Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Training Trip 2010 - Day 7

There isn't much to report on here. This is some of my time away from the Mets on a day when a lot is going on down in Port St. Lucie.

Game 8 - Phillies vs Braves @ ESPN Wide World of Sports
This is our 2 hated NL East rivals playing each other. The game was on ESPN. Lots of Phillies fans made the trip over from Clearwater. Game looked like a sellout and maybe standing room only. Almost 10,000 there. The entire berm/lawn area in LF was full (both down the line and in the outfield). Braves fans flock to their dugout to try to get autographs. I only saw Jordan Shafer sign. Phillies fans flock to their dugout, en masse, and early, and some were very pleased when Ryan Howard signed from the front of the dugout.

For the game, Brian McCann hit a pair of homers for the Braves, and Atlanta won 6-0 behind Tim Hudson and co., defeating J.A. Happ. Most regulars played. Not much to say. Good day for Atlanta, bad day for Philadelphia.

For the ballpark, this is the first time I've been there since the complex was re-branded from Disney's Wide World of Sports to ESPN Wide World of Sports. It's a different look that somewhat makes sense. I thought there might be an overabundance of ESPN, but outside of signage, and one of the gift shops, it really isn't any different. The buildings didn't change at all, and ESPN has added some new displays helping visitors to get around the complex.

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