ALLAPATHA, FL View this email in your browser Each spring Major League Baseball teams travel South to prepare for the upcoming season.  Over the years Spring Training has become big business for MLB clubs. They spend millions of dollars upgrading stadiums and facilities to create a special and intimate experience for passionate baseball fans to enjoy. I had my first taste of this somewhere between 1988-1990 at a park in Allapatha known as Miami Stadium. As a kid my first love was baseball.  I have almost no memory of my early childhood. Basically the memories I have left from my first 10 years of life are only images.  Some images I can’t put precisely where I am, and others are exceptionally clear. Stored in my memory bank are the images of going to Spring Training games at the old Miami Stadium.  My dad would take my brother and I to see the Baltimore Orioles.  I can’t recall how often I went, nor would I be able to give you details of what the place looked like inside.  But I vividly remember Cal Ripken Jr. and his brother, Billy, were on the team and their father, Cal Sr., was the manager. This was VERY inspiring . . . I was going to play short-stop for the Baltimore Orioles, my brother was going to play second base and my dad was going to be the Manager. As a boy growing up, this wasn’t a dream . . . this was an option!! I can recollect the sentiment of being at a major…

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