Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Play Ball!

I shared with you in my Blogorail Introduction the things I love most: God, my family, my friends, my youth, Walt Disney World, and Auburn University. Baseball is a very, very close contender in this list. I love baseball- little league, junior high, high school, college, minor league, and major league. As a kid in the 80's I was a huge Atlanta Braves fan. I was in love with Dale Murphy and can still name all the starting players and their positions from the 85 team. If we weren't at a Braves game we were probably at the little league fields for my brother's baseball games. In high school, I went to almost all of our schools baseball games. In college, at Auburn University, I was a Diamond Doll (a team hostess). Baseball is in my blood.

Fast forward a few years to 2001. For my younger brother's college graduation we went on a trip to NYC and Boston. We saw the Red Sox play at Yankee Stadium and then saw the Sox play at Fenway. I fell in love. I was a Red Sox fan! That stadium was amazing and I wanted to be a part of the Red Sox Nation. I followed the Sox the best I could living in Alabama and not getting many of their games televised locally. In 2004 Mark Bellhorn, a player from Auburn when I was a diamond doll, was on the team. He actually helped the Sox win the Championship that year. I watched the entire series and was so happy when they won! I ordered my own Bellhorn tshirt!

In 2005, I was wearing my Bellhorn shirt one night in a restaurant at home when a strange guy said, "I like your shirt." I asked if he was a Red Sox fan. His answer was "yes." Two months later we took our first trip together to see the Sox play at Fenway Park. I'm now married to that strange Red Sox fan and our son's middle name is Fenway.

Yes, I love baseball. When the Atlanta Braves moved their spring training location to Orlando, specifically Walt Disney World, from West Palm Beach I knew I had to go... one day. It's been 13 years and I still haven't had a chance to see them play at WDW. But it is on my Bucket List!

The Braves will play the Red Sox on March 16 at 1:05 if anyone wants to send me to WDW to catch the game!

Below are more details about the Braves Training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports from the web site.

Here is the Braves remaining schedule:
March 3 -- Detroit Tigers (1:05 p.m.)
March 4 -- Toronto Blue Jays (1:05 p.m.)
March 5 -- New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)
March 8 -- New York Yankees (1:05 p.m.)
March 9 -- St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)
March 10 -- St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m.)
March 12 -- New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)
March 13 -- Houston Astros (1:05 p.m.)
March 16 -- Boston Red Sox (1:05 p.m.)
March 17 -- Washington Nationals (6:05 p.m.)
March 19 -- New York Mets (1:05 p.m.)
March 20 -- Houston Astros (1:05 p.m.)
March 23 -- Florida Marlins (1:05 p.m.)
March 25 -- Detroit Tigers (6:05 p.m.)
March 27 -- Philadelphia Phillies (1:05 p.m.)
March 28 -- Washington Nationals (6:05 p.m.)

Ticket Prices:
Lower Reserved $30-$45
Upper Reserved $24-$37
Bleacher Reserved $24-$37
Lawn Seating $10-$23

General Rules
Items NOT Allowed:
no outside food or drinks
no coolers
no containers
no umbrellas
no lawn chairs
no banners
no flags
no weapons
NOTE: ALL bags will be inspected prior to entering the park.

Smoking Policy
Smoking not allowed in seats or concourse area. Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas.

All ages are welcome. Ages 0-2 admitted free on ticket holder's lap (no ticket required). A ticket is required for all children 3 and older.

Box Office Hours
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Will Call
Located at Guest Services (left-hand side of the main entrance). Opens 2 hour prior to the game. Customer must present the actual credit card used for the purchase, a photo ID and Ticketmaster order number in order to receive tickets.

From I-4 East & West: Take exit 65 (Osceola Parkway West); take a left into ESPN Wide World of Sports® at Victory Way and follow signs.

General parking is complimentary. Valet parking will be available for $20.


  1. I have this exact pin! We are huge Red Sox and Patriots fans! My parents have a place in Fort Meyers and they just went to a Red Sox spring training game and caught two home run balls!

  2. AWESOME! I would love to do that one day!! We are Sox and Celtics fans, but not Patriots. We pull for the Steelers- MIL is from Pennsylvnia!