It seems like just yesterday the Red Sox were embracing each other in celebration of their most recent World Series title. The sands of time keep falling, and already teams and players are engaged in exhibition games throughout the state of Florida. This guide will tell you which teams play in Florida, what coast they're on, and some other tidbits.
Atlanta Braves - Kissimmee, FL
Talk about a parlay opportunity. With the Braves playing at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, it's the perfect opportunity to combine theme park and baseball trips into one.
Baltimore Orioles - Sarasota, FL
Ed Smith Stadium is the recently renovated marvel of a home to Baltimore Orioles spring training baseball. The stadium is multi-tiered, offering shade to guests who sit behind rows 10-15. The stadium is just a few short miles from the beach, so bring the towel bag along for post game activities.
Boston Red Sox - Fort Myers, FL
Big Papi taking some batting practice cuts with palm trees in the background — Photo courtesy of WEBN-TV
The Boston Red Sox play on Florida's west coast in Fort Myers. The beautiful JetBlue Park regularly fills up with avid traveling Sox fans, so make sure to get tickets as early as possible. Players tend to be very accessible in between games in the back practice fields - even Papi is known to sign plentifully in springtime.
Miami Marlins/St. Louis Cardinals - Jupiter, FL
Panoramic view of the spring home to the Cardinals and Marlins — Photo courtesy of brianandjaclyn
The Marlins and Cardinals share Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter for their spring season forays. Cardinals fans travel deep, and their games are very hard to get tickets to. With the Marlins, you can often find seats really close for reasonable prices. The practice fields are in walking distance from the stadium, so autograph fiends can get their balls scribbled on, and kids can get pictures with their favorite players.
Houston Astros - Kissimmee, FL
The Astros play in Kissimmee as well, but their park is not close to, or on Disney grounds. There is a beer garden, relatively cheap concession prices compared to other spring parks and an Autograph Alley for kids to get items signed pregame.
Minnesota Twins - Fort Myers, FL
The second Ft. Myers squad is the Minnesota Twins, playing their games at Hammond Stadium. This is the ultimate throwback type of spring park - no frills, all about the game, the food and the experience. Senior citizens greet you and work the charcoal grills on the concourse, cooking up delicious brats and burgers.
Detroit Tigers - Lakeland, FL
Fans catching the action at Joker Marchant Stadium — Photo courtesy of WEBN-TV
The Motown squad practices and plays their spring games at Joker Marchant Stadium in lovely Lakeland. Michigan gets cold in March, so don't dilly dally and get down for some brats and baseball.
New York Mets - Port St. Lucie
Mr. Met and the gang head down every spring to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. The stadium is equipped with a Tiki Bar, outfield berm and concessions featuring potato knishes. The stadium is cozy, so no matter where you sit, you will feel close to the action. This is a nice change of pace for people used to the bleachers at Citi Field (or Shea for old-timers).
New York Yankees - George Steinbrenner Field
The Yankees spring training home evokes memories of the old park in the Bronx, with the dimensions the same and luxury boxes available for high rollers and groups. A big statue of "The Boss" is out front, so people can pay respects and remember one of the greatest owners the sport has seen.
Philadelphia Phillies - Clearwater, FL
A big crowd on hand to watch the Fightin' Phils — Photo courtesy of Darrins
The Phillies play their March games at Bright House Stadium. There is a tiki bar for adults, and a playground for the young'ns.
Pittsburgh Pirates - Bradenton, FL
McKechnie Field is the spring home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans love the 360 degree boardwalk around the stadium, allowing them to peruse around and see the field from all angles.
Tampa Bay Rays - Port Charlotte, FL
Rays fans get crazy on the berm — Photo courtesy of Tony Fischer Photography
The Charlotte Sports Park has hosted the Rays since 2009. Since then, they've been breaking attendance records yearly due to the family friendly nature of the park and shaded seats.
Toronto Blue Jays - Dunedin, FL
It's never to hard to get seats at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, and for folks coming down from Canada, the park sells Canadian beer!
Washington Nationals - Viera, FL
Come watch Bryce Harper conduct a personal home run derby at Space Coast Stadium.