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#21 SQUIRREL

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 11:43 AM

 

Yes. The beaches on Sanibel and dinners at Doc Fords (I prefer the one on Sanibel, but whichever you go to you can't go wrong ). I never make it past the 6th inning before the call to the beach becomes too strong to ignore.

 

Favorite Sanibel beach? 

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 08:59 PM

 

I played golf down there several years ago with some locals and was concerned about some of the wildlife on and near the course. I was told that I should worry about things that "have their bellies to the ground" i.e. snakes and gators. I agree that a waterlogged ball is not worth the trouble given what is in the water hazards in SW Florida.

 

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A couple of years ago, I went to play at Eastwood with Tommy Watkins. It was just the 2 of us.

 

On the 2nd tee, I'm addressing my ball and just before I'm going to swing, I hear Tommy mutter from behind me, "Alligator."

 

I stop and turn around and he nods over to a body of water 30 feet or so to the left of the tee and sure enough, there's a gator head stuck up out of the water looking our direction. 

 

My eyes go wide and Tommy starts laughing at me.

 

To this day, I tell him he was only laughing because, being local, he knows the secret to surviving an alligator attack is simply to make sure you can outrun one person in your group; and he was rightfully certain he could outrun me if it became necessary.

 

Moral of the story, if you get invited to join a 4some golfing down there, make note of the ages and physical conditions of the others in the group inviting you to join them. If you can tell right away you're the slow one, you know why they invited you.

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 09:07 AM

 

I'm going the 22nd of Feb through the game on the 28th. 4 games. Numerous practices. Hope to see some TD fans there. We need some TD tee shirts and TD hats, so we can identify each other and greet and meet each other. 

That is when we are going to be down in Fort Myers as well - should be a great time.

 

Thanks again to all for the information - are there certain establishments or places that players like to frequent and hang out at for some non-baseball R&R?


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Posted 06 February 2020 - 11:16 AM

I'll be at Eastwood Monday and I'm the slowest of the group. 

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 11:29 AM

 

I'll be at Eastwood Monday and I'm the slowest of the group. 

Make sure you're wearing your gator repellent! ;)

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 12:54 PM

 

I'll be at Eastwood Monday and I'm the slowest of the group. 

Good luck!:eek:

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 01:00 PM

 

I'm a Fort Myers resident who works for the Twins during spring training. I work in the third base store. 

 

I nominate this for best first post ever

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 01:01 PM

For dining, I always make sure to visit Michelbob's in Naples. Best ribs anywhere. It's family friendly, but can get crowded at peak times.

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 01:22 PM

 

Favorite Sanibel beach? 

Bowman is fun at night. Actually, if you go up the island and onto Captiva there is a great beach there, and a Doc Fords within walking distance.

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 01:35 PM

 

Bowman is fun at night. Actually, if you go up the island and onto Captiva there is a great beach there, and a Doc Fords within walking distance.

Bowman usually has the best waves and lots of shells. I often go to Gulfside City Park Beach ... it just seems a ... 'lesser known' beach. And when my Dad was still alive, it was the easiest beach to get to from the parking area; shortest distance.

 

At night? I thought beaches 'closed' at sundown?

 

Edit: never mind, checked, nope, open 24 hrs ... which makes more sense when you think about it

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 02:36 PM

 

Can you pitch? Are you impactful? Lefty or righty?

Coming off TJ surgery? Willing to do a small contract?

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 08:18 PM

Lover's Key State Park is nice (it closes at sundown so hard to watch a game and make it to the park, best to do this on an off day)

 

Sanibel Island beaches are open late (past 9:00 pm, expect to pay for parking).Much of Sanibel Island is a wildlife refuge.So plenty to do if you are into birding and wildlife.There are also several other wild life preserves in the area.

 

Everglades National Park is about 1.5 hours south.You can go kayaking or get an airboat ride through the marshes.Plenty of airboat tours in Marco Island or along Rt 41 and also plenty of kayaking tours.Everglades is very unique and worthwhile if you have not been there.

 

The Red Sox stadium (Jet Blue Park) is near by.It is a replica of Fenway so worthwhile to catch a Red Sox game as well if you have time and can get tickets.


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Posted 06 February 2020 - 09:22 PM

 

Coming off TJ surgery? Willing to do a small contract?

 

Incentive-based. Show us what you’ve got this year. 


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Posted 25 February 2020 - 09:49 PM

When there is a night game, do they still have practice in the morning, or in the afternoon before the game?

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 06:57 AM

When there is a night game, do they still have practice in the morning, or in the afternoon before the game?


When there is an away game, those not traveling with the team stay behind and get their work in. I’m not sure about the practice schedule when it’s a night game. And the minor league side has stuff going on. Their official report date is Mar. 3 so you’ll see even more going on, including games, after that time.
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Posted 27 February 2020 - 01:25 PM

So, its been a few years since I went to a Spring Training game. I'll be in the area again this year. Looks like tickets have gotten more scarce, as I was looking at the game vs St Louis on March 9 and there is nothing left online (Twins site) except standing room or outfield grass. Back in the day, I used to just get tickets from people hawking them outside the stadium, usually for not much over list price, or even less. Do people still sell them this way or have the Stubhubs of the world destroyed the "scalper-ish" on site availability market?


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Posted 04 March 2020 - 08:10 AM

Hey do they let you bring food into the ST games? Just let me know, thanks.

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 09:46 AM

There likely will be scalpers around. No you can't bring in food.  

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 10:05 AM

Hey do they let you bring food into the ST games? Just let me know, thanks.


No. But you can tailgate. Sometimes you aren’t parked in the best spot to do that, but people do.
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Posted 04 March 2020 - 06:49 PM

No. But you can tailgate. Sometimes you aren’t parked in the best spot to do that, but people do.

they let me bring in an 8x8x12 cooler with food last year. Water bottles had to be sealed. No soda. We brought in chips and sandwiches for the 4 of us (wife and two young kids) and a bag of peanuts.

And you have to bring your own food/drinks to the backfields...

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16x16x8 single compartment soft sided cooler is allowed. Water, milk, (sealed) and “medically necessary food” are allowed.

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