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Spring Training Begins Today!

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There’s light at the end of the long dark tunnel.

RRTim’s two sons at Spring Training with Tony Kemp

When will baseball begin?

Believe me, I speak for the whole staff of TCB when I say we can’t wait for baseball to begin. It’s bad enough having to go five months with no baseball, but try writing about baseball for five months when there’s no baseball.

Baseball begins April 5th.

Spring Training begins today!

Last Saturday we asked the dear readers here at TCB to share their best Spring Training experiences. The following is what our RRTim contributed. (taken from previous comments)

“I have been to Spring Training every year since 2012, except 2013. The first time was the best time. I went with my oldest son, who was 9 at that time, and the first game was at Osceola County Stadium against the Phillies. Brian Bixler hit a walkoff 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th to win the game 6-5 for the Astros. Even though my son understood these games didn’t count in the standings he was still so very excited to see his favorite team win a baseball game on a walkoff HR. Before the game, like you and your son, we played catch in the grassy parking lot and I just smiled the entire time as I realized how fortunate I was to have a son (I actually have 2) that loves baseball as much as I do and I could share moments like this with both of them. Attending Spring Training is still my favorite vacation to do with my boys. Baseball bonds a father and son(s) together like no other sport.

My 2nd favorite moment was in 2017. It was the first year in West Palm Beach and my 2 boys and I were walking around the town square looking for a place to eat wearing our Astros gear. As we’re walking this short man passes by us and says “Go Astros!”. I quickly yelled “Go Astros!” back to him as we were walking past him. My youngest son then says to me “Hey dad, I think that was Tony Kemp”. I turned around to see, but by this time he was too far away and I couldn’t tell. However, after some contemplation we decided to backtrack to see if we could find him. After walking for about 15-20 minutes we see someone eating on an outside patio of a restaurant with a group of about 6-8 people. I politely leaned over the railing and asked him if he was Tony Kemp. He said he was and then I asked if he would mind taking a picture with my 2 boys. He couldn’t have been more gracious and accommodating. He said “absolutely” and got right up and came to the railing, leaned over putting both his arms on each of the boys shoulder and I took the photo. Needless to say, we became big fans of Tony Kemp the person that day.”

Thanks RR. If you’re going this year send us an update via Fanposts and plenty of pictures. Thanks