Forbes just released their annual review of all the MLB parks. Thank you Lefty for pointing this out and giving me an idea for today’s post. For once they got it right, choosing Willie Mays Field as the best park in the bigs. Tropicana Field was dead last, understandably. The good news is for Rays fans (and Duffy, Arroyo, Span et al.) is that the Rays appear to be on the verge of finalizing a deal for a new park in Tampa. I am sure that one will be an improvement.
Yesterday Surf Maui and I went to the Astros-Braves Grapefruit League game and baked in the sun. I had a bit of sunstroke, a minor sunburn and loved every minute of it. It was blazing hot and sunny but also beautiful and not too humid. We met many Astros fans who traveled for a Spring Training visit to West Palm Beach. The new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is actually quite sweet. It’s home to the Astros and Nationals. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend taking in a game. The Astros played 7 of their 8 starters with Gerrit Cole on the hill. They basically have an all-star team. I expect the Giants will meet them in the World Series this year. The Braves young guys looked great too. They were teeing off against the Astros minor league relievers.
I am getting ready for my annual European excursion: Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, Karditsa and maybe a Greek Isle. I leave Wednesday so posts will be a bit more intermittent until further notice.