The unofficial start of the baseball season is here with the arrival of pitchers, catchers and players to spring training. There are two different spring training camps, the Cactus League and the Grapefruit League. Each league has a number of teams assigned to it and the players live in that area for the next 45 days, warming up, hitting batting practice (BP) and getting back in shape. The teams play each other in front of a live audience. The Cactus League plays in the greater Phoenix area in Arizona and the Grapefruit League can be found within the state of Florida. Each team has its own spring training park just like in the majors. Some teams spend a great deal of money to build extraordinary spring training fields…just to practice!
I am lucky enough to live in Arizona and have traveled to many different spring training parks. There is nothing like being outside, laying in a sea of green grass because we only buy tickets for the lawn, getting an early tan. Because these games do not count in the official record, it is really fun to people watch. Even the hardcore fan cannot help but getting a glimpse of ‘did you see that walking by?’
Sisters, regardless of whether you live in Arizona, Florida or any other state, your man is a baseball fan. Find out the name of his favorite team and look up the Cactus League and Grapefruit League to find where his team plays spring training. Next year, make plans to get out of dodge and visit the team’s park. Start trying to use sports to compromise; take a couple of days to watch a game or two then get your guy to agree to a spa day or a shopping spree.