Friday, March 8, 2013

Spring Training 2013 - Day 3

Day 3 - March 8, 2013 - Mets practice

Not much to say here. I went to Mets camp to see major league practice for the players that didn't make the long bus ride to Lakeland to play the Tigers. They let us in at 9:30. Players didn't come out until 10. I did see some quality "gym class" time where the players did a running drill. That included the oft-injured star pitcher Johan Santana and the recently-cleared-to-play-again Jenrry Mejia. Then, of course, the regular players head into the stadium, where we can't see them, to hit while the pitchers did some hitting on the main practice field.

Today marked the first day that the minor league teams were officially in camp. So, there was a lot more to see than just big league roster and invitees. I did see that Frank Viola is back coaching in the Mets organization (Single-A Savannah). He did sign some autographs for fans before his group started working out.

One autograph to mention was (if the number he wrote on the autograph is his from the 40-man roster) Darin Gorski. He also stayed around to chat with the few fans for a few minutes. Nice guy. Daniel Murphy was there working out, and one fan mentioned that they got him to sign. Mejia signed for someone on the other side.

The day was over at lunch time. I'll have another post, probably tomorrow, about my afternoon visit to the old Dodgertown complex in Vero Beach.

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