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Spring Training 2014: 10 games worth catching this spring
February 14, 2014By Matt Mauney, Orlando Sentinel
The unfamiliar and unwanted chill in the Florida air will soon subside, and that means one thing it's time for spring training baseball in the Sunshine State.
Pitchers and catchers begin reporting for Grapefruit League teams in the second week of February, starting with the Phillies, Pirates and Cardinals on Feb. 12. By Feb. 23, all 15 Grapefruit League teams will have finished their first full team workout of 2014 and playplay cheap Pistons jerseys china free shipping
will begin in the last week of February.
Before you know it, spring training willwill Pistons jerseys 2014
be in the books and the MLB teams will head back to their respective cities to begin regular season play.
So, to make the most of the five short weeks of Grapefruit League baseball, here are 10 games worth attending and making a day trip for.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 New York Yankees at Pittsburgh
Where: McKechnie Field (1611 9th Street West, Bradenton)
Why: This is your chance to see one of the oldest and most storied franchises in all of sports play in one of the oldest continuously used fields in all of baseball.
McKenchnie Field is located in Bradenton, Fla., and was built in 1922. USA Today has dubbed the stadium as the "Fenway Park of spring training," so don't miss your chance to see this classic ballpark, all while taking in a great game between the Yankees and the Pirates.
If you can't make this game, the two teams will square off the next night in Tampa on March 27.
Tuesday, March 4 Pittsburgh at Detroit
Where: Joker Marchant Stadium (2125 North Lake Ave., Lakeland)
Why: Seeing Detroit play in Joker Marchant Stadium can be a tough ticket.
This game matches two playoff teams, as well as two of the biggest stars and most feared hitters in baseball Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) and Andrew McCutchen (Pirates).
Wednesday, March 5 Boston at St. Louis
Where: Roger Dean Stadium (4751 Main St., Jupiter)
Why: It's a rematch of the 2013 World Series. While the stakes won't be as high, there will be plenty of talent on display.
The Cardinals lost David Freese in the off season, but return stars like Matt Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Allen Craig, along with talented prospects like Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras.