Given that last season the Boston Red Sox were a painful disappointment, and that this past off season has seen them lose their President, their manager (in one of the biggest cheating scandals in league history) and their best player (to the friggin’ Dodgers in what is effectively an embarrassingly awful preemptive salary dump), you can probably forgive me for not being fully up to date on the day to day goings on in Red Sox Nation.
It turns out that today is the day that pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training, with the first practice scheduled for tomorrow. We don’t have a manager, and we don’t have a Mookie, but it’s still nice to know that the official kick off to the 2020 season is here.
As I was reading a headline that mentioned the big news (as opposed to yesterday’s big news about the finalizing of the trade with the friggin’ Dodgers) I was struck by a revelation. Light dawned on Marblehead, as the saying goes…..
I am going to be in Florida during Spring Training.
Oh. My. God. After 40+ years of die hard Red Sox fandom, I will, for the first time ever, be in Florida during Spring Training. Now we’re staying at a Disney resort so we won’t be renting a car, but maybe it’s worth researching a way to see if we could day trip down to Jet Blue park and catch a game.
Then reality set in. I live in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is a little tiny state. You can pretty much drive from one end to the other in a couple of hours or so. Florida isn’t a huge state, but it’s bigger than MA. How much bigger though? I went to Google Maps and looked up driving directions from Disney World to Jet Blue Park. It’s about three hours. It’s almost, but not quite, the same distance as driving from Fenway Park to Yankees Stadium.
The dream died then and there, but not before a question drifted through my tiny brain:
How much would an Uber from Orlando to Fort Meyers cost me?
Nope. Nope. Nope. Spring Training Baseball Dreams Shattered. I’ll just have to settle for hanging out with The Mouse.