Lessons learned: Tips for Spring Training

If you are planning to head to spring training in Florida (which I highly recommend), here are the following things to take into account:

1) Get your tickets early

These games sell out. It’s not like minor league games where you can assume tickets are available at the window. Get your tickets a few days in advance at least. And maybe do your research here.

2) Get to the games early

We normally get to ball games early and are among the few people there. Spring training, EVERYONE is there early. So be there a solid 2 hours before the game and get ready for the long haul.

3) Don’t overdo it.

We tried to schedule multiple games in one day, which was too much. It ran us pretty ragged. One game a day, then take it slow from there. One game is plenty. And be wary that it’s usually more than an hour to reach any park.

4) Eat fruit

You’re gonna stuff yourself on salty ballpark food and eat out a lot. Make time to buy a bunch of fruit and eat it every day.

5) Lines for the mens room are long


The crowd is full of old guys with old guy bladders. The line is long. Take that into account.

6) Bring sunscreen. Bring blankets.

The weather is wacky. In the bright sun, you can bake in 75 degree heat. Then at 6:30, it can drop into the 40s. This can all happen in the same game.

7) Follow the crowd for autographs


The stadiums are filled with professional autograph seekers. You’ll see them with the binders and notebooks. They know where to stand to try and get autographs. (Or if you’re lucky, you have Jack as your guide.)

8) Teach your kids manners

If a player stops and signs a ball for your kid, and your kid doesn’t say “thank you” – that is an indicator that you are a crappy parent and raising an entitled little shit.

I will end by saying this. On our third day into the road trip, Shani posted this:

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She saw the truth of the matter. Assuming Jack makes sure that his grades don’t suffer, this trip is now part of our lives.


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