BRADENTON, FLORIDA. Just south of the Tampa Tornado.
Baseball parks suck when it rains, especially McKechnie Field. Just look at that little guy in the picture. painful. Go ahead, click on it. Embiggen that heart wrencher. Soak. It. In.
Mother nature put a damper on the morning, all but forcing us to enjoy the new tiki bar, but the afternoon sun was spectacular. If only someone would have bothered to look at the radar and suggest a bit of a delay.
But we get it. The field was too wet. It is, always has been, and always will be about the talent on the field, not the ‘customers’ as Bob Nutting puts it. If only baseball would work like golf, the radar looks bad, bump things back an hour and then get it on. Heh, whatever we love baseball. It’s a curse.
When we saw Buck Showalter (in his sweats) swagger out onto the McKechnie outfield to join Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington in a discussion, we were confident that it wasn’t a meeting about Manny Machado coming to the Buccos for Clint Barmes.
But anyway, we can exchange our ticket for another spring training game. Yeh, that helps my friend Sheldon from Iowa who was here with his Dad, his buddy and his sister. It was their last day. Just like it was Shelly and Mick, Nick and Billy from Arizona and others.
Yeh Baseball sucks when it rains.
So here’s the best we can do for today.
It’s coming down pretty good from my seat.
The squeegee skills on display in the McKechnie infield were impressive. Especially the third guy on the right. Talented. Keep an eye out for him in the bigs one day.
Did we ever mention Kyle McPherson is a beast? A double black belt?
Well, that’s all we have for today. the sun will be out tomorrow.
The kid will probably turn out to be a Yankees fan anyway.