For the past few years, near the tail end of winter, my pal and I have been scooting down to Dunedin, Florida to see some spring training baseball.It's the perfect cure for the winter blahs. Unfortunately this year it was freezing while we were there. Still it was great to feel the sun and watch some baseball in a 5000 seat stadium.
So why do they call it the Grapefruit League? Well here's the story:
"There was an aviator named Ruth Law who was doing exhibition flying... she took a Dodgers player up in the plane with her. And the idea was for him to throw a baseball down to his manager on the field. I guess at some point he realized that might kill the guy. So instead of throwing a baseball, he threw a grapefruit. And the grapefruit hit the manager in the chest and exploded. The manager, for a few seconds, actually thought it was his chest that had exploded from the force of the baseball hitting him. And felt the juice, thought it was blood, screamed out, 'I'm dying! I'm dying!' His whole team thought it was great fun 'cause they knew he wasn't dying -- they knew he was just hit by a grapefruit."
Weird Story...Anyways, looks like it's going to be a good year for the Jays.
Here are some photos from my most recent trip.