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 possibly triumphant return home, I will provide the exhilarating blog coverage that you have come to know and, perhaps, even love. So let’s get to it!
April 15, 2015 — Holman Stadium, located within the historic Dodgertown complex (Spring Training home of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1948 through 2008).
Event: Jackie Robinson Game, between the Brevard County Manatees and St. Lucie Mets. Robinson trained at Dodgertown throughout the bulk of his career, and even hit the first home run at Holman Stadium.
Holman Stadium, from the outside:
Holman Stadium, from within: Some 6,000 people were in attendance, a huge crowd by Florida State League standards, no matter what the context.
Culinary Delight: I skipped my usual food coverage, given that this was a one-time event. But here’s a shot of one of the main food and beverage areas. You can imagine how cramped this became once some 6,000 people were in the ballpark.
Waiting for the Punch-Vine (my nightly attempt at telling an “original” ballpark joke in six seconds):
My jokes have become so groundbreaking and subversive that at this point they’re not even jokes. https://t.co/87tR2o8PFi
— Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) April 16, 2015
At Random: Old signage is the best kind of signage.
In Conclusion: Thanks, Jackie.
Next Up: St. Lucie Mets. Tonight! April 16!
4/17: Brevard County Manatees
4/18: Jacksonville Suns