This season, when I’m on the road, I’ll be writing a short, on-the-spot blog post about each Minor League ballpark that I visit. Then, upon my (hopefully) triumphant return home, I will provide the full, multifaceted, pun-bedecked blog coverage that you have have come to know and tolerate. So let’s get to it!
April 12, 2015 — Steinbrenner Field, home of the Tampa Yankees (Class A Advanced affiliate of the New York Yankees).
Opponent: Lakeland Tigers, 5 p.m. start time
Steinbrenner Field, from the outside: Fans pass a statue of George Steinbrenner as they make their way to the main entrance. To the left of “The Boss” (your right) is Tampa’s version of Monument Park as well as a September 11 tribute.
Steinbrenner Field, from the inside: Cavernous would be the word.
Culinary Delight: The game was preceded by the inaugural “Taste of South Tampa” event, featuring dozens of local food and drink vendors on the concourse. Here’s a close-up of “Cheesy Crab Nachos,” courtesy of Pincher’s Crab Shack.
Waiting for the Punch-Vine (my nightly attempt at telling an “original” ballpark joke in six seconds):
Your groundbreaking and subversive Vine joke of the day. https://t.co/S3W2SYHk8g
— Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) April 12, 2015
At Random: Lego Steinbrenner Field!
Last Song Played Over the PA: Frank Sinatra — “New York, New York” (even though the Yankees lost)
Next Up: Dunedin Blue Jays — tonight! — April 13
4/14: Jupiter Hammerheads
4/15: Jackie Robinson Game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach
4/16: St. Lucie Mets
4/17: Brevard County Manatees
4/18: Jacksonville Suns