  The score was tied up.  I went first and the ball came to rest several feet from the hole.  Amy came up and used pin point precision to put the ball 8 inches from the hole.  It was an easy tap in for her.   There was no way she could lose.  I had to sink a long put just to tie and keep my non-losing streak in tact.  I can’t remember ever losing in miniature golf to a girl.  That would all change today, I missed the putt, lost the game, and a private bet between Amy and I.

It was almost 11, so we went back to the hotel to relax before another day in Florida tomorrow.

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