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Comment from: Chuck Welch [Visitor] Email

Of course, everyone has their preferences, but seriously, "they're the only reason Lakeland even exists"?

2007-03-12 @ 08:03
Comment from: Chuck Welch [Visitor] Email
As for the playing distances. You see every team playing on top of each other as a plus. I see it as an exhibition without the beauty of seeing the small town, and big town differences of the Grapefruit League. There are seven stadiums within an hour from Lakeland. And they each have they're unique charm.

I'm not sure which month you were in Florida, but the Tampa region averages about 2.3 inches of rain for March. Phoenix, for example averages 1.1 inches. I really hope you're not drowned in 1.2 inches of rain. Rain, by the way, that when it does come usually hits Lakeland about 4 in the afternoon. After the games are over.

Finally, one of those teams leaving the "tired Grapefruit League" is the Indians. They came to Florida in 1993 when they left the "tired Cactus League." Let's face it, the teams use the existence of the two leagues in an effort to get the best stadium deal. It's not about which league is the best.
2007-03-12 @ 08:07
Comment from: Chuck Welch [Visitor] Email
Of course, everyone has their preferences, but seriously, "they're the only reason Lakeland even exists"?

Even if you're 70, which you don't look to be, you can't imagine a time when the Tigers were the only game in town. Lakeland is a vibrant and growing community.
2007-03-12 @ 08:08
Comment from: Chuck Welch [Visitor] Email
Sorry for the hiccup. Your comment form seemed to dislike "o-land-o." And simply saying the "submission is invalid" didn't help much.
2007-03-12 @ 08:10
Comment from: Chuck Welch [Visitor] Email
I just read something else concerning your comment on Florida's weather during Spring Training:

"A total of 274 spring training games were played in Florida last year with only one game canceled because of rain." - Tampa Bay Business Journal
2007-03-17 @ 08:37

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