This past week has been A-MA-ZING. Baseball is actually happening… my Twitter timeline is flooded with Spring Training excitement! My sister and I finalized our trip plans for Spring Training- we’ll be in Phoenix February 27th- March 2nd and Tampa March 3rd-6th. Columbus feel free to snow your heart out that week!

We haven’t been to Spring Training in years, so we are both pumped to see games in both leagues. Our big stops are Goodyear Ballpark to catch the Indians vs. Mariners and then a couple of games at Steinbrenner Field to see the Yankees. I will have reviews of those ballparks and any other ones we decided to check out.

Last week I put together a guide to the Cactus League and without further ado, here is one for the Grapefruit League:

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A few fun facts about the Grapefruit League:

The Atlanta Braves’ spring training facility is in Walt Disney World. (Articles Factory)

The best stadium name in the Grapefruit League? Joker Marchant Stadium, home of the Tigers since 1966, was named for Lakeland’s former parks and recreation director. (Newsday)

JetBlue Field, home of the Boston Red Sox has its own “Green Monster” outfield wall. (Christian Monitor)

One of Hank Steinbrenner’s favorite restaurants in Tampa is Iavarone’s, just north of the Yankees’ ballpark. Stop in and you might get to talk baseball with the Yankees co-chairperson. (Newsday)

Grapefruit League Reporting Dates

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As you can see from the map above, this league is not as easy to visit since the teams are spread out throughout the state of Florida. Click each team below for tickets and special events/travel packages:

Atlanta Braves                   Baltimore Orioles                              Boston Red Sox

Detroit Tigers                     Houston Astros                                Miami Marlins

Minnesota Twins                New York Mets                                 New York Yankees

Philadelphia Phillies           Pittsburgh Pirates                            St. Louis Cardinals

Tampa Bay Rays                Toronto Blue Jays                             Washington Nationals

Once you decide what city you’re going to visit, make sure you check their traveling bureau site for city coupons and travel deals. The Florida Grapefruit League put together a guide to the league which is updated with information for 2014 in it.

What should you expect when you attend a Spring Training game? I found a few blog posts on this subject while researching for our trip, enjoy!:

Spring Training Tips This website has tips on every team and even a place to submit your own!

Spring Training Fans

Sun Sentinel Team by team guide to the Grapefruit League

Spring Training Connection

Florida Sports Foundation Guide to visiting the Grapefruit League

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Bonus! As a fan of baseball themed prints, I stumbled upon the image above and had to share! Seriously, if I lived alone my house would be covered in baseball and college football art ;). For more information on the artist and to order this print visit- Image Kind.

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