While we’re here in Tampa, we wanted to catch a Tigers Spring Training game in nearby Lakeland – especially Bryce. So, Tom did some craigslist searching and calling around on Sunday, and found a guy nearby who had 2 tickets in the 3rd row behind homeplate that he wasn’t going to be able to use, so he was selling the pair for $30. We picked those up Sunday night, and arrived at the stadium early to locate another pair. Bryce wanted to be closer to 1st base, so Tom asked around and located a pair of tickets in the 6th row next to the Tigers dugout – those weren’t quite as good a deal, but when averaged with the other pair, we did pretty good.
After getting some lunch (food prices are just as ridiculous in Lakeland as they are in Comerica Park!), we found our seats. We knew this stadium was going to be smaller than Comerica Park, but we were really surprised to see just how close we were! Especially Nicolas and I – we had a great view of homeplate!
The high was only supposed to be in the 60s today, so we all wore sweatshirts, but didn’t need them for long. With not a single cloud in the sky, it was plenty warm – a great day for a baseball game! I guess we weren’t the only ones who thought so!
The Tigers were playing the Houston Astros and got off to a great start! There weren’t too many of the big names starting today, and Bryce was disappointed that Cabrera was not there, but it was still a good game.
The Tigers took the lead right away, and then added to it while giving up only 1 run. The score was 6-1 at the end of the 4th inning, but after a pitcher change in the 5th, the Astros got 4 runs, including a 3-run homer . . . it was getting nerve-wracking for the Tiger fans!
The Tigers managed to get a couple more runs, though, and kept the Astros from getting any, and the game ended 8-5. It was a good game, although a little long in my opinion . . . I was ready for it to be done around the 7th inning!
Not only did Nicolas and I have a great view of homeplate, but we also had a pretty good view of the dugout, and every once in awhile somebody would separate from the team and we could get a good picture.
This one is for Grandma . . . we were bummed that he wasn’t pitching!
Tom and Bryce enjoyed the view from their seats, too, and even managed to get Danny Worth’s autograph on their hats as the team left the field at the end of the game.
It was a pretty good day!