If you're looking for a major league twist on a minor league level, this guide will get you up close to your favorite sports heroes before the start of the season.
You will need
- Internet access
- Adventurous spirit
Step 1 Find training camp Do a little research online to find your favorite baseball team’s spring training camp, which is in either Florida or Arizona.
Step 2 Book a hotel Book a hotel near your team’s field. Remember to book early, at least by December, as watching spring training baseball has become increasingly more popular.
To save on costs, rent a house or cottage if you have more than 6 people. As a bonus, you get a kitchen and possibly even a pool.
Step 3 Bring the kids Bring the kids along and introduce them to your favorite team and the game of baseball. The relaxed atmosphere and cheap seats make it a perfect family getaway.
Step 4 Pack for the weather Pack for the weather by bringing both warm- and cool-weather clothes, an umbrella or rain poncho, and plenty of sunscreen.
Step 5 Arrive early and stay late Arrive early to the games to catch the players warming up and feel free to stay late to watch them squeeze in some batting practice or drills.
These are the best times to try to grab an autograph, or even chat it up with the players.
Step 6 Try weekday games Try going to more weekday games as they are generally less crowded, and give you a greater chance of talking with the players or catching a foul ball.
Step 7 Talk to locals Talk to the locals about the best places to eat, can’t-miss attractions, and, most importantly, traffic snarls on game days. And don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Play ball!
Did You Know:
Before becoming the Yankees, New York’s baseball team was known as the Highlanders, the Invaders, and the Porchclimbers prior to 1900.