It has always been a dream of mine to go to spring training. In '05 I got close. Rachel and I went to Key Biscayne for a conference and I had a free day. I rented a car and drove up to Jupiter, home of the Cards and Fish and the closest spring training site. I was going to try and see a game between the Marlins and the Red Sox (no relation) but did not have a ticket. About a half hour before game time a guy tried to sell me a ticket for about double face value. Not that unusual as there were tons of Sox fans there (they had just won the Series) but, IT WAS POURING DOWN RAIN. I did not buy the ticket, but waited out the rain in a sports bar across the street from the stadium. It never did let up, but I was able to enter the stadium and check out the field, souvenir shop, etc. without paying. I have been to Dodgertown in Vero Beach (where most of the hair is Dodger Blue) but never during spring training. And when we were in college we played a tournament one year at the Houston Astros facility in Kissamee (home of the "Kissamee Astros") but again no actual game.
Well all of that is about to change. For my birthday, Rachel snagged some Reds' Spring Training tickets for this spring, the Reds' last in Fla. as they move to Az. next year. I could not be more excited. We have pretty good seats (2-game packs went on sale this morning) to a game against Toronto and a game against Boston. If anyone has good info on where to stay while down there, etc. please let me know.