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Spring Training Travels: 2008

This post was written and posted on our family blog last year. I don’t have a whole lot of game details here since at the time we were blogging it was posted on our family blog. We had a great week of baseball (5 games), golf and sightseeing in the land of the Grapefruit League, and we were stoked to be able to make it Dodgertown Vero Beach in its last year.

batting practice

We had an awesome time on our trip to Florida for Spring Training. It was hard to come back to cold, brown Colorado after a week in warm, green Florida! Here’s a synopsis of our trip…

Saturday, March 1~
We arrived in Orlando, and headed to Downtown Disney to have dinner. We had yummy fish ‘n’ chips at an Irish pub and a yummy cookie from the sweets shop (we always used to love those cookies from Downtown Disney CA!). From there we headed to Melbourne, FL where we stayed the night.

Sunday, March 2~

We drove south down Highway 1 (just like in CA!!) to Vero Beach, where we went to our first Dodgers game at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown. It was awesome! We sat on the outfield grass which was perfect for Chiquita to crawl around on the blanket and play with her toys. She felt the grass for the first time and did not like it!! Then we met David’s parents at the campground where we were staying, in nearby Ft. Pierce. There were lots of “snowbirds” there including many from Quebec, and I enjoyed saying “bonjour” to them and little more French here and there.

dodgertown vero beach sign

Monday, March 3~
We went to Dodgers game #2 at Dodgertown. David & his dad “played golf” at our campground- it was 3 holes – sort of between mini golf and regular golf. 🙂

Tuesday, March 4~
Dodgers game # 3, also at Dodgertown! This was a night game; we had great seats and got free pint glasses that were given away in honor of the Dodgers’ 60th anniversary in Vero Beach. We got there plenty early to be able to watch some practice and we got James Loney (1st baseman)’s autograph and manager Joe Torre’s. We also got interviewed by a local tv news reporter about our trip to Dodgertown (we never got to see it though). Before the game that day, David & his dad played golf (lots of water hazards = not very fun game), and my mother-in-law and I took Chiquita swimming at the campground.

Wednesday, March 5~
We drove to Port St. Lucie to see the Dodgers play at the Mets. I got Nomar’s autograph, and David got Tommy Lasorda’s! After the game we packed up the camp and headed up to DisneyWorld, stopping for a delicious southern dinner at Cracker Barrel.

tradition field, mets' spring training
Thursday, March 6~
We spent the day at Epcot which was very fun (despite a little sprinkling of rain) and then came back to our campground, Ft. Wilderness, for a very entertaining dinner show. When we got out of the show, it was pouring rain!

Friday, March 7~
The guys played golf once more- this time they had more fun on a very nice course! Our last baseball game (#5) was a Braves/Tigers game at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, a huge sports complex, that includes the Braves’ stadium, lots of sports fields and the gym where my brother & I both competed for cheer nationals back in the day. Memories! We then headed to a cool area called Disney’s Boardwalk, made to look like an old fashioned Atlantic City- like waterfront area. We ate at the ESPN Club, which is like a smaller, slightly more intimate ESPN Zone- when we first arrived there were some real ESPN people (Orestes Estrada and someone else) doing a broadcast in the restaurant! Then we walked around a little bit and got another yummy Disney cookie!


Saturday, March 8~
Adios, Florida!

View Our Photo Album From This Trip!

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